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Graduate Diploma of Professional Psychology Practice

About this course

Understand success. Lead a progressive career in psychology.

Are you pursuing general registration as a psychologist? ACAP’s Graduate Diploma of Professional Psychology Practice provides a sixth year of professional training in psychology for fifth-year Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC) accredited psychology graduates seeking to complete the 5+1 pathway to registration. This course is offered on a trimester basis. 

The Graduate Diploma of Professional Psychology Practice involves extensive hands-on psychological practice and we work collaboratively with you to find a suitable long-term internship that will meet your interests and professional development needs. We also offer assistance in commencing your internship through an internal ACAP placement, where required. All students are supported through regular individual and group supervision, delivered by experienced staff who are familiar with Psychology Board of Australia requirements. The professional development is explicitly designed so you can experience an alternate route to the typical 5+1 pathway, prepare you for the national psychology exam and incorporate writing case studies throughout the course.

What you'll learn

Our Graduate Diploma of Professional Psychology Practice is centered on three core principles

Core principles:

  • Flexibility
  • Personally tailored
  • Student focused

A typical course of study includes:

  • Advanced Professional Psychology Practice: Working with Clients
  • Advanced Professional Psychology Practice: Supervision
  • Professional Psychology: Assessment, Interventions, Ethics and Communication

See the complete course guide here.

Course Structure

3 units

For more information see the full course guide

Course Guide

This course is comprised of a number of core units. Core units are compulsory subjects required to complete your graduate diploma. 

There are no elective units available for this course. 

Admission Criteria

Meet the following requirements:
  • Completion (or soon to be completion) of a fifth-year tertiary qualification in psychology accredited with the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (e.g. Master of Professional Psychology or Graduate Diploma of Professional Psychology). 
  • Current, or eligibility for, registration with the Psychology Board of Australia as a provisional psychologist (which requires you to meet all the requirements for registration).

Students must also complete a referee report which can be accessed here.  

International students: Please note that as part of the registration requirements you must meet the Psychology Board of Australia (PBA) "English language skills registration standards". These standards require the demonstration of English language competency in one of a number of specified equivalent ways. One way includes through demonstration of attainment of academic IELTS overall score of 7.0 with no test score less than 7.0 in each of the four components (listening, reading, writing and speaking) and no test score in any test component less than 6.5, completed in the last two years in a test setting as specified in the standards.

 

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Chat to one of our ACAP course advisors to make sure you’re picking the right course for your goals. Think about funding options, and whether full-time or part-time study suits your commitments. We’ve also got some entry requirements and practical components to complete.

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