Graduate Certificate of Human Services

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The Graduate Certificate of Human Services will provide students with the knowledge and skills to transition into a Human Services profession.

The Graduate Certificate of Human Services will provide students with specific knowledge in sociology, social policy making, Indigenous issues, and professional communications preparing them for human services work or a pathway into the Master of Social Work.

Students will learn about contemporary Australian issues and nuances and how this relates to human services work, especially social work in the Australian community. Students will be guided on how to develop verbal and written communication, critical thinking and reasoning with an Australian context.


Degree Name

Graduate Certificate of Human Services

Degree Code


Level of Qualification

Graduate Certificate


2 trimesters or part time equivalent study^

Number of Units

4 units of study 

Course Sequence:

see Course Guide

Study Load

2 units per trimester (total of 4 units)


On-campus - Sydney and Melbourne
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Award Title

Graduate Certificate of Human Services

^Maximum permitted duration 2 years, subject to regulatory or professional association requirements

Graduate Attributes

Through their study and professional interactions at ACAP, graduates can expect to develop the specified attributes below.

Graduate Attribute 1: Communication skills.  Students need to learn how to apply effective communication skills in various settings. Oral and written communication (group discussion, presentations, both formal and informal) for various purposes, should be according to professionally accepted formats. 

Graduate Attribute 2: Sustain ongoing development.  This attribute includes the application to sustain an intentional commitment to maintain currency and further develop knowledge and skills over a student’s lifetime.

Graduate Attribute 3: Critical thinking skills. This topic includes the ability to apply critical, creative and flexible thinking to contribute and respond constructively across diverse settings.

Graduate Attribute 4: Engagement: Student need to be able to engage effectively with contemporary and traditional communication channels across multiple contexts.

Graduate Attribute 5: Focus on Wellbeing: Student will learn the skills and know how needed to maintain resilience, personal and professional wellbeing when responding to challenges and opportunities.

Graduate Attribute 6: Equality: This topic will cover inclusive practices that deliver social justice and equality of opportunity for everyone.

Graduate Attribute 7: Applying Integrity: This attribute includes the ability to apply integrity and ethical standards to study, research and application.

Graduate Attribute 8: Working within communities. Students will use teamwork and leadership knowledge and skills to advance teams, groups and communities.

Graduate Attribute 9: Global outlook. Apply culturally sensitive professional knowledge and skills to contribute to a sustainable global future.