University of Technology Sydney

C11298v1 Graduate Certificate in Professional Practice

Award(s): Graduate Certificate in Professional Practice (GradCertProfPrac)
CRICOS code: 0101146
Commonwealth supported place?: No
Load credit points: 24
Course EFTSL: 0.5
Location: City campus

Course aims
Career options
Course intended learning outcomes
Admission requirements
Recognition of prior learning
Course duration and attendance
Course structure
Course completion requirements
Articulation with UTS courses
Other information


Become an agile leader in complexity

Technology, Industry 4.0, climate action, globalisation and more: we live and work in a time of unprecedented change that affects the ways we live and work. This course gives students a multidisciplinary perspective on their roles in organisations and the wider community, where a diverse range of skills is increasingly in demand.

Flexible, individualised learning

The Graduate Certificate in Professional Practice combines practice-based subjects, called Studios, with elective subjects from across the university, to adapt the course to the student's needs.

We understand that’s a lot of freedom. That’s why a learning concierge helps guide students with choosing electives and career coaching for their unique professional background and career trajectory.

Practice-based learning

In Studios, students work with academics and professional peers in collaborative, intensive workshops - honing problem solving skills and critical thinking on their professional development.

The studio teach a systems thinking framework for students to apply and evaluate their technical knowledge and skills. The studio provide mentorship and a collaborative practice-based learning environment to develop competencies.

The course teaches students to think in different ways that enable them to unravel problems, while building postgraduate level content knowledge in subject areas of their choice.

The course for ethical innovative leadership

As graduates, students become decision makers and communicators who tackle complex problems. They are equipped for socially responsible professional practice.

UTS is committed to social justice and the economic, social and cultural prosperity of our community – fostering diversity of thought, critical thinking and technical mastery.

Course aims

The course aims to initiate students’ professional skills in an individual, career-focussed e-portfolio spanning the degree. Students plan their course with the learning concierge and engage in peer and professional career coaching in the core studios to hone their 21st century skills tailored to their career – problem solving, mindful collaboration, adaptive leadership, communication, research, critical thinking - equipping them with social and reflective competencies for our rapidly changing, digitally disrupted and technology enriched enterprises and communities. By teaching students to think and work together in different ways, it enables them to reflect upon their learning and profession.

The Graduate Certificate in Professional Practice course structure allows for the engagement with postgraduate subjects across the spectrum of disciplines. In the core studio the focus is on critical reflections situating the learner in their socio-technical, professional and global context.

Career options

Whether students want to thrive in a large organisation or create a new career pathway, the Graduate Certificate in Professional Practice helps them set goals and acquire knowledge and skills to support their career plans.

Course intended learning outcomes

A.1 Historically and Culturally Informed about Indigenous Knowledge Systems: FEIT graduates are culturally and historically informed, with awareness of ethical practices when working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.
B.1 Socially Responsible: Graduate Certificate in Professional Practice graduates interpret their own and other's values, needs, and priorities; and they define performance requirements and parameters.
C.1 Design Oriented: Graduate Certificate in Professional Practice graduates propose innovations, solutions and strategies to meet performance requirements. They exercise judgement to reflect upon system sustainability, constraints, conflicts, risks and uncertainties.
D.1 Technically Proficient: Graduate Certificate in Professional Practice graduates apply and evaluate information, concepts and theories in a new or existing discipline; they plan and review solutions.
E.1 Collaborative and Communicative: Graduate Certificate in Professional Practice graduates communicate and collaborate in a variety of ways to transfer knowledge, skills and ideas.
F.1 Reflective: Graduate Certificate in Professional Practice graduates reflect to set goals for acquiring knowledge and skills and provide support to promote personal and professional learning.

Admission requirements

Applicants must have completed a UTS recognised bachelor's degree, or an equivalent or higher qualification, or submitted other evidence of general and professional qualifications that demonstrates potential to pursue graduate studies.

In addition to the above qualifications, applicants need to satisfy professional practice requirements by providing materials substantiating their professional work experience (at skill level 1 – bachelor's degree or higher) of at least 2 years' full time (or equivalent) in any of the occupations (ANZSCO Version 1.2) listed below. This requirement may be demonstrated through an electronic portfolio or CV and a Statement of Service confirming the dates of employment, and the position held within the organisation.


  • 11 Chief Executives, General Managers and Legislators
  • 12 Farmers and Farm Managers
  • 13 Specialist Managers


  • 21 Arts and Media Professionals
  • 22 Business, Human Resource and Marketing Professionals
  • 23 Design, Engineering, Science and Transport Professionals
  • 24 Education Professionals
  • 25 Health Professionals
  • 26 ICT Professionals
  • 27 Legal, Social and Welfare Professionals

Alternative admission pathway

Applicants who do not meet the above requirements but have extensive work experience as a professional or manager (as per the above list of ANZSCO occupations) and a general capacity to undertake tertiary education may be considered. This will be supported by submission of:

  • CV outlining work experience and education and a Statement of Service confirming the dates of employment, and the position held within the organisation,
  • A one-page Personal Statement outlining the applicants interest in the course and contemporary professional education undertaken in support of this interest, and
  • Evidence of Prior Learning and Capacity to undertake tertiary education (demonstrated by successful completion of UTS Microcredential(s) or equivalent).

Assessment of other criteria:

  • The Statement of Service demonstrates extensive work as a manager or professional, and their ability to critically appraise their work.
  • The CV supports the Statement of Service in clarifying the depth of student experience.
  • The Personal Statement clearly articulates the applicant’s learning expectations which align with the course intended outcomes.
  • The Evidence of Prior Learning and Capacity demonstrates contemporary engagement in professional education which is successful, current and at an appropriate level for postgraduate study at UTS, and aligned with the applicant’s Personal Statement.

Applicants considered under these alternative criteria may be required to attend an interview.

The English proficiency requirement for international students or local applicants with international qualifications is: Academic IELTS: 6.5 overall with a writing score of 6.0; or TOEFL: paper based: 550-583 overall with TWE of 4.5, internet based: 79-93 overall with a writing score of 21; or AE5: Pass; or PTE: 58-64; or CAE: 176-184.

Eligibility for admission does not guarantee offer of a place.

International students

Visa requirement: To obtain a student visa to study in Australia, international students must enrol full time and on campus. Australian student visa regulations also require international students studying on student visas to complete the course within the standard full-time duration. Students can extend their courses only in exceptional circumstances.

Recognition of prior learning

Recognition of prior learning is generally offered for subjects in this course excluding the core Studio subject.

The substitution of subjects with an alternative/advanced postgraduate subject in a similar field of study may be granted on a case by case basis. Subject substitution and recognition of prior learning are subject to faculty approval.

The maximum credit points of recognition of prior learning is 18 credit points.

Course duration and attendance

The course duration is a half year of full-time study or one year of part-time study.

Course structure

Students are required to complete 24 credit points, comprising 6 credit points of studio subject and 18 credit points of professional-focused subjects.

Course completion requirements

42700 Professional Learning Studio 6cp
CBK91853 Professional-focused choice 18cp
Total 24cp

Articulation with UTS courses

This course is part of an articulated program comprising the Graduate Certificate in Professional Practice, the Graduate Diploma in Professional Practice (C06136), and the Master of Professional Practice (C04404).

Students who wish to articulate from this course to either of the graduate diploma or the master's course are typically eligible for 24 credit points of recognition of prior learning.

Other information

Further information is available from:

UTS Student Centre
telephone 1300 ask UTS (1300 275 887) or +61 2 9514 1222