Graduate Certificate in Coaching Psychology

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Learn to help people improve their performance with a Graduate Certificate in Coaching Psychology. Providing a solid grounding in theory and practice, this unique course will give you the skills to enhance productivity and quality of life of individuals, organisations and the broader community.

The Graduate Certificate in Coaching Psychology teaches the applied science of human performance enhancement and coaching. This unique one-year part-time course is a rare opportunity to be part of the fast growing and relatively new field of coaching psychology, which seeks to enhance human performance in work, relationships and life in general.

Coaching psychology is an applied positive psychology course and sits at the intersection of counselling, clinical and organisational psychology. This program provides you with a sound grounding in the theoretical and methodological aspects of coaching psychology and teaches fundamental applied coaching skills.

Our main focus is on coaching in business and organisational settings. The program aims to give you the knowledge to be a skilled coach, capable of coaching in an extensive variety of settings and with a wide range of clients including executive, management and personal coaching.

The Coaching Psychology program comprises the Master course, which offers the full range of subjects, and the Diploma and Certificate courses, which allow students to enrol in a subset of these units.

The Coaching Psychology program at the University of Sydney is one of the few postgraduate qualifications worldwide in coaching psychology. The Coaching Psychology Unit at Sydney is recognised as a world leader in the development of both coaching theory and its real world application. Ensuring students receive the best available training, coaching psychology is taught by practising coaching psychologists, and training and management consultants, all of whom have extensive experience in their specialised fields and many of whom have international reputations. The programs offer leading edge training in the theory and practice of coaching.

Course outline

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Study plan

Candidates for the Graduate Certificate in Coaching Psychology complete 24 credit points made up of three core units of study (18cp) and one elective unit of study (6cp). Study is available on a part time basis only, over 2 semesters, with 2 units taken each semester.

Further course information

Graduate opportunities

Coaching psychologists are engaged in human resource development. Private practice, organisational consultancy and professional services firms are also major destinations for our graduates.


Admission requirements

Our students are typically mid-career professionals with some coaching experience and prior coach training of some sort. A section of our students are professional coaches seeking to extend their practice and gain a thorough grounding in the psychology of coaching. Another section of our students are managers from a wide range of professions and industry sectors who have used coaching skills in the workplace and have undertaken ‘manager as coach’ training and leadership development programs. We also have a number of human resource and organisational development professionals in the program who typically have been involved in organising or delivering coaching in the workplace.

For admission into this course, you should have either:
(a) a three-year Psychology degree; or
(b) a three-year degree in a cognate discipline with a major in areas such as (but not limited to) arts, humanities, business, science or law.

You should also have a least three years relevant employment experience.

As entry into this course is competitive, applicants who meet the admission requirements are then ranked according to academic merit and coaching experience. Course numbers are limited and offers will be made to applicants on the basis of rank, subject to a strict enrolment quota. Top-ranked applicants will be made early rolling offers prior to the year of commencement. For all other applicants, the first offer round occurs in mid to late January in the year of commencement. The second and subsequent offer rounds occur throughout February in the year of commencement.

As part of the embedded program, upon successful completion of the Graduate Certificate in Coaching Psychology, students may gain entry to the Graduate Diploma in Coaching Psychology through an internal “upgrade”. In turn, upon successful completion of the Graduate Diploma in Coaching Psychology, students may gain entry to the Master of Science in Coaching Psychology through an internal “upgrade”.

There are no Commonwealth Supported Places (CSP) available in the Graduate Certificate in Coaching Psychology. However, a very limited number of CSP may be available to domestic applicants for the Master of Science in Coaching Psychology from year to year.

The academic requirements that are displayed are applicable to currently available courses only, and are updated annually in October and may be changed without notice. The Handbooks Online and the University of Sydney Calendar are the official legal source of information relating to study at the University of Sydney, and you are referred to those documents.

How to apply

Domestic students

How to apply

Apply online by clicking 'Apply Now' on the right hand side of this page and follow the prompts to complete and submit your application. You can also save your application and finish completing before the closing date for online applications. Applications are made directly to the University and assessed by the Faculty of Science.

Please note you must supply supporting documentation with your application in order for your application to be considered, including:
1. Official transcripts of all previous tertiary study;
2. CV or resume;
3. A short cover letter (500 to 1000 words) outlining your prior coaching and business experience, your interest in the program and your overall goals on graduation; and
4. The names of up to 3 referees.

You need to scan, upload and attach this supporting documentation to your application. To help the assessment process, we request that you upload no more than 5 attachments to your application. If you wish to submit more than 5 documents for consideration, please consolidate documents into 1 attachment. All transcripts should be consolidated into 1 attachment.

Please note that admission into this course is only available for Semester 1 intakes. Admission into Semester 2 intakes is not available.

International students

How to apply

This course is not available to international students. Admission requirements apply only to domestic students.

Important Fee Information

Domestic students

Indicative Postgraduate Domestic Tuition Fee

The tuition fee for a domestic postgraduate student is an indication only of the 2017 fees payable in Year 1 for a standard full time load of 48 credit points (1.0 EFTSL). Depending on the calendar year in which you undertake your study, and if your study load is more or less than the 1.0 EFTSL, your tuition fee will differ from the indicative amount.

Annual review and fee increases

Importantly, tuition fees are subject to annual review by the University, and will increase each year of your period of study, effective at the start of each calendar year.

Additional incidental costs

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Credit card surcharge

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Potential for inaccuracy

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