The Graduate Certificate in Leadership and Coaching is designed for middle to senior corporate managers and to equip graduates with superior knowledge, skills and abilities that will help them to emerge as world-class leaders. It will provide a range of strong foundational courses for leaders wishing to further their studies within the leadership domain. Based on reflective thinking and problem solving, the program will be a niche offering in leadership that will enable graduates to examine and apply a broad range of leadership ideas and concepts. Importantly, the program will help leaders to learn about their own and others’ leadership styles, how to connect with people through practices of mindfulness and emotion and how to select from a range of leadership solutions that can be applied and adapted to real-world situations. Importantly, it will enable graduates to learn the know-how and know-why skills for leading change, and for coaching, that builds leadership capacity for dealing with a range of leader-led activities within a world of constant disruption.

Upon successful completion of the program, students should be able to:

  • Apply general leadership knowledge by exploring a range of concept theories and practices related to leadership and mentoring development;

  • Measure and evaluate self and other leadership attributes and critically reflect on the implications of these for professional practice

  • Ethically apply leadership theory to practical, real-world projects in places of work and distinguish between various leadership solutions

  • Communicate and present relevant knowledge & ideas clearly & concisely to a range of audiences.

To be eligible for admission, applicants must satisfy the following requirements:

  • Completion of an Australian university Bachelor degree in any area, or equivalent.
    A minimum of five years’ professional work experience equivalent to a qualification at AQF Level 7.

  • English Language Proficiency requirements for Category 3.


All students are required to satisfy the applicable English language requirements.

If students do not meet the English language requirements they may apply to study a University-approved English language program. On successful completion of the English language program, students may be admitted to an award program.

The Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) is a single national, comprehensive system of qualifications offered by higher education institutions (including universities), vocational education and training institutions and secondary schools. Each AQF qualification has a set of descriptors which define the type and complexity of knowledge, skills and application of knowledge and skills that a graduate who has been awarded that qualification has attained, and the typical volume of learning associated with that qualification type.

This program is at AQF Qualification Level 06. Graduates at this level will have broad knowledge and skills for paraprofessional/highly skilled work and/or further learning.

The full set of levels criteria and qualification type descriptors can be found by visiting

Students have a maximum of two years to complete this program.

As the local support office of The University of Southern Queensland, our goal is to facilitate the quality distance learning of our students in South Africa, and indeed, across the African continent. Over the years, we’ve seen to the distance education requirements of a great many students and, given the opportunity, we look forward to being of service to you too and to helping you achieve your goals through flexible quality learning. Know that if you’re looking to go further (from wherever you may be in Africa), a qualification from USQ will stand you in particularly good stead. Our details are below should you wish to contact us.

Tel: +27 11 660 5181
Fax: +27 11 660 5441
Address: 2 Bind Street, cnr Van Vuuren Street
Allen's Nek, 1737
Postal Address: P O Box 157 Rant-en-Dal 1751

The South African-Australian Education Centre (SA) (Pty) Ltd.

Registration no.: 2005/013494/07
Semester intake: Semester 1 (February)
Semester 2 (July)

The Graduate Certificate in Leadership and Coaching consists of four postgraduate courses, each of one unit.

IT requirements

For information technology requirements please refer to the minimum computing standards.


Other program requirements

Students must maintain good standing in this program. Please refer to the Academic Standing, Progression and Exclusion Procedure.

Program Articulation

To: Master of Adaptive Leadership


Exit points

Students must maintain good standing in this program (see other program requirements section). Students not wishing to complete the Associate Degree of Business and Commerce program may be permitted to exit with a Diploma of Business and Commerce (DPBC) if they have completed eight courses with a minimum of four core courses, and four other courses from the Associate Degree of Business and Commerce.



Credit may be granted on the basis of completed equivalent study from a recognised institution. In order for credit to be granted, the claim must meet the following specific requirements:

  • the course was passed within five years prior to the application (courses up to 10 years old may be considered if evidence is provided that the applicant has been employed in that field)

  • the course passed is sufficiently equivalent in objectives, content and weighting to a course prescribed in the Associate Degree of Business and Commerce course, or alternatively, the course is suitable as an elective

  • where the student has taken out an award from a recognised institution and is claiming credit on the basis of courses completed to meet the requirements of that program, the maximum credit allowable on the basis of such courses will be no greater than eight courses for the Associate Degree of Business and Commerce

  • credit approved in this program will not automatically apply to other programs offered by the USQ.

Claims for credit should be submitted prior to or at the time of enrolment in a course. Each claim will be assessed on individual merit in line with USQ policy. Please contact the Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts for further information.

Please refer to the Program Structure for course details.