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Graduate Certificate of Strength and Conditioning

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The Graduate Certificate of Strength and Conditioning trains you to improve the strength, power and endurance of your athletes and peak them for competition. Upskill in key areas of sport science that allow you to solve more complex challenges.

Key details

Degree Type
Graduate Certificate
Course Code
Intake Months
Jun, Oct

About this course

The Graduate Certificate of Strength and Conditioning trains you to improve the strength, power and endurance of your athletes and peak them for competition. Upskill in key areas of sport science that allow you to solve more complex challenges. You will gain the expertise to develop customised strength and conditioning programs that are grounded in science and backed by evidence.

Want the career benefits of postgraduate study without having to commit to a longer degree?

The Graduate Certificate of Strength and Conditioning is designed for busy professionals looking to progress their career in the sport science industry. You can study while you work and complete your degree online in one year part time. You'll also benefit from two short intensives on campus.

Develop the complex knowledge and skills to solve multi-faceted challenges. Your athlete might need muscular hypertrophy to improve their performance in a contact sport; or they may need a long-term training program that sees their endurance peaking for a tournament two years from now. No matter their goal, you will be able to create a program that gives them their best shot at success. Become an expert in leading methods across a range of areas, including:

  • strength and hypertrophy
  • plyometrics, speed, and muscular power
  • aerobic and anaerobic power
  • periodisation and tapering methods
  • high-intensity interval training
  • recovery methods
  • integrity, ethics and legal considerations
  • communication with athletes and coaches

Complement these technical skills by boosting your management capabilities through studies in leadership, culture development and continuous improvement. These management skills don't just make you more employable, they give you a recipe for team success and allow you to develop your support staff, as well as your athletes.

The curriculum is underpinned by science and research, some of which is produced by expert Deakin academics who research training methods to optimise their use - just one of the reasons why Deakin has been the number one sport science school in Australia for four years running*. You will graduate with the ability to critically evaluate and apply research to make confident, evidence-based decisions in your role. Better still, you will have direct access to academics with expertise in a broad range of sport science fields. This includes specialist researchers within Deakin's multidisciplinary Centre for Sport Research (CSR) and Institute for Physical Activity and Nutrition (IPAN). Draw on their professional experiences in your everyday work and leverage their industry connections to start forming your own.

The course is made up of four of the ten units from Deakin's Master of Applied Sport Science.

After completing this course, you may wish to enhance your credentials further by articulating into the Master of Applied Sport Science.

* Shanghai Ranking's Global Ranking of Sport Science Schools and Departments 2020

Entry requirements

The minimum entry requirements for this course are:

  • Bachelor Degree or higher
  • Two years relevant work experience
  • Evidence of academic capability judged to be equivalent

Deakin University offers admission to postgraduate courses through a number of Admission categories.

All applicants must meet the minimum English language requirements.

Please note that meeting the minimum admission requirements does not guarantee selection, which is based on merit, likelihood of success and availability of places in the course.

For more information on the Admission Criteria and Selection (Higher Education Courses) Policy visit the Deakin Policy Library

Career pathways

The course prepares you for career growth in the industry. Graduate with a sought-after combination of sport science and managerial skills that set you up for success in roles such as:

  • high performance manager
  • strength and conditioning coach (sports clubs, performance training centres, sports and private schools)

If you are looking to pursue further study, you may wish to articulate into the Master of Applied Sport Science after completing this course.

Course structure

To complete the Graduate Certificate of Strength and Conditioning students must attain 4 credit points comprising 4 one credit point core units. There are no elective units.

All commencing Faculty of Health Undergraduate and Postgraduate course work students are required to complete HAI010 Academic Integrity in their first trimester of study (0 credit point compulsory unit).

Please refer to the Course Map page for course map information. The course maps will guide the units you need to enrol in each trimester.

Students are required to meet the University's academic progress and conduct requirements. Click here for more information.

Credit for prior study or work

The University aims to provide students with as much credit as possible for approved prior study or informal learning which exceeds the normal entrance requirements for the course and is within the constraints of the course regulations. Students are required to complete a minimum of one-third of the course at Deakin University, or four credit points, whichever is the greater. In the case of certificates, including graduate certificates, a minimum of two credit points within the course must be completed at Deakin.

You can also refer to the Recognition of Prior Learning System which outlines the credit that may be granted towards a Deakin University degree and how to apply for credit.

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