Graduate Diploma in Professional Practice

Graduate Diploma in Professional Practice

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Not sure if your experience fits?

If you would like to do the course but you are not sure if you have the relevant experience, please contact us. We are happy to talk you through your options.

Course information

$6,352.00 (you will also be charged a levy of $266 per year which covers access to student services). Fees may vary, please contact us for more information
Course length
10 months full-time or 18-20 months part-time
NZQA Level 7
Prior experience
7 - 10 years of professional practice experience
Start dates
Monthly intakes
Distance learning
Full-time 20 hours of study per week; part-time 10 hours of study per week

Are you experienced in your professional field?

Use the real-life experiences from your professional life as rich learning material. You’ll identify a challenge or goal in your work environment to research and then develop and implement an approach for resolving it.  

This qualification is perfect for advancing your professional career. What’s more, you can apply a Graduate Diploma in Professional Practice to virtually any discipline or sector.  

The Capable NZ difference

The Capable NZ process centres you and your own career – you’ll reflect on where you’ve come from, where you are now, and where you want to go.

You will:

  • identify early experiences and influences that have shaped you, and how these relate to your working life
  • analyse your work and life experiences and skills, and evaluate your strengths and capabilities
  • identify, access and research relevant practice theories, models, tools, frameworks, and reflect on how these might inform and influence your work
  • propose and complete a project, carried out in an organisation you work for or with, have a key functional relationship with, or in your self-employment.

One key point of difference with Capable NZ study at this level is that you will undertake an in-depth industry-relevant project. This could be an exploratory study to identify best practice nationally or internationally; the development of a resource or resources for a specific area of practice; or creating proposed guidelines for best practice. Your project is primarily to inform you, however it should also contribute to practice knowledge in your sector.

"This programme is giving me a chance to do a specialised project to advance knowledge in my workplace, which no one else could offer; and get a recognised qualification for the work. It's a unique framework and course, and very worthwhile."

Jane Robb
Graduate Diploma in Professional Practice