Graduate Certificate in Professional Coaching
Graduate Certificate in Professional Coaching

Graduate Certificate in Professional Coaching

Graduate Certificate in Professional Coaching

Study the Graduate Certificate in Professional Coaching and develop professional coaching skills and knowledge in communication, presentation, interpersonal and problem solving skills.

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Key Details
SIT2LRN Distance Learning
Qualification:
Graduate Certificate
Level:
7
Credits:
60
Duration:

Six months full-time

Intakes are 17 weeks 

Study Modes:
Distance Learning
Dates:

2021 Intake 2: 29 March to 23 July - Applications Close 08 March 2021

2021 Intake 3: 14 June to 08 October - Applications Close 24 May 2021

2021 Intake 4: 02 August to 26 November - Applications Close 12 July 2021

Fees:
This programme is eligible for the Zero Fees Scheme.
No Tuition Fees
Direct Material Costs: $7.50 per credit (incl GST) (e.g. $750.00 for 100 credit course)
$50 Administration Fee per Application (non-refundable)
International Students
$100 per credit

This programme is eligible for the Zero Fees Scheme.

  • No Tuition Fees
  • Direct Material Costs: $7.50 per credit (incl GST) (e.g. $750.00 for 100 credit course)
  • $50 Administration Fee per Application (non-refundable)

International Students

  • $100 per credit

The aim of the Graduate Certificate in Professional Coaching is to provide students who already have a degree, or extensive applicable experience, with advanced theoretical and applied knowledge in a specialised field, which can be used in professional practice or further advanced study in this area.

The programme offers a blend of theoretical and practical learning, with an emphasis on applied knowledge and skill. High importance is placed on the development of professional coaching skills (such as communication, presentation, interpersonal and problem solving skills) in addition to the development of specific professional coaching knowledge.

You will learn to:

  • Analyse strategic issues facing the emerging profession of professional coaching and its role in various contemporary environments.
  • Use standards of professional coaching ethics to enable the development of the professional coaching and effective management relationship.
  • Solve problems, both independently and as part of a team.

This programme is suitable for professionals working in areas of social development (teachers, trainers, consultants, HR professionals), social support services (social workers, nurses, therapist), and service industries with a strong client orientation (eg tourism and hospitality).

Compulsory Papers                                                  

MGT725 Role of Professional Coaching (15 credits)

Students in this paper will explore the origins of professional coaching and its role in today’s environment. The paper will provide students with the knowledge and skills necessary to build a portfolio of core coaching competencies and explore the emerging profession of professional coaching, including applicability to real life situations; characteristics, outcomes and benefits for a coachee; and the professional standards and code of conduct included in professional coaching ethics.

On successful completion of this paper, students will be able to: 

  • Research the differences between coaching competencies on the levels of knowledge, skills and attitudes in relation to primary coaching areas and outcomes.
  • Critically evaluate a potential client coachability index, including consideration of the mentor-coaching benefits.
  • Critically assess the ethical framework of coaching and potential ethical conflicts.

MGT726 Professional Coaching Relationships and Environment (15 credits)

This paper provides students with the skills and knowledge to develop a professional coaching relationship, in differing environments and utilising differing styles, in a project-based setting through the focus of a business enterprise opportunity or existing business enterprise.

On successful completion of this paper, students will be able to:

  • Critically examine the key aspects of the coach-coachee relationship and analyse these in context of a professional coaching psychological contract that recognises the dynamics of professional coaching relationships with different partners.
  • Critically evaluate professional coaching styles in order to assess own preferred style and manage the creation of professional coaching environments and provision.
  • Prepare, execute, and evaluate professional coaching projects to develop a professional coaching model that can accommodate differing topics in differing environments.

MGT727 Professional Coaching Tools (15 credits)

This paper provides students with the skills and knowledge to develop the suite of tools and techniques necessary to undertake professional coaching and enable the creation of a portfolio for use in a professional coaching environment.

On successful completion of this paper, students will be able to:

  • Critically assess a variety of different professional coaching tools and evaluate the application of each tool.
  • Critically examine professional coaching techniques.
  • Research and develop own vision, mission, values and strategy for a professional coaching business.

Student must complete one of the following two elective papers: 

MGT233 Life and Career Coaching (15 credits)

This paper provides students with the advanced knowledge of professional standards of professional coaching ethics to enable the development of the professional coaching and effective management relationship and the exploration of the difference between career counselling and career coaching.

On successful completion of this paper, students will be able to:

  • Evaluate the relationship between professional coaching and effective management.
  • Critically compare/contrast career coaching with career counselling.
  • Develop own action plan for career coaching case study.

MGT234 Executive and SME Coaching (15 credits)

This paper provides students with the knowledge and skills to undertake transactional and transformational professional coaching in a corporate environment, together with an understanding of key professional coaching areas of relevance to SME business owners and professionals.

On successful completion of this paper, students will be able to: 

  • Recognise and assess potential problem areas and identify solutions for the application of transactional and transformational coaching models in the corporate world.
  • Critically assess the professional coaching issues for SME business owners and skilled professionals, including the characteristics of work/life balance.
  • Provide professional coaching for differing stages of SME business development (from start-up to exit).

Graduates will be qualified to work in a range of employment sectors, from small and medium enterprises (SMEs) through to engagement in larger, more complex enterprises, or as self-employed consultants.
This programme is suitable for professionals working in areas of social development (teachers, trainers, consultants, HR professionals), social support services (social workers, nurses, therapist), and service industries with a strong client orientation (eg tourism and hospitality).

Graduates will be qualified to work in a range of employment sectors, from small and medium enterprises (SMEs) through to engagement in larger, more complex enterprises, or as self-employed consultants.

Applicants must have obtained at least an undergraduate degree in any discipline.

Mature Applicants
Applicants must supply at least three years relevant work experience. Each mature applicant must provide their curriculum vitae detailing any relevant work experience and academic achievements.  The Programme Manager will use this information to assess whether the applicant is likely to successfully complete the Graduate Certificate programme.

Language Requirements
Applicants, whose first language is not English, or who come from a country where the language of instruction in schools is not English, are required to provide evidence of having achieved one of the following:
NCEA Level 3 with University Entrance, or an International Baccalaureate Diploma or Cambridge A- Level qualification for which the teaching and assessment was conducted in English, or
Cambridge Certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (CELTA),or Trinity College London Certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (CertTESOL), or
Successful completion of all primary education (being the equivalent of New Zealand primary school years 1 to 8) and at least three years of secondary education (being the equivalent of three years from New Zealand secondary school years 9 to 13) at schools in either New Zealand, Australia, Canada, the Republic of Ireland, South Africa, the United Kingdom and the United States one of the countries listed in Rule 18.5 where the student was taught using English as the language of instruction, or
Successful completion of at least five years of secondary education (being the equivalent of New Zealand secondary school years 9 to 13) at schools in either New Zealand, Australia, Canada, the Republic of Ireland, South Africa, the United Kingdom and the United States where the student was taught using English as the language of instruction, or
Successful completion of a Bachelor's Degree, Graduate Certificate, Graduate Diploma, Bachelor Honours degree, Postgraduate Certificate, Postgraduate Diploma, Masters' Degree or Doctoral Degree, the language of instruction of which must be in English and which must be from a tertiary education provider from New Zealand, Australia, Canada, the Republic of Ireland, South Africa, the United Kingdom or the United States, or
Successful completion of one of the following internationally recognised proficiency tests listed below to the level required of the programme of study and with all scores achieved in a single test during the two years preceding the proposed date of enrolment:
IELTS test - Academic score of 6 with no band score lower than 5.5 
TOEFL Paper based test (pBT) - Score of 550 (with an essay score 5 TWE) 
TOEFL Internet based test (iBT) - Score of 60 (with a writing score of 18) 
Cambridge English Examination - B2 First or B2 First for schools or C1 Advanced or C2 Proficiency with a score of 169. No less than 162 in each skill. 
OET - Minimum of Grade C or 200 in all sub-tests 
NZCEL - a) Expiring, Level b) Current: a) Level 4 (Academic), b) Level 4 (Academic) 
Pearson Test of English (Academic) - PTE (Academic) score of 50 with no band score lower than 42 
Language Cert - C1 Expert IESOL (LRWS) with PASS and no less than Pass in each skill 
Trinity ISE - ISE II with no less than distinction in any band
* New versions of some NZCEL qualifications, and in some cases new qualifications, were published on 13 June 2017. These are intended to replace pre-existing versions and qualifications, which have been given expiring status until discontinued on 31 December 2019. (a) denotes expiring (b) denotes current.

Language Requirements
Applicants, whose first language is not English, or who come from a country where the language of instruction in schools is not English, are required to provide evidence of having achieved one of the following:
NCEA Level 3 with University Entrance, or an International Baccalaureate Diploma or Cambridge A- Level qualification for which the teaching and assessment was conducted in English, or
Cambridge Certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (CELTA),or Trinity College London Certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (CertTESOL), or
Successful completion of all primary education (being the equivalent of New Zealand primary school years 1 to 8) and at least three years of secondary education (being the equivalent of three years from New Zealand secondary school years 9 to 13) at schools in either New Zealand, Australia, Canada, the Republic of Ireland, South Africa, the United Kingdom and the United States one of the countries listed in Rule 18.5 where the student was taught using English as the language of instruction, or
Successful completion of at least five years of secondary education (being the equivalent of New Zealand secondary school years 9 to 13) at schools in either New Zealand, Australia, Canada, the Republic of Ireland, South Africa, the United Kingdom and the United States where the student was taught using English as the language of instruction, or
Successful completion of a Bachelor's Degree, Graduate Certificate, Graduate Diploma, Bachelor Honours degree, Postgraduate Certificate, Postgraduate Diploma, Masters' Degree or Doctoral Degree, the language of instruction of which must be in English and which must be from a tertiary education provider from New Zealand, Australia, Canada, the Republic of Ireland, South Africa, the United Kingdom or the United States, or
Successful completion of one of the following internationally recognised proficiency tests listed below to the level required of the programme of study and with all scores achieved in a single test during the two years preceding the proposed date of enrolment:

IELTS test - Academic score of 6 with no band score lower than 5.5 

TOEFL Paper based test (pBT) - Score of 550 (with an essay score 5 TWE) 

TOEFL Internet based test (iBT) - Score of 60 (with a writing score of 18) 

Cambridge English Examination - B2 First or B2 First for schools or C1 Advanced or C2 Proficiency with a score of 169. No less than 162 in each skill. 

OET - Minimum of Grade C or 200 in all sub-tests 

NZCEL - a) Expiring, Level b) Current: a) Level 4 (Academic), b) Level 4 (Academic) 

Pearson Test of English (Academic) - PTE (Academic) score of 50 with no band score lower than 42 

Language Cert - C1 Expert IESOL (LRWS) with PASS and no less than Pass in each skill 

Trinity ISE - ISE II with no less than distinction in any band
* New versions of some NZCEL qualifications, and in some cases new qualifications, were published on 13 June 2017. These are intended to replace pre-existing versions and qualifications, which have been given expiring status until discontinued on 31 December 2019. (a) denotes expiring (b) denotes current.

Level 6 papers must be completed before, or at the same time as, Level 7 papers unless approved by the programme manager. Papers at the same level may be studied in any order.

Full time study

Full time study is completing 60 credits per intake. Students studying full time will complete the Graduate Certificate within one intake.

Full time acceptance into the programme is at the Programme Manager’s discretion.

Part time study

The number of credits selected per intake will depend on work, family, and other commitments. The recommended maximum number of credits per intake, compared to working hours, are:

  • Working 37+ hours per week = enrol in a maximum of 30 credits per intake
  • Working 20 – 37 hours per week = enrol in a maximum of 45 credits per intake
  • Working fewer than 20 hours per week = enrol in a maximum of 60 credits per intake (full time study).

Cross Credit

If you have completed the Diploma in Project Management (Level 6), Diploma in Hotel and Tourism (Level 6) or the National Diploma in Business (Level 6) through SIT2LRN within the last five years, you may be able to have some of your study credited towards this programme. 

Please contact SIT2LRN to discuss or download the cross credit application form. http://www.sit.ac.nz/Students/Academic-Support

Additional information

  • As a guideline, one credit equates to approximately 10 hours study within an intake period.  Click HERE to download a Study Load Calculator (spreadsheet).
  • All papers selected within a particular intake must be completed within that intake unless a transfer is requested (conditions apply; see FAQs.
  • Online enrolments are on a year by year basis and students are welcome to apply for multiple intakes in one enrolment.  Further enrolment is the responsibility of individual students.  

    There is no automatic enrolment rollover. 

All SIT2LRN courses require you to have a computer and Internet access. Students are required to use their SIT webmail only for all SIT2LRN communications. All course materials and information, including assessments and due dates, are located on the online Blackboard system. Once you have been accepted into a programme you will receive an Important Information Booklet that includes information that you can use to familiarise yourself with our online Blackboard learning environment. From the intake start date you will have access to the online course materials to work through.

Facilitator Assistance: During the enrolled intake period, students have email access to Facilitators, who endeavour to respond to emails within 48 hours (week days only). All students are required, within the first two weeks of an intake, to send an email to their Facilitator confirming their start on the programme of study. Students who have not emailed their facilitator or embarked upon their course of study by the end of the 2ndweek of an intake, will be Faculty Withdrawn from the programme. Such withdrawals may impact on future access to SIT Zero Fees Scheme and Student Direct Material Costs are still liable for payment.

Progress reports are sent out 6-8 weeks after the end of each intake.

We recommend students new to SIT2LRN read through the Frequently Asked Questions section of our website for further study and enrolment information.

Please use the following checklist to ensure that all relevant information and documentation has been included. Remember, your application will be assessed based on the information that you provide us with.  Processing of your application will be delayed if we need to come back to you for missing information.
I have read all sections of the Programme Information on this page
I have read the SIT2LRN Frequently Asked Questions section
I have met all admission criteria for the programme (found under Application Criteria)
I have met all the criteria for individual papers (found under Course Content)
I have selected the paper(s) I wish to study
I have selected intake(s) (I have selected alternate intakes rather than overlapping intakes)
Year one papers must be completed before commencing year two papers and year two papers must be completed before commencing year three papers
I know my intended payment method
If my organisation/company is paying for my studies, I have a completed and approved purchase order to attach to my online application.  I am aware that should my organisation or company not pay my fees, these will become my responsibility.
I have completed and will attach a cross credit form (if applying for a cross credit)
New students – I have provided an active NSN in the name I am enrolling in or I have verified ID and will attach it to my online application.
New students – I will attach academic documentation (NZQA record of achievement/academic transcripts/certificates).  These do not need to be verified. (If you do not have any academic documentation to support your application, please attach a comprehensive CV outlining your education and work experience).
I have computer access,  an Internet connection and access to software to create electronic documents e.g. Microsoft Word or Open Office
What Is The Zero Fees Scheme?
The Zero Fees Scheme means we do not charge tuition fees. However, there is a Student Direct Material Cost that you need to pay and a non-refundable administration fee. The administration fee is for processing your application and the Student Direct Material Cost gives you secure access to Blackboard® our online learning environment and to student support services throughout your study with us.
Who Qualifies For The Zero Fees Scheme?
A New Zealand citizen completing the full qualification or 
An Australian citizen/New Zealand Resident or Permanent Resident who will be residing in New Zealand for the duration of your enrolment.
Instructions to Help You with Your Application:
Read the Programme Information on this page and the SIT2LRN Frequently Asked Questions and find out if you meet the application criteria for both the programme and the unit/s you wish to study.
Check your eligibility for Zero Fees. If you are not eligible to study under this scheme, please call 
0800 748 257 for further options.
Complete your online enrolment checking that:
If you are a new student …
Provide an active NSN number in the name you are enrolling in (contact NZQA on 0800 697 296 to get your NSN number if you do not know it);
If you do not have an active NSN, then attach a copy of your verified ID in the name you are enrolling in.
If you are a Resident or Permanent resident of NZ, please provide a copy of proof of residency;
Attach all academic documentation to support your application including copies of any certificates of courses you have undertaken / NZQA record of achievement / transcripts / CV;
Attach supporting documents as required and outlined on the previous page.
Please check that you have included all the required information and supporting documents.  Your application will be assessed based on the information that you provide.  Missing information will delay the processing of your application.
Please scan and email all additional documentation to sit2lrn@sit.ac.nz.
What Happens Next?
You will receive an automatic email confirmation when we receive your online application. Processing may take up to three weeks. However, we will get in touch with you sooner if we require further documentation.
Once your application has been accepted you will be sent a conditional offer of acceptance with an invoice and instructions on how to make payment.
Once we have received your payment (or if you have opted to pay by Credit Card, Student Loan or Purchase Order) you will be sent an Enrolment Confirmation Letter and Important Information Booklet. Closer to the start of the intake you will receive a Time To Get Started Letter which will give you all the necessary information, tools and guidance to start your study with us.

Please use the following checklist to ensure that all relevant information and documentation has been included. Remember, your application will be assessed based on the information that you provide us with.  Processing of your application will be delayed if we need to come back to you for missing information.

  • I have read all sections of the Programme Information on this page
  • I have read the SIT2LRN Frequently Asked Questionssection.
  • I have met all admission criteria for the programme (found under Application Criteria)
  • I have met all the criteria for individual papers (found under Course Content)
  • I have selected the paper(s) I wish to study.
  • I have selected intake(s) (I have selected alternate intakes rather than overlapping intakes)

Year one papers must be completed before commencing year two papers and year two papers must be completed before commencing year three papers

  • I know my intended payment method
  • If my organisation/company is paying for my studies, I have a completed and approved purchase order to attach to my online application.  
  • I am aware that should my organisation or company not pay my fees, these will become my responsibility.
  • I have completed and will attach a cross credit form (if applying for a cross credit)
  • New students – I have provided an active NSN in the name I am enrolling in or I have verified ID and will attach it to my online application.
  • New students – I will attach academic documentation (NZQA record of achievement/academic transcripts/certificates).  These do not need to be verified. (If you do not have any academic documentation to support your application, please attach a comprehensive CV outlining your education and work experience).
  • I have computer access,  an Internet connection and access to software to create electronic documents e.g. Microsoft Word or Open Office

What Is The Zero Fees Scheme? 

The Zero Fees Scheme means we do not charge tuition fees. However, there is a Student Direct Material Cost that you need to pay and a non-refundable administration fee.

The administration fee is for processing your application and the Student Direct Material Cost gives you secure access to Blackboard® our online learning environment and to student support services throughout your study with us.

Who Qualifies For The Zero Fees Scheme?
A New Zealand citizen completing the full qualification or An Australian citizen/New Zealand Resident or Permanent Resident who will be residing in New Zealand for the duration of your enrolment.

Instructions to Help You with Your Application:
Read the Programme Information on this page and the SIT2LRN Frequently Asked Questions and find out if you meet the application criteria for both the programme and the unit/s you wish to study.Check your eligibility for Zero Fees.

If you are not eligible to study under this scheme, please call 0800 748 257 for further options.

Complete your online enrolment checking that:

 If you are a new student …

  • Provide an active NSN number in the name you are enrolling in (contact NZQA on 0800 697 296 to get your NSN number if you do not know it); If you do not have an active NSN, then attach a copy of your verified ID in the name you are enrolling in.
  • If you are a Resident or Permanent resident of NZ, please provide a copy of proof of residency;
  • Attach all academic documentation to support your application including copies of any certificates of courses you have undertaken / NZQA record of achievement / transcripts / CV;
  • Attach supporting documents as required and outlined on the previous page.

Please check that you have included all the required information and supporting documents.  Your application will be assessed based on the information that you provide.  Missing information will delay the processing of your application.

Please scan and email all additional documentation to sit2lrn@sit.ac.nz.

What Happens Next?

  • You will receive an automatic email confirmation when we receive your online application. Processing may take up to three weeks. However, we will get in touch with you sooner if we require further documentation.
  • Once your application has been accepted you will be sent a conditional offer of acceptance with an invoice and instructions on how to make payment.
  • Once we have received your payment (or if you have opted to pay by Credit Card, Student Loan or Purchase Order) you will be sent an Enrolment Confirmation Letter and Important Information Booklet.
  • Closer to the start of the intake you will receive a Time To Get Started Letter which will give you all the necessary information, tools and guidance to start your study with us.

In order to be awarded the Graduate Certificate in Professional Coaching, students will have been credited with all required papers and electives as specified in the schedule of papers. The total credit value of the Graduate Certificate in Professional Coaching is 60 credits.

Please note: Students failing to engage in study as per programme requirements may forfeit Zero Fees entitlement.

Assessments may include, but are not limited to: tests, assignments, case studies, presentations, reports, and final examinations.

For more information on required and recommended textbooks for this course please refer to the textbook list here

Please note that textbooks need to be ordered at least 3-4 weeks prior to the commencement of your study

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