Professional Development and Education

Equip yourself with professional skills and learning experiences in a specific area of study or industry area. Avondale's short, flexible and low-cost qualifications ensure your professional growth remains up-to-date with relevant and emerging practices.

Micro-credentials and Short Courses

Micro-credentials and short courses certify achievement in a specific area of study. These professional qualifications can be completed as a one-off or used to gain credit towards a higher qualification at Avondale.

Complete a micro-credential or short course to:
  • improve your employability
  • ensure continuous professional development
  • remain competitive in your area of expertise
  • tighten a skills gap in your fast-paced industry
  • break into a particular industry post-graduation
  • complement an existing degree
  • use as credit towards a higher degree
  • pursue a personal interest

Avondale is designing a range of micro-credentials and short courses to suit your needs. The following micro credential(s) are currently on offer at Avondale:

Nicotine Addiction and Smoking Cessation (6 credit points)
The Nicotine Addiction and Smoking Cessation micro-credential is for allied health professionals, doctors and health educators with a special interest in tobacco control and smoking cessation.

To be eligible, you must meet the admission criteria for the Graduate Certificate in Lifestyle Medicine



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Non-award Study

If you want to keep your knowledge and skills current without taking on a course that leads to a degree, or you have personal interest in an area of study, you can enrol in a non-award single unit of study.

Units completed as a non-award single unit of study may be eligible for credit towards a degree, should you decide to apply for a qualification at Avondale.

Non-award single units are charged per unit of study and must be paid in full before the relevant census date. The amount charged depends on the unit. Students studying non-award units are not eligible for FEE-HELP or Commonwealth supported places (CSP) and so this includes HECS-HELP.

Guidelines for non-award study

  • Enrolment is on the provision that there are sufficient places available in the course and that the enrolment does not preclude a student in an Avondale award program from enrolling into the course.
  • A non-award student will not be permitted to enrol in more than 24 credit points in any one academic year.
  • Non-award enrolment into a course may be permitted provided that the student has appropriate educational qualifications, satisfies the minimum English language requirements as stated in the Admission to Higher Education Undergraduate Courses Policy, and has met the pre-requisites (if applicable).
  • Applications for non-award study are considered by the course convenor, ensuring the student will benefit from the enrolment.

How to apply for non-award study

You will use Avondale's online applicant portal to apply. Please read through each step BEFORE you apply.

STEP 1: Create an account for the online applicant portal. Once your account is created, you will receive an email confirming your applicant ID and password. If you already have an account, go to STEP 4;

STEP 2: Select the correct course code:
  • For undergraduate non-award study - choose course code 4482
  • For postgraduate non-award study - choose course code 4073

STEP 4: Using your applicant ID and password, click on APPLY NOW to complete your non-award study application.

Units & Fees

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Audit a Unit

'Auditing' is defined as listening. When you audit a unit, you may attend lectures but not necessarily attend associated tutorials, laboratory or workshop sessions. Assignments and examinations are not included, so the only credential you will be issued is a transcript with a grade of "AUD". Auditing a unit incurs a fee of AU$200. For more information and to apply, email

Student Administration Services
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