Graduate Certificate in Positive Behaviour Support - 10951NAT

course duration

28 weeks of study


5 August 2024 to 21 March 2025 

UQ College reserves the right to cancel a program due to insufficient student numbers


Program Fee: $7950

Enrolment Fee (non-refundable): $230


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Do you wish to help people with disabilities to live a life of dignity in the community with specialised training in positive behavioural support? 

UQ College offers the Graduate Certificate in Positive Behaviour Support (10951NAT) which will give you a range of skills and knowledge to improve the quality of life of individuals by providing high-level person-centric assessment and care planning.  

Positive Behaviour Support (PBS) is the term used to describe the integration of the contemporary ideology of disability service provision with the clinical framework of applied behaviour analysis. PBS is backed by evidence encompassing strategies and methods that aim to increase the person’s quality of life and reduce challenging behaviour. 

If you are a qualified professional in allied health, nursing, human services, social or behavioural science or are working in disability services, the Graduate Certificate in Positive Behaviour Support (10951NAT) will train you to perform the following functions associated with a Core Practitioner as outlined in the Positive Behaviour Support Capability Framework (updated February 2021): 

  • Recall, understand and apply concepts relating to disability and PBS in general circumstances 
  • Have a core understanding of other models of practice which are complementary to PBS (e.g., environmental enrichment, person-centred active support) 
  • Conduct quality of life and environmental assessments 
  • Conduct a functional behavioural assessment utilising person-centred practices 
  • Evaluate Risks through risk assessments 
  • Identify antecedents (setting events and triggers) to behaviours of concern and factors that support quality of life 
  • Develop an implementation plan 
  • Develop a plan to monitor and evaluate the behaviour change plan 
  • Analyse the relationship between the person and their environment 
  • Use effective systems to collect data from a variety of sources 
  • Develop person-centred support plans 
  • Develop functional behavioural hypotheses specific to individual client needs 
  • Increase an individual’s quality of life by person centric principles to individual planning and educating stakeholders to implement the person’s behaviour support plan 

 Flexible Online Study 

Delivery of the program will be conducted online via a combination of webinars and eLearning two evening per week. Highly qualified teachers will guide you through your study and you can complete the Grad Cert PBS in the comfort of your own home. All you need is reliable internet access and a computer with a webcam and microphone.   





entry requirements


Entry Requirements

To be eligible for entry into the Graduate Certificate in Positive Behaviour Support, a candidate must have:  

  • An undergraduate degree or higher qualification in Allied Health, Nursing, Human Services, Social or Behavioural Sciences or a related field.  


  • Minimum of five years previous experience working in providing disability services, in a job role involving the self-directed application of knowledge of positive behaviour support planning and implementation, with:  
  • substantial depth in this specialised area of practice and;  
  • exercise of independent judgment and decision-making

Program Outcomes 

The outcomes of this program meet the disability support sector needs to respond to individuals who display challenging behaviour. The NDIS Quality and Safeguarding Commission Behaviour Support Capability Framework was developed to establish consistency across all states and territories and promotes the need for a safe and competent workforce. This includes introducing consistent quality requirements for behaviour support practitioners to support the needs of a diverse range of clients. 

Potential Occupations 

Students who complete the Graduate Certificate in Positive Behaviour Support (10951NAT) would be able to seek employment in the following roles: 

  • CORE Behaviour Support Practitioner 
  • Proficient Behaviour Support Practitioner 
  • Advanced Behaviour Support Practitioner 
  • Specialist Behaviour Support Practitioner 
  • Support Coordinator 
  • Case Manager 

Program Structure 

To achieve the Graduate Certificate in Positive Behaviour Support, students must complete the following two units of competency: 

  • PSPGEN123 – Provide workplace mentoring (10-week unit) 
  • NAT10951001 – Provide high-level independent assessment services within a positive behaviour support framework (18-week unit) 


Class sessions take place two evenings per week from 6pm-9pm (AEST). 


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On successful completion of the training and assessment requirements for the two core units of competency, you will receive a Graduate Certificate in Positive Behaviour Support (10951NAT) issued by UQ College. 


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