10951NAT Graduate Certificate in Positive Behaviour Support


course duration

12 months



May and November each year
Next intake:
7 November 2022



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The Graduate Certificate in Positive Behaviour Support is designed to provide a specialised program of study to prepare professionals to support people with disabilities who present with behaviours of concern to live a life of dignity in the community.

Our Graduate Certificate in Positive Behaviour Support will provide participants with a range of knowledge, and skills to perform the following functions associated with a Core Practitioner to:

  • Conduct quality of life and environmental assessments
  • Conduct a functional behavioural assessment
  • Undertake mediator analysis with diverse stakeholders in the person’s life and environments
  • Develop an implementation plan
  • Develop a plan to monitor and evaluate the behaviour change plan
  • Develop appropriate reinforcement strategies that adhere to the principles of positive behaviour support
  • Develop person-centred support plans
  • Develop functional behavioural hypotheses specific to individual client need
  • 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
  • Mentor organisation peers in functional behavioural assessment.


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 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.

The Graduate Certificate in Positive Behaviour Support leads on to the Graduate Diploma of Positive Behaviour Support.


Program Units

To achieve the Graduate Certificate in Positive Behaviour Support must complete:

  • PSPGEN035 - Provide workplace mentoring.
  • NAT10951001 - Provide high-level independent assessment service positive support network.


IT Requirements

Students must have access to:

  • Internet
  • Computer with webcam and microphone





entry requirements

Entry Requirements

To gain 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
  • Significant 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.



  • Lectures are on Mondays 7.00 pm – 9.00 pm (AEST)
  • Tutorials are on Wednesdays 7.00 pm – 9.00 pm (AEST)

*All times are in Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST)



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Resources required

This program will require two textbooks to be purchased by the student for the unit NAT10951001 - Provide high-level independent assessment services within a positive behaviour support network. These are:

  • Applied behaviour analysis (3rd Edition) By Cooper, Heron & Heward, Published by Pearson. Approximate cost $100 hard copy and $65 e-book.
  • Functional Assessment and Program Development for Problem Behaviour: A Practical Handbook (3rd Edition) By Robert E. O'Neill, Richard W. Albin, Keith Storey, Robert H. Horner, Jeffrey R. Sprague, Published by Cengage. Approximate cost $150 hard copy and $65 e-book.



Issuance of Qualification Award

On successful completion of the training and assessment requirements of the two Core Units of Competency, you will receive a Graduate Certificate in Positive Behaviour Support issued by UQ College.


Statement of Attainment

On completion of one unit of competency, you will receive a Statement of Attainment issued by UQ College.




Application checklist

Documents required to enrol:

1. Photographic identification

One form of photographic identification is required as part of your enrolment.

  • For Australian and New Zealand citizens: A copy of your passport, driver’s licence, or proof of age card.
  • Holder of a Permanent Visa including a Permanent Humanitarian Visa:
  1. A copy of your Passport or Immigration Card, and
  2. A copy of your Visa or letter from the Department of Home Affairs.


2. Previous Qualifications

If you have undertaken additional studies or achieved qualifications, we may need to assess the qualification. You may be asked to provide your Academic Record/ undergraduate degree or higher qualification in Allied Health, Nursing, Human Services, Social or Behavioural Sciences or a related field.


3. Language Literacy and Numeracy Test (online):

The purpose of the Language, Literacy, and Numeracy test is to assess a student’s current level of competency in English and Mathematics, alongside providing an indication of a student’s ability to succeed within the learning environment of the CATP.

credit transfer

4. If applying for Credit Transfer:

Complete Credit Transfer Application Form (VET). 

Submit your application prior to start of study. 

Along with this form, you should also submit any relevant qualification, testamurs, record of results, statements of attainment, graduation statements, or a USI transcript. These documents should either be copies certified by a Justice of the Peace, or originals for sighting by an appropriate UQ College staff member. 

You must submit your application prior to your start of study. 

Read more about Credit Transfer

Recognition of Prior Learning

Recognition of prior learning (RPL) relates to the skills and knowledge you’ve collected through work and life experiences and then transferring them to current training course requirements. RPL must take place at the start of the program after enrolling with UQ College.

Payment options

To enrol in the Graduate Certificate in Positive Behaviour Support, a student will have two options: Payment in full; or Payment Plan set out below.

UQ College is giving students the option to gradually pay for your qualification over a 6-month period.

To be eligible for a payment plan you must meet the following criteria:

  • You are a domestic student and over the age of 18 years
  • You have no outstanding debt with UQ College
  • You have the financial capacity to meet the payment plan instalments.

If you have difficulty meeting the payment plan instalments, please contact our staff who can discuss your options with you.

The Graduate Certificate in Positive Behaviour Support Payment Plan schedule:

  • 1st or Initial Payment (on enrolment) $3,600
  • 2nd payment (on completion of first unit) $3,600





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