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Graduate Certificate of Strength and Conditioning

Graduate Certificate of Strength and Conditioning (GSCC)

Entry requirements
Study mode
  • External
  • -
  • 0.5 year(s) (or part-time equivalent)
  • Jan, May


  • Advance your coaching skills and strategies for working in high-performance settings with UniSQ’s Graduate Certificate of Strength and Conditioning.
  • Select from 8 courses and tailor your own career path. Explore areas, such as leadership and negotiation in sport; athlete profiling, testing and data interpretation to develop strength and conditioning program designs, including injury prevention, rehabilitation, and sports nutrition. 
  • Learn from world-leading, international coaches and researchers who work with national teams leading up to Commonwealth Games, Olympic Games, and world cups as well as Olympic medallists.
  • This is an ideal qualification for sport and exercise science, clinical exercise physiology, or related graduates interested in advancing their career with strength and conditioning practices.

Further study

Graduates can go on to study the Graduate Diploma of Strength and Conditioning.

Career outcomes

  • The Graduate Certificate of Strength and Conditioning will provide you with the skills required for a possible career as a strength and conditioning coach. 

Entry requirements

Find the entry requirements most relevant to you.

  • Completion of an Australian university 3-year or 4-year bachelor degree in the area of sport and exercise science, or equivalent, or a relevant health-related discipline;
  • Completion of a Graduate Certificate in the area of sport and exercise science, or relevant health-related discipline.

There are inherent requirements that must be met in order to successfully complete this degree. Inherent requirements are fundamental skills, capabilities and knowledge that students must be able to demonstrate in order to achieve the essential learning outcomes of the degree, while maintaining the academic integrity of the degree. Please read and understand the inherent requirements specific to the Graduate Certificate of Strength and Conditioning before applying.

If you think you may experience any problems meeting inherent requirements, you can talk to a Student Equity Officer about reasonable adjustments that may be put in place to assist you. Any reasonable adjustments made must not fundamentally change the nature of the inherent requirement.

English language requirements

You are required to satisfy the applicable English language requirements and this degree requires a minimum of IELTS 7.0 or equivalent. If you do not meet the English language requirements you may apply to study a University-approved English language program.

Recognition of prior learning or work experience

You may be eligible for recognition of prior learning if you have previously studied or have relevant work experience. This will help to reduce the number of courses that you need to study to finish your program.


UniSQ offers a number of bachelor degrees or graduate certificates in sport and exercise or other health-related areas for you to study to help you meet the entry requirements for your chosen degree.

Degree structure

To complete this degree students must complete 4 units.

Courses to be studied Units
Core courses 4
Total 4

Refer to the UniSQ Handbook for an example of courses to be studied and recommended enrolment patterns.

Residential schools

Depending on the courses you select, you may be required to attend a mandatory residential school on the UniSQ Ipswich campus. The residential school will be for 5 days (Monday - Friday). More information on residential schools is available. 

Fees and scholarships

Your actual fees may vary depending on the courses you select. We review our fees annually so these may be subject to change.

Approximate annual costs1 for your study (4 units) in this degree are:

Study Mode Cost
Domestic full fee paying

You are responsible for the full cost of your course and are charged a tuition fee.

AUD 13320

1 These are indicative annual fees for 2024. 

Student services and amenities fees

You may need to pay student services and amenities (SA) fees as part of your course costs.

Residential school costs

This degree includes an on-campus residential school component that involves travel, accommodation and meal expenses.

Loan to help you pay your fees

You may not have to pay your course (subject) fees upfront. HECS-HELP and FEE-HELP allows you to defer your fees until your income reaches a certain level. Find out if you are eligible for HECS-HELP or FEE-HELP.

You may also be eligible to receive financial support from Centrelink.


At UniSQ, we offer a range of scholarships to support your success at university. Find a scholarship that works for you.

How to apply

Complete your online application directly to UniSQ.


You can select to start your study in Trimester 1 or 2.

Study period  Application closing date Orientation  Study period start date Finish date
Trimester 1, 2024  Monday 22 January Monday 15 January Monday 22 January Friday 26 April 
Trimester 2, 2024 Monday 20 May Monday 6 May Monday 13 May  Friday 16 August

More information on applying key dates is available.

Further information

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What are the entry requirements for the Graduate Certificate of Strength and Conditioning?

At UniSQ, to gain entry into our Graduate Certificate of Strength and Conditioning you’ll need to meet specific pre-requisites and inherent requirements. ‘Inherent requirements’ are fundamental skills, capabilities and knowledge that students must be able to demonstrate in order to achieve the essential learning outcomes of the degree, while maintaining the academic integrity of the degree. 

For more information about the entry requirements for the Graduate Certificate of Strength and Conditioning, view the entry requirements section of this page.

Do you still have questions? Get in touch with one of our iconnect support staff to talk through your options.

Can I go onto further study after completing a Graduate Certificate in Strength and Conditioning?
A graduate certificate in strength and conditioning is not only an excellent stand-alone degree, but it also provides you with the foundational knowledge to pursue further study opportunities. Once you have completed your diploma, you can seek further study with our Graduate Diploma of Strength and Conditioning and the choose to continue on to our Master of Strength and Conditioning if you wish.
How does the course prepare graduates for roles such as strength and conditioning coaches?
A graduate certificate in high performance sport will equip you with the skills and knowledge to pursue a range of roles within the sport and exercise sector. In particular, the theory you’ll learn in leadership and negotiation, injury prevention, program design, rehabilitation and nutrition, will prepare you to undertake the specialty role of a strength and conditioning coach.
Are flexible study options available?

At UniSQ you can study our strength and conditioning graduate certificate externally, allowing you to learn your subject theory online and attend on-campus residential schools when required.

Discover more about the different ways you can study a Graduate Certificate in Strength and Conditioning with UniSQ.