Postgraduate

Graduate Certificate in Autism Diagnosis

Develop specialist knowledge and clinical skills required to participate in team-based diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)

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Address

Student Central The University of Western Australia (M355) 35 Stirling Highway Perth

Western Australia 6009

Telephone

(+61 8) 6488 3939

International

1800 653 050

Hours

8.30am-5pm AWST, Monday - Friday

Frequently asked questions

Careers and further study

Take your studies to a new level and discover what career opportunities lie ahead.

Career Pathways

Students completing the course are likely to be highly competitive in obtaining employment with government and private agencies engaged in diagnosing Autism Spectrum Disorder or engaged in providing other services to children and adults affected by this disorder.
Students completing the course are likely to be highly competitive in obtaining employment with government and private agencies engaged in diagnosing Autism Spectrum Disorder or engaged in providing other services to children and adults affected by this disorder.
This course could lead to these

Career Opportunities

Further Study

Students who complete the Graduate Certificate in Autism Diagnosis in addition to an Honours degree in Psychology may wish to pursue further study in Clinical Psychology or Clinical Neuropsychology through the MPsych/PhD programs offered at UWA.
Students who complete the Graduate Certificate in Autism Diagnosis in addition to an Honours degree in Psychology may wish to pursue further study in Clinical Psychology or Clinical Neuropsychology through the MPsych/PhD programs offered at UWA.

Fees and scholarships

Learn more about the fees that apply to you for this course. For fee type definitions and further assistance, see the Fee Calculator Help page. You can also search our database for scholarships that are relevant to you or this course.

Domestic Fees

Postgraduate - fee paying students

The Annual Fee is an estimate only based on a standard annual study load of 48 points.


For Commonwealth Supported Places, student contribution amounts are charged by unit. For an accurate fee estimate, go to the Fee Calculator and select “I want to price my units”.

For Full Fee Paying places, students are charged an annual course fee. Visit the Fee Calculator and select your course to see the annual and total course fees.

Course Credit Points
24
Total Course Fee - 2020
$8,850.00
Domestic Fees

Postgraduate – Commonwealth supported students

The Annual Fee is an estimate only based on a standard annual study load of 48 points.


For Commonwealth Supported Places, student contribution amounts are charged by unit. For an accurate fee estimate, go to the Fee Calculator and select “I want to price my units”.

For Full Fee Paying places, students are charged an annual course fee. Visit the Fee Calculator and select your course to see the annual and total course fees.

Course Credit Points
24
Average Annual Fee - 2020
$9,094.47
Typical Fee Range - 2020
$6,684.00 - $11,155.00

Scholarships

Scholarships are available to students from a diverse range of backgrounds, including academic achievement, financial need, educational disadvantage, leadership and community service, artistic or sporting achievements, and being from a rural or remote area.

Cost of living

There are a few things to consider before applying to study at university. One could be your cost of living. This can depend on factors such as lifestyle, accommodation, tuition fees, medical insurance, textbooks and more. For an indication of expenses and average costs, see our Cost of living page.

Admission requirements

If you’re interested in furthering your career by studying this postgraduate degree, find out the admission details below.

Admission Requirements

(1) To be considered for admission to this course an applicant must have—
(a)(i) a bachelor's degree in speech pathology, occupational therapy, medicine, or an equivalent qualification, as recognised by UWA; or
(ii) an accredited bachelor's honours degree in psychology, or an equivalent qualification, as recognised by UWA; and
(iii) eligibility for registration as a provisional or full psychologist with AHPRA;
and
(b) evidence of having at least three months of full-time equivalent experience working directly with children or adolescents, as recognised by UWA;
and
(c) a satisfactory personal statement, as recognised by UWA;
and
(d) two satisfactory referees, as recognised by UWA;
and
(e) a curriculum vitae summarising relevant occupational and practical experience, as recognised by UWA.
(2) Invitation to attend an interview will be based on assessment of (1) (a), (b), (c), (d), and (e), in alignment with the interview quota for the year.
(3) Eligible applicants who are interviewed will be assessed based on the personal qualities considered desirable by the selection panel.
(4) Admission will be awarded to the highest ranked applicants under (1) and (3) who fall within the intake quota for that year.
COURSE REQUIREMENT

Graduate Certificate in Autism Diagnosis

You must forward this Qualtrics Report link to your nominated academic referees. Please ensure that you give your referees enough notice to meet the deadline of 15 October 2020.
COURSE REQUIREMENT

Ranking and Selection Process

Where relevant, admission will be awarded to the highest ranked applicants or applicants selected based on the relevant requirements.

English competency

English is the language of instruction and assessment at UWA and you will need to meet the English language requirements of the University to be eligible for a place.
Application Checklist

UWA Applicants

Before submitting your application, make sure to go through the checklist to ensure your application is eligible for submission.
Application Checklist

Application Checklist:

  • Have you ensured that by end of semester 2 2020 you will satisfy the entry requirements for this program?
  • Have you provided certified academic transcripts of any tertiary studies that you completed at a university other than UWA?
  • Have you provided a Curriculum Vitae, which includes:
  1. The names and contact details of two academic referees supporting your application.
  2. Details of any relevant work experience that you have undertaken.
  3. A personal statement regarding why you want to do this course (1 page max.)
  • Have you asked your academic referees to complete the referee’s report by closing date 15/10/2020 in Qualtrics?

If you answered 'Yes' to all the above, your application is ready for submission

Application Checklist

Non-UWA Applicants

Before submitting your application, make sure to go through the checklist to ensure your application is eligible for submission.
Application Checklist

Application Checklist:

  • Have you ensured that by end of semester 2 2020 you will satisfy the entry requirements for this program?
  • OR

    If the university at which you completed your degree is outside Australia, have you provided documentation proving that your program is recognised in Australia?

  • Have you provided certified academic transcripts of any tertiary studies that you completed at a university other than UWA?
  • Have you provided a Curriculum Vitae, which includes:
  1. The names and contact details of two academic referees supporting your application.
  2. Details of any relevant work experience that you have undertaken.
  3. A personal statement regarding why you want to do this course (1 page max.)
  • Have you asked your academic referees to complete the referee’s report by closing date 15/10/2020 in Qualtrics?

If you answered 'Yes' to all the above, your application is ready for submission

How to apply

Ready to apply for this postgraduate course? Follow the steps and you’ll be on your way to joining us at UWA.

Course details

This course will provide graduates trained in psychology, speech pathology, occupational therapy, paediatrics, or psychiatry with the specialist knowledge and clinical skills required to participate in team-based diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD).

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About the course

Two coursework units will provide in-depth knowledge of ASD concerning characteristics across the lifespan, common comorbidities, current theoretical accounts and issues, DSM and ICD diagnostic criteria, differential diagnosis, assessment tools and multidisciplinary team assessment.
Graduate Certificate in Autism Diagnosis

Quick details

Status
  • Available 2021
Locations
  • Perth (Crawley campus)
Attendance
  • Full-time
  • Part-time
Delivery
  • On-campus
  • Off-campus
  • Online
Starting dates
  • Semester 1
Weekly contact time
  • Please refer to the UWA handbook.
Level of study
  • Postgraduate
Course Code
  • 70230
  • This course is not available to international student visa holders
Graduate Certificate in Autism Diagnosis
Status
  • Available 2021
Locations
  • Perth (Crawley campus)
Attendance
  • Full-time
  • Part-time
Delivery
  • On-campus
  • Off-campus
  • Online
Starting dates
  • Semester 1
Weekly contact time
  • Please refer to the UWA handbook.
Level of study
  • Postgraduate
Course Code
  • 70230
  • This course is not available to international student visa holders
Full time/part time duration
  • 1 Semester
Degrees course is available in
  • Graduate Certificate in Autism Diagnosis

Course structure

Postgraduate coursework degrees and combined (coursework and research) degrees comprise a number of units. Refer to the course structure for more information.

Graduate Certificate in Autism Diagnosis

Application deadlines

For Semester 1 2021 entry, applications open 1 August 2020 and close 15 October 2020.
Graduate Certificate in Autism Diagnosis
APPLICATION INFORMATION

Frequently asked questions

Am I eligible to apply?  

To be eligible to apply, you need to: 
  • a bachelor’s degree in speech pathology, occupational therapy, medicine or an equivalent qualification as recognised by UWA

OR

  • an accredited bachelor’s honours degree in psychology, or an equivalent qualification, as recognised by UWA

AND

  • eligibility for registration as a provisional or full psychologist with AHPRA, and
  • evidence of having at least three months or full-time equivalent experience working directly with children or adolescents, as recognised by UWA.
APPLICATION INFORMATION

Am I eligible to apply?  

To be eligible to apply, you need to: 
  • a bachelor’s degree in speech pathology, occupational therapy, medicine or an equivalent qualification as recognised by UWA

OR

  • an accredited bachelor’s honours degree in psychology, or an equivalent qualification, as recognised by UWA

AND

  • eligibility for registration as a provisional or full psychologist with AHPRA, and
  • evidence of having at least three months or full-time equivalent experience working directly with children or adolescents, as recognised by UWA.

What else do I need to include in my application?

You need to include a personal statement outlining why you would like to study the GCAD. It is helpful to consider your experience with Autism as well as how you intend to use the skills in your professional practice.

You also need to ask two referees to complete a referral to support your application. You should consider asking referees who can support your capacity to cope with the demands of full-time study, as well as those who can attest to your clinical skills. If it has been a long time since you completed your university training, we accept referee reports from work supervisors or colleagues who you work closely with.

You need to submit a curriculum vitae summarising relevant occupational and practical experience. Additional documentation such as English language competency, working with children checks, academic transcripts and identification may also be required depending on your circumstances.

How many students do you accept?

Usually about 16 across a combination of full-time and part-time enrolments, sometimes more and sometimes less depending on how many applicants meet the application requirements and how many supervisors are available to support students on placement.

Do I have to have previous clinical experience with ASD to get in?

Previous clinical experience with ASD is not required (clinical experience with children or adolescents is required), but it is always helpful. We have taken students who have limited experience and who are currently in roles where they can apply their training.

Do I need to live in Perth to be accepted?

We accept students from all over Australia. The first two units are based online and you need to have access to a decent internet connection to be able to participate. You will need to travel to Perth to attend ADOS training. For students in regional, rural or interstate locations we attempt to arrange placement to minimise the need for travel (either by coordinating it around the trip to Perth for ADOS training or arranging for placement in their home state).

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Why study with us?

Psychology can take you anywhere and everywhere. Psychology is relevant to almost any human endeavour, meaning a psychology degree, or some complementary psychology studies, are relevant not only for traditional psychology careers, but for a wide range of careers.

Psychology at UWA

Psychology can take you anywhere and everywhere. Psychology is relevant to almost any human endeavour, meaning a psychology degree, or some complementary psychology studies, are relevant not only for traditional psychology careers, but for a wide range of careers. 

Teaching excellence

  • Learn from experts who operate at the cutting edge of the discipline. We don’t just teach the textbooks, we conduct the work in the textbooks.
  • Our teaching standards are high and teaching is constantly evaluated by our students. Our scores are among the best at UWA, with about 90 per cent of our students agreeing or strongly agreeing that we provide a good educational experience.
  • We offer fantastic student support staff to provide you with advice and guidance.
Research excellence
  • You'll be involved in the cutting-edge research from your first year of postgraduate study.
  • Our School has received the top rating of 5 in all three rounds of the Commonwealth’s Excellence in Research for Australia exercises (2010, 2012, 2015). Our research is rated as 'well above world standard'. We are one of only two Australian psychology schools to achieve this.
  • We consistently rank in the top 100 psychology departments in the world (QS World University Rankings by Subject) and are the only WA school in the top 100.
Industry connections
  • We offer work-integrated learning through our large network of corporate partners.
  • Our postgraduate programs are leading the way in terms of research-integration, evidence-based practice and innovation. Our students are in high demand across many sectors.
  • UWA is an international hub for the areas of Business and Industrial and Organisational Psychology, and we have strong links with various industries.
  • Our clinical programs are recognised as among the very best in the country, and we have extensive networks with clinical service providers.
Student choice
  • UWA courses are progressive, flexible, and benchmarked against the world’s best.
  • Flexibility means you're not locked into a named degree from first year.
  • Graduates are equipped with communication and critical thinking skills at the highest international standards, and are trained to have a interdisciplinary, global perspective.

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Flexibility

We understand that life is busy. That's why our postgraduate courses are designed so you can balance your work and studies. Our flexible postgraduate experience includes the opportunity to study part time, a range of units that are taught after hours, and the option to learn via intensive units. Ask our Student Central team for advice on choosing the right postgraduate route for you. Find out more here.

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