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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)
  • Jul


  • Advance your coaching skills and strategies for working in high-performance settings with USQ’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

  • 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 with a minimum GPA of 4.5;
  • Completion of a Graduate Certificate in the area of sport and exercise science, or relevant health-related discipline with a minimum GPA of 4.5.

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

If you have previously studied in your home country, you may be eligible for recognition of prior learning to reduce the number of courses that you need to study to finish your program.


USQ 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. Most courses (similar to ‘subjects’) are valued at 1 unit. To study full-time you would usually complete 4 units per semester.

Courses to be studied Units
Core courses 4
Total 4

Refer to the USQ Handbook for 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 USQ 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 international students' first year of study (4 units) in this degree:

Study Mode Cost

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

AUD 15160

1 These are indicative annual fees for 2022. 

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.


At USQ, 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 USQ.

USQ accepts applications all year. Semester start dates are:

  • Semester 2, 2022 - Monday 11 July, 2022
  • Semester 1, 2023 - Start date to be advised.
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