This innovative graduate certificate program awards a qualification largely based on recognition of professional practice and is ideally suited to experienced IT professionals with domain experience seeking career advancement. The model offers employers and professionals an alternative to traditional higher education that is credible, validated and offers new ways to match capability and opportunity. This setup aims to help the professionals to reach their full potential by accelerating the completion of the program on the basis of prior learning and work experience. Completion of this degree recognises the discipline-based knowledge and skills developed by professionals in the workplace and credentialed through Deakin. This is coupled with employability skills that are validated and endorsed through a final holistic assessment of the student. Upon the completion of this program, graduates will possess advanced skills and complex knowledge in the discipline areas they have selected to advance their career.