Award Type and NFQ level : CERTIFICATE LEVEL 8

CAO/PAC code :

CAO Points :

Course Aims

The course will address the support needs of those working in an information, advice and guidance capacity in a broad range of contexts with adults affected by unemployment, disadvantage and social exclusion, and those experiencing transitions in their life. Such transitions include changing career, retirement and redundancy, and those who wish to explore their career and educational options and decisions.

Workshop Themes

Adult Development and the Guidance Process

Models of Adult Guidance

Applied Guidance Skills

Support Systems, Contracts and Boundaries

Change, Transition and Loss

Understanding Aggression and Conflict

Developing a Quality of Work Life

Endings and Evaluation

Assessment Procedures

In addition to a minimum attendance of 80%, the following assessment methods will be employed on the course:

Learning Journal


Case Study

Service Network Audit


Participants will be expected to attend all workshops and participate fully in the group process and learning.

Course Duration: The course will be delivered in an open learning format incorporating home-based distance learning

International & EU/EFTA Entry Requirements

Mature Students

Admission Requirements

The course will be particularly suitable for those working in an information, advice and guidance setting who want to develop and enhance their theoretical understanding of adult guidance practice. Experience working in an information, advisory and guidance context is desirable but not essential.

Applicants should demonstrate their interest in this course and reflect on how it will support their personal and professional development.

Additional Information

Course Duration and Delivery

The course will be delivered in a blended learning format across 7 workshops, normally in units of 2 days duration.

This format will provide an opportunity for participants develop their knowledge and competencies in adult guidance practice and reflect on their personal and working life. The methodology of the workshops will be based on an experiential approach which encourages people to engage in a critically reflective process of learning.

Please apply using our On Line application system at the following link:

A personal statement is necessary for application. This should outline your motivation for taking the course.

For further information please contact Maggie Noone at  01-7083752  Email:

An Easy Payment Option is available upon registration


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