2 years part time
Delivery mode:
Face to Face, elearning and Workplace
Study off-campus:
Available for Traineeship or Industry.
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Build your leadership skills for management and supervisory roles with the Certificate IV in Leadership and Management at Victoria University Polytechnic.

You will develop the communication skills and leadership strategies to develop and lead diverse teams, build business networks and implement operational plans. This course will equip you with leadership skills necessary to work in wide range of organisations and industry sectors.

On completion, you will know how to:

  • coordinate business resources
  • promote innovation in a team environment
  • lead effective workplace relationships
  • apply communication strategies in the workplace 
  • implement and monitor WHS policies, procedures and programs.

Upon successful completion of this course you may be able to pursue the following jobs:

  • coordinator
  • supervisor
  • team leader. 

VU’s Learning Hubs are welcoming spaces where you can improve your study and employability skills.

Our students can attend Learning Hubs at one of five VU campuses.

We offer maths, writing, careers and English-language advice, and show you effective ways to study and manage your time.

Our programs include:

  • workshops
  • drop-in sessions
  • peer mentoring
  • maths and writing resources
  • resume and career guidance.

We also have accessibility support services and counselling services available for all students.

Our campus libraries have photocopying, computing and printing facilities as well as electronic and print resources.

You'll also have access to a rich collection of online resources at any time of the day or night, including:

  • databases
  • e-learning content for courses
  • student email
  • student software packages
  • social networking tools.

On campus, we make sure that all of our students have access to digital resources. We offer:

  • excellent WiFi networks
  • more than 4000 computers (PCs and Apple Macs) across our campuses
  • a central IT helpdesk for technical help.

Careers in business

Graduating with a qualification in business from VU Polytechnic will put you ahead of the game. You’ll learn fundamental skills you can apply in any sector, preparing you for a range of careers, including:

  • coordinator
  • supervisor
  • team Leader.

Course structure

The course structure comprises the following core and elective units. These electives have been selected based on industry needs, graduate pathways and/or student and teacher feedback.

To be awarded the BSB40520 Certificate IV in Leadership and Management, a student must successfully complete a total of twelve (12) units of competency, comprising of:
*Five (5) core units, and;
*Seven (7) elective units, of which

  • Four (4) elective units must be selected from Group A
  • for the remaining three (3) elective units:

 - up to three (3) units may be selected from Groups A and B
 - if not listed, up to two (2) units may be selected from Certificate IV or above or any other currently endorsed Training Package qualification or accredited course.

Elective units must be relevant to the work environment and the qualification, maintain the integrity of the AQF alignment and contribute to a valid, industry-supported vocational outcome.

VU Polytechnic delivers the electives listed in the ‘course structure and units’ below. These electives have been selected based on industry needs, graduate pathways and/or student and teacher feedback. Alternative suitable electives are only available via Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) and Credit Transfer (CT).

Core Units

Elective Units

Standard Delivery - Group A Elective Units

Standard Delivery - Group B On campus

Industry Delivery - Group A Elective Units

Industry Delivery - Group B

b>Recognition of Prior Learning and/or Credit Transfers

Alternative suitable electives are only available via Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) and Credit Transfer (CT), and must be approved by VU Polytechnic.

This qualification is designed for individuals who are interested in building leadership skills; to gain or progress in a management or supervisory role. Students will develop the knowledge and skills to guide a team in a competitive and challenging market whilst delivering quality products and services through the effective management of projects, monitoring of health and safety and effective team leadership in the workplace. They will develop some responsibility for organising and monitoring the output of teams and apply solutions to a defined range of predictable and unpredictable problems; analyse and evaluate information from a variety of sources.

Fees & scholarships

Fee type definitions

The amount you pay for your course depends on whether you’re offered a government subsidised place or a full fee-paying place.

Students who enrol in a:

  • government subsidised place pay subsidised tuition fees (the government contributes the rest), and may be required to pay a Student Services and Amenities Fee along with any material fees
  • full fee-paying place pay the full fee tuition rate (which includes Student Services and Amenities Fee and any material fees).

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Admission & pathways

Meeting the minimum admission requirements does not guarantee you entry into this course. Some courses receive more applications than the number of places available. In this situation we will also assess your education, work and other relevant experience.

If you do not meet the minimum requirements you may be eligible for one of our special admission programs.

Find out more about how to apply for our courses, and our commitment to admissions transparency.

Entry requirements

There are no formal entry requirements for this course.
As part of the application process, applicants must complete a Pre-training Review (PTR) and undertake a literacy and numeracy (LN) assessment to determine suitability for admission.
Local admission requirements for Traineeship applicants:
As part of the application process, applicants must complete a Pre-training Review (PTR) and undertake a literacy and numeracy (LN) assessment to determine suitability for admission.
must have an active employer
must have an active Epsilon number prior to commencing the course.

There are many ways you can start your education journey at VU. Pathways offer an easy transition between courses at different levels, so that you can start with a certificate and progress right through to postgraduate study.

Find out more about pathways and credits.

Use our credit calculator to find out how much credit you could get towards your course, based on your previous study.

You may be able to complete your qualification sooner through formal recognition of your existing skills. This is known as Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL).

To receive RPL, we assess your previous work, education and life experiences against recognised qualifications. Applications for RPL can be made prior to enrolling.

Call us on 1300 TAFE VP (1300 823 387) to discuss RPL options with the course manager.

How to apply

Prior to enrolment, all applicants will be required to complete a literacy and numeracy assessment to assist with determining eligibility and to identify learning support needs.

Applications for this course are not being taken at this time.

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