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Overview

Learn the fundamentals of project management for the construction industry, and prepare for an in-demand career, with the Graduate Certificate in Construction Project Management at Victoria University.

This certificate is designed to meet the needs of current or potential project managers in the construction industry, teaching advanced principles and techniques. On graduation, you will be able to:

  • scope projects in various contexts
  • implement effective project-management processes
  • assess and manage risk in accordance with OHS legislation
  • map, develop and improve corporate governance for project stages
  • achieve value-for-money on diverse and complex construction projects
  • apply ethical and legal requirements for contract management.

The internationally recognised A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK® Guide) underpins all our teaching, and we have strong industry connections for real-world work practice.

Once you have successfully completed this course, you may be able to continue to a Graduate Diploma in Project Management.

In 2021, the government is subsidising select higher education short courses for domestic students, making them significantly more affordable. 

They're also offering the HECS-HELP loan scheme – so you can study now, pay later through your tax. 

Following the overwhelming success of the revolutionary VU Block Model with undergraduate students, from 2021 we will start rolling out the Block Model to our postgraduate courses.

From 2021, this course will be delivered in eight-week mode, which means you study two units (subjects) at a time over eight weeks (or one unit at a time over eight weeks for part-time study), rather than juggling several units at once. And with its focused timetables and smaller, collaborative classes, VU’s Block Model gives you more time to connect with your peers, lecturers and industry partners, helping you to build strong professional networks.

The VU Block Model has improved our student results and engagement, and has won multiple international awards for innovation and excellence.

Our course includes the latest project management methods, trending across the various industries.

Our lecturers are experienced project managers. Through strong connections to industry we keep up to date on current project-management requirements.

Some of the latest global trends in project management we teach include being customer-focused and agile.

Careers in project management

Following your graduate certificate, you could find work managing construction projects – or as a key player in a project team for:

  • construction companies
  • builders
  • local councils
  • transport and infrastructure developments
  • government contractors for major or minor construction operations.

Salaries

See average salaries for project managers in Australia in various industries (via Job Outlook):

Please note, salaries vary depending on experience.

Project managers in demand

Project management has become recognised in the past 30 years as critical to business operations. It is also now recognised as requiring significant training and qualifications. Undertaking postgraduate study will help boost your chances of securing a role in the expanding construction industry.

Course structure

To attain the Graduate Certificate in Construction Project Management students will be required to complete:

  • 48 credit points Core units

On successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate knowledge of key theoretical project management frameworks and processes and apply them to a range of construction project management scenarios;  
  2. Develop an understanding of projects, the roles and responsibilities of a construction project manager, recommendations, professional decisions, and communicate with specialist and non-specialist stakeholders;  
  3. Plan, construct and manage the delivery of efficient, and effective strategies and inputs over the course of the construction process to achieve value for money on diverse and complex projects in alignment with Construction Extension to the PMBOK Guide, taking into account of social, economic, & environmental sustainability; and  
  4. Conceptualise and critically apply project risk management, make risk identification an integral component of sustainable decision-making in projects and construct a risk management plan.  

What's a unit?

A unit or 'subject' is the actual class you'll attend in the process of completing a course.

Most courses have a mixture of compulsory 'core' units that you need to take and optional elective units that you can choose to take based on your area of interest, expertise or experience.

Credits

Each unit is worth a set amount of study credits based on the amount of time you study. Generally, 1 credit is equal to 1 hour of study per week.

Fees & scholarships

Fee type for this course: Commonwealth Supported Place (CSP)

Fee type definitions

The amount you pay for your course depends on whether you’re offered a Commonwealth supported place (CSP) or a full fee-paying place.

Students who enrol in a:

In addition to your tuition fees, you may also be charged a Student Services & Amenities Fee (SSAF).

Scholarships & assistance

Apply for a scholarship to help with your study costs.

We can help with fee assistance and advice.

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. We also encourage you to explore our study pathways to help you reach your goal.

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

Entry requirements

Completion of an Australian Bachelor degree (or equivalent) in a similar discipline
OR
Applicants with a minimum five (5) years approved work experience will be considered for admission to this 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.

If you have completed study with another university or institution and believe you are eligible to receive credit for skills and past study, you can apply for advanced standing.

Applications for advanced standing can be made after a discussion with your course chair or academic adviser.

How to apply

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

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