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.
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
- local councils
- transport and infrastructure developments
- government contractors for major or minor construction operations.
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.
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.
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:
- Commonwealth supported place pay tuition fees that are partly subsidised by the Australian government
- full fee-paying place need to pay the full amount for all enrolled units before census each study period.
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.
Completion of an Australian Bachelor degree (or equivalent) in a similar discipline
Applicants with a minimum five (5) years approved work experience will be considered for admission to this course.
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
Before you apply
Before applying, you should consider whether you also want to apply for:
- Special admission programs: Depending on your life circumstances you may be eligible for special consideration of your application.
- Advanced standing: If you have significant experience or studies elsewhere you may be eligible for credit for some units of your course and not have to undertake them.
Find out more about applying for our courses.
Apply direct to VU
Direct applications are due on 25 July 2021 for our next intake which starts on 2 August 2021.
Already a VU student?
If you are already a VU student, apply direct to VU using our Admissions centre to transfer into this course. Remember it’s best to be accepted into your new course before withdrawing from your current one.
After you apply
- It’s important to check for emails from us (which may go to your spam/junk folder).
- Complete any requests for information by the given dates, otherwise your application may not be considered