Progress your career in human resources and gain specialised skills in industrial relations, with a graduate certificate from Victoria University.
Our specialised graduate program in Industrial Relations and Human Resource Management offers in-demand skills for the private and public sectors.
You'll gain up-to-date knowledge and industry-standard expertise in the crucial areas of staff relations and management:
- employment law
- industrial relations
- organisational change management
- HR management.
These are highly sought-after skills, making this area an excellent career choice.
When you graduate, you may progress to the Master of Industrial Relations and Human Resource Management to expand your career options into higher roles.
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.
Employment for HR managers is expected to grow strongly in the next four years (JobOutlook).
Industrial relations is an area that few HR professionals are drawn to, so there is high demand for professionals with this expertise. Project consultants, advisers, and IR and employee-relations specialists top the list of in-demand roles in Australia’s HR sector.
With this qualification, tasks you may get to perform include:
- working on HR management strategies to meet business needs
- facilitating performance management
- mediating between employers and employees
- monitoring employment costs and productivity levels.
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:
- 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:
As a postgraduate student you might want to take up one of many opportunities to further develop your academic language and study skills. VU’s Learning Hubs are welcoming spaces where you can improve your study and employability skills.
We offer maths, writing, careers and English-language advice, and show you effective ways to study and manage your time.
Our program of postgraduate academic learning advice includes:
- drop-in sessions
- peer mentoring
- maths and writing resources
- resume and career guidance.
Many of our post-graduate students are currently working. Our campus is accessible and convenient if you are juggling work and study.
The Victoria Graduate School of Business had its campus directly opposite Flinders Street Station, right in the centre of the city. We have strong ties with the nearby business community – which we use to give you practical experience during your studies.
Careers in human resources
This course could lead to a career as a:
- human resource consultant
- employee relations manager
- industrial relations manager
- union representative.
Employment for Human Resource Managers is expected to grow strongly in the next four years (JobOutlook).
You could find work in one of the following areas:
- small or large businesses
- local and national government.
The average salary for human resource managers in Australia is A$97, 500 (JobOutlook).
To attain the award of Graduate Certificate in Industrial Relations and Human Resource Management, students will be required to complete 48 credit points consisting of:
- 48 credit points of core units
On successful completion of this course, students will be able to:
|1.||Review theoretical approaches and analyse their application to achieve effective human resource practice;|
|2.||Justify and interpret theoretical concepts and related knowledge to think critically in the resolution of business problems in contemporary IR/HR industry, business and community settings;|
|3.||Critically appraise cross disciplinary knowledge in creative decision making;|
|4.||Effectively articulate complex knowledge and ideas to a variety of audiences; and,|
|5.||Advocate consistently, with personal accountability for outputs in a contemporary work environment in a socially responsible manner.|
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 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.