Sign up for this academically rigorous and professionally relevant course in human resource management.
The Graduate Certificate in Industrial Relations and Human Resource Management is designed to upgrade skills and knowledge of industrial relation and human resource issues.
Assessment tasks focus on critical thinking, problem solving and creativity in topics ranging from laws of employment, industrial relations and contemporary employment systems.
When you graduate, you may consider further postgraduate studies by applying for admission into the Master of Industrial Relations and Human Resource Management.
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.
Our campus libraries have photocopying, computing and printing facilities as well as electronic and print resources.
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- 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:
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Careers in human resources
This course could lead to a career as a:
- human resource consultant
- employee relations manager
- industrial relations manager.
Organisations employing human resource graduates
You could gain employment working in small or large businesses, public or the private sector while developing specialist skills. Potential employers include manufacturers, retailers, banks, consultancies, local and national government.
Specialist roles in demand
HR project consultants, HR advisers, industrial relations and employee relations specialists top the list of skills in demand in Australia's HR sector.
Industrial relations experts
Industrial relations is an area that few HR professionals are drawn to, and consequently there is high demand for professionals with this expertise.
Employment for Human Resource Managers is expected to grow strongly in the next four years. (JobOutlook).
The average salary for human resource managers in Australia is A$97, 500 (JobOutlook).
To attain the Graduate Certificate in Industrial Relations and Human Resource Management, students will be required to complete 48 credit points (equivalent to 4 units) consisting of:
- 48 credit points of Professional Core studies (equivalent to 4 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 apply cross disciplinary knowledge in creative decision making.|
|4.||Demonstrate independent judgement in a range of technical or management functions in response to contemporary and future business challenges.|
|5.||Evaluate the effectiveness of IR/HR practices in the support of complex problem solving and management decision making.|
|6.||Effectively communicate complex knowledge and ideas to a variety of audiences.|
|7.||Contribute consistently, with personal accountability for outputs in a dynamic 21st century work team, working in an ethical and 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: Commonwealth Supported Place (CSP), Full-fee
The amount you pay for your course depends on whether you’re a Commonwealth supported student or full-fee paying.
If you enrol in a:
- Commonwealth Supported Place, your fees are partly subsidised by the Australian Government.
- full-fee paying place, you’ll need to pay the full amount for all units you study.
To calculate the total cost of your course:
- Select which units you’d like to study.
- Look up the individual unit costs in the higher education unit of study fees list.
- Add up the relevant amounts.
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.
- Bachelor/Honours degree: 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 coordinator or academic adviser.
How to apply
Before you apply, consider whether you also wish to apply for:
Special admission: You can request special consideration be given to your application based on your individual situation.
Find out more about special admission or complete the Direct admissions special consideration application
- Extra credit for past skills and study - known as Recognition for Prior Learning (RPL) or Skills recognition.
When you're ready:
You will need to create an account (or use your existing VU one).
Direct applications are due on 8 July 2018 for our next intake which starts on 16 July 2018.Apply direct to VU
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After you apply
- It’s important to check for emails from us (remember to check your Spam folder).
- Complete any requests for information by the given dates, otherwise your application may not be considered