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Overview

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.

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:

  • 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:

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:

  • 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.

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
  • banks
  • consultancies
  • local and national government.

Salaries

The average salary for human resource managers in Australia is A$97, 500 (JobOutlook).

Course structure

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.

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: 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:

To calculate the total cost of your course:

  1. Select which units you’d like to study.
  2. Look up the individual unit costs in the higher education unit of study fees list.
  3. 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.

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.

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 coordinator or academic adviser.

How to apply

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