1 year full time or longer for part time
Delivery mode: 
Start dates:
1 February 2020
1 March 2020
Application due dates:
Direct applications are due on 7 February 2020 for our next intake which starts on 1 February 2020.


Extend your skills and prepare for complex roles in senior and middle management with the Graduate Certificate in Management.

You will develop high-level skills to initiate plans and lead teams towards operational success. On completion, you will be equipped with the confidence and ability to provide strategic direction in your field.

Areas of study include:

  • development, resourcing and integration of organisational strategic business planning
  • development and implementation of innovation
  • management of people, change, and organisational culture
  • management of risk and compliance
  • human resource practices
  • project management
  • leadership of strategic transformation.

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Extend your management knowledge and develop high-level skills to lead teams towards operational success.

Careers in management

Possible career opportunities following the completion of the Graduate Certificate in Management include:

  • senior manager
  • generalist manager
  • project manager.

You will be prepared for specialist manager roles in the following areas:

  • human resources
  • finance
  • marketing
  • compliance
  • risk management
  • global business.

On completion of this course you will be guaranteed entry into the following degree and in some cases receive credit for your study:

You will be credited for up to 48 credit points of study.

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Course structure

To be awarded the 22443VIC Graduate Certificate in Management, a student must successfully complete a total of five (5) units of competency, comprising of:

  • two (2) core units, and;
  • three (3) elective units which may be selected from the units listed in the 22443VIC Graduate Certificate in Management qualification or any relevant units first packaged at AQF level 7 or 8 in the source training product from any currently endorsed training package or accredited course.

Electives must be industry relevant as well as be approved by the Polytechnic.

Graduates of the qualification will be able to meet the current and future industry requirements to effectively work within complex senior and middle management roles across a wide range of industry sectors with the skills and knowledge to oversee the: development, resourcing and integration of organisational strategic business planning; development and implementation of innovation and its corollary, management of people, change, and organisational culture; management of risk and compliance, and, depending on individual or combined management focus, a range of specific functions of marketing; human resource practices; global business opportunities; financial resources and/or sustainability. 

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: VET

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.

Applicants must have either a Diploma or Advanced Diploma qualification in a related field and three (3) years equivalent full-time work experience at a management level OR a Bachelor degree in a related field and one (1) year equivalent full-time work experience at a management level OR five (5) years equivalent full-time work experience at a management level.

Applicants must have a demonstrated capacity in learning, reading, writing, oracy and numeracy skills that align to Level 4 of the Australian Core Skills Framework (ACSF).

Prior to enrolment, all applicants will be required to complete a literacy and numeracy assessment to assist with determining eligibility and to identify learning support needs.

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

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.

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