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0.5 years full time or longer for part time
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Applications due 11 March 2018


The Graduate Certificate in Project Management will equip you with advanced project management principles and techniques, enabling you to assume the role of project manager and become an effective member of project management teams.

Students can specialise in specific project management tasks across a number of sectors include engineering, business, information technology, and administration.

The internationally recognised Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK) underpins both core units and applications.

The course is one of a suite of courses that make up the Master of Project Management. Successful completion will lead you to admission to the Graduate Diploma in Project Management.

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Progress in a variety of project management careers in areas such as:

  • engineering
  • construction
  • business
  • information technology
  • administration.

Organisations employing project management graduates

You could gain employment managing projects in private business or the public sector working for companies such as Grocon or Leighton Contractors or for a project management consulting firm.


Depending on the employment level (from junior analyst to head of change), annual earnings for Project Managers in Australia vary from A$60,000 to A$170,000 (Morgan McKinley).

PMs in demand

Traditionally found only in construction, project management has become recognised in the past 30 years as so critical to business operations, it has expanded to include almost every industry. It is also now recognised as requiring significant training and qualifications.

Course structure

To successfully attain the Graduate Certificate in Project Management, students will be required to complete 48 credit points of Core Studies.

Students without a degree in a cognate discipline (an area of management e.g. Consultation  Management, Business Management, Information Systems, Logistics and Supply Chain Management or a similar field of management) will be required to complete EPM5500 Fundamentals of Project Management and EPM5530 Project Management Practice.

Course structure consists of two project management core units plus two elective units (including up to one from outside the elective list).

Core Units

Elective Units Select 24 credit points. Students without a degree in a cognate discipline must select EPM5500 and EPM5530.

Semester 1 Units:

Semester 2 Units:

Units are offered subject to availability.

On successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  1. Explain key theoretical project management frameworks and apply them to a range of project management scenarios, taking into consideration social, cultural, environmental and economic factors.  
  2. Differentiate research methods to investigate complex project management problems in order to generate solutions.  
  3. Design, develop and implement comprehensive project management plans which meet stakeholder expectations.  
  4. Evaluate the impact of organisational contexts, governance, ethical, legal and regulatory requirements and risk management when applying fundamental project management principles in a real life situation.  
  5. Communicate effectively to specialist and non-specialist stakeholders utilising a variety of professional oral and written forms to demonstrate an understanding of theoretical concepts, methodologies, recommendations and professional decisions.  

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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.

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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.

  • Bachelor/Honours degree: Entry into the program is open to applicants with a first degree in any discipline.
  • Mature: Entry into the program is open to applicants with a first degree in any discipline or a vocational education qualification and at least 2 years work experience in the project management area.

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.

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