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Start date:
25 February 2019
Duration: 
0.5 years full time or longer for part time
Location: 
Delivery mode: 
Face to Face

Overview

Learn the fundamental skills of project management and get ready for a rewarding, in-demand career when you study the Graduate Certificate in Project Management.

This certificate is the first step in our project-management graduate program. The Graduate Certificate of Project Management is one of a suite of project-management courses designed to meet the needs of current or potential project managers in industry. We teach advanced principles and techniques for project-management and project-team roles.

Our graduate course lets you focus on your area of interest. We teach specialised project-management skills for a variety of areas, including:

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

The internationally recognised Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK) underpins all our teaching. We also have strong industry connections for real-world work practice.

This course is the first stage of three in our Master of Project Management. Successful completion gains you admission into our Graduate Diploma in Project Management.

Our course includes the latest project management methods, trending across the various industries.

Our lecturers are experienced project managers. Through strong connections to industry we keep up to date on current project-management requirements.

Some of the latest global trends in project management we teach include being customer-focused and agile.

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 programs include:

  • 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.

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Careers in project management

Following your graduate certificate, you could find work managing projects – or as a key player in a project team. Progressing to our masters degree will open the door to more senior roles.

Project managers are employed across a huge variety of industries, including:

  • administration
  • business
  • construction
  • engineering
  • health services
  • information technology
  • public sector
  • science.

Salaries

Depending on the employment level (from junior analyst to head of change), project managers in Australia earn from A$60,000 to A$170,000 (Morgan McKinley).

Salaries also vary from sector to sector:

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.

Companies which have employed VU graduates include:

  • Grocon
  • Leighton Contractors
  • Woodburne Consulting
  • Savills Project Management
  • Major Projects Victoria
  • project-management consulting firms.

Course structure

To attain the Graduate Certificate in Project Management students will be required to complete:

  • 24 credit points of Core studies, and;
  • 24 credit points of Elective units.

Students without a degree in a similar discipline will be required to complete EPM5500 Fundamentals of Project Management and EPM5530 Project Management Practice

Core Units:

Elective Units

Select 24 credit points (2 units) from the following:

Semester 1:

Semester 2:

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.  

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

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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Direct applications are due on 17 February 2019 for our next intake which starts on 25 February 2019.

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