Graduate Certificate in Human Resource Management
Enhance and update your knowledge of contemporary HR practice and examine management issues in the context of global changes that impact on people within workplaces.
This course focusses on tackling common problems in the management of people across borders, in various legal and cultural contexts. You will develop a critical awareness of these legal, ethical, social, economic and environmental challenges and their implications for effective and successful HR strategy, operations, processes and decision making.
You will understand the application of HR practices within small and medium enterprises, including start-ups and entrepreneurial firms, public and not-for-profit sectors as well as multinational corporations.
Study entirely online
The Graduate Certificate in Human Resource Management is also available via online delivery.
Your courses may be offered during the day and late afternoon/early evening. Some advanced level workshops are offered over several days and/or weekends.
Face-to-face classes are mostly conducted at the Swanston Academic Building where innovative learning spaces are interspersed with retail and social spaces resulting in a stimulating environment for business students.
RMIT offers a variety of learning and teaching approaches including lectures, seminars, studios, workshops, presentations, group discussions and syndicate work. In addition, you will have access to online and digital resources such as lecture notes, assessment tools, discussion boards and podcasts through myRMIT.
College of Business educational software, the Learning Hub, other online and digital resources and printers are accessible on campus via the RMIT wireless network using your own laptop, tablet or smart phone or via computer facilities on-campus. You will be able to access the same software from home using myDesktop.
Find out more about student computing at RMIT.
Through myRMIT on-campus and online students can view online resources and learning activities created by lecturers, access course materials via Blackboard, collaborate with lecturers and fellow students, and access their student email account.
- 6 months full-time
The Graduate Certificate comprises four core subjects in human resources, management and employment law.
It is recommended that you follow the sequence of subjects presented in the enrolment structure.
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0.5 years full-time or part-time equivalent
0.5 years full-time
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Program code: GC161
You will emerge with knowledge and skills in contemporary business and HR practice and operational leadership, enabling you to identify and analyse problems in the field of human resources, and provide innovative solutions.
Course accreditation or membership offered by professional bodies signals to employers the quality and relevance of RMIT's courses and opens up career pathways and networks.
Professional bodies accredit or recognise courses as meeting professional and academic standards deemed to be essential for a new graduate entering into that profession. An accredited course will either enable the graduate to enter directly into a professional qualifications program or provide the graduate with exemptions or credit towards a post university professional qualification.
This type of accreditation is where a statutory body must approve a course of study in order for a graduate to practise in that profession.
Professional bodies or associations are representative organisations of professions that provide membership and other career development support to its members. Many professional bodies offer membership opportunities for students and new graduates with benefits such as career advice, networking within the profession and access to resources not available through the university. The aim of these benefits is to assist with your transition from university into the profession.
Graduate Certificate in Human Resource Management
Current course accreditations and information about membership and development opportunities for students and graduates.
Australian HR Institute (AHRI)
Course satisfies the standards defined by the AHRI HR Model of Excellence associated competencies and key practice areas for human resource managment professionals. (Accredited for course delivery in Melbourne and via RMIT Online.)
Membership and opportunities
- Students eligible for membership category: Student
- Graduates eligible for membership category: Graduate
An Australian bachelor degree or equivalent, or higher level qualification, in any discipline from a recognised tertiary institution.
If you do not meet the above entry requirement for the Graduate Certificate you may be considered if you have a minimum of 5 years full-time equivalent work experience. Applicants will be required to submit a curriculum vitae (CV).
You must have successfully completed an Australian Bachelor degree (or equivalent overseas qualification) or higher level qualification in any discipline.
You may also be considered if you have a minimum of 5 years full-time equivalent work experience. Applicants will be required to submit a curriculum vitae (CV).
To study this course you will need to complete one of the following English proficiency tests:
- IELTS (Academic): minimum overall band of 6.5 (with no individual band below 6.0)
- TOEFL (Internet Based Test - IBT): minimum overall score of 79 (with minimum of 13 in Reading, 12 in Listening, 18 in Speaking and 21 in Writing)
- Pearson Test of English (Academic) (PTE (A)): minimum score of 58 (with no communication band less than 50)
- Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE): minimum of 176 with no less than 169 in any component.
For detailed information on English language requirements and other proficiency tests recognised by RMIT, visit English language requirements and equivalency information.
Don't meet the English language test scores? Complete an English for Academic Purposes (EAP) Advanced Plus Certificate at RMIT English Worldwide.
Applicants who have successfully completed postgraduate studies in a business (or related) discipline at another institution can have these assessed for credit or exemptions from this course consistent with the principles of the RMIT Credit Policy.
Find out if you are eligible for credit transfer and recognition of prior learning.
The Graduate Certificate in Human Resource Management is a pathway to the Master of Human Resource Management.
If you wish to progress to the Master of Human Resource Management, upon successful completion of the Graduate Certificate in Human Resource Management you will be admitted to the Master degree with exemptions from the four business enabling subjects and the four subjects completed in the Graduate Certificate, leaving a further eight discipline subjects or electives to complete.
2020 indicative fees
Full-fee places: AU$15,840
- Student services and amenities fee (SSAF): AU$308 maximum fee for 2020.
- Other items related to your course, including field trips, textbooks and equipment.
Annual fee adjustment
Amount quoted is the 2020 total course tuition fee, and is based on a total annual load of 48 credit points. A proportionate fee applies for more or less than the full-time study load.
Fees are adjusted on an annual basis and these fees should only be used as a guide.
Defer your payment
This course is offered on a full-fee paying basis only. If you are offered a place, you will need to pay the full tuition costs of your course. However, eligible students (such as Australian citizens or holders of an Australian permanent humanitarian visa) may apply to defer payment of some or all of their tuition fees via the Commonwealth Government’s FEE-HELP loan scheme.
Learn more about fees for postgraduate study.
How does a HELP loan work?
If your FEE-HELP and/or SA-HELP loan application is successful, the Australian Government will pay RMIT, on your behalf, up to 100% of your fees. This amount will become part of your accumulated HELP debt.
You only start repaying your accumulated HELP debt to the Australian Government once you earn above the minimum income threshold for repayment, which is set each year by the Australian Government (this also applies if you are still studying). The Australian Taxation Office (ATO) will calculate your compulsory repayment for the year and include this on your income tax notice.
This course is approved for income support.
You may be eligible for student income support payments from the Commonwealth Government if you are undertaking a graduate certificate, graduate diploma or an approved professionally oriented masters by coursework course. For more information see Income support for Masters students.
If you are enrolled in an eligible course you will also need to satisfy all other student payment eligibility requirements. You can contact Centrelink or the Department of Human Services for further information about student income support entitlements, your eligibility and how to apply.
In addition to tuition fees, you will be charged an annual student services and amenities fee (SSAF), which is used to maintain and enhance services and amenities that improve your experience as an RMIT student. The SSAF is calculated based on your enrolment load and the maximum fee for 2020 is $308.
For more information about calculating your actual SSAF see Paying SSAF.
You may also be required to purchase other items related to your course, including field trips, textbooks and equipment. These additional fees and expenses vary from course to course.
In addition to tuition fees you also need to pay for:
- Student services and amenities fee (SSAF) in each calendar year.
- Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) - Student visa holders must have cover for the total duration of their visa.
- Some courses incur additional expenses.
You also need to account for your living expenses. Estimate the cost of living in Melbourne.