Graduate Certificate in Energy Efficient and Sustainable Building
DurationFull-time 6 months, Part-time 1 year
Next intakeFebruary, July
Next intakeNot applicable
The Graduate Certificate in Energy Efficient and Sustainable Building program provides you with a multidisciplinary environment which will introduce you to the study of the science, design and management of sustainable buildings.
This program has been especially designed to suit the needs of current architects, engineers, project managers or other design professionals looking to gain further professional development in the build environment.
You’ll receive a firm foundation to develop the skills and knowledge required to progress or diversify your professional practice or to undertake further study. For example, this is a pathway into the Master of Energy Efficient and Sustainable Building program. You’ll also be able to work within the sustainable building design sector across diverse industry types and our graduates are highly sought after in the industry.
This program shows you how to apply your theoretical knowledge to your practice. It will also build up your ability to respond to current and emerging issues, trends and client/organisational needs.
The program will be delivered in structured face-to-face lectures with online published materials.
Through replicating industry and professional practice settings, we equip you to work in multidisciplinary teams. These teams are involved in the development of sustainable design strategies and solutions for new and retrofitted buildings.
Industry bodies are involved actively in your learning through guest seminars and planned industry site visits.
The program will provide you with a foundation to further develop the skills and knowledge required to progress or diversify your professional practice and/or undertake further study internationally.
The Graduate Certificate comprises of four core courses which you must complete in order to graduate.
- Thermodynamics and heat transfer for building science
- Building systems
- Sustainability in the built environment: A focus on building and design
- Introduction to project management
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0.5 years full-time or part time equivalent
0.5 years full-time
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Program code: GC163
You may pursue many professional pathways, including work in private practice, state or local government, or in private practice as a consultant to building design or, property development projects.
Our graduates are employed by the Environmental Sustainable Design (ESD), architecture, engineering and building energy sectors including companies such as:
- Sustainable Development Consultants Pty Ltd
- Low Impact Development Consulting
- ADP Consulting Engineering
- Ark Resources
- Umow Lai
You must have:
successfully completed an Australian Bachelor degree (or equivalent overseas qualification) in a discipline that demonstrates knowledge and skills in construction, technology, engineering, management, architecture or design; OR
significant work experience or professional practice related to energy efficiency, sustainability or building and construction
As a guide, significant experience would generally be a minimum of three years of experience in middle to upper management roles that related to energy efficiency, sustainability or building and construction.
To have your professional experience considered you must include in your application:
a personal statement that demonstrates your academic foundation for postgraduate study. This may include:
details on how your professional experiences relates to the program
demonstration of critical thinking in personal and/or professional practice
communication and problem solving skills.
2020 indicative fees
Full-fee places: AU$13,920
- Student services and amenities fee (SSAF): AU$308 maximum fee for 2020.
- Other items related to your program, including field trips, textbooks and equipment.
Annual fee adjustment
Amount quoted is the 2020 total program 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 program 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 program. 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 program 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 program. For more information see Income support for Masters students.
If you are enrolled in an eligible program 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 program, including field trips, textbooks and equipment. These additional fees and expenses vary from program to program.
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 programs incur additional expenses.
You also need to account for your living expenses. Estimate the cost of living in Melbourne.