Graduate Certificate in Project Management

Graduate Certificate in Project Management

POSTGRADUATE

Study a topic that can take you into countless diverse industries. 

Student type:
Mode of study:
On campus
Entry score:

Not applicable

Duration:
Full-time 6 months
Part-time 1 year
Fees:

AU$15,840 (2023 total)

Next intake:
February, July
Location:
Melbourne City
Mode of study:
On campus
Entry score:

IELTS 6.5

Duration:
Full-time 6 months
Fees:

AU$22,080 (2023 total)

Next intake:
February, July
Location:
Melbourne City

Overview

Are you looking to take the next step in your career?

The skills of the project manager have never been more in demand. This qualification is designed for professionals currently working or looking to work in the field of project management.

RMIT’s Graduate Certificate of Project Management will equip you with management and leadership skills. This certificate emphasises the practical application of theory to develop your capacity to respond to current and emerging issues and trends. You will critically engage with project management theory and best practice principles and evaluate and implement project management strategies using real world project-based cases and examples.

A qualification in project management will help you develop skills that are highly sought after globally in a wide variety of sectors, including construction, architecture, engineering, information technology, government and events management. You will learn how to run complex projects with a range of stakeholders, managing all phases on time and to budget, and contribute to an increase in business effectiveness.

Our expert teachers, passionate researchers, connections to industry and strong practical focus means RMIT postgraduates are among the most employable in Australia.

As part of your studies, you have the opportunity to specialise in engineering, information technology, post disaster project management, or general project management.

RMIT’s emphasis on leadership and management including project scoping, scheduling, procurement, entrepreneurship, client relationships and more, you will be well placed to meet and exceed the emerging expectations of employers and industry.

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Study entirely online

The Graduate Certificate in Project Management is also available via online delivery.

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Study entirely online

The Graduate Certificate in Project Management is also available to students based outside Australia via online delivery*.

*Please note: RMIT's online degrees are only available to students based outside Australia as they do not meet Australian student visa requirements. For study on an Australian student visa, you must have an on-campus place in a degree.

Details

The learning experiences offered in this certificate are designed to foster excellence in project management practice and to support continual improvement in your learning and professional practice.

The curriculum combines face-to-face learning environments and e-resources. You will engage in a range of learning activities including individual and small group work, case study discussions and analyses, face-to-face and online discussions, peer-to-peer presentations, and work simulated scenarios, including industry and research led projects.

RMIT offers a variety of learning and teaching approaches including lectures, seminars, studios, workshops, presentations, group discussions and syndicate work.

You will have access to online resources through the student portal.

Ongoing assessment throughout the semester includes case studies, project reports, assignments, presentations, reflective journals and examinations.

This certificate offers the opportunity to gain access to industry experts through guest lectures and industry forums.

As a student enrolled in this certificate, you will be provided with an education that strongly links formal learning with professional practice.

Subjects are designed to ensure that you will practically apply theoretical concepts through a range of assessment and learning activities, including industry based case studies, discussion forums, projects and assignments. 

Global work, exchange and study experiences

RMIT offers a range of opportunities for our students to study abroad through global work, exchange and study experiences with over 165 partner universities worldwide.

The knowledge and skills you will acquire throughout this degree and how they can be applied in your career are described in the learning outcomes.

View the learning outcomes for each stream:

The Graduate Certificate in Project Management comprises four subjects. These subjects are designed to enable you to develop your critical knowledge of project management theories and concepts. 

There are several streams to choose from, depending on what you would like to specialise in:

  • Project management generalist stream (GC042P03PM City Campus, or GC042KP16 online) will equip you with management techniques and theories applicable to a range of industries, including property and construction.
  • Project management engineering stream (GC042P03EN) gives you the high-level theoretical and practical understanding required for projects in an engineering-focussed workplace.
  • Project management information technology (IT) stream (GC042P03IT City Campus, or GC042KPIT online) gives you the expertise to work in agile project management, giving you skills to exceed in flexible workplaces and teams.
  • Post disaster project management stream is designed to teach you to manage disaster relief and humanitarian efforts, as well as community development.

 

Course structure

Choose a plan below to find out more about the subjects you will study and the course structure.

Graduate Certificate in Project Management
Program code: GC042

Title
Location
Duration
Plan code
CRICOS
Graduate Certificate in Project Management
City Campus
6 months full-time / 1 year part-time
GC042P03PM
093311D
Location
City Campus
Duration
6 months full-time / 1 year part-time
Plan code
GC042P03PM
CRICOS
093311D
Graduate Certificate in Project Management
City Campus
6 months full-time
GC042P03PM
093311D
Location
City Campus
Duration
6 months full-time
Plan code
GC042P03PM
CRICOS
093311D
Graduate Certificate in Project Management
City Campus
6 months full-time / 1 year part-time
GC042P03IT
093311D
Location
City Campus
Duration
6 months full-time / 1 year part-time
Plan code
GC042P03IT
CRICOS
093311D
Graduate Certificate in Project Management
City Campus
6 months full-time
GC042P03IT
093311D
Location
City Campus
Duration
6 months full-time
Plan code
GC042P03IT
CRICOS
093311D

Note: International student visa holders can only study full-time.

Career

After graduating, you will be able to work as a project management professional and apply your capability and expertise to diverse organisations and industries, including construction and property.

This certificate  will provide you with a foundation to further develop your project management capability through your professional practice and/or further study.

You are encouraged to progress to the Graduate Diploma in Project Management.

Students of the Graduate Certificate in Project Management are eligible to apply for student membership of the Project Management Institute (PMI).

Graduates of the Graduate Certificate in Project Management are eligible to apply for professional membership of the PMI.

Students and graduates are eligible to apply for Project Management Professional Certification (PMP).

There are currently no relevant Australian professional bodies that accredit the Graduate Certificate in Project Management degree.

Admissions

You need to satisfy all of the following entry requirements to be considered for entry into this degree.

You must have:

  • successfully completed an Australian bachelor degree (or equivalent overseas qualification)

OR

  • undertaken a minimum of 5 years of professional work experience in a related industry. Applicants with senior-level professional experience that is less than 5 years may also be considered.

To have your professional experience considered you must submit with your application a CV and a personal statement detailing your experience.

There are no prerequisite subjects required for entry into this qualification.

A selection task is not required for entry into this qualification.

You must meet the University's minimum English language requirements to be eligible for a place in this program.

You need to satisfy all of the following requirements to be considered for entry into this degree.

You must have successfully completed an Australian bachelor degree (or equivalent overseas qualification) in any discipline.

You may also be considered if you do not have an undergraduate degree but have a minimum of 5 years professional work experience in a related industry or professional experience at a senior level that is less than 5 years.

There are no prerequisite subjects required for entry into this qualification.

If you are applying on the basis of work experience, you must include with your application:

  • A curriculum Vitae (CV)
  • A statement that details your experience.

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.

Pathways

You can gain entry to this graduate certificate from a range of RMIT undergraduate programs, if you meet the entry requirements.

Credit, recognition of prior learning, professional experience and accreditation from a professional body can reduce your study load by acknowledging your earlier, relevant experience.

Credit and exemptions will be assessed consistent with the principles of the RMIT Credit Policy.

Upon successful completion of this program, you can continue your studies in GD194 Graduate Diploma in Project Management or MC210 Master of Project Management, subject to the program’s entrance requirements and receive 48 credit points of advanced standing into either of these programs. 

You can gain entry into this degree from a range of RMIT undergraduate programs.

Credit may reduce the duration of your study by acknowledging your earlier, relevant study experience.

When you are submitting an application, please indicate that you want to be considered for credit and provide detailed course syllabus (also known as course outline), outlining volume of learning, course content and weekly topics, learning objectives/outcomes, assessment types and their weightings, and reference to the learning resources such as prescribed textbooks and recommended readings.

When you successfully complete the Graduate Certificate in Project Management you are guaranteed entry into the Graduate Diploma in Project Management with 1 semester of advanced standing (equivalent to 48 credit points). The graduate certificate plan you complete will determine which graduate diploma plan you can enter.

Stream (plan):

  • Generic: GC042P03PM to GD194
  • Engineering: GC042P03PM to GD194EN
  • Post Disaster Project Management: GC042P03PM to GD194PDPM
  • Information Technology: GC042P03IT to GD194IT

Alternatively, you may be eligible for entry into other RMIT postgraduate programs.

Fees

2023 indicative fees

  • Full-fee places: AU$15,840.

Additional expenses

*The Student Services and Amenities Fee (SSAF) rates for 2023 have been delayed by the Australian Government. The fee information will be published when they are available.

  • Student services and amenities fee (SSAF): AU$315 maximum fee for 2022*.
  • Other items related to your program, including field trips, textbooks and equipment.

Annual fee adjustment*

Amounts quoted are indicative fees per annum, and are based on a standard year of full-time study (96 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.

Paying your fees and applying for refunds

For information on how to pay your fees or how to apply for a refund, please see Paying your fees and applying for refunds.

*The Student Services and Amenities Fee (SSAF) rates for 2023 have been delayed by the Australian Government. The fee information will be published when they are available.

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 2022* is $315. 

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.

FEE-HELP loans

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.

SA-HELP Loans

You may be eligible to apply to defer payment of the Student services and amenities fee (SSAF) through the SA-HELP loan scheme. If you use SA-HELP, the amount will be added to your accumulated HELP debt.

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.

For more information about loan repayment options see Commonwealth assistance (HELP loans) or Study Assist.

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 Services Australia for further information about student income support entitlements, your eligibility and how to apply.

You may be eligible to apply for income tax deductions for education expenses linked to your employment.

See the Australian Taxation Office (ATO) for more information.

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The total indicative tuition fee for 2023 commencement is AU$22,080.

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Find out more details about how fees are calculated and the expected annual increase.

Applying for refunds

Find information on how to apply for a refund as a continuing international student.

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Acknowledgement of Country

RMIT University acknowledges the people of the Woi wurrung and Boon wurrung language groups of the eastern Kulin Nation on whose unceded lands we conduct the business of the University. RMIT University respectfully acknowledges their Ancestors and Elders, past and present. RMIT also acknowledges the Traditional Custodians and their Ancestors of the lands and waters across Australia where we conduct our business.