Graduate Certificate in Project Management
DurationFull-time 6 months, Part-time 1 year, Part-time 8 months intensive
LocationMelbourne City, Online
Are you looking to take the next step in your career? In today’s working environment the skills of the project manager have never been more in demand. This course 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 course 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.
What you will gain through this course.
A degree in project management will help you develop skills that are highly sought after globally in a wide variety of sectors, such as 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.
Why study Project Management at RMIT?
Our expert teachers, passionate researchers, connections to industry and strong practical focus means RMIT postgraduates are among the most employable in Australia.
RMIT’s strong 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.
This degree is approved for Centrelink support.
The learning experiences offered in this course are designed to foster excellence in project management practice and to support continual improvement in your learning and professional practice.
The course 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 myRMIT student portal.
Ongoing assessment throughout the semester includes case studies, project reports, assignments, presentations, reflective journals and examinations.
Delivered 100 per cent online, you can take advantage of six intensive study periods offered each year, and learn wherever there is an internet connection. RMIT’s community-based online study lets you investigate new ideas through video, audio, and practical activities and assessments. In virtual meeting spaces and by participating in discussions forums, you will connect, interact and collaborate with expert lecturers and other professionals studying alongside you.
Choose a specialisation
There are five streams to choose from, depending on what you would like to specialise in and whether you would prefer to study face-to-face or online:
- 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.
The course offers the opportunity to gain access to industry experts through guest lectures and industry forums.
As a student enrolled in this course, you will be provided with an education that strongly links formal learning with professional practice.
Courses 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.
On-campus (study in Australia)
- 6 months full-time
RMIT Online (study from your home country)
- 8 months part-time (intensive online)
Note: 100% online programs do not provide access to Australian student visas.
Choose a program structure
Choose a program structure
Program code: GC042
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 course will provide you with a foundation to further develop your project management capability through your professional practice and/or further study.
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 program.
You must have:
- successfully completed an Australian Bachelor degree (or equivalent overseas qualification)
- 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.
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.
For your professional experience to be considered, you must include in your application:
- your CV
- a personal statement that details your experience.
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 program 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 (Paper Based Test): minimum score of 580 (TWE 4.5)
- 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 Advanced Plus Certificate at RMIT English Worldwide.
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.
- 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.
Study on campus
Full-fee places: AU$13,440*
* Amount quoted is the 2019 total program tuition fee, and is based on a total annual load of 48 credit points.
- 2019 full-fee: AU$3,360 per 12 credit point course.
- 2018 full-fee is AU$3,240 per 12 credit point course.
Learn more about fees for online study.
Student services and amenities fee (SSAF): AU$303 maximum fee for 2019.
Other items related to your program, including field trips, textbooks and equipment.
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.
Fees shown above apply to 2019 only and are based on an annual full-time study load of 96 credit points unless otherwise noted. A proportionate fee applies for more or less than the full-time study load. Tuition fees are adjusted on an annual basis and these fees should only be used as a guide.
For more information and to learn how to calculate your exact tuition fees see postgraduate study fees.
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 2019 is $303.
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.
Study on campus
The total indicative tuition fee international students studying on campus for 2019 commencement is AU$18,240.
Fees for international students studying online in your home country in 2019 are AU$3,360 per 12 credit point course.
Fees for international students studying online in your home country in 2018 are AU$3,240 per 12 credit point course.
Learn more about fees for online study.
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.