Graduate Certificate in Transport Safety Investigation
DurationFull-time 6 months, Part-time 1 year
Next intakeNot applicable
Are you a professional working in a transport safety-related role? Gain new skills in planning, managing and participating in the accident investigation processes of air, rail and marine vehicles and their systems. This course is also relevant if you hold a bachelor degree in a cognate field and would like a career in transport safety investigation.
This is a very unique course with a very limited offering - both locally and internationally. The intensive delivery means if you're already working it can fit around your obligations. The course has been co-developed and endorsed by the ATSB meaning it's very current and industry relevant.
You will have the opportunity to explore all aspects of accident investigation and will gain skills in:
- understanding and identifying legal, social, economic or environmental impacts and possible risks
- designing creative solutions through systematic problem solving and technological systems design methodologies
- analysing complex technical and managerial aspects by applying theory-based engineering fundamentals
- communicating with stakeholders in a professional and effective manner
- building, leading and working with teams
- professional use and communication of research and information.
The Graduate Certificate has been developed in close collaboration with the Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB), Australia’s national transport safety investigator, ensuring your learning experience is industry-relevant and work-integrated.
This course combines intensive in-class time with problem-based learning, assignments and projects.
The in-class component is taught at the Melbourne City campus, with occasional lab activities on the Bundoora campus. The classroom teaching is delivered in intensive mode. It is designed to enhance your learning through practical application of skills and the opportunity to undertake active discussion with your peers. In-class learning includes lectures, guest lectures by practitioners, practical activities, class presentations, group discussion and student-led discussion.
You will be able to solve real-life problems by examining case studies that simulate the experiences in the working field.
Completing assignments and projects will provide you with experience at undertaking research, implementing industry practices, writing effectively, and presenting ideas to a range of audiences orally and/or written. Assessment is ongoing throughout the teaching period and may include class tests, essays, reports, oral presentations, group projects, research projects, practical assignments or final exams. See Electives and program structure (below) for intensive dates.
This program was developed in close collaboration with the Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB), Australia’s national transport safety investigator. Their subject matter experts provided input in the development of the program, program structure and the course material, which will ensure your learning experience is industry-relevant and work-integrated. Subject matter experts with considerable industry experience will deliver some specialised topics in the program.
In this program you will follow specific courses that focus on work integrated learning (WIL) experiences, in which your knowledge and skills can be applied and assessed in a real or simulated workplace context, with feedback from industry and/or community on your work.
The Graduate Certificate in Transport Safety Investigation consists of 48 credit points.
As part of your studies, you will complete four courses in intensive blocks. The dates for these blocks in 2020 are:
- Investigation Readiness – intensive offered 29 June – 3 July 2020
- Human Factors for Investigators – intensive offered 6 – 10 July 2020
- Accident Investigation Fundamentals – intensive offered 23 – 27 November 2020
- Investigation Analysis and Analytical Writing Techniques – intensive offered 30 November – 4 December 2020.
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0.5 years full-time or part time equivalent
0.5 years full-time
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Program code: GC165
This is a great career development opportunity for professionals currently working in transport safety related roles to gain theory-based knowledge and skills to perform accident investigations in the aviation, rail and marine sectors.
You will have significant employment opportunities in a range of industries, such as aviation, maritime, rail, mining, manufacturing, defence, transport and logistics, health, consultancy, and also government departments and authorities.
- Successful completion of a Bachelor degree (AQF level 7 or 8) in a relevant field, such as Aerospace/Aeronautical Engineering, Aviation, Mechanical/Automotive Engineering, Naval Engineering or cognate areas,
- three years of relevant work experience*, including at least one year at a manager level (or equivalent),
- five years of work experience in the transport sector (aviation, road or maritime).
*Relevant work experience is considered to be in a role related to Accident Investigation and/or Safety Management Systems. In some cases, it is required that work experience is at manager level. Applicants applying on the basis of any work experience must provide a letter from their employer(s) (or equivalent) verifying their roles and the duration of them. The number of years of work experience are considered in terms of full-time equivalence.
2020 indicative fees
Full-fee places: AU$16,320
- 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.