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Graduate Certificate in Project Management

Graduate Certificate

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The Graduate Certificate in Project Management is designed for professionals across all sectors who wish to develop their skills in project management. Students develop an understanding of the principles behind project management, and of time, change, risk and procurement issues, exploring common obstacles and developing a problem-solving attitude that can be applied to their future management endeavours.

This course is also a pathway to further postgraduate study. Graduates receive up to four units of credit towards the Master of Project Management.

AIPM Endorsed course

Graduate AttributeCourse Learning Outcome
Intellectual rigour

Demonstrate cognitive, technical and creative skills to investigate, analyse and synthesise complex information, problems, concepts and theories to different bodies of knowledge or practice as it applies to the discipline of project management


Apply knowledge and skills pertaining to project management with initiative and creativity with new challenges or in new situations

Ethical practice

Apply sustainability principles to project management cases and professional situations

Demonstrate highly developed judgement and use of ethical frameworks when planning, managing and undertaking projects in scholarly, research, social and professional forums

Knowledge of a discipline

Demonstrate an integrated understanding of project management principles and methods, with the ability to conceptualise and apply these principles and methods in professional contexts

Lifelong learning

Locate, evaluate, manage and use information in order to create new knowledge and advance methods in the field of project management

Reflect on, assess and regulate learning, research and performance pertaining to project management, with personal autonomy and accountability

Communication and social skills

Work collaboratively with individuals and teams to achieve research outcomes that pertain to the management of projects

Communicate arguments, theory, complex knowledge and ideas in relation to the field of project management within an investigation of originality to specialist and non-specialist audiences

Cultural competence

Demonstrate cultural competence in local, Australia-wide and global settings, specifically as they apply to project management in practice

Demonstrate an understanding of Indigenous Australian contemporary realities and protocols, specifically as they apply to project management in practice (such as in the mining, health, construction and social services sectors).

Core units include project management principles; quality control and risk; planning and contract management.

Location Teaching period UAC code QTAC code
SCU Online Study Period 1 , Study Period 2 , Study Period 3 , Study Period 4 , Study Period 5 , Study Period 6 N/A N/A

Career Outcomes

This course is endorsed by the Australian Institute of Project Management (AIPM). Students who have completed an AIPM-endorsed course are eligible to apply for a certificate as a Certified Practicing Project Practitioner (CPPP) under AIPM's RegPM program.  To qualify for CPPP, students must apply for Associate Membership with a copy of their qualification.

For more information on becoming an AIPM RegPM or to qualify as a CPPP, refer to AIPM Membership and CPPP and AIPM Endorsed Course Information.


We encourage you to apply for the courses you most want to study. If you are not eligible to enter your chosen course right now, our team will work with you to find the best pathway option.

Before applying, make sure you double check all entry requirements, gather required documentation and review the University’s Rules Relating to Awards, noting any specifics listed below.

Course requirements

  1. To be eligible for the Graduate Certificate of Project Management a candidate shall successfully complete four (4) units (48 credit points) comprising:
    1. MNG91217 Project Management Principles; and
    2. Two (2) units from Part A; and
    3. One (1) unit from Part A or Part B
  2. A candidate in the Graduate Certificate of Project Management who has completed the requirements for the Graduate Certificate of Project Management may elect to articulate to a Graduate Diploma of Project Management or Master of Project Management.

Course structure

Unit Code Unit Title Level of learning Notes

Part A

MNG91217 Project Management Principles Introductory
MNG91218 Project Management: Initiation and Planning Introductory
MNG92230 Project Management: Quality, Control and Risk Intermediate
MNG92305 Leading and Managing Projects Intermediate
MNG93220 Project Procurement and Contract Management Advanced
MNG93255 Portfolio and Program Management Advanced

Part B

ACC91210 Finance for Managers (Online) Introductory
ACC71210 Business Accounting for Managers (Online) Intermediate
LAW81210 Business and Corporation Law for Managers (Online) Introductory
MNG92210 Global Business (Online) Intermediate
MNG91210 Entrepreneurship and Marketing (Online) Introductory
MNG91220 Strategic Health Management Introductory
HEA93001 Leading Change in Healthcare Advanced
CMM91010 Healthcare Professional Portfolio A Introductory
HEA93020 Principles and Practice of Clinical Accountability Advanced
MNG93211 Managing Information Systems (Online) Advanced
ISY93210 Managing Digital Enterprise (Online) Advanced
MNG91214 Strategic Knowledge Management (Online) Introductory
MNG93215 Human Resource Management (Online) Advanced
MNG91215 Organisational Change and Development (Online) Introductory
ACC93210 Corporate Governance for Managers (Online) Advanced
MNG93210 Strategy and Case Analysis (Online) Advanced
MNG92220 Strategic Infrastructure Asset Management Intermediate
MNG91225 Stakeholder Engagement Introductory
ENG92050 Engineering for a Sustainable Future Intermediate
MNG81002 Management Communication (Online) Introductory