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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.

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AIPM Endorsed course

Course Learning Outcome

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

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

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

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

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

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, download the AIPM Membership (PDF) and download the CPPP and AIPM Endorsed Course Information (PDF).


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

To be eligible to receive the Graduate Certificate in Project Management students must complete the equivalent of 4 units (48 credit points), comprising:
- 3 core units (36 credit points), and
- 1 equivalent elective unit (12 credit points).

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 Notes

Core Units

PROJ5002 Project Management Principles
Select two from the following
PROJ5003 Project Management: Initiation and Planning
PROJ6001 Project Management: Quality, Control and Risk
PROJ6003 Leading and Managing Projects
PROJ6005 Project Procurement and Contract Management
PROJ6006 Portfolio and Program Management

Elective Units

ACCT6016 Finance for Managers (Online)
ACCT5004 Business Accounting for Managers (Online)
LEGL5003 Business and Corporation Law for Managers (Online)
BUSN6002 Global Business (Online)
BUSN5007 Entrepreneurship and Marketing (Online)
MGMT5004 Strategic Health Management
HLTH5001 Leading Change in Healthcare
PBHL5006 Healthcare Professional Portfolio A
HLTH5005 Principles and Practice of Clinical Accountability
BUSN6009 Managing Information Systems (Online)
COMP6005 Managing Digital Enterprise (Online)
BUSN6006 Strategic Knowledge Management (Online)
HRMT6002 Human Resource Management (Online)
MGMT6004 Organisational Change and Development (Online)
ACCT6013 Corporate Governance for Managers (Online)
BUSN6008 Strategy and Case Analysis (Online)
PROJ5004 Strategic Infrastructure Asset Management
PROJ6007 Stakeholder Engagement
ENGN6001 Engineering for a Sustainable Future
BUSN5005 Management Communication (Online)