- Online: February, May, September
- Townsville: February, May, September
- Brisbane: February, May, September
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Fee deferral and scholarships available if eligible
6 months full-time
or part-time equivalent
Completion of an AQF level 7 bachelor degree; or equivalent
Learn how to harness your passion, resolve and vision to deliver groundbreaking results for business, government and the community. Develop vital skills in linear planning, leadership and management, and risk assessment in complex projects. Be in high demand as a professional in a field equally important across disciplines, industry sectors and government, both in Australia and internationally. Gain the skills and expertise to guide businesses towards success during uncertain times, contributing to the prosperity, health, safety and sustainability of tropical communities.
During disruptive times — such as a pandemic — businesses are in need of project management skills more than ever. Project managers are a core organisational capability for future employers. In the Graduate Certificate of Project Management, you will learn to be aware of industry trends and needs in order to effectively manage projects for economic, social, environmental and cultural sustainability.
JCU’s Graduate Certificate of Project Management is the first in Australia to emphasise skill development in strategy, risk and asset management, making you stand out to future employers for your unique ability to obtain successful results even when faced with setbacks and challenges. Throughout the degree, you’ll engage with real-world problems through complex case studies, giving you invaluable insight into applying your knowledge and skills to any situation through an effective, strategic and technical approach to project management.
Your study will include core subjects such as Project Management Principles and Foundations, Project Governance and Asset Management, Risk Assessment and Quality Project Management, and Management Methods for Complex Projects. You will develop cognitive, technical and communication skills through project management case studies and corporate-world project-based assessment, preparing you to be a leader of, and advisor to, business enterprises.
Study flexibly in a blended learning environment, engaging in online learning and teaching while you learn from and collaborate with your peers in online discussions as well as intensive face-to-face experiential workshops.
Upon graduation, you will have developed key skills in four major areas: linear project planning and management; strategy and leadership in exploring and developing systematic processes for asset management; the risks project experience; and exploration of agile designs in relation to managing complex projects. Mastering these skills will future-proof your career, with the Project Management Institute (PMI®) recently identifying these abilities as essential for managing projects in disruptive and post-disruptive times.
Inherent requirements are the identified abilities, attributes, skills, and behaviours that must be demonstrated, during the learning experience, to successfully complete a course. These abilities, attributes, skills, and behaviours preserve the academic integrity of the University’s learning, assessment,and accreditation processes, and where applicable, meet the standards of a profession. For more information please review the inherent requirements for the Graduate Certificate of Project Management .
Project management is a core capability across all organisational levels and industries, both in Australia and internationally. Businesses in every sector need to develop new strategies to navigate organisational change and successfully manage current and future projects. The changes brought by the COVID-19 pandemic also continue to impact businesses, making your ability to address risks and develop and manage sustainable projects more vital now than ever before.
As a graduate of the first degree in Australia to offer subjects emphasising the essential skills of strategy, risk and asset management, you’ll be in high demand in many industry contexts. Your skills in planning, addressing risks and systematic process strategies are highly sought after by employers in the public sector, construction, business, finance, health, engineering, defence, telecommunications and information technology.
Upon completion of the Graduate Certificate of Project Management you will be a Certified Project Officer (CPO) with the Institute of Project Management and be recognised as a fundamental contributor to any project team.
Information valid for students commencing in 2023
Graduate Certificate (AQF Level 8)
Professional accreditation status
This program is globally accredited by the Institute of Project Management (IPM). Graduates who complete this program or the project management subjects: LB5403:03, LB5246:03, LB5245:03 and LB5247:03 are eligible to be admitted as Certified Project Officers (CPO)
Business, Law and Governance
Completion of an AQF level 7 degree from James Cook University or another university; or
Other qualifications or practical experience recognised by the Dean, College of Business Law and Governance as equivalent to the above.
Minimum English language proficiency requirements
Applicants of non-English speaking backgrounds must meet the English language proficiency requirements of Band 2 – Schedule II of the JCU Admissions Policy or have successfully completed an AQF 8 qualification from James Cook University within the previous two (2) years.
Academic Requirements for Course Completion
12 credit points as per course structure
Course learning outcomes
JCU graduates are committed to lifelong learning, intellectual development, and to the display of exemplary personal, professional and ethical standards. They have a sense of their place in the tropics and are charged with professional, community, and environmental responsibility. JCU graduates appreciate the need to embrace and be acquainted with the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples of Australia. They are committed to reconciliation, diversity and sustainability. They exhibit a willingness to lead and to contribute to the intellectual, environmental, cultural, economic and social challenges of regional, national, and international communities of the tropics.
On successful completion of the Graduate Certificate of Project Management, graduates will be able to:
Inherent requirements are the identified abilities, attributes, skills, and behaviours that must be demonstrated, during the learning experience, to successfully complete a course. These abilities, attributes, skills, and behaviours preserve the academic integrity of the University's learning, assessment, and accreditation processes, and where applicable, meet the standards of a profession. For more information please visit: Graduate Certificate of Project Management.
All JCU students have the opportunity to demonstrate, with reasonable adjustments where applicable, the inherent requirements for their course. For more information please visit: Student Disability Policy and Procedure.
LB5403:03 Project Management Principles and Foundations
LB5246:03 Project Governance and Asset Management
LB5245:03 Risk Assessment and Quality Project Management
LB5247:03 Management Methods for Complex Projects
COURSE AVAILABLE AT
First offered in May (Trimester 2), 2022
Internal or mixed-mode attendance
*Students will be advised of face-to-face dates by JCU Brisbane Campus.
|First offered in May (Trimester 2), 2022|
|First offered in May (Trimester 2), 2022|
Expected time to complete
6 months full-time or part-time equivalent
Maximum time to complete
Maximum leave of absence
Please refer to the Coursework Enrolment Procedure
Supplementary exam for
A student who has failed the final subject towards the award and who gained 40% or more of the marks for that subject, may be granted a supplementary examination in that subject. However, if that subject is required for accreditation, then the criteria specified by that accreditation will apply.
Students may apply for credit for previous tertiary study in accordance with the Credit Transfer Procedure
6 credit points
Credit will be granted only for subjects completed in the 10 years prior to the commencement of this course
Credit gained for any subject shall be cancelled 15 years after the date of the examination upon which the credit is based if, by then, the student has not completed this course.
Credit will not be granted for undergraduate studies or for work experience used to gain admission to the course when assessed separately for admission requirements.
GRADUATE CERTIFICATE OF PROJECT MANAGEMENT
Inclusion of majors on
Exit with lesser award
Students who complete this course are eligible for entry to the MBA and may be granted credit for all subjects completed under this course
Students may receive an Award of Recognition in accordance with the Recognition of Academic Excellence Procedure
Estimated annual Commonwealth Supported fee: $AUD7,570.00
Estimated annual tuition fee: $AUD14,800.00
A Student Services and Amenities fee is payable per subject up to a maximum amount per year.
A variety of Scholarships are available to suit different student types.
Consult the admission requirements section in the Handbook for prerequisites and pathways into this course.
Master of Business Administration, Major in Project Management
It's so evident that project management is a primary need for every business if excellence is one of their counts of measure. I'm so proud to have gained such skills and knowledge in this course. The practical applications are very useful and the skills are being transferable across any career I will choose to pursue.
Master of Business Administration, Major in Project Management
Project management is a vital aspect of any business, regardless of the size of its operations or the industry to which it belongs. Studying project management at JCU has given me the skills I need and a competitive advantage in fulfilling the requirements of modern business sectors.
Associate Professor Carmen Reaiche Amaro
Associate Professor, Project Management
JCU’s Graduate Certificate of Project Management is a step above the rest. It is the first in Australia to emphasise skill development in Asset Management, making you stand out to future employers. It is a hands-on corporate-world project-based course preparing you to be leaders of and advisors to business enterprises