AQF Qualifications

The Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) is the national policy for regulated qualifications in Australian education and training. It incorporates the qualifications from each education and training sector into a single comprehensive national qualifications framework.

As a Registered Training Organisation (RTO 60154), we are accredited to deliver the following AQF qualifications:

  • BSB41515 Certificate IV in Project Management Practice
  • BSB51415 Diploma of Project Management

Entry requirements

There are no pre-requisites to entry for the pre-enrolment program.

 

 OPEN is a multimedia project management resource hub, available free to all, whether or not you intend going on to complete a qualification.

The 12 online units in OPEN cover all aspects of contemporary project management, including a number of well-known and highly regarded methodologies such as PMBOK, Agile, and PRINCE2.

Successfully completing all the online quizzes that follow each topic will satisfy the pre-requisite entry requirements for the BSB41515 Certificate IV in Project Management Practice.

OPEN can also be completed as a co-requisite with active mentor support when students are directly enrolled in the BSB41515 Certificate IV in Project Management Practice.

 

Graduate outcomes

Upon completing OPEN, you can exit the qualification pathway program as a Certified Project Officer.

Students who attain an overall grade of 100% in the OPEN quizzes will also be entered into the Institute of Project Management’s Order of Merit.

Entry requirements

Entry is open to all persons who have completed all the quizzes in OPEN (our Online Project EducatioN portal).

OPEN can also be completed as a co-requisite with active mentor support when students are directly enrolled in the BSB41515 Certificate IV in Project Management Practice.

Students must have reliable access to an internet connected computer with word-processing software (eg Microsoft Word).

International students must also evidence vocational English as per the Australian government standard for skilled migration. Students need to independently prepare for and obtain this standard.

 

Active mentoring

The BSB41515 Certificate IV in Project Management Practice is delivered with unlimited active mentor support, extending actionable advice on the projects you are working on through the lens of good-practice.

Our mentors can uniquely support you in this way because they are:

  • Proven industry experts with a minimum of 10 years’ practical experience in leading complex projects, programs and portfolios of work
  • Inspiring communicators and creative, critical thinkers
  • Trained educators, facilitators and mentors

Importantly, they are not professional lecturers who have only learned project management from text-books and classrooms – they superimpose on the coursework a wealth of project skill and experience from all stakeholder perspectives to bring project management to life.

The one-on-one assignment of mentors to learners also allows a genuine relationship to develop, avoiding a call-center feel to learner engagement. Importantly, contact hours are neither stipulated nor capped, meaning that higher risk learners can access appropriate levels of support and self-motivated participants are not held back.

The Institute of Project Management has successfully delivered self-paced learning with active mentor support to a diverse range of global learners in a variety of cultural settings. Our acquittals of government funded contracts in this regard show average completion rates in excess of 80% over the last five years, figures that place us in the top five percent of training providers across all sectors.

Rest assured, too, that your dealings with your Institute mentor remain confidential at all times, as per our privacy policy.

 

Units of study

Although this course typically takes up to six months to complete, your enrolment is good for a period of two years and may be paused or extended upon request.

The bulk of your time will be spent initiating, planning, delivering and closing professional or personal projects with the on-going and active support of your mentor.

If you do not have access to a relevant professional or personal projects, a case study project can be provided for you.

As the volume of learning is based on your prior experience and access to projects, experienced students with current access may demonstrate competency sooner.

For that reason, your mentor will work with you to develop a training plan that uniquely responds to your personal and professional environment and needs.

To successfully graduate, you will need to evidence competence in the following AQF units:

  • BSBPMG409 Apply project scope management techniques
  • BSBPMG410 Apply project time management techniques
  • BSBPMG411 Apply project quality management techniques
  • BSBPMG412 Apply project cost management techniques
  • BSBPMG413 Apply project human resources management approaches
  • BSBPMG416 Apply project procurement procedures
  • BSBPMG415 Apply project risk management techniques
  • BSBPMG417 Apply project life cycle management processes
  • BSBPMG418 Apply project stakeholder engagement techniques

Students who leave the program early are eligible to receive a Statement of Attainment for the units they have successfully demonstrated competency in.

 

Assessment

In addition to completing OPEN, students must prepare, share and be able to critically reflect upon the following portfolio of project management assets and their application:

  • Project stakeholder register and communications plan
  • Project concept canvas with risk profile
  • Project Gantt chart, including:
    • Multi-level work breakdown structure
    • Project schedule with dependencies
    • Task level resource allocations and overall project budget
  • Request for proposal
  • Risk register and management plan
  • Project status report and change request
  • Project reflection (report)

Templates with detailed instructions are provided for each activity.

You are also required to participate in oral assessments on each of the three (3) Modules in OPEN and again at the conclusion of the program (project reflection presentation). These assessments are typically conducted via Zoom or another video-conferencing platform.

Download the Assessment Guide for more information on the course requirements.

 

Graduate outcomes

Upon completion of our BSB41515 Certificate IV in Project Management Practice, you will be able to:

  • Apply basic project management concepts, methods and theories
  • Demonstrate the technical skills of project management
  • Understand the interpersonal aspects of project management
  • Manage the initiation, planning, delivery and close of simple projects
  • Communicate professionally with project stakeholders
  • Critically reflect on own performance

You will also be directly admitted to the Institute of Project Management as a Certified Project Officer (or Certified Project Professional if you can evidence three (3) years’ project experience).

Students who attain an overall grade of 100% in the OPEN quizzes will further be entered into the Institute of Project Management’s Order of Merit.

 

Cost

The BSB41515 Certificate IV in Project Management Practice costs AU$4,000 to complete.

This is fully inclusive of all resources and unlimted, on-demand, active mentoring for the duration of your enrolment.

 

University pathways

A number of Australian and international Universities recognise our BSB41515 Certificate IV in Project Management Practice for advanced standing towards undergraduate (Bachelor) degrees.

Please contact us to learn how academic credit might be applied to your University program.

Entry requirements

Entry is open to all graduates of the nationally recognised BSB41515 Certificate IV in Project Management Practice.

As an alternative, if you can evidence three (3) years’ experience leading complex projects (as per the Certified Project Master admission rules), you can fast-track your enrolment by completing all the quizzes in OPEN (our Online Project EducatioN portal).

You will need reliable access to an internet connected computer with word-processing software (eg Microsoft Word) to complete this course.

International students must also evidence vocational English as per the Australian government standard for skilled migration. Students need to independently prepare for and obtain this standard.

 

Active mentoring

The BSB51415 Diploma of Project Management mentoring program is delivered one-on-one into your workplace or home.

Our mentors can uniquely support you in this way because they are:

  • Proven industry experts with a minimum of 10 years’ practical experience in leading complex projects, programs and portfolios of work
  • Inspiring communicators and creative, critical thinkers
  • Trained educators, facilitators and mentors

Importantly, they are not professional lecturers who have only learned project management from text-books and classrooms – they superimpose on the coursework a wealth of project skill and experience from all stakeholder perspectives to bring project management to life.

The one-on-one assignment of mentors to learners also allows a genuine relationship to develop, avoiding a call-center feel to learner engagement. Importantly, contact hours are neither stipulated nor capped, meaning that higher risk learners can access appropriate levels of support and self-motivated participants are not held back.

The Institute of Project Management has successfully delivered self-paced learning with active mentor support to a diverse range of global learners in a variety of cultural settings. Our acquittals of government funded contracts in this regard show average completion rates in excess of 80% over the last five years, figures that place us in the top five percent of training providers across all sectors.

Rest assured, too, that your dealings with your Institute mentor remain confidential at all times, as per our privacy policy.

 

Units of study

Although this course typically takes six months to complete (upon completion of the BSB41515 Certificate IV in Project Management), your enrolment is good for a period of two years and may be paused or extended upon request.

The bulk of your time will be spent initiating, planning, delivering and closing your assessment project with the on-going and active support of your mentor.

As the volume of learning is based on your prior experience and access to projects, experienced students with current access may demonstrate competency sooner.

For that reason, your mentor will work with you to develop a training plan that uniquely responds to your personal and professional environment and needs.

To successfully graduate, you will need to evidence competence in the following AQF units:

  • BSBPMG511 Manage project scope
  • BSBPMG512 Manage project time
  • BSBPMG513 Manage project quality
  • BSBPMG514 Manage project cost
  • BSBPMG515 Manage project human resources
  • BSBPMG516 Manage project information and communication
  • BSBPMG517 Manage project risk
  • BSBPMG518 Manage project procurement
  • BSBPMG519 Manage project stakeholder engagement
  • BSBPMG521 Manage project integration
  • BSBMGT516 Facilitate continuous improvement
  • BSBWOR501 Manage personal work priorities and professional development

Students who leave the program early are eligible to receive a Statement of Attainment for the units they have successfully demonstrated competency in.

 

Assessment tasks

In order to demonstrate your competence at the Diploma level, you are required to identify a complex public or private project that has recently completed and conduct a comprehensive review of its performance.

Your initiation, planning, delivery and close of this process will be facilitated by unlimited active mentor support.

Download the Assessment Guidelines for more information on the course requirements.

 

Graduate outcomes

Upon completion of our Diploma of Project Management, you will be able to:

  • Apply advanced project management concepts, methods and theories
  • Demonstrate the technical skills of project management
  • Leverage the interpersonal aspects of project management
  • Lead the initiation, planning, delivery and close of complex projects
  • Evaluate and respond to project challenges in all environments
  • Professionally engage with diverse project stakeholders
  • Critically reflect on own performance and the performance of others

Graduates may also (pre-)qualify for admission to the Institute of Project Management as a Certified Project Master if they are a stranger to the project they review.

 

Cost

The BSB51415 Diploma of Project Management costs AU$3,000 to complete.

This is fully inclusive of all resources and unlimted, on-demand, active mentoring for the duration of your enrolment.

 

University pathways

A number of Australian and international Universities recognise our BSB51415 Diploma of Project Management for advanced standing towards undergraduate (Bachelor) degrees.

Please contact us to learn how academic credit might be applied to your University program.

Frequently asked questions

Our courses do not make you wait until a fixed date, such as the start of a semester, before allowing you to commence. Study can begin as soon as your enrolment is processed, usually within 24 hours!

At any time throughout your Qualification you may also request a Statement of Attainment, which is formal recognition of the units that you have completed. Any units successfully completed are nationally recognised and can be credited to other qualifications with another RTO within Australia.

Our programs may also fast-track your entry into a higher level related or University level Qualification – contact us for more information.

Your mentor will give you detailed feedback at each stage of your qualification. If he or she feels that you are not yet ready to progress, then you will be advised on how you can improve your work for reassessment.

There is no limit to the number of times you may resubmit your work for feedback – we will stick with you until you get it right!

All email enquiries are responded to within two business days, and the turnaround for assessment feedback is usually within five days.

Successful completion of each stage will demonstrate to us (and your present and future employers) that you have the ability to apply the theory you have learnt to practical workplace scenarios.

Note that although assessment tasks are made easier if you are employed in a workplace, those without this opportunity may complete the course as long as they have sufficient access to a project environment to facilitate learning and demonstrate competence.

Past experience indicates that the time you spend on study is positively correlated with your performance and results in this course.

You should allow up to 6-months to complete each qualification (12-months in total for the Diploma), including the time you spend working and reflecting on your workplace projects.

You should ensure you are able to allocate the required amount of time before commencing study.

Because every learning experience is unique, we customise our offerings to uniquely match your circumstances. We take into account your current employment and experience, as well as a range of personal considerations, such as your general interests, ambitions, availability, motivation and financial situation.

For example, if you have already delivered projects or programs of work, either in paid employment or as a volunteer, the skills you’ve developed are probably very valuable. You may have done other studies that include similar subjects, here or overseas. Even some of your hobbies and interests might include relevant skills and knowledge.

To be recognised, you need to prove you are already competent in that study area. If you have just left school, don’t do part-time work or have many interests, you may not be a candidate for skills recognition. If you are an older person with a wide range of successful work and study experiences, you are probably a very strong candidate.

If your skills can be “recognised” (ie mapped to unit and course criteria), you may be able to shorten the length of time for your studies. In some cases, you may get 100 per cent recognition of your qualification, meaning you would not have to study at all.

Visit here for more information on our recognition of prior learning (RPL) policy.

As these exemptions are assessed on a case-by-case basis, and may significantly discount your overall course fee, please contact us directly to invite consideration of your circumstance.

As our qualifications are delivered and assessed in English, students who reside in a country where English is not the primary language, and others for whom English is a second language, are expected to have English language competence as a pre-requisite to enrolment.

You can demonstrate this by providing evidence that you have completed an English language proficiency exam to the Australian government’s skilled migration standard for vocational English.

As a rule, students with English language, literacy and/or numeracy special needs should contact us prior to enrolment to confirm their suitability for the program of study.

Click here to view and print the student handbook.