Project Management

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:

  • BSB40920 Certificate IV in Project Management Practice
  • BSB50820 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 BSB40920 Certificate IV in Project Management Practice.

OPEN can also be completed as a co-requisite via the ARC workshop series or with active mentor support when students are directly enrolled in the BSB40920 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 BSB40920 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.

Alternative evidence of vocational English may also be considered – please contact us for more information.

 

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:

  • BSBPMG420 Apply project scope management techniques
  • BSBPMG421 Apply project time management techniques
  • BSBPMG422 Apply project quality management techniques
  • BSBPMG423 Apply project cost management techniques
  • BSBPMG424 Apply project human resources management approaches
  • BSBPMG425 Apply project information management and communications techniques
  • BSBPMG426 Apply project risk management techniques
  • BSBPMG428 Apply project life cycle management processes
  • BPMG429 Apply project stakeholder engagement techniques

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

 

Active mentoring

The BSB40920 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.

 

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 a series of recorded interview assessments as you progress through the course. 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 BSB40920 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 your 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 BSB40920 Certificate IV in Project Management Practice costs AU$4,000 to complete.

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

 

University pathways

A number of Australian and international Universities recognise our BSB40920 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

As this is a fast-track program, entry is open to all graduates of our nationally recognised BSB40920 Certificate IV in Project Management Practice.

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.

 

Units of study

Although this course typically takes six months to complete (upon completion of the BSB40920 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:

  • BSBPMG530 Manage project scope
  • BSBPMG531 Manage project time
  • BSBPMG532 Manage project quality
  • BSBPMG533 Manage project costs
  • BSBPMG534 Manage project human resources
  • BSBPMG535 Manage project communications
  • BSBPMG536 Manage project risk
  • BSBPMG537 Manage project procurement
  • BSBPMG538 Manage project stakeholder engagement
  • BSBPMG540 Manage project integration
  • BSBPEF501 Manage personal and professional development
  • BSTR502 Facilitate continuous improvement

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

 

Active mentoring

The BSB50820 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.

 

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 and on-demand active mentor support.

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

 

Graduate outcomes

Upon completion of our BSB50820 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
  • Manage the delivery of complex projects
  • Evaluate and respond to dynamic project challenges in all environments
  • Communicate professionally with project stakeholders
  • Critically reflect on your own performance and the performance of your team

You will also be eligible for admission to the Institute of Project Management at Certification level commensurate with your industry experience.

 

Cost

The BSB50820 Diploma of Project Management costs AU$3,000 to complete.

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

 

University pathways

A number of Australian and international Universities recognise our BSB50820 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.

The Institute of Project Management accepts that learning takes place through formal study, informal learning in the workplace and from life experience. Our Recognition of Prior Learning Policy outlines how you may apply to have your prior learning recognised by the Institute and what procedures the Institute has in place to assess your learning and work/life experience.

Because of the unique structure of this program, students are typically awarded RPL for:

  • Project management coursework independently assessed by an accredited educational institution, and/or
  • Relevant documents prepared for workplace projects that meet the standards for assessment stipulated in this guide.

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.

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