BSB51415 Diploma of Project Management
It is only in recent decades that project management has emerged as a vital component of any serious business operation.
To succeed in the job, project managers must be adept at the technical skills of their professional, think laterally and critically about solutions, manage the breadth of human relations, and all within the constraints of limited time and resources.
For those who can master its complexities, project management can be an incredibly rewarding career.
To that end, the Institute of Project Management is proud to offer the Australian government accredited BSB51415 Diploma of Project Management.
Unlike the vast majority of providers, we are genuinely expert in the field of project management, bringing to bear many thousands of hours and literally billions of dollars of project delivery experience to our Certificate IV product.
Your mentors – an unlimited, on-demand resource throughout your study – are industry-seasoned project professionals, each with over ten (10) years of project leadership experience and an MBA (or equivalent) post-graduate degree.
As a result, our graduates are not just good at passing tests. They are job-ready project managers armed with a proven suite of project management knowledge, skills and assets.
Completing the BSB51415 Diploma of Project Management may also pre-qualify you for accreditation as a Certified Project Master.
In other words, once you have the requisite two years’ project leadership experience, you can use your Diploma as evidence of your knowledge and application of skills at the CPM level.
At a glance…
What do you get in the Institute’s Certificate IV in Project Management Practice?
- Comprehensive multi-media lectures
- Unlimited, on-demand mentor support
- Streamlined assessment process
- Alternative delivery options
- Lifetime enrolment, with no hidden charges
- Free project management tools and templates
- Privileged University and career pathways
Institute of Project Management qualifications validate contemporary best practices in the discipline of project management. By not slavishly adhereing to (or evangelizing) any one standard, methodology or industry approach, our credentials provide a highly rigorous and transferable baseline of skills that can be applied in any project context.
Institute graduates are critical thinkers; they are the project leaders, problem solvers and innovators of the 21st century.
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
- Manage the delivery of complex projects
- Evaluate and respond to dynamic project challenges in all environments
- Communicate professionally with project stakeholders
Entry is open to all graduates of the Institute of Project Management’s BSB41515 Certificate IV in Project Management Practice.
As our Certificate IV program is intentionally designed to articulate into this Diploma, candidates with an equivalent qualification from another provider should contact us to determine if a gap assessment is required.
How do I get this qualification?
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..
In order to meet the minimum threshold of complexity, the project you review must involve:
- A delivery team of three (3) or more people (including the project manager)
- Detailed project documentation at all stages
- Formal governance structure (for example, a sponsor and/or steering committee)
- Multiple stakeholder relationships
If you wish to pre-qualify as a Certified Project Master, it is an essential requirement of this activity that you are a ‘stranger’ to the project. In other words, you cannot have had any of the following, active roles in the project you review:
- Project initiator
- Project sponsor or governance group
- Project manager
- Project team member
- Project contractor or supplier
- Project client
Diploma only candidates may instead complete a review of a project they have previously contributed to.
The final output will take the form of a hypothetical consultant’s report commissioned by the Board of Directors of the performing organisation, and be aimed at recommending improvements for the firm’s performance of future projects.
In addition to common requirements for business writing, the Review should address the following:
- Project assets, including (but not limited to):
- project initiation documentation (for example: a project business case; project charter)
- project planning documentation (for example: a project stakeholder register; work breakdown structure; Gantt chart; budget; position descriptions; risk register; communications plan)
- project delivery documentation (for example: project status reports; change requests; issues register)
- Project performance, including (but not limited to):
- planned versus actual performance to scope, schedule and budget
- stakeholder identification and communication
- business case development
- scope definition and management
- schedule development and control
- cost estimating and control
- risk identification, prioritisation and treatment
- human resource availability and performance
- quality planning and control
- procurement / contract management
- project governance and change control
- project delivery and handover
- other lessons learned
At a minimum, you would be expected to conduct one-on-one interviews with the project manager, project sponsor and a client representative. Other project stakeholders should also be consulted. This can be done using a variety of methods, including interviews, workshops and surveys.
For assessment purposes, the Review is to be at least 2,000 words in length. The word count does not include the executive summary, headings and titles, footnotes, references and/or appendices. The executive summary must not be more than 10% of the overall word count.
You assessor will then invite you to make a 30 minute Oral Defence of your Project Review to complete this assessment activity. This Defence simulates a Board level interrogation of your Review conclusions and its recommendations – it is not an oral presentation of your findings (eg PowerPoint).
You will be contacted directly to schedule your presentation once your written report has been assessed.
In order to successfully complete this examination, you will need to be familiar with larger issues, such as the project management frameworks, theories and best practice; more importantly, you need to have a deep understanding of the project you have reflected upon and the major issues encountered.
Frequently asked questions
That depends on where you work…
In 2015, the median salary for a project manager in Australia was AU$139,037 per year – in the USA, it was US$108,000.
Interestingly, having even a basic certification or qualification in project management added around 20% to the value of of an individual’s salary.
The best country to work as a project manager is Switzerland (Australia is ranked #2, and the USA is #3), while the worst is Egypt. If you want to know what a project manager usually earns in your country, just ask us!
Our courses do not make you wait until a fixed date, such as the start of a semester, before allowing you to commence your course. Study can begin as soon as your enrolment is processed, usually within 24 hours!
Even if you are enrolled in a facilitated workshop, access to online study materials is immediate.
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. Each AQF unit that you complete is fully recognised and transferable for credit within the Australian Vocational Education system.
Our programs may also fast-track your entry into a higher level related or University level Qualification – contact us for more information.
The Diploma assessment guide sets out a staged approach to completing the qualification.
Your mentor will give you detailed feedback at each stage. 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 200 hours in order complete this qualification.
This includes the time for developing a review plan, reading relevant documentation, conducting stakeholder interviews, undertaking independent research, liaising with your mentor and presenting your findings.
You should ensure you are able to allocate the required amount of time before commencing study.
Because every learning experience is unique, at IPM 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.
The cost of this qualification is AU$2,950.
You can either pay online when you complete the enrolment form, in instalments by prior arrangement, or request an invoice (if, for example, you would like your employer to pay on your behalf).
In some circumstances, this qualification may be supported by state or federal government funding – please contact us for an up-to-date schedule of scholarships or subsidies you may be eligible for.
Our Certified Project Trainers are highly experienced project leaders with a minimum of ten (10) years’ practical experience, a Masters of Business Administration (or equivalent degree), and appropriate teaching experience.
If this is you – especially if you speak a second language – we would love to hear from you!