Institute of Project Management qualifications validate contemporary best practices in the discipline of project management. They equally respect both people and process, and do not preference any one standard, method or industry approach. Instead, our qualifications evidence a highly rigorous and transferable baseline of knowledge, skills and experience 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.

Entry requirements

Entry is open to all persons who are continuously and actively involved in one or more workplace projects over the 6-12-month period of their enrolment, with the full support of their projects’ sponsor(s).

International students must also evidence English competency via a minimum IELTS score of 5.0 across all bands. Students need to independently prepare for and obtain this standard.



In the first instance, students are required to complete either our five-day project management Certification workshop or all the assessment activities in OPEN.

Upon completing the coursework, students proceed to active mentoring.


Active mentoring

The Certificate IV mentoring program is delivered one-on-one into your workplace over 6-12 months, using YOUR projects, programs and events as ‘cases’ – there are no classes, text-books, quizzes, tests or exams.

Instead, our expert mentors work with you to apply and extend your CPO knowledge in practical, relevant, real-world settings.

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

You also receive full access to OPEN – our extensive and ever-expanding library of contemporary project management resources and assets.

Our mentors are not just proven project leaders; where possible, you will be paired with someone with specific experience and expertise in your industry. Over the course of your partnership, you will also develop a portfolio of assets common to project management. These may include:

  • Stakeholder register
  • Business cases
  • WBS / schedules / budgets
  • Risk registers
  • Status reports

These documents can be prepared using your existing workplace assets or the project management tools, templates and software provided. Unlimited active mentor support will also guarantee you receive comprehensive feedback and assistance throughout.

The final assessment task invites you to identify a project you have recently delivered and critically reflect upon its performance.

This activity mirrors the requirements of the Certified Project Professional (CPP) examination and confirms your competence to BSB41515 Certificate IV in Project Management Practice.


Graduate outcomes

Upon completion of our 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
  • Participate in the delivery of varied projects
  • Evaluate and respond to project challenges
  • Communicate professionally with project stakeholders

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).

Entry requirements

Entry is open to all graduates of the Institute of Project Management’s BSB41515 Certificate IV in Project Management Practice or people with three (3) years’ experience leading complex projects (as per the Certified Project Master admission rules).



In the first instance, students who are not graduates of our BSB41515 Certificate IV in Project Management Practice are required to complete either our five-day project management Certification workshop or all the assessment activities in OPEN.

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.


Active mentoring

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 Diploma 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
  • Manage the delivery of complex projects
  • Evaluate and respond to dynamic project challenges in all environments
  • Communicate professionally with project stakeholders

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.

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 your course. 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. Each 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.

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 at least six-months to complete each qualification, 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, 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 each qualification is AU$2,500 – $5,000 depending on your previous project management studies and/or experience.

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!