University of Technology Sydney

C11005v6 Graduate Certificate in Project Management

Award(s): Graduate Certificate in Project Management (GradCertPM)
CRICOS code: 088437K
Commonwealth supported place?: No
Load credit points: 24
Course EFTSL: 0.5
Location: City campus

Course aims
Career options
Course intended learning outcomes
Admission requirements
Course duration and attendance
Course structure
Course completion requirements
Course program
Articulation with UTS courses
Other information


UTS's Project Management program provides an immersive learning environment for both aspiring and experienced project managers. This course equips students with the underlying knowledge and practical experience that drive project delivery across all industry sectors, from construction to information technology.

The UTS program was the first Australian program to be accredited by the Project Management Institute's (PMI) Global Accreditation Centre. The foundation subjects are compatible with the structures used by the PMI and Australian Institute of Project Management (AIPM) to certify practitioners.

To cater for busy work schedules, UTS delivers classes in an intensive block mode. This creates an immersive experience where students work with their peers in a team-based, simulated project environment.

Students also gain practical experience by working on real-life projects, in the classroom, on site or using computer simulations. For example, students have recently developed project plans for the Jack Thompson Foundation, Complimentary Health Care Council of Australia (CHC), and a number of industry associations.

UTS academics are at the forefront of project management research, internationally. This breadth of knowledge ensures that students have access to leading-edge thinking applied in both project-specific and organisational contexts. Our teaching staff also includes specialist guest lecturers from within UTS and institutions and organisations in Australia and overseas.

Graduates possess a detailed understanding of just how project management directly improves business productivity and profitability. They are able to deliver projects that help organisations achieve their strategic objectives.

Course aims

Successful graduates of the course can:

  • select from and apply a broad range of tools and methods used to manage projects
  • demonstrate an understanding of reflective practice
  • exhibit an understanding of the application of ethical principles to project management practice in a variety of settings both in Australia and internationally
  • demonstrate an understanding of communication in a variety of forms across culturally diverse project contexts
  • understand appropriate information systems for application within a project management context
  • understand principles involved in managing relationships between key project stakeholders
  • understand the principles of project team leadership in culturally diverse teams
  • apply foundation-level skills to problem analysis and decision-making
  • apply critical thinking and creative problem-solving skills to project management contexts
  • understand and apply basic research skills
  • demonstrate foundation-level knowledge of systems thinking as it applies to project management.

Career options

Graduates from the project management program at UTS can establish careers as project managers, and specialise in sectors through sub-majors (master's only). The knowledge gained from the program equips graduates to improve their skillset to manage projects as part of their current position, and move into senior, director-level positions.

Course intended learning outcomes

A.2 Ability to reflect on the impact of cultural diversity on project objectives (Managing Diversity)
C.1 Ability to use oral communication in project environments (Oral Communication)
C.2 Ability to use written communication in project environments (Written Communication)
I.1 Understanding of the need to source and apply tools and techniques to meet contextual demands (Technique Application)
P.1 Ability to apply foundational project management knowledge in projects (Foundational Knowledge)
P.5 Ability to reflect on project practice (Practice Improvement)
P.6 Ability to work as a project team member and contribute to project leadership (Teams and Leadership)
R.1 Ability to think critically (Critical Engagement)
R.2 Ability to conduct basic research (Research)

Admission requirements

Applicants must have completed a UTS recognised bachelor's degree, or an equivalent or higher qualification, or submitted other evidence of general and professional qualifications that demonstrates potential to pursue graduate studies.

Applicants must have a UTS recognised bachelor's degree or equivalent and a minimum of six months' relevant work experience, or an Advanced Diploma in Project Management plus a minimum of two years' relevant work experience (see note below).

Applicants need to provide:

  • a CV clearly articulating project management experience
  • a personal statement (max. 300 words) explaining the reasons for wanting to study project management and demonstrating an understanding of basic project management concepts gained from work experience and knowledge of course expectations. If applicable, detail should be provided about general or professional qualifications that demonstrate potential to pursue graduate studies.

Applicants who do not satisfy the academic requirements may be considered on the ability to demonstrate equivalency through a minimum of five years' relevant work experience (see note below).

Applicants need to provide:

- a CV clearly articulating project management experience, AND

- a Personal Statement (max. 300 words) explaining the reasons for wanting to study Project Management and demonstrating an understanding of basic project management concepts gained from work experience and knowledge of course expectations. If applicable, detail should be provided about general or professional qualifications that demonstrate potential to pursue graduate studies.

Note: Work experience from within the following ANZSCO Occupation descriptors is deemed as relevant:13. Specialist Managers, 22. Business, Human Resources and Marketing Professionals, 23. Design, Engineering, Science and Transport Professions, 26. ICT Professions, 31. Engineering, ICT and Science Technicians, 33. Construction Trades Workers, 34. Electrotechnology and Telecommunication Trades Workers and 51. Office Managers and Program Administrators.

The English proficiency requirement for international students or local applicants with international qualifications is: Academic IELTS: 6.5 overall with a writing score of 6.0; or TOEFL: paper based: 550-583 overall with TWE of 4.5, internet based: 79-93 overall with a writing score of 21; or AE5: Pass; or PTE: 58-64; or CAE: 176-184.

Eligibility for admission does not guarantee offer of a place.

International students

Visa requirement: To obtain a student visa to study in Australia, international students must enrol full time and on campus. Australian student visa regulations also require international students studying on student visas to complete the course within the standard full-time duration. Students can extend their courses only in exceptional circumstances.

Course duration and attendance

The course is offered on a one-session, full-time or one-year, part-time basis.

The course is delivered in face-to-face mode (on campus or offshore in conjunction with selected education partners).

Course structure

Students complete four compulsory subjects totalling 24 credit points.

Course completion requirements

STM91311 Project Management Foundation stream 24cp
Total 24cp

Course program

A typical course program is shown below.

Year 1
Autumn or Spring session
Select 24 credit points from the following:   24cp
15310 Project Integration Management 6cp  
15319 Project Risk, Procurement and Quality Management 6cp  
15316 Project Scope, Time and Cost Management 6cp  
15312 Project Communication, HR and Stakeholders 6cp  

Articulation with UTS courses

The course may be taken as a separate award or can articulate into, and form part of, the Master of Project Management (C04006). The project management program structure allows students a choice of entry requirements and study paths leading to the award of graduate certificate (24 credit points), Graduate Diploma in Project Management (C07004) (48 credit points), Master of Project Management (C04006) (72 credit points) and Master of Business Administration (Project Management major) (C04018) (96 credit points). Each stage is self-contained and can be undertaken through part-time or full-time study.

Other information

Further information is available from the UTS Student Centre on:

telephone 1300 ask UTS (1300 275 887)
or +61 2 9514 1222
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