Graduate Certificate in Project Management (GradCertPM)

Award Graduate Certificate in Project Management (GradCertPM)
AQF Level AQF 8
Typical Duration 0.67 year
CRICOS Code 066176G
Unit of Study 4
Structure 4 Core units


The objective of the Graduate Certificate in Project Management is to develop students and practitioners with the skills and knowledge to assume roles in the planning, delivery, and management of a range of projects within government, business, and industry. All studies are focused on projects in the selected industry contexts. The main purpose of the course is to impart new perspectives that shift the thinking focus of students from a normative to a transformative state. It will also embed the concepts of sustainability as a dimension of managerial decisions and processes.

APIC's focus is on the promotion of holistic and integrative thinking, and self-direction. In this course, you should expect to develop the following attributes:

  • basic project management knowledge and tools needed to manage a wide range of projects;
  • leadership and Communication skills;
  • critical thinking skills;
  • creativity and lateral thinking; and
  • ethics and sustainability skills.


  • APIC courses are formally accredited and registered by the Education Quality and Standards Agency (TEQSA) and included in the National Register of Higher Education Providers.
  • APIC is formally registered on the Commonwealth Register of Institutions and Courses for Overseas Students (CRICOS).GradCertPM CRICOS Code is 066176G
  • APIC’s Graduate Certificate in Project Management is endorsed by the Australian Institute of Project Management.

Course Learning Outcomes

  • A specialised knowledge of theories, concepts, principles, and key applied technologies, including information technology, needed for effective project management, and of key professional, ethical, industrial, and legislative codes and regulations.
  • Cognitive skills to review, analyse, consolidate and synthesise knowledge from a range of industry and academic sources to provide solutions to problems in domains such as customer service, resource management, risk management, organisational methods, and implementation of new technologies and processes.
  • Cognitive skills to think critically, to evaluate new, dynamic, and complex project management risks and resources management requirements, and generate solutions to complex problems.
  • Specialised technical skills in project planning, project budgeting, preparing project timelines, and resource management required for specific projects.
  • Communication skills to clearly articulate complex concepts and solutions relating to the analysis, planning, design, and evaluation of approaches to customer service, resource management, risk management, organisational methods, and implementation of new technologies and processes.
  • Skills for clearly explaining complex knowledge and ideas relating to analysis, planning, design, and evaluation of appropriate to customer service, resource management, risk management, organisational methods, and implementation of new technologies and processes to various audiences, client, project teams and professionals.
  • Make high-level judgement concerning a range of technical and management functions in contexts including implementation of new finance structure, customer service models, strategy, and acquisition techniques.
  • Initiate, plan, implement and evaluate broad functions of project management within a range of contexts, including resource management, information technology, procurement, new product development, and service development.
  • Demonstrate responsibility, accountability, and ethical professional practice across all functional areas, including research. Analysis, planning, implementation, review, and performance management, both within a team and when working autonomously.
  • Work effectively in diverse teams to deliver outcomes, both as team members and as team leaders, as appropriate to the context.


Compulsory Units Prerequisites
PRJ5001 Project Management Profession -
PRJ5002 Enterprise and Resource Planning -
PRJ5003 Project Constraint Management -
PRJ5004 Procurement, Quality and Risk Management -

Please note: Not all units are offered in every trimester.

To access structure for students commencing in or before Trimester 2 2020 please click here

Duration of Study

  • Full time study is normally 0.67 years in duration with accelerated study available.
  • Domestic students may complete their study on a part time (P/T) basis.

Delivery Method
All units of study are hosted on the College’s Online Learning System (OLS-Canvas), and lectures are generally delivered face-to-face for campus-based students. Students should expect to spend approximately 13 hours per week over 12 weeks (total of 160 hours) on learning activities for each unit. All tutorials and workshops are conducted under close academic supervision.

Students have 24/7 access to course information, E-library, and other learning resources, and learn from a highly qualified faculty, many of whom have considerable academic and industry experience. Each unit includes a variety of assessments that promote academic integrity and learning and prepare students for future learning and practice.

Other learning resources include:

  • lecture notes and suggested readings,
  • sample assignments and case studies,
  • e-Library and course reserve, and
  • acdemic skills resources.

APIC's e-Library hosts a collection of specialised papers and presentation slides often not found in the online databases. It includes a mix of academic and industry-focused studies in project, business, and general management. The collection is always expanding as more resources are obtained.

Postgraduate Admission Requirements

APIC Admission policy

Academic Entry Requirements

English language entry requirements

All applicants from a non-English speaking background applying to any postgraduate course at APIC must satisfy the following additional English language requirements:

IELTS Academic: Overall band score 6.5 or higher with no band below 6.0 in writing and speaking; OR
IBT (Internet-based TOEFL): Overall score 79 with a writing section minimum of 21 and speaking 18 OR
Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE): Overall score 180, writing and speaking 180 OR
Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English (CAE): Overall 176 with a writing and speaking section minimum of 169 OR
PTE Academic Module with a minimum score of 58 with a writing and speaking section minimum of 50.

Applicants who do not meet APIC’s English proficiency requirements can be made a conditional offer with a requirement to complete an approved intensive English language course and meet the required standard before they commence their APIC award course.