University of Technology Sydney

C11276v1 Graduate Certificate in Construction Management

Award(s): Graduate Certificate in Construction Management (GradCertConsM)
Commonwealth supported place?: Yes
Load credit points: 24
Course EFTSL: 0.5
Location: City campus


This course is not offered to international students.

Career options
Course intended learning outcomes
Admission requirements
Course duration and attendance
Course structure
Course completion requirements
Course program
Other information


Construction management is one of the most rapidly expanding sectors of specialisation in Australia. Construction management specialists have very good job prospects in both construction and infrastructure work areas. The particular mix of skills offered in this degree combine traditional project management frameworks along with specialised preparation in technological advancements and human factors that are a requirement for successful managers in the construction industry.

The course aims to provide graduates with management skills relevant to the operation of construction projects. The course utilises concepts associated with the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK®) as applied in the construction context. Key areas of construction management are covered in the course including: construction technology and regulations; time, cost and quality management; risk; professional ethics; and industrial relations. Student learning establishes underpinning construction management theory that is strongly supported by best practice case studies delivered by leading academics and practitioners, giving students access to relevant, real-world expertise that reflects the realities of today's construction sector. Through the use of digital technologies students receive hands-on experience with real-world estimating, programming and building information modelling (BIM) platforms.

Career options

The course is aimed primarily at career changers, in particular those from other built environment industries interested in expanding their portfolio of skills. Career options include a range of management roles related to the construction sector, such as project, construction, design, environmental, site, contract or facility management; construction economics; quantity surveying; construction programming, cost engineering, estimating or property development.

Course intended learning outcomes

A.1 Identify ethical issues and operate with integrity, applying informed sound ethical judgments in professional contexts
A.2 Identify the importance of an inclusive workplace and the regulations that support an increased representation of Indigenous Australians
C.1 Effectively apply a variety of communication skills in professional contexts
I.1 Generate innovative and creative solutions to industry/project issues and problems
I.2 Ability to adapt project management knowledge to meet contextual demands (Knowledge Adaptation)
P.1 Advise on appropriate procurement options and effectively manage contracts
P.2 Demonstrate detailed knowledge of construction technology and structural principles
P.3 Effectively apply project management principles to construction projects
P.4 Work effectively as a project team member at a practitioner level
P.5 Demonstrate an understanding of contemporary theory in construction cost planning an ability to practically apply this theory and relevant technologies to professional practice

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 completed a UTS recognised Bachelor's degree, or an equivalent or higher qualification.

In addition to the above qualifications, applicants need to satisfy a minimum of one year's relevant work experience.

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.

All applicants need to provide:

  • a CV clearly articulating construction management experience
  • an employer's letter confirming the dates of employment, and the position held, and
  • a personal statement (max. 300 words) explaining the reasons for wanting to study construction management and demonstrating an understanding of basic construction 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.

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 with a writing score of 50; or C1A/C2P: 176-184 with a writing score of 169.

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 one-year, part-time basis.

Course structure

Students must complete 24 credit points made up of four compulsory subjects.

Course completion requirements

STM91269 Core subjects (Construction Management) 24cp
Total 24cp

Course program

A typical part-time program is shown below.

Typical program, Autumn commencing, full time
Year 1
Autumn session
12511 Construction Technology and Regulation   6cp
12537 Construction Management   6cp
Spring session
12003 Time, Quality and Risk Management   6cp
12591 Construction Cost Planning and Control   6cp

Other information

Further information is available from:

UTS Student Centre
telephone 1300 ask UTS (1300 275 887)
or +61 2 9514 1222
UTS: Design, Architecture and Building