Diploma of Project Management

Diploma of Project Management


General Information

RTO Code 45121
CRICOS Course Codes 106749G
Training Package BSB Business Services Training Package (BSB)
Version (Release of Training Package) Version 7.2
Qualification Title BSB50820 Diploma of Project Management
Duration 18 Months (One and a Half year
Authorized By Amir Salim
Mode of Delivery This program is delivered in the classroom
Contact Details info@vsa.sa.edu.au

Qualification Description

This qualification reflects the role of individuals who apply project management skills and knowledge in a variety of contexts, across a number of industry sectors. The job roles that relate to this qualification may include Project Manager and Project Team Leader.

Individuals in these roles have project leadership and management roles and are responsible for achieving project objectives. They possess a sound theoretical knowledge base and use a range of specialised, technical, and managerial competencies to initiate, plan, execute and evaluate their own work and/or the work of others.

Packaging Rules

Eight (8) core and four (4) elective units are required for the award of the BSB50820 Diploma of Project Management. Units have been selected in accordance with the packaging rules and are relevant to the work outcome, local industry requirements and qualification level.

The latest release of the qualification and packaging rules can be found at the following link:


Learner Characteristics and Target

Target groups for the BSB50820 Diploma of Project Management are international students who are:

  • Seeking to pursue a career in project management.
  • Seeking to enter a new industry sector.
  • Seeking a pathway to higher-level qualifications.
  • Characteristics of the target group are as follows:

Students will usually be new entrants. However, credit and/or RPL can be provided for those with existing skills and knowledge allowing such students to complete the course in a shorter timeframe.

Students will be from a range of countries and may be living in Australia for the first time or may have been here in the recent or more distant past.

Many will speak English as a second language, although an entry level has been set to ensure students are able to complete course work.

Students are expected to typically fall into the age range of 18 – 35 as people still establishing or changing careers.


Student may chose to complete BSB40120 Certificate IV in Business and other relevant qualification/s prior to commencing this qualification.

Pathway Potential employment options are in a range of project management roles in a range of industry areas.

Students who complete this course may wish to continue their education into the BSB60720 Advanced Diploma of Program Management or a range of Advanced Diploma qualifications, as well as higher education qualifications in project and leadership management.

Course Credit

Students may apply for recognition of existing qualifications or skills, knowledge, and experience (credit transfer or recognition of prior learning). The granting of course credit may affect course fees as well as the duration of the course.

This process is outlined in VSA International - Enrollment Policy and Procedures.


Training Outline with Delivery Method

Total number of units required for the qualification will be twelve (12) including nine (8) core units and three (4) elective units. The units that VSA will be delivering and assessing are provided below.

BSBPMG530 Manage project scope Core
BSBPMG531 Manage project time Core
BSBPMG532 Manage project quality Core
BSBPMG533 Manage project cost Core
BSBPMG534 Manage project human resources Core
BSBPMG535 Manage project information and communication Core
BSBPMG536 Manage project risk Core
BSBPMG540 Manage project integration Core
BSBTWK503 Manage meetings Elective
BSBLDR522 Manage people performance Elective
BSBWHS521 Ensure a safe workplace for a work area Elective
BSBXCM501 Lead communication in the workplace Elective

Qualification and Statement of Attainment

Students will be required to achieve competency in twelve (12) units of competency (UOC) to successfully achieve qualification of BSB50820 Diploma of Business. A completion that is less than eight (8) successful UOC will result in the issuance of a Statement of Attainment.

Fees for the Qualification

The total fee for the qualification includes:

  • Enrolment fee: $250 (non-refundable)
  • Tuition fees: $14,750 (this includes all course materials)

Vocational Skills Australia does not require international students to pay more than 50% of course fees prior to course commencement. However, Vocation Education Training Australia provides students with the opportunity to pay more than 50% of their tuition fees prior to course commencement if they wish. Generally fees are payable in equal installments and the dates and amounts are included in the Course Acceptance Agreement.

Non-tuition fee/additional charges may apply and include:

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL):
Application Fee; and
Assessment Fee per unit of competency
Reassessment (per Unit of Competency assessment) $200.00, applicable if “Not Satisfactory” Outcome after two consecutive attempts
Reprint of Statement of Attainment $50.00
Reprint of Testamur $50.00
Photocopying 50C per black & white photocopy single side
Printing: Black and White. 50C per black & white photocopy single side
Reissue of Student Card $50.00
Issue of Letter for Immigration $25.00
Interim Record of Results $25.00
Cancellation Fees $250.00
Laptop\Chrome Book (If required by Learner) $305.00+ Additional warranty cost for 1 year if required by learner
Bank dishonour fee $100.00
Debt collection $500.00
National Recognition (Credit Transfer) No Charge/NIL

Fees for the Qualification

The qualification is delivered over 78 weeks comprising of:

  • Six (6) terms of 10 weeks each (60 weeks total)
  • Holiday breaks amounting to 18 weeks (as specified in the timetable)

Students are required to attend 20 hours of classroom training per week.

The training and assessment schedule shows the weeks during which training is delivered and assessment conducted for each unit.

The total amount of training provided being structured classroom sessions is 784 hours. Time scheduled for assessment in class is 416 hours. Homework which is unsupervised and may include research for assessments and general reading is expected to be on average 5 hours a week.

Total delivery and assessment hours therefore amount to 1200 hours and the volume of learning (i.e. including unsupervised learning of homework) is 1,500 hours. A detailed breakdown of hours is provided in the Training and Assessment Schedule.

VSA operates a system of rolling enrollments meaning that students may commence at the beginning of any unit. Students may enter the qualification after any unit, as there are no pre-requisites for any units. The Training and Assessment Schedule is shown in terms and this represents the scheduling of units on commencement. However, depending on when a student joins the course, the term number will vary.

VSA has decided on the course duration and amount of training taking into account the AQF Volume of Learning, which is typically 1 – 2 years and 1200 – 2400 hours. It is considered that the duration and amount of training provided will allow international students the opportunity to fully absorb the required knowledge, as well as develop skills over time. This amount is not reduced to account for existing competencies, as most learners will not have any prior relevant experience. However, where learners have prior skills and knowledge, they may apply for RPL or credit transfer, which will reduce the course duration if granted.

Student Cohort

Our target cohort will be recent graduates from VSA completed Certificate IV in Business OR from any other CRICOS provider and will not have had any workplace experience, specially within Australian context.

All our students for this qualification will be international students who want to gain a Diploma of Business qualification as pathway for further learning. This qualification will assist students to gain knowledge and skills required for Project Manager and Project team leaders.

Entry Requirements

  • Entry requirements include:
  • Students must be aged 18 years or above
  • Completed Year 12 or equivalent
  • LLN test CSPA (Core Skills Profile for Adults) from ACER
  • Evidence of acceptable English language test course:
International English International English Language Testing System (IELTS) 5.5
Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) internet-based test 46
Cambridge English: Advanced (Certificate in Advanced English) 162
Pearson Test of English Academic 42
Occupational English Test taken no more than two years before the student visa application is made. Pass (A or B)
Language, Literacy and Numeracy (LLN) Test from ACER Learning 4
Reading 4
Writing 4
OC 4
Numeracy 4

All students must bring laptop in all classes, workshops and orientation with MS office 2013 or newer version. All students are informed of the entry requirements prior to commencing a course through comprehensive brochures and marketing information. VSA’s enrolment procedure ensures students meet this requirement.

Recognition of Prior Learning

Students can have their competency from prior learning and work experience recognized in this qualification through the following arrangements:

VSA will provide RPL guides and documentation to Students that explains the entire process. RPL is the acknowledgement of skills and knowledge obtained through formal or informal training, Work and life experiences.

  • If a student has previously completed training or has course- related skills and experience, he or she may be eligible for RPL.
  • Applications for RPL will be assessed on an individual basis. Each applicant will need to provide the necessary documentation. Documentation of prior learning is the most common form of evidence, however there are other forms of evidence including: third party observations, self-assessment reviews, verbal questioning, phone interviews and real work samples such as log books, lesson plans, meeting minutes etc. RPL applications must be assessed as early as possible.
  • All evidence documents will be assessed against the following rules of evidence:
  • Validity

Learning Resources

The following Learning Resources will be available free of cost to students enabling them to absorb the required skills and knowledge:

  • Learning Resources from Australian Training Products
  • Supplementary resources including articles / web references / workplace policies, procedures and sample documents (material provided as handout / link / reference)
  • Reference books such as Leadership and Management: Theory and practice 7th edition by Kris Cole
  • PowerPoint handouts.

Credit Transfer

Students may also apply for a credit transfer upon enrolment and this may reduce their course duration, refer VSA recognition of prior learning and credit transfer policy and procedure.

Suggested Job Roles

Students who complete this course may wish to continue their education into the BSB60720 Advanced Diploma of Program Management or a range of Advanced Diploma qualifications, as well as higher education qualifications in project and leadership management.

This qualification reflects the role of individuals who apply project management skills and knowledge in a variety of contexts, across several industry sectors. The job roles that relate to this qualification may include:

  • Project Manager
  • Project Team Leader
  • Project Coordinator

The designation may vary from organization to organization depends upon organization structure and portfolio responsibilities.


  • Air-Conditioned and spacious classrooms.
  • Access to bathroom facilities, parking, meal and drink facilities and transport.
  • Wi-Fi connection with at least NBN speed.
  • Simulated workplace equipment such as tables and chairs, meeting rooms, telephones, computers and associated software, printers, scanners and projectors.
  • The use of BYOD is acceptable within premises.
  • A structured visit and easy access to borrowing services of Mawson Lakes library.

About Us

Education Investors Pty Ltd Trading as Vocational Skills Australia

ABN: 24 611 927 792
RTO Code: 45121
CRICOS Course Code: 03818M

Contact Us

  • Innovation House 50 Mawson Lakes Boulevard Mawson Lakes South Australia 5095 Australia
  • +61 416 480 523
  • info@vsa.sa.edu.au

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