Diploma of Project Management

Diploma of Project Management


General Information

RTO Code 45121
CRICOS Course Codes 03818M
Training Package BSB Business Services Training Package (BSB)
Qualification Title Diploma of Project Management – BSB50820
Duration 78 Weeks (One and a Half year)
Mode of Delivery This program is delivered in the classroom
Authorized By Amir Salim
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 several 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.


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/RPL

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 Enrolment Policy and Procedures and in Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) and Credit Transfer Policy and Procedure.

Units of Competency

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 all the above-mentioned unit of competencies to successfully achieve qualification of BSB50820 Diploma of Project Management. A statement of attainment is issued if completion of units is less than the above required unit of competencies.

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, Vocational Skills Australia provides students with the opportunity to pay more than 50% of their tuition fees prior to course commencement if they wish. The dates and amounts of fees are included in the Course Acceptance Agreement (payment Schedule).

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

Application Fee $ 250 (non-refundable)
National Recognition (Credit Transfer) No charge / Nil
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
Bank dishonour fee $100.00
Laptop\Chrome Book (If required by Learner) $305.00+ Additional warranty cost for 1 year if required by learner
National Recognition (Credit Transfer) No Charge/NIL
Debt collection $500.00
Late Payment Fee 10 % may be charged if payments is made after due date

Delivery and Assessment Overview

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.

Homework / unsupervised study hours are expected to be approximately 5 hours a 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 1,200 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.

Entry Requirements

There are no entry requirements under the training package

Vocational Skills Australia has the following entry requirements:

International students must:

  • Be at least 18 years of age and have completed Year 12 or equivalent.
  • Participate in a course entry interview to determine suitability for the course and student needs and to check the GTE requirements.
  • Have an IELTS* score of 5.5 (test results must be no more than 2 years old). English language competence can also be demonstrated through documented evidence of any of the following:
    • Educated for 5 years in an English-speaking country; or
    • Successful completion of minimum of (10 to 20) weeks of ELICOS with any provider before commencement of studies with VSA
    • Student visa

*Note that other English language tests such as PTE and TOEFL can also be accepted. Students are required to provide their results so that it can be confirmed they are equivalent to IELTS 5.5. refer the below link for equivalent scores of different English language test providers
Student visa

Language, Literacy, and Numeracy

Students will complete an LLN assessment Core Skills Profile for Adults (CSPA) using the ACER test as part of the enrolment process. This ensures that the course is at an appropriate level for students and educational support is provided. The following levels provide a guidance of acceptable levels to ensure that the course is at an appropriate level for the student:

If the above review determines the applicant score are less than the desired levels, VSA staff will discuss further options with the applicant for LLN requirements.


Students will have access to adequate training facilities such as the following:

  • Classrooms that are spacious, well-lit with air-conditioning for temperature control.
  • Easy student access to bathroom facilities, parking, meal and drink facilities and transport.
  • Classroom layout that facilitates student learning (display systems, data projectors).
  • Office 365 access through their VSA official email address.
  • Wi-Fi connection within the campus and in the lobby
  • Tea & Coffee facilities
  • Learning and assessment materials as outlined in this TAS.

In addition, all students who are undertaking this qualification must have the following resources while in class.

  • A laptop or computer that is installed with Microsoft Office or similar, VSA can provide laptop on reasonable additional cost for long term borrowing
  • Student can use VSA laptop without any cost on casual basis if student does not bring laptop in class.

Support Arrangements

Vocational Skills Australia provides learning and welfare support to ensure a supported and successful learning environment for all students. Support arrangements are detailed in the Educational & Support Services Policy and Procedures and details of all student support services are included in the Student Handbook and provided to students at orientation. Students’ course progress is monitored throughout the course as per our Course Progress and Intervention Policy and Procedures.

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