Course code: HE20503V01

Graduate Certificate in Leadership

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Overview About this course

Take a step up the career ladder and be prepared for advanced leadership roles when you study the Graduate Certificate in Leadership. Develop your leadership skills, learn to manage organisational change and learn how to motive others to improve individual and team performance. You’ll also get an insight into your own leadership style and how you can use this to create successful, high performing team environments. This course is taught by industry experts and focuses on developing transformational leaders who can deliver the strategic vision of an organisation while supporting the professional development of the teams they lead.

Course duration

6 months full time or 1 year part time

Outcomes What you'll gain

Learning outcomes

Through a mixture of theory and practical course work, learn to:

  • Manage people, organisations, projects, finances, and products

  • Market to social media and tailor content to reach specific audiences

  • Create, plan, execute and monitor the details of a project

  • Strategise a plan to ensure efficient and effective people management (HR principles)

  • Set management goals in an organisation while motivating others

  • Research and analyse buyer behaviour

Course outcomes

Develop specialist skills to gain an advantage in the job market

  • A Graduate Certificate qualification (AQF 8)

  • The skills and knowledge to successfully and effectively lead and manage teams

  • The confidence to guide others in their professional development

  • Techniques and strategies to implement in your own workplace or any organisation

  • A strong support network of peers and teachers

  • This course has been accredited by the Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency (TEQSA)

Suitability Is this course right for you?

Entry requirements

This course requires evidence of previous experience or study before you can enrol

You must demonstrate that you have achieved one of the following:

  • A bachelor’s degree, or associate degree as evidenced by a certified copy of your certificate or transcript or

  • Diploma level or higher vocational qualification PLUS two years relevant work experience as evidenced by a certified copy of your transcript, certificate and resume or

  • A minimum of two years relevant work experience PLUS evidence of the potential to undertake academic learning at post-graduate level as evidenced by a copy of your resume


  • Your certificates, transcripts and other entry requirement evidence must be certified through a Justice of the Peace or other authorising officer

Entry recommendations

To be prepared for this course, we recommend that you have:

  • The desire to move into managerial, leadership and supervisory roles

  • Prior experience in a leadership role or the wish to undertake leadership development

  • Computer and digital literacy and the ability to access the internet

  • A camera, microphone and headset to participate in online classes

You do not require an ATAR score for entry into this course.

If you are unable to meet the entry requirements, you may be eligible for special admission.

Please continue with your application and you will be guided to identify as mature aged (at least 21 years old in your first year of study) or disadvantaged (disability, serious or chronic illness, interrupted education, lack of support for study, serious personal problems and/or serious family responsibilities). Please contact us to find out more.

TAFE NSW is committed to meeting the learning needs of every community. Meeting these needs can mean there are additional entry requirements at different campus locations. Check your preferred location for further requirements. If you need help preparing for study, contact us to find out how we can support you.

Pathways Future career and study options

Career pathways

Our graduates go onto roles like:

Business Administration Managers

Business Administration Managers plan, organise, direct, control and coordinate the corporate, financial, human resource, policy, planning, research and development activities and guidelines within organisations.

  • Full-time share Full-time workers usually work 35 hours or more a week (in all their jobs combined).


  • Employment size Employment size is the number of workers who do this as their main job.

    53,400 workers

  • Average age This is the average age of all workers in this job.

    44 years

  • Weekly pay Median earnings are shown for full-time, non-managerial employees paid at the adult rate, before tax or any amounts that are salary sacrificed. These figures are a guide to earnings only and should not be used to determine a wage rate.


  • Average full-time The average full-time hours that people in this role work each week.

    46 hours

  • Skill level rating Skill level ratings are based on the range and complexity of job roles. In general, the higher the skill level, the more formal education and training, previous experience or on-the-job training needed to be good at the job.

    Very high

  • Gender share

    51% female

  • Future growth The Department of Employment, Skills, Small and Family Business estimates the likely change in number of workers in this role, or industry, over the next 5 years. Future growth is the likely percentage change compared to all other job roles.

    Strong Growth

Other jobs include: Human resources manager, Corporate trainer, Project manager and Management consultant

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Subjects Subjects in this course

Completion of this course requires you to successfully complete 4 subjects (40 credit points) made up of 3 core subjects and 1 elective subject.

Core Subjects

    Elective Subjects

      Note: Some courses offer the opportunity to choose subjects from the complete suite of Higher Education electives that are delivered by TAFE NSW. Once you’ve enrolled, contact your Course Coordinator to discuss tailoring your course to align with your interests and goals.

      TAFE NSW services Facilities and support

      TAFE NSW provides support services across all campus locations and online. Whatever your needs or circumstances, we have the people, resources, counselling and facilities to support you in focusing on your studies.

      • TAFE NSW Disability Support Service

      • TAFE NSW Language, Literacy and Numeracy (LLN) support

      • TAFE NSW Aboriginal Support; Learner support (ABE)

      • TAFE NSW Careers, Counselling and Pathways Service

      • TAFE NSW Libraries

      • Scholarship programs – be supported as you explore your talents and fulfil your potential

      • Read&Write literacy and study support software is available free for all TAFE NSW students to use while studying on campus and at home

      • LinkedIn Learning – an online resource which offers innovative courses and tutorials to improve your personal and professional skills

      • Student associations – get social with our student community

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