8 months intensive part-time
$3,955 per course, FEE-HELP available
Study Periods
Jan, Mar, May, July, Sept, Oct

Program introduction

The growing understanding of the powerful role culture can play in driving competitive advantage for organisations of all sizes is creating increasing numbers of opportunities for people with recognised HR management skills. The RMIT Online Graduate Certificate in Human Resource Management advances your knowledge of contemporary HR practice and gives you many of the skills employers are seeking.  

It is also a vital first step on the pathway to a Master of HR Management.

Our Graduate Certificate in Human Resource Management will give you a critical awareness of the legal, ethical, social, economic and environmental challenges facing business and provide the tools you’ll need to develop effective and successful HR strategies, drive operations, create processes and impact decision-making, in various legal and cultural contexts.  

This intensive and 100% online course equips you with the formal qualification and specialised skills to manage and grow your organisation and your career.  

Hear from one of our students

Paul Flavel explains why he chose to progress from the online Graduate Certificate into the Master of HR Management at RMIT University.

What you will study

Advance your HR career, faster

RMIT Online has an intensive learning model, which lets you finish your Graduate Certificate in Human Resource Management in just eight months. The course offers six, seven-week study periods per year. Each study period focuses on one subject at a time helping you learn, grasp and apply each new concept before beginning the next.


Study where you want, when you want

With our innovative and interactive online learning environment you can access lessons from anywhere there’s an internet connection. There are no weekend intensives and no set classroom schedules. All lecture material and content are delivered directly to you, wherever you are.


You’ll see the benefits straight away

RMIT’s work-connected learning means don’t have to finish your program to start applying your new skills and knowledge. You can apply what you learn as soon as you learn it.  

The program is also available on-campus.

Applicable workplace knowledge

Developed by leading experts in this field, you will develop a solid theoretical, practical and holistic understanding of contemporary HRM strategies, processes and practices.

Postgraduate level qualification

Our Graduate Certificate in Human Resource Management is an Australian Qualification Level 8 postgraduate degree, and a pathway to the Master of Human Resource Management.


No on-campus obligations

The Graduate Certificate in Human Resource Management delivers a convenient 100% online program without the requirement for on-campus attendance and commitments.  

An interactive and supportive way to learn

Studying online doesn’t have to be a lonely endeavour. Thanks to our cutting-edge online learning platform, you’ll interact and engage with our expert staff and your classmates.

From day one until you graduate, you’ll also benefit from the personalised support of our study concierge, providing you with guidance if and when you need it, from assessment due dates to topic organisation.


Don’t have time to study online? Think again.

Our interactive Study Planner asks you to consider the time you spend on certain activities each week, and where you could potentially allocate time towards study.

You’ll discover just how achievable it is to fit the weekly recommended 15 hours of study into your life.

Program details


2020 tuition fees are $3,955 per 12 credit point course, totalling $15,820 for four courses.
See our fees page for information. Fees apply to 2020 only. Fees are adjusted on an annual basis and these fees should only be used as a guide.

Program duration

4 courses | 8 months intensive part-time
Each course is seven weeks in duration

Program intakes

Six intakes, annually (January, March, May, July, September and October)


Upon successful completion of the Graduate Certificate, you may continue on to further study at master degree level.
The Graduate Certificate is an entry pathway to the Master degree for some students.(see entry requirements).

Entry requirements

An Australian bachelor degree or equivalent, or higher level qualification, in any discipline from a recognised tertiary institution.
If you do not meet the above entry requirement for the Graduate Certificate, you may be considered if you have five years of work experience.

English language

International students are required to provide current evidence of English language proficiency for admission to RMIT University. For detailed information visit the English language requirements and equivalency information.

Australian Student Visas

RMIT's online Graduate Certificate in Human Resource Management does not meet Australian student visa requirements. For an Australian student visa, you must have an on-campus place in a program of study. For more details on RMIT's on-campus programs visit rmit.edu.au.




A critical part of delivering high-level coursework online is providing students with a consistent approach to assessment. Students are provided with opportunities to discuss and apply theories, practices and issues with a wide range of innovative learning approaches. Furthermore, students are assessed on how well the course’s learning outcomes are met and on development against the program learning outcomes.

Course assessments will occur across a seven-week teaching period and are designed to progressively build in weight over time, with each linking back and building on the last.

Examples of common assessments may include group and individual tasks, such as:

  • Quizzes;
  • Case study analyses;
  • Scenario analyses;
  • Presentations;
  • Contribution to online discussions; and
  • Collaboration on set tasks or projects.

As many of our students are working full-time and have professional commitments during the week, course assessments are usually due on Sunday or Monday evenings, allowing optimum time over the weekend to finesse for submission.

Rich feedback will be provided to students throughout the teaching period via online forums on practical exercises and by individual consultation.

Industry connections

Management practitioners, case studies from industry contributors and industry-relevant projects underpin the work-integrated learning components of this program. Through the involvement of high-role industry advisory boards, the links with industry standards and practices are also reflected in this program.


Career outlook

You will emerge with knowledge and skills in contemporary business and HR practice and operational leadership, enabling you to identify and analyse problems in the field of human resources, and provide innovative solutions. Graduates are also encouraged to progress to the Master of Human Resource Management.