8 months intensive part-time
$3,840 per course, FEE-HELP available
Study Periods
Jan, Mar, May, July, Sept, Oct

Program introduction

You want to advance your knowledge of contemporary human resources (HR) practice. You want to examine management issues in the context of global changes that impact workplaces.

Our Graduate Certificate in Human Resources Management will allow you to develop an understanding of how to tackle common problems in the management of people across borders, in various legal and cultural contexts. You will develop a critical awareness of these legal, ethical, social, economic and environmental challenges and their implications for effective and successful human resources strategy, operations, processes and decision-making.

We equip you with the formal qualification and specialised skills to manage and grow your organisation, as well as your career. With the added convenience of being intensive and completely online, the Graduate Certificate in Human Resources Management also provides an excellent pathway to Master degree level.

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

An efficient way to advance your career

Finish your online Graduate Certificate in Human Resources Management in just eight months, thanks to our innovative intensive learning model. Offering six intakes per year, our study periods run for seven weeks each, focusing on one course at a time for fast-tracked, consolidated learning. This format helps you learn, grasp and apply each new concept before beginning the next.

We believe in work-connected learning. That means you can take everything you learn in the virtual classroom to the workforce – straight away. You don’t have to wait to finish your program to start applying your new skills and knowledge.

Doing postgraduate study doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice your lifestyle or cut back at work. Forget weekend intensives or classes that start the second you leave work – online study is ready whenever and wherever you are.

As well as our intensive, online study model this program is also available on-campus.

Applicable workplace knowledge

Developed by leading experts in this field, this graduate certificate is one of the most recently developed HR management qualifications, meaning you will learn the most up-to-date knowledge to equip you for contemporary challenges in HR.

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

While you will have online assessments, the Graduate Certificate in Human Resource Management delivers a convenient online program without the requirement for on-campus attendance and commitments. All lecture material and content is delivered direct to you, wherever you are.

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 fellow 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.

Program details


2018 tuition fees are $3,840 per 12 credit point course, totalling $15,360 for four courses.
See our fees page for information. Fees apply to 2019 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.

International students are required to provide current evidence of English language proficiency for admission to RMIT University (see below).

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.

English language requirements

International students are required to provide current evidence of English language proficiency for admission to RMIT University.

You can provide your results from one of these three options:

  1. an accepted English language proficiency test
  2. an accepted English language provider, or
  3. a recognised Australian or international qualification.

English language proficiency tests minimum scores:

  • IELTS (Academic): minimum overall band of 6.5 (with no individual band below 6.0)
  • TOEFL (Paper Based Test): minimum score of 580 (TWE 4.5)
  • TOEFL (Internet Based Test - IBT): minimum overall score of 92 (with minimum of 20 in all sections)
  • Pearson Test of English (Academic) (PTE (A)): minimum score of 58 (with no communication band less than 50)
  • Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE): minimum of 176 with no less than 169 in any component.

For detailed information on English language requirements and other proficiency tests recognised by RMIT, visit English language requirements and equivalency information

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.