Diploma of Project Management

18 months

Kick-start your career in the project management field. Gain the skills and knowledge required to plan, lead and execute projects end to end. Study the nationally recognised BSB50820 Diploma of Project Management online.

  • Course code: BSB50820

  • Delivery mode: Online

  • Course duration: 18 months

  • Qualification: Diploma

  • Eligibility: This course is not available to international students

  • Nationally recognised: Yes

  • Awarded by: Swinburne University of Technology

  • Assessments

    • Online quizzes, including multiple choice and short answer questions

    • Portfolio of evidence

    • Written reports

    • Case studies

    • Video and audio role plays and demonstrations

Kick start your career in project management with a nationally recognised Diploma.

Earn a Diploma of Project Management (BSB50820) online with Swinburne Open Education. This nationally recognised diploma offers you an entry point into the project management field.

Whether you’re looking to start your career in project management, or you already work in the industry and are seeking to validate, verify and further develop your knowledge, this course equips you with the skills you need for daily work. This course is designed to develop skills and knowledge required to plan, lead and execute projects end to end. You will learn to scope risk, budget, quality and human resources as well as an introduction to influential communication skills, meeting management, interpretation of compliance requirements and the development of complex spreadsheets.

Bite-sized, online learning that fits around your life. This diploma course is split into three easy-to-manage study blocks, so you can fit a study block into your down time and gain a statement of attainment towards your diploma. On successful completion of all three study blocks, you’ll receive your diploma. You can choose to spread your studies out, or get to the good bit fast. Don’t take time out to study - choose the study that works around you. Enrol to study project management online. Work towards your Diploma with Swinburne Open Education.

This course is not available to International students.


Skills you'll learn

  • Managing project scope, time, cost and risk 

  • Managing information and communication for projects 

  • Managing project Human Resources 

  • Managing information, communication and integration for projects.


Your career opportunities

  • Project manager

  • Project team leader

  • Project management coordinator.

Two project managers having a meeting at a desk and taking notes about their current projects.


Start your career in project management

Source: Career outcome information from Your Career (July 2024).



Why study the Diploma in Project Management with Swinburne Open Ed?


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Backed by Swinburne University of Technology

Let the Swinburne brand take your career further. With Swinburne University of Technology on your resume you will earn serious respect from your colleagues and make your CV stand out.

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Backed by the Australian Institute of Project Management

The Swinburne Open Ed Diploma of Project Management is endorsed by the Australian Institute of Project Management, meaning on completion you can gain Certified Practising Project Practitioner (CPPP) level of certification.*

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Backed by Grow with Google

Enrol in the Diploma of Project Management this month and receive complementary enrolment in the Google Project Management: Professional Certificate. This certificate will further accelerate your Project Management career with practical knowledge linked to one of the world's most respected brands.

*You will need to join AIPM at the member level and pay the recognised prior learning (RPL) fee.


Study online with Swinburne Open Ed

  • Designed and delivered online so you can learn anywhere, anytime

  • Study on any device - desktop, tablet or mobile

  • Learn through regular trainer-lead online sessions and native content

  • Engage with your learning community through online forums and messages


Download your free online course guide

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Once you have enrolled in this course, you can access our online platform and start with the first module. You will need to complete a module and then the next module becomes available to you.

This online course contains 13 online modules, which have been designed to cover the following units of competency, including 8 core units and 4 elective units. This project management course contains an introductory module.

Expand units below, to get an understanding of topics and objectives.

BSBPMG530 Manage project scope

This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to determine and manage project scope. It involves obtaining project authorisation, developing a scope management plan, and managing the application of project scope controls.

BSBPMG531 Manage project time

This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to manage time during projects. It involves determining and implementing the project schedule and assessing time management outcomes.

BSBPMG532 Manage project quality

This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to manage quality within projects. It involves determining quality requirements, implementing quality control and assurance processes, and using review and evaluation to make quality improvements in current and future projects.

BSBPMG533 Manage project cost

This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to identify, analyse and refine project costs to produce a budget, and to use this budget as the principal mechanism to control project cost.

BSBPMG534 Manage project human resources

This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to manage human resources related to projects. It involves planning for human resources, implementing personnel training and development, and managing the project team.

BSBPMG535 Manage project information and communication

This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to link people, ideas and information at all stages in the project life cycle. Project communication management ensures timely and appropriate generation, collection, dissemination, storage and disposal of project information through formal structures and processes.

BSBPMG536 Manage project risk

This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to manage risks that may impact achievement of project objectives. It involves identifying, analysing, treating and monitoring project risks, and assessing risk management outcomes.

BSBPMG540 Manage project integration

This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to integrate and balance overall project management functions and to align and track project objectives to comply with organisational goals, strategies and objectives.

BSBCMM511 Communicate with influence

This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to present and negotiate persuasively, lead and participate in meetings and make presentations to customers, clients and other key stakeholders.

BSBLDR601 Lead and manage organisational change

This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to lead and manage organisational change.

BSBTEC402 Design and produce complex spreadsheets

This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to use spreadsheet software to complete business tasks and produce complex documents.

BSBTWK503 Manage meetings

This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to manage a range of meetings including overseeing the meeting preparation processes, chairing meetings, organising the minutes and reporting meeting outcomes.

Students are required to complete all units of competency in a study block so they can meet the eligibility criteria to move onto the next study block. Students are required to enrol into each study block individually. On successful completion of each study block, you will gain a statement of attainment towards your diploma. On successful completion of all three study blocks, you will receive your diploma. The study blocks will be advised on enrolment. You will also receive a prescribed study plan to help manage your time and ensure all study blocks are completed in an acceptable time frame.


Course requirements

There are no formal entry requirements for this diploma project management course. However, students must be 18 years of age or above and are expected to have successfully completed Year 12 English. Where prospective learners have not successfully completed English at Year 12 level, they can demonstrate equivalency in one of the following:

  • Successful completion of a Nationally Recognised Training qualification at Certificate III level or higher; or

  • 3 years relevant industry experience in a role that requires the use of written documentation and communication.

This course is not available to International students.

The Swinburne Open modern online learning platform has been designed so that you can study online anywhere, anytime. You will need to meet the following IT requirements to use our platform for this Diploma course:

Desktop or laptop

  • Latest version of Chrome or Safari

  • Microsoft Office (2010 or higher)

  • Adobe PDF Reader

Mobile or tablet*

  • Latest version of Chrome or Safari

  • Latest version of Android

  • Latest version of iOS

* Students using a mobile or tablet will need to upload documents from a laptop or desktop or have a Dropbox account.

You will need to have intermediate computer skills to undertake this course. This includes the ability to:

  • Create, save and edit Microsoft Office documents

  • Access and search the internet

  • Download and save documents from websites

  • Upload documents through websites

  • Create audio files and videos.

Eligible students may be able to access a VET Student Loan (VSL). For more details on this initiative, as well as eligibility criteria, please visit Swinburne University of Technology.


Intake dates

Please note, this diploma course is split into three study blocks. Below are the key dates for the next three study block 1 intakes we have available.

Study block 1:

  • Last enrolment date: Monday 24 June, 2024

  • Start date: Monday 1 July, 2024

  • Census date: Friday 2 August, 2024

  • Finish date: Sunday 1 December, 2024

  • Maximum extension: Sunday 26 January, 2025

Study block 2:

  • Last enrolment date: Monday 9 December, 2024

  • Start date: Monday 16 December, 2024

  • Census date: Friday 17 January, 2025

  • Finish date: Sunday 18 May, 2025

  • Maximum extension: Sunday 13 July, 2025

Study block 3:

  • Last enrolment date: Monday 26 May, 2025

  • Start date: Monday 2 June, 2025

  • Census date: Friday 4 July, 2025

  • Finish date: Sunday 2 November, 2025

  • Maximum extension: Sunday 28 December, 2025

Study block 1:

  • Last enrolment date: Monday 29 July, 2024

  • Start date: Monday 5 August, 2024

  • Census date: Friday 6 September, 2024

  • Finish date: Sunday 5 January, 2025

  • Maximum extension: Sunday 2 March, 2025

Study block 2:

  • Last enrolment date: Monday 13 January, 2025

  • Start date: Monday 20 January, 2025

  • Census date: Friday 21 February, 2025

  • Finish date: Sunday 22 June, 2025

  • Maximum extension: Sunday 17 August, 2025

Study block 3:

  • Last enrolment date: Monday 30 June, 2025

  • Start date: Monday 7 July, 2025

  • Census date: Friday 8 August, 2025

  • Finish date: Sunday 7 December, 2025

  • Maximum extension: Sunday 1 February, 2026

Study block 1:

  • Last enrolment date: Monday 26 August, 2024

  • Start date: Monday 2 September, 2024

  • Census date: Friday 4 October, 2024

  • Finish date: Sunday 2 February, 2025

  • Maximum extension: Sunday 30 March, 2025

Study block 2:

  • Last enrolment date: Monday 10 February, 2025

  • Start date: Monday 17 February, 2025

  • Census date: Friday 21 March, 2025

  • Finish date: Sunday 20 July, 2025

  • Maximum extension: Sunday 14 September, 2025

Study block 3:

  • Last enrolment date: Monday 28 July, 2025

  • Start date: Monday 4 August, 2025

  • Census date: Friday 5 September, 2025

  • Finish date: Sunday 4 January, 2026

  • Maximum extension: Sunday 1 March, 2026


Online study FAQs

We understand you need to fit study around your busy life. Our online learning platform is designed with this in mind, so you can study on any device, anywhere, anytime. Here are answers to some frequently asked questions.

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Swinburne Open Education is an online education provider and all courses are delivered digitally, allowing you to learn anywhere, anytime. 

Our learning platform is online native and can be accessed on any device. We’ve created a joyful experience with natively accessible information, alleviating the need to download presentations and allowing you to focus on learning the content rather than how to use our platform.

Online modules are broken down into topics and subtopics specific to the module. Each module contains a range of learning styles including written text, diagrams, instructional videos and formative activities that provide you with instant feedback and prepares you for summative assessments. 

Learning is supported by regular trainer-led online sessions. At the end of each module and prior to the sequential module, skills and knowledge are evaluated through summative assessments. Assessment consists of online quizzes, assignments and supervised tests. Through our learning platform you will:

  • Access your learning materials and assessments

  • Undertake and upload assessments

  • Engage and interact with your trainer

  • Participate in student forums and find a ‘study buddy’

  • Access your assessment grades and feedback

  • Access student support services.

More information about learning online with Swinburne Open Education can be found in our Student Handbook.

Support is offered via scheduled live Q&A sessions, all support sessions are recorded and made available for students to view in their own time. If a student has attended a live Q&A session and still needs additional support, a one on one video chat can be arranged with a trainer.

Self-paced learning gives you the flexibility to fit study around your life. We understand life doesn’t always go to plan. You can apply for extensions for up to 6 months (3 months per extension) if needed. See more details in our full FAQs.

If you are less than half way through your enrolment period and it’s not working out, you can opt-out of the second half and reduce your course fee liability to 50% of the total course fee. Refer to the Student Agreement for full terms and conditions.



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