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Diploma of Project Management


BSB51413 - Diploma of Project Management

Welcome to the Smart Academy Diploma of Project Management. As a Registered Training Organisation (RTO); Smart Academy offers a range of vocational training programs and non accredited short courses. This course is registered and accredited by ASQA (Australian Skills Authority Board).

As part of the enrolment process for this course, all students will need to read both the course information on this page as well as the information contained in the Student Handbook section of this website. .

For further assistance please contact Smart Academy or discuss information with your trainer.

This course is committed to an “open learning environment”. Instead of focusing on set and/or in-house texts, this enjoyable course equips you to gather information from the sources you will need in your role. Examples of these are industry publications, regulator websites and industry websites.

Purpose of the Qualification

This qualification reflects the role of individuals who apply project management skills and knowledge. 

They may manage projects in a variety of contexts, across a number of industry sectors. They 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 the development and implementation of projects.

This course is committed to an “open learning environment”. Instead of focusing on set and/or in-house texts, this enjoyable course equips you to gather information from the sources you will need in your role. Examples of these are industry publications, regulator websites and industry websites.


Successful completion of this program will result in the attainment of the following qualification:


There is a great variety of job roles and titles that vary across different industry sectors appropriate for those who have successfully completed this program. Possible job titles relevant to this qualification will often include one or more of the words

    • Project manager (generic),
    • Project manager (industry specific),
    • Project leader,
    • Project team leader,
    • Project contract manager, or
    • Project vendor manager.


This qualification consists of twelve units of competency as follows:

Core Units
  • BSBPMG511A Manage project scope 
  • BSBPMG512A Manage project time 
  • BSBPMG513A Manage project quality 
  • BSBPMG514A Manage project cost 
  • BSBPMG515A Manage project human resources 
  • BSBPMG516A Manage project information and communication 
  • BSBPMG517A Manage project risk 
  • BSBPMG521A Manage project integration
Elective Units
  • BSBPMG519A Manage project stakeholder engagement 
  • BSBWOR501B Manage personal work priorities and professional development 
  • BSBWOR502B Ensure team effectiveness 
  • PSPGOVE514A Facilitate Change
Suitability and Opportunities

This course is appropriate for:
  • School leavers who are interested in working in project management,
  • Persons who are wishing to upgrade their existing skills to be able to effectively work within industries or services requiring project management,
  • Current employees who are wishing to enhance their existing skill set or to make a change in career pathways involving project management,
  • Persons who are seeking to be promoted or who are currently employed seeking to take on a project management role within the business services sector, and/or
  • Persons who are fully experienced within this vocational area and are seeking formal recognition of their existing skills.

Legislative Requirements

There is no direct link between this qualification and licensing, legislative and/or regulatory requirements. However, where required, a unit of competency will specify relevant licensing, legislative and/or regulatory requirements that impact on the unit.


This program is delivered either within an institution-based environment or via recognition of prior learning pathway.

Institution Based

This mode of training will also combine theory-based material and practical sessions involving small discussion groups, individual and team activities and practical projects.

Throughout the entire training program participants will be provided with training and resource materials that contains various worksheets, handouts, additional reading materials and the assessment tasks. These materials will be developed in-house.

Recognition of Prior Learning

This training pathway enables students to apply for recognition of prior learning when they are seeking to have their existing skills recognised.

If you believe that you have the right to have recognition of prior learning (RPL) for work you may have already done which links to this course, then you must apply for this before the commencement of the course.

You will be required to submit evidence such as your resume, proof of work documentation, a third party to verify your work and answer a number of questions, based around each Unit of Competency (UOC).

The assessor will interview the student who wishes to undertake the RPL pathway and outline what is involved in the RPL process and the types of information to be gathered as part of the process. This interview process can occur face to face, over the phone or by other designated methods including online video chat or similar via the internet.


The program involves full seven days face-to-face of training spread over twelve months plus workplace assessments.  There are 8 core units plus 4 elective units.


Elective units chosen must be relevant to the work and industry context for project management.


Assessments are a compulsory component of this program. Students will be expected to complete at least 2-3 assessment tasks for each Unit of Competency (UoC). 

Your trainer and assessor will discuss this with you and focus on ensuring that your assessments are practical and workplace based where possible. 

These will usually be:

    1. Portfolio of Evidence showing workplace evidence
    2. Questions – either oral or written
    3. Case Studies or practical situations which are expected to review.
    4. Third Party evidence may also be required where there is insufficient evidence or the assessor is unsure of your performance.

Each UoC contains elements and performance criteria. These are mapped against at least 2 forms of assessment as required by the Australian Skills Quality Authority (ASQA).

It is recommended that Participants review these criteria before submitting assessments to ensure that they meet all requirements of the Unit of Competency.


Assessment is competency based which means you are awarded a grade of either

    • Competent


    • Not Yet Competent.

If the Participant’s assessment is marked as Not Yet Competent the assessor will contact the Participant to discuss what is required for the Participant to be assessed as Competent. The Participant may then resubmit the assessment one more time without further charge.

To demonstrate quality assessment, assessors are required to ensure that your work
meets the 

    • Principles of Assessment and 
    • Rules of Evidence.

Participants who withdraw from the program will be entitled to receive a Statement of
Attainment for the units of competency they have completed.

This course is designed to maximise flexibility. Supported by the Academy's online learning management system, it may be delivered in customised blends [1] of the above.

Entry Requirements

Pre-requisites for entry into this course are:

    • Be over 18 years of age
    • Have English language, literacy and numeracy skills to the standard required to attain Higher School Certificate or equivalent
    • A CV that demonstrates an ability to function effectively in employment or business to the level required to independently read, interpret and apply workplace information
    • If from a non-English speaking background, be proficient in the use of English to the level of International English Language testing System (IELTS) level 6.0.
It is envisioned that those enrolling in this course are in a role where they can demonstrate responsibility for team or business unit performance and should be fairly self-directed and autonomous, working under broad guidance.

Preparing for Enrolment

All potential students who make enquiries about this training program will be provided with the following information prior to enrolment:

    • Student Course Handbook
    • Pre-enrolment course information
    • Copy of the RPL Kit
    • Course enrolment form

This information will be supplied either via Post, email or via the Smart Academy web site.

Further Study

Further opportunities for study may be in the qualifications such as

    • BSB51107 Diploma of Management
    • BSB60407 Advanced Diploma of Management

[1] Blended learning involves the use of the College’s Learning Management System alongside contact discussions either in a training room or one on one with a facilitator.