Graduate Certificate in Planning

La Trobe University

Course details

CRICOS course code: 107135G

Level of study: Postgraduate


Planning is about shaping and working with cities, towns and rural areas to improve them physically, socially and economically.
If you do not have formal planning qualifications, the Graduate Certificate in Planning is designed to provide you with training in the discipline and create a pathway into the profession. It emphasises contemporary issues such as change facilitation, sustainable development, climate change, planning for healthy communities, children's environments, Indigenous communities and water management within the context of a changing society in both urban and rural areas.

The qualification awarded on graduation is recognised in the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) as Level 8 - Graduate Certificate.

Career outcomes

Graduates are likely to find employment in local, state and federal government, non-government organisations (NGOs), research organisations, and advocacy bodies; and in the private sector in roles such as community development and management, advocacy, research, public policy development, social and community planning, and as part of multidisciplinary teams in social and economic development projects in developed and developing countries.

The course is also designed to provide a pathway for employees without formal qualifications in planning who work in planning offices, and/or employees with qualifications in closely aligned fields who wish to enhance their career paths.

Accreditation, registration and/or membership details for this course may be found on the La Trobe University website.

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Tuition Fees (AUD $) Start date Duration Campus
16,600 Per Year 27 Feb 2023 0.5 years
Full time
Bendigo Campus
Edwards Road
Bendigo Victoria 3552

Entry criteria

Successful completion of an Australian bachelor degree (or equivalent).

Applicants who do not possess a degree but who produce evidence of equivalent academic ability and/or appropriate professional experience may be considered.

English language requirements

IELTS (Academic) score of 6.5 with no individual band score less than 6.0

TOEFL Internet based (iBT): overall score of 79 with 13 in Reading, 12 in Listening, 18 in Speaking and 21 in Writing.

Pearson Test of English (Academic) (PTE): overall score of 58 with no communicative skill score less than 50.

C1 Advanced: 176 with no less than 169 in any component.

C2 Proficiency: 176 with no less than 169 in any component.


La Trobe University
Melbourne (Bundoora) Campus
Plenty Road and Kingsbury Drive
Melbourne Victoria 3086
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