BSB41515 Certificate IV in Project Management Practice

Project management has emerged as a powerful tool for addressing the complex needs and requirements of today’s business world. Organisations around the globe are turning to the profession to ratchet up efficiency and trim costs.

Simply put: project management provides a structured yet flexible framework for tackling a wide array of initiatives faster, better and in a more cost-efficient manner.

To that end, the Institute of Project Management (IPM) is proud to offer the Australian government accredited BSB41515 Certificate IV in Project Management Practice.

Unlike the vast majority of providers, IPM is genuinely expert in the field of project management, bringing to bear many thousands of hours and literally billions of dollars of project delivery experience to our Certificate IV product.

Your mentors – an unlimited, on-demand resource throughout your study – are battle-hardened project professionals, each with over ten (10) years of project leadership experience and an MBA (or equivalent) post-graduate degree.

As a result, our graduates are not just good at passing tests. They are job-ready project professionals armed with a proven suite of project management knowledge, skills and assets.

At a glance…

What do you get in the IPM Certificate IV in Project Management Practice?

  • Comprehensive multi-media lectures
  • Unlimited, on-demand mentor support
  • Streamlined assessment process
  • Alternative delivery options
  • Lifetime enrolment, with no hidden charges
  • Microsoft Project Pro 2016 (12 month licence)
  • Free project management tools and templates
  • Privileged University and career pathways
Students

Graduate outcomes

Institute of Project Management (IPM) qualifications validate contemporary best practices in the discipline of project management. By not slavishly adhereing to (or evangelizing) any one standard, methodology or industry approach, our credentials provide a highly rigorous and transferable baseline of skills that can be applied in any project context.

IPM graduates are critical thinkers; they are the project leaders, problem solvers and innovators of the 21st century.

Upon completion of the IPM Certificate IV in Project Management Practice, you will be able to:

  • Apply basic project management concepts, methods and theories
  • Demonstrate the technical skills of project management
  • Understand the interpersonal aspects of project management
  • Participate in the delivery of varied projects
  • Evaluate and respond to project challenges
  • Communicate professionally with project stakeholders

MS Project Professional 2016

MS Project 2016

A 12 month licence to Microsoft Project Professional 2016 retails for US$360 or AU$504.

As an exclusive offer to Institute of Project Management students, it is now included for free in your Certificate IV enrolment.

Entry requirements

Entry is open to current and future graduates of a Year 12 or equivalent high-school program in their home country, or anyone with at least two years’ work experience.

International students must evidence English competency via a minimum IELTS score of 5.0 across all bands. Students need to independently prepare for and obtain this standard.

In order to be eligible for the workplace mentoring stream, you will also need to meet the following criteria:

  • Are you directly involved in a funded (approved) project, program or event that is either in the early stages of development or commencing soon?
  • And will the substantial planning and delivery of the project, program or event take 6-12 months?
  • And do you have the full support of your project’s sponsor?
  • Or do you have multiple activities that, when taken together, meet these criteria?

How do I get this qualification?

At the Institute of Project Management, our mentors are more than just highly qualified trainers.

As genuine project professionals, we go beyond the classroom to identify and engage our students in optimal delivery partnerships that return value to them, their projects and their employers.

IPM Open is a multimedia project management resource hub, exclusively available to Institute of Project Management students. Click here for a sneak peek…

There are 12 online units in IPM Open covering all aspects of project management, from stakeholders through to initiation, planning, risk, leadership, delivery and close. Certificate IV students are required to complete all of the online quizzes attached to these units, and have an unlimited number of attempts to do so.

At the end of each IPM Open unit, you will also see a number of open-ended questions.  You should respond to these with answers of 100-200 words, using complete sentence and paragraph structures, in the form provided.

At the same time, you will also develop a portfolio of assets common to project management. These include:

  • Stakeholder register
  • Business case
  • Project charter
  • WBS / schedule / budget
  • Risk register
  • Team member position description
  • Status report

These documents can be prepared using your existing workplace assets or the project management tools, templates and software provided. Unlimited, on-demand mentor support will also guarantee you receive comprehensive feedback and assistance throughout.

The final assessment task invites you to identify a project you have recently delivered and critically reflect upon its performance.

This activity mirrors the requirements of the Certified Project Professional (CPP) examination, and confirms your competence to BSB41515 Certificate IV in Project Management Practice.

The Certificate IV mentoring program is delivered one-on-one into your workplace over 6-8 months, using YOUR projects, programs and events as ‘cases’ – there are no classes, text-books, quizzes, tests or exams.

Instead, our expert mentors work with you to consolidate your existing knowledge (your vast and hard-earned repository of common sense) and extend this with practical, relevant and timely tricks, tips and techniques.

Rest assured that your dealings with your IPM mentor remain confidential at all times, as per our privacy policy.

You also receive full access to IPM Open – our extensive and ever-expanding library of contemporary project management resources and assets – and a 12-month subscription to MS Project Professional 2016,

Our mentors are not just proven project leaders; where possible, you will be paired with someone with specific experience and expertise in your industry. Over the course of your partnership, you will also develop a portfolio of assets common to project management. These include:

  • Stakeholder register
  • Business case
  • Project charter
  • WBS / schedule / budget
  • Risk register
  • Team member position description
  • Status report

These documents can be prepared using your existing workplace assets or the project management tools, templates and software provided. Unlimited, on-demand mentor support will also guarantee you receive comprehensive feedback and assistance throughout.

The final assessment task invites you to identify a project you have recently delivered and critically reflect upon its performance.

This activity mirrors the requirements of the Certified Project Professional (CPP) examination, and confirms your competence to BSB41515 Certificate IV in Project Management Practice.

The Certificate IV in Project Management Practice is occasionally delivered as an eight (8) day series of facilitated workshops.

Delivered most commonly in two (2) day blocks, these workshops are wholly hands on as you design and deliver a highly entertaining multimedia project using the best-practice principles of project management.

Over the course of the program, you will also develop a portfolio of assets common to project management. These include:

  • Stakeholder register
  • Business case
  • Project charter
  • WBS / schedule / budget
  • Risk register
  • Team member position description
  • Status report

The final assessment task invites you to critically reflect upon the performance of your project.

This activity mirrors the requirements of the Certified Project Professional (CPP) examination, and confirms your competence to BSB41515 Certificate IV in Project Management Practice.

You also receive full access to IPM Open – our extensive and ever-expanding library of contemporary project management resources and assets – and a 12-month subscription to MS Project Professional 2016.

This means that if you unfortunately miss a workshop day, you can catch-up your learning via the relevant online activities.

Please contact us to find out when the next workshop is being held in your region.

Lifetime enrolment

Certificate IV in Project Management Practice

Lifetime enrolment means that once you enrol, there is no time deadline to complete your course requirements – you can submit assessment tasks anytime from 6 days, 6 years to 6 decades after your commencement.

Unlike other programs, we also do not charge any fees to re-submit an assessment task.

Students are guaranteed unlimited re-submission and unlimited feedback for all assessments.

Note that the lifetime enrolment offer for this qualification only extends to online students; although, workplace mentored and facilitated workshop students can be transferred to the online program once their contracted period of engagement is complete.

Australian Government accredited

Australian Qualifications Framework

Accreditation means that the IPM Diploma of Project Management has been audited by the Australian Skills Quality Authority (ASQA) and is compliant with the Standards for VET Accredited Courses and the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF).

Nationally Recognised Training

This ensures that our qualifications meet established industry, enterprise, educational, legislative and community needs. It also certifies that the skills and knowledge gained are nationally recognised, regardless of where the training was undertaken, and that they are recognised across businesses and in all states and territories.

Frequently asked questions

That depends on where you work…

In 2015, the median salary for a project manager in Australia was AU$139,037 per year – in the USA, it was US$108,000.

Interestingly, having even a basic certification or qualification in project management added around 20% to the value of of an individual’s salary.

The best country to work as a project manager is Switzerland (Australia is ranked #2, and the USA is #3), while the worst is Egypt. If you want to know what a project manager usually earns in your country, just ask us!

Our courses do not make you wait until a fixed date, such as the start of a semester, before allowing you to commence your course. Study can begin as soon as your enrolment is processed, usually within 24 hours!

Even if you are enrolled in a facilitated workshop, access to online study materials and your Microsoft Project licence is immediate.

At any time throughout your Qualification you may also request a Statement of Attainment, which is formal recognition of the units that you have completed. Each AQF unit that you complete is fully recognised and transferable for credit within the Australian Vocational Education system.

Our programs may also fast-track your entry into a higher level related or University level Qualification – contact us for more information.

Each activity, unit or module in your qualification is continually assessed as you progress through the course.

Your mentor will give you detailed feedback on each item. If he or she feels that you are not yet competent in an area, then you will be advised on how you can improve your work for reassessment.

There is no limit to the number of times you may reattempt an assessment task – we will stick with you until you get it right!

All email enquiries are responded to within two business days, and the turnaround for assessment feedback is usually within five days.

We also encourage you to look for answers beyond the scope of the learning material, either from within your own experience, your workplace, or on the web. This will make for a richer learning experience and a more fulfilling progression through the course.

Successful completion of the assessment tasks will demonstrate to us (and your present and future employers) that you have the ability to apply the theory you have learnt to practical workplace scenarios.

Note that although assessment tasks are made easier if you are employed in a workplace, those without this opportunity may complete the course as long as they have sufficient access to a project environment to facilitate learning and demonstrate competence.

Past experience indicates that the time you spend on study is positively correlated with your performance and results in this course. You should spend up to 10 hours each week for 24 weeks in order complete this qualification online.

This includes the time for reviewing lectures, reading relevant materials, undertaking independent research, liaising with your mentor and completing each piece of assessment.

You should ensure you are able to allocate the required amount of time before commencing study.

Because every learning experience is unique, at IPM we customise our offerings to uniquely match your circumstances. We take into account your current employment and experience, as well as a range of personal considerations, such as your general interests, ambitions, availability, motivation and financial situation.

For example, if you have already delivered projects or programs of work, either in paid employment or as a volunteer, the skills you’ve developed are probably very valuable. You may have done other studies that include similar subjects, here or overseas. Even some of your hobbies and interests might include relevant skills and knowledge.

To be recognised, you need to prove you are already competent in that study area. If you have just left school, don’t do part-time work or have many interests, you may not be a candidate for skills recognition. If you are an older person with a wide range of successful work and study experiences, you are probably a very strong candidate.

If your skills can be “recognised” (ie mapped to unit and course criteria), you may be able to shorten the length of time for your studies. In some cases, you may get 100 per cent recognition of your qualification, meaning you would not have to study at all.

Visit here for more information on our recognition of prior learning (RPL) policy.

As these exemptions are assessed on a case-by-case basis, and may significantly discount your overall course fee, please contact us directly to invite consideration of your circumstance.

As our qualifications are delivered and assessed in English, students who reside in a country where English is not the primary language, and others for whom English is a second language, are expected to have English language competence as a pre-requisite to enrolment.

You can demonstrate this by providing evidence that you have completed an English language proficiency exam to the Australian government’s skilled migration standard for Vocational English.

As a rule, students with English language, literacy and/or numeracy special needs should contact us prior to enrolment to confirm their suitability for the program of study.

The cost of this qualification varies depending on the mode of study you choose: online, workplace mentoring or facilitated workshop.

You can either pay online when you complete the enrolment form, in instalments by prior arrangement, or request an invoice (if, for example, you would like your employer to pay on your behalf).

In some circumstances, this qualification may be supported by state or federal government funding – please contact us for an up-to-date schedule of scholarships or subsidies you may be eligible for.

Our mentors and assessors are highly experienced project leaders with a minimum of ten (10) years’ practical experience, a Masters of Business Administration (or equivalent degree), and an appropriate teaching qualification.

If this is you – especially if you speak a second language – we would love to hear from you!

Really enjoyed the insights from the presenters’ professional experience – thought this was really valuable.

John Harvey, CPP
Econometrician and Data Analyst / University of Tasmania
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What’s next?

Upon completing the BSB41515 Certificate IV in Project Management Practice, you might like to extend your expertise with one of our higher certifications or qualifications in project management.

  • 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 their own work and/or the work of others.
    Qualifications

    BSB51415 Diploma of Project Management

  • A Certified Project Master (CPM) is a project leader and innovator. They have been independently assessed against a broad range of project management competencies, and can apply a suite of specialised technical and managerial skills to initiate, plan, execute and evaluate their own project work and the work of others.
    Certifications

    Certified Project Master (CPM)

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