Graduate Diploma of Construction Management

Duration1 year full-time, 2 years part-time
Brisbane and Sydney
Next start termTerm 1, 2024
Study modeOn Campus
Course codeCL83


If you are seeking a career in construction management, and project management from a national and international construction management perspective, this course is an ideal option for you. You will also gain valuable education for a broader career basis such as architects, builders, engineers, quantity surveyors, construction economists, and facilities managers.

This course provides the basis for exciting careers as construction managers and assists with employment areas of Construction Management including Project Management principles, Construction Contract Administration, Construction Risk Management and Construction Technology.

The first four units of the Graduate Diploma of Construction Management incorporate principles of project management as it applies across different phases of the construction cycle to achieve successful project outcomes in terms of time, cost, quality, safety, and sustainability for construction projects. 

In your next three units, you will learn the construction-specific nuances of risk management and how to manage those risks. You will also develop an important understanding of legal concepts relevant to contracts and become familiar with the Building and Construction Industry Security of Payment Act.

Your final unit introduces you to modern building construction technology with an emphasis on multi-unit and low-rise construction including material selection and methods of modern construction of residential and commercial projects including multi-storey buildings as designated by the National Construction Code for building classes 1 to 10.

Benefit from the flexibility to study full-time or part-time, on-campus or online. As this course incorporates the first eight units of the Master of Construction Management (CL82), students can pathway into the masters program.

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    I have evolved into a new version of myself fuelled by my zeal for learning and extracting the utmost value from my study and professional experience. I enjoy learning about negotiation, problem-solving capacities, and gaining insight into human behaviour and their objectives.

    Mathieu Catuogno

    Master of Construction Management I France

Career Opportunities

Construction managers plan, organise and control activities associated with a wide range of building projects. Employment opportunities exist in government departments, construction, building and sub-contracting companies, federal, state and local government departments and authorities and corporations with a large building portfolio. There are many employment opportunities for construction management professionals from a national and international perspective.

Structure & Availability


You are required to complete eight units.


For information on the units, you could study as part of this course, visit the Handbook and select the "Course Structure" tab.


If you have already completed a study relevant to the course you have enrolled in, you may be eligible for credit transfer.

On-Campus Availability

Term 1, 2024Brisbane, Sydney
Term 2, 2024Brisbane, Sydney
Term 3, 2024Brisbane

Majors and minors are not applicable to this course.


Recommended study

The successful completion of CL83 will allow the students a direct entry into Masters of Construction Management (CL82) at CQUniversity. 

In terms of student workload, twelve hours of study per week is recommended for each unit undertaken. 

To be eligible for entry into this course, applicants must hold one of the following:

  • A completed Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) equivalent Diploma; with a minimum of 2 years relevant industry employment experience^; or

  • A completed Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) equivalent 3-year Bachelor of Project Management; with a minimum of 2-years relevant industry employment experience^; or

  • A completed Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) equivalent 3-year Bachelor degree in a relevant field*.

*Relevant fields include: Architecture, Building, Construction Management, Engineering.

^Industry experience must relate to construction management. Employment experience must be shown in a letter of employment which is presented on a company letterhead as well as signed and dated by a delegated authority. The letter must contain position title, duties performed and length of service.

English Language Proficiency Requirements:

If you were not born in Australia, Canada, New Zealand, United Kingdom, Ireland, South Africa or United States of America you are required to meet the English Language Proficiency requirements set by the University. Applicants are required to provide evidence of completion of:

  • A secondary qualification (Year 11 and 12, or equivalent), or

  • An Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) diploma level qualification, or

  • Bachelor level qualification study for a period of at least 2 years full time with a minimum overall GPA 4.0

Completed within Australia, Canada, New Zealand, United Kingdom, South Africa, Ireland, or United States of America, which will meet the English proficiency.

If you do not satisfy any of the above you will need to undertake an English language proficiency test and achieve the following scores as below:

  • An International English Language Testing System (IELTS Academic) overall band score of at least 6.0 overall with a minimum 5.5 in each subset; or

  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) - Requires 550 or better overall & minimum TWE score of 4.5 (Paper Based Test), or 75 or better overall and no score less than 17 (Internet Based Test); or

  • Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE Academic) - Requires an overall score of 54 with no sub-score less than 46; or

  • An Occupational English Test with Grades A or B only in each of the four components.

English test results remain valid for no more than two years between final examination date and the date of commencement of study, and must appear on a single result certificate.

International Students should visit for further information.

Each student will be assessed individually.

You will have to meet this course's inherent requirements by demonstrating essential skills and attributes.

Fees & Scholarships

2023 Indicative Fees

Fee TypeFees
International Indicative First Term FeeA$16,200
International Indicative First Year FeeA$32,400

2024 Indicative Fees

Fee TypeFees
International Indicative First Term FeeA$17,040
International Indicative First Year FeeA$34,080

Please note the following important information:

  • Fees are in Australian dollars (A$).
  • Fees are indicative only and do not cover additional costs such as textbooks, accommodation, visa applications, OSHC, general living etc.
  • Fees are based on a full-time study load and the final fee payable will be determined by your selection of units and if any credit was awarded for recognition of prior learning.
  • The University reserves the right to amend fees at any time during the course. Fees are reviewed yearly and may increase in the following year to enable CQUniversity to continue to provide quality services and facilities to students.
  • Courses are subject to change at the discretion of the University.
  • It is your responsibility to make yourself aware of the entry requirements and prerequisites of the courses you wish to undertake.
  • The typical annual fee shown provides an estimate of the tuition fees for the first year of the course in the same academic year. This estimate assumes a full-time study load of 4 units per term (based on two terms).
  • Students not on an Australian student visa can only undertake courses online from an overseas location.
  • Courses undertaken online may be studied on a full-time or part-time mode.
  • International students studying on-campus in Australia may take no more than 33 per cent of their entire course by online education, and this option cannot be taken in its entirety during a compulsory term (Term 1 and Term 2).

Please refer to our international course fees page.

We offer a range of scholarships to support international students and encourage you to apply for one that's right for you.

How to apply

Our easy to use online application system for international students will guide you through the process of applying for a course at CQUniversity Australia.