Graduate Diploma of Construction Management - CL83

Move into a career in construction management, or enhance your career with the Graduate Diploma of Construction Management. Learn from industry professionals while completing practice, industry-oriented assessments that can be applied immediately to your current role. Benefit from a course that embeds project management concepts from initiating, planning and leading lean projects to executing and closing projects and develop highly sought-after project management skills. Develop your knowledge in risk management and legal concepts relevant to contracts, plus gain an introduction to modern building construction technology with an emphasis on multi-unit and low-rise construction.

This course is an ideal pathway into CQUni's Master of Construction Management providing credit for eight units in each course. A feature of this course is the embedded award of the Graduate Certificate of Project Management.


On Campus, Online




1 years full-time, 2 years part-time


Brisbane, Sydney, Online



If you are seeking a career in construction management, 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 incorporates 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.

Core Units 8 Major Units None
Electives None Minor Units None


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

CQUni’s postgraduate construction management courses will provide you with advanced disciplinary knowledge and skills of current construction management practices and project management concepts to enhance your current career or move into a career in construction management.

Our construction management courses will also equip you with advanced knowledge to embrace the principles of project management as they apply across different phases of the construction project cycle.

Benefit from the choice to study our construction management courses on campus at CQUni Perth or Brisbane, or entirely online so you can benefit from the flexibility to study how and when it suits you.

Our postgraduate construction management courses are designed in consultation with industry, and integrate practical learning experiences to enhance your studies. Plus, learn from industry professionals with backgrounds in building and construction.

On-Campus Availability

Term 1 - 2023Brisbane, Sydney
Term 2 - 2023Brisbane
Term 3 - 2022Brisbane
Term 3 - 2023Brisbane

Online Availability

Term 1 - 2023Available Online
Term 2 - 2023Available Online
Term 3 - 2022Available Online
Term 3 - 2023Available Online

Please note, this course is no longer available to study on campus at CQUni Perth in 2022.

Majors and minors are not applicable to this course.
Work-integrated learning does not apply to this course.
This course has no residential schools.

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.

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Health Requirements


Assumed Knowledge

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. 

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.

Accreditation of the Graduate Diploma of Construction Management (CL83) will be sought from the Royal Australian Institute of Building (AIB) upon the graduation of the first cohort of the course.

2022 Indicative Fees
Fee TypeFees
Domestic Full Fee Paying – Indicative First Year Fee$26,712.00

The indicative first year fee is an approximate cost of enrolling in this course for one academic year. Your actual fees may vary, depending on the units that you select to study and the number of units you study per term. You can view unit fees in the Cost Per Unit table. Fees are reviewed annually and are subject to change.

  • Indicative fees for Graduate Certificate courses are based on studying four units in an academic year.
  • Indicative fees for Graduate Diploma and Master courses are based on studying eight units in an academic year. 


Fee Category Full fee paying place
What is a Full Fee Paying Place As a full fee-paying student, you are required to pay full tuition fees for your course.
Fee Type Tuition Fees
What is my tuition fee?

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FEE-HELP and payment options

FEE-HELP is the loan scheme provided the Australian Government to help eligible students pay their tuition fees through a loan. Eligible students can use a FEE-HELP loan to pay for all or some of their tuition fees. If you elect to use a FEE-HELP loan, this means that you will defer payment of your tuition fees and repay your FEE-HELP loan when your income is above the compulsory repayment threshold.

You must meet specific eligibility requirements to be able to use FEE-HELP assistance. If you are not eligible for a FEE-HELP loan, or you are required to pay your tuition fees upfront, you will need to pay your fees no later than the census date for the term in which you are studying.

Other Fees You will also incur a Student Services and Amenities Fee.
Other study costs You may have other study costs such as travel expenses related to residential schools or work placements if they are a requirement of your course. There are also textbooks, stationery and other sundry costs associated with studying.

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