Graduate Diploma of Executive Leadership

PELP 2012 participants about to engage in discussion with Executive leaders

PELP 2012 participants about to engage in discussion with Executive leaders

The Graduate Diploma of Executive Leadership (Policing and Emergency Services) is also a cornerstone program at the AIPM and is also actively supported by the Australasian Police Commissioners, and accredited by the Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency (TEQSA).

This program comprises of two subjects studied via part-time distance mode, one subject delivered in a full-time intensive residential program and a Strategic Policy Review paper undertaken via distance and applied to issues existing in the student’s workplace. The policy paper builds on skills learned during the residential program and addresses a topic pre-approved by the student’s home organisation. The final subject is a mix of guided distance study and independent research.

On successful completion of the program, participants should be able to achieve the following course learning outcomes, within a policing and emergency services context:

  • Review historical and contemporary theoretical literature on leadership
  • Analyse behaviours and skills required for effective strategic judgment and decision making
  • Apply high level executive communication, critical analysis and policy advocacy skills
  • Critically consider the importance of flexibility and creativity in problem solving
  • Demonstrate a critical appreciation of the need for political acumen in professional settings
  • Analyse and synthesise national and international trends in literature and practice pertaining to effective leadership
  • Predict and analyse key future public safety and emergency service issues from a leadership perspective
  • Evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of their leadership style and plan an effective self-improvement strategy
  • Critically discuss the value and importance of extensive and effective professional networks

Who should attend

Senior public safety leaders identified by their organisation as having the capacity for executive leadership.

  • State jurisdictions: Superintendent or equivalent
  • Commonwealth agencies: EL2 and SES1

Participants are expected to have completed the Graduate Certificate or equivalent demonstrated knowledge acquired elsewhere (Recognition of Prior Learning) before enrolling in this program.

Further Study Articulation Agreements

The AIPM has articulation agreements for further study with a range of universities. At these universities you can use your AIPM studies as credit. These agreements are listed below. University subjects are generally counted in terms of credit points, although the number of credit points required to complete a course differ between universities (for example, Charles Sturt University has subjects that are worth 8 points; Deakin University has subjects that are worth 2 points. Masters degrees in these institutions are completed by gaining 92 and 16 points respectively). To avoid confusion we have listed the agreements in terms of the number of subjects that you will receive credit for. Generally speaking, most Masters courses require students to complete the equivalent of 12 subjects.

Course articulated with
University of AdelaideMaster of Business Administration (MBA)
Charles Sturt UniversityMaster of Leadership (Policing)
Deakin UniversityMaster of Business Administration (MBA)
Edith Cowan UniversityMaster of Business Administration (MBA)
Graduate Diploma of Business
(Leadership and Management);
(Human Resource Management)
University of New EnglandMaster of Leadership
Charles Darwin UniversityMasters of Business Administration

For expanded information of course details download the full articulation register here (pdf).


Three subjects via distance education (credit transfer available)



Delivery Dates

7 – 19 October 2018


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