Graduate Certificate in Applied Management

Graduate Certificate in Applied Management

Graduate Certificate in Applied Management
(Policing and Emergency Services)

The AIPM Graduate Certificate has been a watershed moment in the professional and personal lives of many public safety leaders for almost two decades. In a refreshed and realigned delivery, the AIPM Graduate Certificate continues to be a highly impactful development opportunity.

The Graduate Certificate is a personal and organisational commitment to education and leadership development. Distance education builds deep personal resilience. During this long journey participants are supported by the AIPM visiting fellows.
Organisational leadership is the key focus of the education with codified knowledge and personal experience underpinning the practice of academic research, argument and writing skills - all being highly regarded skills for effective leadership.

Program Structure

The Graduate Certificate in Applied Management (Policing and Emergency Services) consists of four subjects, typically completed over seven months, and includes both distance and residential components.

Graduate Certificate in Applied Management (Policing and Emergency Services)
All four subjects of AIPM601 are core
There are no elective subjects for the AIPM601
601S1 is a pre-requisite for 601S2/S3 601S2 & S3 are co-requisites and are pre-requisites for 601S4  
Distance Mode Residential Mode Distance Mode
Credit Transfer available   Credit Transfer and RPL available
Part time Full time Part time
128 hours 256 hours 128 hours
8 Credit Points 8 Credit Points 8 Credit Points 8 Credit Points

“Foundations of Strategic Management” (AIPM601S1) - this distance education subject is followed by a compulsory two week residential program covering two subjects, “Strategic Analysis and Planning” (AIPM601S2) and “Leadership and Organisational Change” (AIPM601S3). The course is completed by the fourth subject “Contemporary Issues in Public Safety and Emergency Services” (AIPM601S4) by distance education.

AIPM601 Subjects

Foundations of Strategic Management (AIPM601S1A)
(Distance mode)
This subject provides an introduction to management and strategic planning theory, a brief historical survey, and an exploration of contemporary approaches to service delivery and quality management. It develops students’ knowledge and understanding of the management context of the public safety and emergency services environment. The subject requires that students examine their own organisation and assess the extent to which management theory informs sound practice. By considering issues relating to organisation design, implementation and accountability in service delivery, students develop their appreciation of the need for a whole-of-organisation effort in ensuring quality in service delivery. The subject also challenges students to consider the role of human resource management in achieving cultural change and organisational effectiveness.

Strategic Analysis and Planning (AIPM601S2)
(Full-time residential mode)
This subject provides an opportunity for students to analyse a range of issues in contemporary management that have a significant impact on the future development of the public safety and emergency service profession. The subject stresses the increasing need for public sector managers to apply enlightened and innovative management practices and, in particular, the need for effective ethical decision making, strategy development and business planning. The subject covers a range of issues that provide students with a better understanding of how public sector reforms impact on public safety organisations. Students are exposed to contemporary management practices such as managing for outcomes, strengthening accountability, performance planning (and measurement), strategic planning, generic decision making and strategic (corporate) problem solving. Students are encouraged to take a systems view of organisations, and to understand the link between strategic planning and performance management.

Leadership and Organisational Change (AIPM601S3)
(Full-time residential mode)
This subject examines the roles of leaders in contemporary organisations, analysing the skills and attributes of effective leaders. Further, it exposes students to the political forces to which leaders are compelled to formulate responses. Students are encouraged to reflect on their own leadership styles and capabilities. The subject develops students’ abilities in communication, case study analysis, self-awareness and public speaking. There is a focus on future challenges, with students framing their leadership analysis within a discussion and anticipation of significant issues affecting their industry over the next 10 years. The subject explores how the traditional command and control leadership style, on which public safety and emergency services organisations had been based, compares with more contemporary styles. This subject encourages students to explore the links between successful organisational change, leadership and sound planning and communication. It considers issues such as workplace culture, ethics, government demands on senior executives in the public sector, and leadership for change.

Contemporary Issues in Public Safety and Emergency Services (AIPM601S4)
(Distance mode)
This subject is designed to guide students through the process of undertaking a well evidenced case study. Students are, in this unit, responsible for actively researching a contemporary issue of their choice, through the literature, and then observing how their own workplace addresses this issue in practice. In doing so, they must consider the ethical considerations facing public safety services, the relationships between industry organisations and the community, and the legal and social arrangements between government, public safety and emergency services. Importantly, students will also examine how contemporary issues are dealt with in practice, and compare this against what is known in the research literature. As such, this subject asks students to explicitly bring theory and practice together, which is an important skill as public safety moves to be much more evidence-based.

Program Learning Outcomes Course Delivery Approaches
Review, analyse, consolidate and synthesise specialist knowledge in the leadership and management behaviours and skills required to mobilise others to achieve organisational outcomes. Presentation, case in point discussion, syndicate discussion, written assignments.
Demonstrate a critical understanding of an ethical approach to decision making in policing and public safety. Presentation, reflective discussion, group discussion, hypothetical participation.
Think critically about the environmental trends that influence the objectives of the policing and public safety industry. Case studies, group discussion, written assignment.
Think critically about, and plan for, complex management problems. Presentation, case in point discussion, case studies, syndicate discussion, written assignments.
Generate and evaluate parameters to judge the effectiveness of corporate processes and performance outcomes, and apply these to the public safety context. Presentation, reflective discussion, group discussion, written assignment.
Initiate and plan corporate improvement strategies with recommendations for implementation and evaluation. Presentation, reflective discussion, group discussion, written assignment.
Create effective processes to manage performance and results. Presentation, reflective discussion, group discussion, written assignment.
Drawing on critical analysis make organisational recommendations in a range of areas and communicate these to a variety of internal and external audiences, including senior executives. Presentation, reflective discussion, group discussion, written assignment, oral presentations.

Applications for credit

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Key dates

2022-23 GC1 - Residential
Distance education: Week commencing 20 June 2022
Residential: 5-16 December 2022

2022-23 GC2 - Online
Onboarding: September 2022
Distance education: September - June 2022

2022-23 GC3 - Residential
Distance education: Week commencing 16 January 2023
Residential: 19-30 June 2023


ANZ Police $11,150
Multi-Agency $12,265

ANZ Police $6,550
Multi-Agency $7,205

Provider name: Commissioner of the Australian Federal Police
Provider trading name: Australian Institute of Police Management
ABN: 17 864 931 143
Provider ID: PRV12014

For the purposes of the definition of provider category in section 5 of the TEQSA Act, the provider category the AIPM is registered as is : Institute of Higher Education


6 months including a 2 week intensive residential
10 months online



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