Graduate Certificate in Development Planning

Course Level Postgraduate Delivered by Open Universities Australia
Duration Flexible Study Mode Online
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Course overview

In this course you will choose a range of specialist topics to meet your current and future career needs. This Graduate Certificate develops practical skills suitable for planning practitioners in government agencies or the private sector.We offer units which examine past and present planning trends, theories, laws relevant to planning and the importance of an integrated approach to urban and regional planning. You can also study land development processes and explore the implications for longer term community sustainability. Participation in projects addressing current planning issues and engagement with planning professionals prepares graduates for professional life. All units are based on inter-disciplinary knowledge, techniques and practices and address environmental, social and design issues.Qualifications in Urban and Regional Planning are in increasing demand as a range of related professionals in real estate, local government and business seek to develop an understanding of planning issues. A shortage of trained planners has been felt at all levels of government and notably in regional Australia.

The Graduate Certificate in Development Planning comprises the first four units of the eleven unit Master of Urban and Regional Planning, and offers and alternative pathway into the Master of Urban and Regional Planning for those with only industry experience.

Course structure

To qualify for the award of Graduate Certificate in Development Planning, students must complete 100 credit points:

  • 4 Core units
  • Students must complete the award within 10 years.

Entry requirement

The Urban and Regional Planning course has two entrance pathways:


Applicants require an undergraduate degree in any discipline from a recognised tertiary institution.


Work experience

Entry may be granted to applicants who do not have an academic qualification but who can demonstrate through professional work experience their capacity to successfully undertake this course. Entry to the Master of Urban and Regional Planning for students without undergraduate qualifications is via the Graduate Certificate in Development Planning. Students are advised to contact the Academic Course Coordinator for guidance prior to registering in any units.

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