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Advanced Diploma of Leadership and Management

Advanced Diploma of Leadership and Management

CRICOS Course Code: 088219J

VET National Code: BSB61015

Course Description

This Advanced Diploma of Leadership and Management course will strengthen your leadership skills and abilities in all areas of management. You will be guided on how to successfully oversee specific projects and drive departments to successful outcomes.  The qualification will give you the tools you need to confidentially pursue a leadership role.  It is the perfect fit if you already have a business role and want to up-skill your knowledge, and is a gateway to further studies. The course outline includes learning how to handle teams so they remain focused in their delivery of projects. You will have greater understanding effective teamwork, problem solving, initiative and enterprise and planning. This course is also available 100% online with E-learning.

Study Pathway:

Upon completion of this Advanced Diploma of Leadership and Management qualification, students can continue studying at Australian Professional Skills Institute’s partner university, Edith Cowan University. Students can complete a Bachelor Degree in Business or Management and apply for advanced standing or credit with this qualification – find out more here. Please note learners must complete a Diploma in similar areas in Australia before they can be accepted into this course.

Course Admission Requirements

Australian Professional Skills Institute is CRICOS registered (CRICOS Provider Code 03255G). All students must be over 18 years of age before they can commence this course at APSI.


Domestic Australian Students

  • For  direct entry into Diploma/Advanced Diploma level courses, students must have completed a minimum of Year 12 schooling or equivalent or to be a mature age student (20 years of age and above) with relevant work experience.
    • Students who have not completed Year 12 are permitted to study a certificate level course at APSI prior to the diploma.
  • Students need to demonstrate they have proficiency in English. If students cannot provide documented proof of their English language proficiency, they will be required to sit for a Language, Literacy and Numeracy test (LLN) before a place can be offered.


International Students

  • Students need to demonstrate they have proficiency in English. If students cannot provide documented proof of their English language proficiency, they will be required to sit for a Language, Literacy and Numeracy test (LLN) before a place can be offered.
    • International students are required to have a minimum of IELTS test results of 5.5 (academic) with no individual band lower than 5, or achieve an equivalent in other forms of testing that satisfy the Institute’s requirement. If an international student does not have any current IELTS score or any recognised English language result, they are required to take an English language test.
  • For  direct entry into Diploma/Advanced Diploma level courses, students must have completed a minimum of Year 12 schooling or equivalent or to be a mature age student (20 years of age and above) with relevant work experience.
    • Students who have not completed Year 12 are permitted to study a certificate level course at APSI prior to the diploma.
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Units of Competency

This course consists of 12 units of competency including 4 core units and 8 elective units listed below

Unit Code
Unit Name
Core Units
BSBFIM601  Manage Finances
BSBINN601  Lead and Manage Organisational Change
BSBMGT605  Provide Leadership across the organisation
BSBMGT617  Develop and implement a business plan
Unit Code
Unit Name
Elective  Units
BSBHRM602  Manage human resources strategic planning
BSBINM601  Manage knowledge and information
BSBMGT608  Manage innovation and continuous improvement
BSBMKG609  Develop a marketing plan
BSBMGT616  Develop and implement strategic plans
BSBWHS605  Develop, implement and maintain WHS management systems
BSBMKG606  Manage international marketing programs
BSBMKG603  Manage the marketing process
Advanced Diploma of Leadership and Management

Course Details

Intake Dates


1 February, 27 April, 19 July, 11 October


31 January, 26 April, 18 July, 10 October

Other intakes are available. Please check with

This course is also available 100% online with E-learning! Students can commence the online course on any date.

Mode of Delivery
  • 30 weeks Face-to-Face learning followed by 10 weeks of workplace training and assessments.
  • E-learning (online) available to Domestic Australian fee-for-service students.
Career Outcome
Successful completion of this qualification can lead to career opportunities such as: Department Manager or Regional Manager, Project Team Leader, Senior Manager, Team Leader, and Business Manager.


Course Duration
International and domestic students – 2 semesters (52 weeks) including semester and holiday break

E-learning students – 1 year (no workplace training)

Entry Requirements
Student must have successfully completed Diploma of Management or other equivalent qualifications AND

a substantial vocational experience, in management area.

Applicant must supply a detail CV with support letters from employers and attend an interview at Australian Professional Skills Institute



Each day of delivery follows the same structure. The first 2 hours involves trainer lead but student focussed explanation, demonstrations, presentations, questions and answers, student practice. The second 2 hours involves the trainer and student undertaking their assessment tasks on premises (as a learning tool) utilising the specialised training facilities under the required supervision of the trainer.

Students need to attend classes at APSI for a minimum of 20 contact hours per week. Class hours will be scheduled between 9:00am to 5:00pm.

Timetables/Delivery Schedules/Classes are subject to change without prior notice due to availability of training kitchens and teaching staff. Students will be given a timetable during orientation.

Assessment Methods
Assessment is based on the principles of competency based training. Performance of learners is assessed on their ability to perform the task(s) to industry standards. In order to ensure the principles of validity are upheld are variety of learning styles and a range of assessment strategies are used. Assessment for each unit of competence will be through a combination of classroom based and work placement tasks. Classroom based assessment includes but is not limited to:
  • Classroom exercises
  • Assignments
  • Practical demonstrations
  • Group Activities
  • Projects
  • Verbal and/or written questions

Students are advised well in advance of assessment activities and a student may put forward for consideration any special needs they may have. The assessment criterion is documented in all modules, and workbooks. Dates of assessment are provided on the first day of class along with a timetable. Students may be assessed by a combination of continuous assessment and examinations. Continuous assessment may be based on competencies and marks, or a combination of both.

Uniform is not required for Business students. Students are expected to have appropriate dress code according to industry standard.
Recognition of Prior Learning

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)

RPL is available to anyone who has experience working in the industry


  • provides an alternative pathway to achieving a qualification without course attendance
  • is a consultative process between with the candidate and the assessor to determine whether the candidate has acquired the requisite learning, skills and knowledge to demonstrate that they have achieved the required learning outcomes or performance criteria of the course or qualification, for which the candidate is seeking
  • identifies where appropriate additional learning experiences or training gaps are needed to achieve the course or qualification
  • is the conduct of an assessment to confirm competency.

APSI has developed a process that promotes holistic and task-based assessment. It focuses on relating assessment activities to actual job tasks. The intention of this model is to streamline and simplify the process of recognising competency.

Prior to RPL, information is provided to the candidate on the assessment process. Specific advice is given to each candidate on how they can demonstrate their competence and what documentary evidence is required to support their application. Each industry has unique documents that can provide evidence of experience and competence.

The candidate is required to provide adequate information prior to, throughout and after a training and assessment experience. The assessor, in this process, needs to be fully aware of the needs of the candidate and help them identify relevant workplace personnel who can confirm the candidate’s competency.

The focus of the APSI streamlined holistic assessment process is to focus on demonstrated skills and knowledge and not to rely purely on documentary evidence as the main source of evidence.

Some examples of documentary evidence that can support the process include:

  • licences such as First Aid, RSA
  • CV or work history with details of job role and responsibilities
  • previous qualifications from overseas and Australia
  • certificates and records of results or assessments completed with other RTO’s
  • photographs of work undertaken
  • samples of related project work
  • diaries of tasks performed
  • task sheets/job sheets/logbooks
  • site training records
  • pay slips / employment contracts / job descriptions
  • memberships of relevant professional associations
  • references/letters/third party reports from previous employers/supervisors
  • industry awards
  • performance appraisals

An RPL application kit can be obtained here.

This program is nationally recognised under the Australian Qualification Framework (AQF) at Advanced Diploma level. As a registered training organisation, qualifications issued by APS Institute are nationally recognised. If all units of competency are not achieved a Statement of Attainment will be issued for the units that have been successfully completed.
APSI has a direct pathway to Edith Cowan University (ECU), which enables students to fast track their university degrees. Students who complete the Diploma of Business and who meet ECU admission requirements will be given advanced standing in Bachelor of Commerce with up to 120 credit points ( 1 year).
Employment Skills
This qualification prepares a person to select, adapt and transfer skills to a new environment and to provide technical advice and some leadership in resolution of specific problems. This would be applied across a range of roles in a variety of contexts with some complexity in the extent and choice of options available. (Source: AQF Implementation Handbook 2007)
Location of Delivery
Face to Face Classroom Teaching – Wellington Fair, 40 Lord Street, East Perth, WA 6004 Western Australia

Workplace Training – at the workplace approved by Australian Professional Skills Institute workplace assessor


The information contained on this website is current at the time of publishing. Australian Professional Skills Institute reserves the right to change the admission requirements, fees, location of delivery and units of competency whenever necessary. Please contact us for the most current information.

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