AIB’s online Graduate Certificate in Management (GCM) is an accredited postgraduate qualification. The Fast-Track GCM is highly recognized internationally, particularly for its graduate outcomes.

Delivered fully online, the Fast-Track GCM can be completed in as little as 4 months* and gives you practical skills for today’s business landscape. This program can be undertaken as standalone study, or as part of a fully-online MBA program.

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Why study our Graduate Certificate in Management?

  • Industry-focused practical learning for today’s business.
  • Gain strategic and leadership skills you can immediately apply.
  • Fully online, flexible and affordable.
  • Complete in as little as 4 months* with 11 start dates per year.
  • Accredited and highly regarded internationally.
  • Join over 16,000 students and alumni from 95 countries.

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Highly achievable

For over 35 years, we’ve successfully supported more than 12,600 business school graduates, including more than 5,900 GCM graduates.

5900+ GCM graduates

GCM GRADUATES

AIB has successfully supported more than 5,900 GCM graduates.

1500+ GCM students

GCM STUDENTS

Of AIB’s 5,000+ students, over 1,500 used the GCM as an entry point to the MBA. (AIB Data 2018)

I hadn’t studied for over 20 years; I hadn’t studied since I left school. With the help of the staff and the tools that are available online, I overcame that. I could study anywhere, anytime, without any problems.

Chris Lee
National Business & Reporting Analyst Qantas Ground Services

Why the Australian Institute of Business?

  • The Australian Institute of Business is Australia’s No.1 online MBA *, and has over 35 years of excellence in tertiary education.
  • AIB offers the full suite of post-graduate business degrees, including Master of Business Administration (MBA), Doctor of Business Administration (DBA) and the prestigious Doctor of Philosophy (PhD).
  • AIB’s programs are fully accredited in Australia, highly regarded internationally and industry aligned.
  • AIB has a global network of more than 16,000 students, alumni, academics and industry experts from 95 countries.
  • In 2016 AIB was recognized by LinkedIn as the third ‘Most Influential Education Brand’ in the world.
  • In 2022 AIB was awarded Tier 1 Global Status ranking 8th in Australia and 28th globally by CEO Magazine.

*Source: 2021 Higher Education Statistics, Australian Department of Education (provided March 2022).

Australian Institute of Business (AIB) is rated 4.4 out of 5 by 233 students and alumni.

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*Source: 2021 Higher Education Statistics, Australian Department of Education (provided March 2022)

 

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Study anywhere, anytime

Rather than expecting you to fit around us, we’ve found innovative ways to make our courses fit around you.

100% online learning

Our innovative Student Learning Portal is your ultimate digital resource for everything you’ll need to successfully complete your GCM online with the flexibility to access your learning materials, videos, podcasts and other multimedia. You’ll engage with fellow students and have key concepts explained by your Online Facilitators in webinars and forums.

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GCM PROGRAM STRUCTURE

GCM – The first stage of your MBA

The Graduate Certificate in Management (GCM) is an entry point and the first stage of the Fast-Track MBA

Programs

The Graduate Certificate in Management (GCM) comprises a total of four courses, which includes two core courses, Leadership and Strategic Management, and two elective courses.

Two GCM elective courses may be chosen from:

  • Marketing Management
  • Operations Management
  • Financial Management
  • Strategic Human Resource Management
  • Corporate Governance*
  • Project Management*

 

Leadership (First Subject)

The course provides a scholarly and in-depth knowledge of the dynamics of leadership and how it applies to contemporary leadership practice

On completion of this course participants should be able to:

  • Demonstrate advanced understanding of leadership theories, concepts and practice, including both traditional and contemporary forms of leadership.
  • Critically evaluate modes of leadership with consideration of ethical and socially responsible practice.
  • Effectively communicate and apply relevant leadership principles to address diverse needs of various stakeholders.
  • Develop a critically reflective leadership model for your own development.
Strategic Management

This course provides comprehensive knowledge of the strategic management process and gives exposure to the concepts and frameworks that are used in understanding a company’s competitive position in domestic and international markets, and the development of new strategies.

On completion of this course participants should be able to:

  • Demonstrate understanding of contemporary strategic management theory, concepts and principles.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of how strategy formulation and strategy implementation processes work in contemporary organisations.
  • Conduct an analysis of the internal and external environment of the selected organisational context, using appropriate strategic management theories and frameworks to inform future direction.
  • Critically evaluate different strategic alternatives and suggest an appropriate and ethical pathway for a business to build and sustain competitive advantage.
Marketing Management

This course discusses the importance and strategic role of marketing in today’s globalized and digital business environment. Students learn practical skills that impact on business growth, like how to analyse the market context in which a business or enterprise is operating, segment the market, select an appropriate target market and recommend strategic and tactical plans that co-create value for the selected target market.

On completion of this course participants should be able to:

  • Demonstrate an advanced understanding of contemporary marketing theory and practice.
  • Evaluate marketing concepts and organisational issues to make evidence-based decisions on creating value for customers.
  • Apply innovative marketing approaches, techniques, and ethical perspectives to recommend an evidence-based solution to the problem of capturing value from customers.
  • Communicate marketing knowledge, skills and ideas to others clearly, persuasively and credibly.
Operations Management

This course provides an in-depth knowledge of issues critical for the efficient and effective management of operations in service, public, manufacturing, not-for-profit, and other sectors.

On completion of this course participants should be able to:

  • Demonstrate advanced understanding of operations management principles, frameworks, and contemporary topics.
  • Critically analyse and evaluate operations management issues.
  • Clearly, concisely and credibly communicate operations management knowledge to others.
  • Apply relevant principles and frameworks to develop innovative and evidence-based solutions for complex operations management issues.
Financial Management

This course prepares students for effective financial management in organisations. At a foundational level, the subject introduces how a manager can interpret financial statements, identify trends and utilize financial tools and techniques to improve decision making, alongside non-financial considerations including ethics.

On completion of this course participants should be able to:

  • Demonstrate understanding of core contemporary financial management theory, techniques and practice.
  • Critically evaluate and effectively communicate recommendations to address financial management issues.
  • Apply financial management theory and techniques to professional practice in an ethical manner.
Strategic Human Resource Management

This course will prepare students for the continuously evolving nature of work in uncertain times and the challenges and opportunities that this presents for organisations in meeting the strategic needs of a diverse workforce.

On completion of this course participants should be able to:

  • Demonstrate advanced understanding of strategic human resource management theory and its application in practice.
  • Critically evaluate and recommend improvements to existing human resource management strategies.
  • Identify and evaluate different perspectives, value systems and contemporary trends and their impact on strategic HRM.
  • Design and effectively communicate an evidence based human resource management initiative with consideration to ethical concerns.
Corporate Governance*

This course examines the development, concepts, and significance of the concepts and practice of Corporate Governance, and organisational governance within the context of organisational capacity building.

Pre-requisites: Three AQF Level 8 courses must be completed before attempting Corporate Governance

On completion of this course participants should be able to:

  • Demonstrate advanced understanding of contemporary corporate governance theories, principles and regulatory frameworks.
  • Use corporate governance theories and frameworks to interpret the key corporate governance responsibility, structure and function in practice.
  • Critically evaluate corporate governance structure and practices with consideration of needs of various stakeholders, corporate ethics and social responsibility.
  • Effectively apply and communicate relevant theories and frameworks to ensure sound and ethical corporate governance decisions in practice.
Project Management*

This course provides the skills and knowledge required to successfully manage projects in service, public, not-for-profit, private and other sectors. The course covers various practical frameworks and emerging topics.

Pre-requisites: A minimum of three AQF level 8 courses which must include Operations Management must be completed before attempting Project Management.

On completion of this course participants should be able to:

  • Demonstrate advanced understanding of project management principles, frameworks, and contemporary topics.
  • Critically analyse, reflect on, and synthesis complex information, problems, principles and frameworks related to project management.
  • Research and apply relevant principles and frameworks to develop innovative, ethical, and evidence-based solutions for complex project management issues.
  • Clearly, concisely and credibly communicate project management knowledge to specialist and non-specialist audiences to inform practice.

*Only one of Strategic Management or Project Management may be chosen as part of the elective courses, both of these courses have prerequisites.

GCM Elective courses are also core courses in the Fast-Track MBA.

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Affordability that delivers what you need, not what you don’t.

AIB’s Graduate Certificate in Management is among the most affordable in Australia, without sacrificing the high quality of education. As an online provider, we don’t have the expense of maintaining campuses and lecture theaters, so you won’t pay for things you don’t need.

Instead, we invest in quality education and academic teams, student support services and innovative technological advancements to focus on delivering the highest quality of programs like the GCM.

Check our Tuition and Financing page for a comprehensive overview of the payment options available, the support you’ll receive and the tools and resources available to you as an AIB student.

 

HIGHLY ACCESSIBLE ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

Am I eligible?

To study the AIB Graduate Certificate in Management you only need to meet ONE of the following entry requirements:

Minimum 5 years’ experience

A minimum of five years’ relevant work experience, which includes at least three years’ management experience, or significant technical experience.

OR

An Advanced Diploma

An Advanced Diploma or Associate Degree (AQF Level 6) or learning equivalent to an AQF Level 6 qualification and at least three years’ relevant work experience.

OR

A Bachelor’s Degree

A Bachelor’s Degree (AQF Level 7) and at least two years’ relevant work experience.

OR

Minimum GMAT score of 550

Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) with a minimum score of 550 and at least three years’ relevant work experience.

ENGLISH REQUIREMENTS

In addition, students must have access to a computer that meets the following requirements.

Student Visa Holders

AIB is not a CRICOS-registered provider and is unable to enroll Student Visa holders.

HAVE YOU STARTED A POST-GRADUATE QUALIFICATION ELSEWHERE?

You may be able to transfer to the Fast-Track GCM, and may even be eligible for fee reductions.

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ACCREDITED & RECOGNIZED

AIB’s GCM is fully accredited by the Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency (TEQSA) within the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF), highly regarded internationally and catered specifically to working professionals. 

AIB’s graduates are seen by employers as valuable leaders that drive business growth.

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Here’s a snapshot of our range of memberships and listings:

  • International Association of Universities (IAU)
  • Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) International Quality Group
  • Australian Human Resource Institute (AHRI)
  • Independent Higher Education Australia (IHEA)

Recognized & Respected

Join a global business network

The Australian Institute of Business is a truly global community with over 16,000 students, alumni, academics and industry experts from over 95 countries.

Our students stand out

The best in ASX employ the best from AIB. Our alumni work for 65% of ASX 100 listed companies.

A rich history in education

AIB was Australia’s first private provider accredited to offer the full range of business degrees, including Master of Business Administration (MBA), Doctor of Business Administration (DBA) and the prestigious Doctor of Philosophy (PhD).

A trusted business school

The Australian Institute of Business was recognized in 2015 as ‘Australia’s Most Influential Brand’ on LinkedIn, and recognized in 2016 as the third ‘Most Influential Educational Brand’ in the world.

LEARN FROM LEADING INDUSTRY EXPERTS

AIB is partnering with a series of prominent organisations to strengthen our practical linkage for our valued student community.

Throughout the Graduate Certificate in Management, you’ll have exclusive access to videos of industry guest collaborators that bring theory to life, inspire innovation and accelerate your business performance.

AIB Partnerships

Chief Human Resources Officer, Audi Australia

Zena Boakes - Industry Guest Lecturer

Chief Financial Officer, Kyocera Document Solutions Australasia

Rohan Higgins - Industry Guest Lecturer

OUR STUDENTS ARE GLOBAL

Our graduates join an alumni community that today represents more than 95 countries

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  • Our Canadian students by province
  • 37% Alberta
  • 33% Ontario
  • 12% British Columbia
  • 6% Quebec
  • 4% Manitoba
  • 4% Saskatchewan
  • 4% Rest of Canada

GLOBAL NETWORK

Alumni

Join more than 16,000 students, alumni, academics and industry experts from 95 countries. As an AIB student you’ll have access to this rapidly growing global business network.

2021 the Fast-Track MBA Alumni Insights Report

GOT QUESTIONS ABOUT THE BENEFITS OF THE GCM?

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Interested in doing a full MBA?

The Graduate Certificate in Management is the perfect pathway to the Australian Institute of Business’s full Fast-Track MBA program.

Build upon the management skills you gain in the GCM with the in-depth and well-rounded business and leadership skills the Fast-Track MBA will give you.

You can also calculate what your salary could be after an MBA using our MBA ROI calculator.

**Only Direct-Entry applicants, who have attained an undergraduate degree, relevant 3 years’ work experience and are working part-time hours or less, are eligible to fast-track their studies by undertaking 2 courses concurrently , in any given term. Please refer to concurrent study eligibility criteria for further details.