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2012 Graduate Certificate in Infrastructure Asset Management(N5C)

Responsible faculty or institute:
Science, Engineering and Technology (principal)
Campus(es) Offered:
Course Duration: Minimum .5 yrs, Maximum 2 yrs.
Course Contact (faculty or school): School of Engineering (03) 6226 2135 or Dr David Lewis (03) 6226 2133 or email


The Centre for Pavement Engineering Education Inc. (CPEE) is an incorporated association established by Austroads (the National Association of State Road Authorities) and the Australian Asphalt Pavement Association (AAPA) in 1994. Since 1996 CPEE has offered postgraduate courses in pavement engineering jointly with Deakin and (2003) La Trobe universities and (2005) as a non self-accrediting higher education provider.

The Institute of Public Works Engineering Australia (IPWEA) is a professional organisation providing member services and advocacy for those involved in and delivering public works and engineering services to the community. Previously known as the Institute of Municipal Engineering Australia (IMEA), the organisation is now expanding its traditional local government engineering focus to public works and thereby covering all levels of government and private practice.

The Institute of Public Works Engineering Australia (IPWEA) supports the proposed course and has indicated it will commit to its development. IPWEA and CPEE have signed an agreement which outlines this commitment.

The link with IPWEA (the Institute of Public Works Engineers, Australia) will provide valuable exposure for the University. IPWEA represents engineers (mainly civil) working in local government throughout Australia and the International Infrastructure Management manual has been adopted in South Africa, U.K., U.S.A. and New Zealand. CPEE has links with the road industry within Australia and New Zealand as well as many overseas countries.

There are no other university courses dealing with Public Works Infrastructure Management. The proposed course complies with the requirements of the Australian Qualifications Framework for Graduate Certificates. The course is designed to provide "vocational skills and knowledge in a new professional area".

Admission & Prerequisites

Applicants for the Graduate Certificate in Infrastructure Asset Management must hold an undergraduate Bachelor level degree in a pavement engineering related discipline or equivalent. A student admitted in this category must complete satisfactorily 4 units to be eligible for the award Graduate Certificate in Infrastructure Asset Management.

An applicant with other relevant tertiary qualifications and relevant industry experience may be considered for entry to the Graduate Certificate in Infrastructure Asset Management.

Applicants apply directly to CPEE for admission. For further details about entry requirements and the application process, go to:

Course Objectives

Provide place bound engineering managers tools to manage the Nation's infrastructure, initially concentrating in pavement engineering.

Career Outcomes

The recent recognition of the long-term lifecycle costs associated with the operation, maintenance and renewal of physical assets has created the need for skills in the management of infrastructure networks such as roads, water supply, drainage and sewerage. State governments have legislation requiring local authorities to create and implement asset management plans for the physical infrastructure under their control. This will add to the demand for technical specialists with Infrastructure Asset Management qualifications. The demand for these skills is most significant in large local authorities where career opportunities now exist for specialist infrastructure asset managers.

Articulation to/from Course

Engineering Degree

As more units are developed a Graduate Diploma and a Masters in Infrastructure Asset Management is envisaged.

Professional Recognition

The course is supported by the Institute of Public Works Engineers Australia (IPWEA) which also gives professional recognition to the award. Through the foundation members of CPEE Austroads and the Australian Asphalt Pavement Association acceptance and support is widespread and of high standing.

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