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Diploma of Construction Management

Take the next step in your career.

Why study construction management?

You’ve built a rewarding career in construction, now level up and take the next step with the Diploma of Construction Management. If you’re ready to get off the tools and hit the books, this practical two-year, part-time university qualification is for you. Learn the skills to take on roles like site supervisor, contract administrator, project management associate and estimating associate.

This course will teach you how to:

  • effectively manage teams
  • communicate clearly with a range of people working in building and construction
  • understand and comply with legislation and codes
  • manage project costs
  • understand contract requirements
  • be proactive with workplace health and safety.

Be future ready by learning how to adapt to industry changes, new materials, processes and standards, and more detailed documentation of day-to-day decisions. This hands-on diploma is about learning through projects and includes an industry project negotiated between you, your employer and the University. In this course you’ll develop the skills and knowledge to show your employer when you're ready for a promotion.

Funding assistance from the Tasmanian Building and Construction Industry Training Board (TBCITB) is available for eligible building and construction practitioners and their employees. Contact the TBCITB for details


One year full-time or two years part-time


Online and face-to-face (tutorials and workshops)


Cradle Coast campus
Newnham campus
Sandy Bay campus
Online (2020 intake)


Semester 1, 2021

Fred Lijauco

"The Diploma of Construction Management addresses the gap in leadership and project management skills that construction businesses are experiencing."

- Fred Lijauco, Workforce and Development Manager, Tasmanian Building and Construction Industry Training Board.

Career Options

  • Site Supervisor
  • Contract Administrator
  • Project Management Associate
  • Estimating Associate

Program structure

The Diploma involves 8 units over 1 year of full-time study or 2 years of part-time study, delivered on campus in Launceston, Hobart and the Cradle Coast. We offer evening tutorials to accommodate those already working full-time or part-time.The diploma qualification requires the successful completion of 6 core units and 2 elective units.

Topics include:

  • Workplace relations and communication
  • Legislation and standards in construction
  • Workplace project
  • Cost planning
  • Construction contracts
  • Construction project management

For more detailed information, please visit the Course and Unit Handbook.

Extend your study into an associate degree

Students who complete the Diploma of Construction (Z1X) management will be eligible to receive minimum credit of 25 credit points towards the Associate Degree in Applied Business.

Yes. Bachelor degrees traditionally have a duration of three of more years, while an Associate Degree can take as little as two years when studied full time.

Our University College Associate Degrees have been uniquely designed to place equal emphasis on theory and practice. This is done by offering both discipline specific subjects and hands-on learning subjects (Practice and Portfolio) throughout your Associate Degree. By doing so, you graduate job ready with a firm understanding of how to apply the theory you have learnt.

The Associate Degrees are studied during the traditional university Semester study periods.

The new Associate Degrees are a formal qualification in their own right, offering pathways to new career opportunities or upskilling in a current career. These Associate Degrees also offer formal articulation pathways into specified bachelor degrees should you wish to continue studying.

Our Associate Degrees are likely to appeal to a wide range of people, including:

  • School leavers who achieve a TCE (or ATAR) but who are not eligible/prepared/interested in studying a bachelor degree;
  • students who want to gain skills and knowledge to start a career;
  • students interested in learning about innovation and future jobs;
  • students with industry/professional experience who would like to gain some academic credentials; and
  • non-school leaver and mature-age students seeking academic credentials and career advancement.

Our Associate Degrees are offered via a combination of face-to-face (workshops, tutorials etc.) and online study. The online component of our Associate Degrees are offered on each of the University of Tasmania campuses at Newnham, Sandy Bay and Cradle Coast.

No. For all University College units, assessments are built into the course content throughout the semester. If you undertake units from other parts of the University, you may be required to sit some exams. For more detailed information, please visit the Course and Unit Search.

If you successfully complete the first year of your Associate Degree and decide you no longer wish to study, you can graduate out of the course with a Diploma qualification.

Throughout your Associate Degree you will be exposed to a range of hands-on learning experiences such as live case studies, real-world business examples, industry speakers, job-focused programs, industry workshops, projects and internships.

By successfully completing one of our Associate Degree courses, you may be eligible to receive credit towards a relevant Bachelor degree offered by the University of Tasmania. Some of our Associate Degrees have specific credit pathways into a Bachelor degree, where you can receive up to 2 years full credit towards a specified Bachelor degree. For those Associate Degrees that do not have a specified credit pathway, or if you are wanting to receive credit into a different Bachelor degree than the one specified, you may receive some credit, subject to the College’s discretion.