Changes to the Diploma of Management

Changes to Diploma of Management

Judith Kors

By: Judith Kors – July 2015

As many in the Learning and Development/RTO space would be aware, last year saw a long overdue overhauling of the ever-popular Diploma of Project Management with, among other things, a change from being a nine unit qualification to a twelve.

The latest qualification to get such an overhaul is the Diploma of Management, similarly going from an eight unit qualification to twelve units (four core and eight elective) and getting a name change to ‘Diploma of Leadership & Management’.

As the name suggests, the new format places greater (and, in our opinion, appropriate) emphasis on the leadership requirements of being a manager (what good is a manager who can’t lead effectively after all?) and makes several of the previously elective leadership units into core.

What are the repercussions for Diploma of Leadership and Management participants and their organisations we hear you ask?

Well, aside from the fairly obvious fact that a greater number of units of competency means more learning to be done and [almost certainly] a bit more cost for delivery, overwhelmingly the repercussions are positive as they will mean an increase in a manager’s ability to actually lead their team and increase engagement, productivity, and profits.

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The core (4) and elective (8) units are as follows:

Please note:

  • Four electives must be selected from Group A and up to four from Group A or B
  • Two electives may be selected from Diploma (or above) in the ‘Business Services Training Package’
  • One elective may be selected from any currently endorsed Diploma level accredited course or training package
  • Elective units must be relevant to the work environment and the qualification

Core Units

  • BSBLDR501 Develop and use emotional intelligence
  • BSBMGT517 Manage operational plan
  • BSBLDR502 Lead and manage effective workplace relationships
  • BSBWOR502 Lead and manage team effectiveness

Elective Units

Group A 

  • BSBCUS501 Manage quality customer service
  • BSBFIM501 Manage budgets and financial plans
  • BSBHRM405 Support the recruitment, selection and induction staff
  • BSBINN502 Build and sustain an innovative work environment
  • BSBIPR501 Manage intellectual property to protect and grow business
  • BSBLDR503 Communicate with influence
  • BSBLDR504 Manage diversity in the workplace
  • BSBMGT502 Manage people performance
  • BSBMGT516 Facilitate continuous improvement
  • BSBMGT518 Develop organisation policy
  • BSBMGT519 Incorporate digital solutions into plans and practices
  • BSBMGT520 Plan and manage the flexible workforce
  • BSBPMG522 Undertake project work
  • BSBRSK501 Manage risk
  • BSBWHS501 Ensure a safe workplace
  • BSBWOR501 Manage personal work priorities and professional development

Group B

  • BSBADM502 Manage meetings
  • BSBCOM503 Develop processes for the management of breaches in compliance requirements
  • BSBFRA502 Manage a franchise operation
  • BSBHRM511 Manage expatriate staff
  • BSBHRM512 Develop and manage performance-management processes
  • BSBHRM513 Manage workforce planning
  • BSBINM501 Manage an information or knowledge management system
  • BSBINN501 Establish systems that support innovation
  • BSBLED501 Develop a workplace learning environment
  • BSBMGT521 Plan, implement and review a quality assurance program
  • BSBMKG507 Interpret market trends and developments
  • BSBMKG512 Forecast international market and business needs
  • BSBREL502 Build international business networks
  • BSBSLS501 Develop a sales plan
  • BSBSLS502 Lead and manage a sales team
  • BSBSUS501 Develop workplace policy and procedures for sustainability
  • BSBWRK510 Manage employee relations

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