Are you currently working in a managerial role? Have you got to where you are today through years of diligence, dedication and hard labour? Did you develop your skills and expertise on-the-job, rather than through formal training or academic study? Ready to take the next step in your career and significantly improve your prospects in 2015?
If you have worked your way up the chain the unofficial way, but lack a qualification within the field of management, fear not. Whatever level you’re at, there are a wide range of nationally recognised qualifications available that can be achieved in just a few weeks without any classroom time. Knowing which one to pick can be tricky. It all depends on your individual situation: Why do you need a qualification in the first place?
It might be for one or more reasons. Perhaps you are looking for a similar role and want to be on top of your game by showing a prospective employer that you tick all the boxes; you’ve got solid work experience and recognisable credentials. Maybe you’re simply looking for a pay rise, promotion or extra responsibility. You have no intention of leaving your current job, but you want to prove your worth in an official capacity to your employer, so that he/she realises your full potential and can see that you’re an ambitious manager who’ll do whatever it takes to go far in the company. Initiative is an incredibly valuable asset, so getting qualified outside of work hours could really impress your employer and inspire further career advancement.
The job market is highly competitive in Australia and there is a growing demand for qualifications in every discipline. Management is no exception. With unemployment at an all-time high, satisfying employer requirements is of paramount importance, because if you don’t, someone else will.
Recent graduates are facing tough times indeed as most employers are demanding at least 1-2 years’ experience in addition to a relevant qualification. The argument of course is that how can you get some good work experience behind you if nobody is willing to hire without it? Luckily, this doesn’t apply to you, so you’re in a much better position than tons of others out there. Get the right qualification and you should already be ahead of the pack.
RPL and Skills Recognition
Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) is a simple assessment that has been endorsed by the Australian government since the 1990s. It allows you to match your existing skills, knowledge and experience against various units of competency that are required to complete accredited courses recognised under the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF). If you satisfy the demands of each unit within a course, why bother relearning what you already know? That’s why RPL is helping thousands of Australians to achieve their career goals without ever having to take a day off work, or spend hours studying in their spare time.
What’s the right qualification for me?
Get Qualified Australia, the country’s leading Skills Recognition and RPL specialists, offer a number of managerial and business qualifications, from certificate to advanced diploma level, which can all be achieved through demonstration of your current skill-set and prior work experience. Investigate the range of qualification options on offer from the list below, or take a free skills review and let an experienced RPL specialist do the hard work for you by advising a qualification that best suits your situation.
1. General Management
Two of the most popular management qualifications currently sought after in Australia are the Diploma of Management and Advanced Diploma of Management.
- Diploma of Management – This qualification reflects the required competencies you need to work as a Manager across any industry sector. There are 8 units in total, all of which are designated on an elective basis. Some of the topics covered include: customer service, financial management, information management, risk management, project management, human resource management and work health and safety.
- Advanced Diploma of Management – The advanced diploma is more specialised. It’s designed for senior management positions, such as Area Managers, Department Managers and Regional Managers. It addresses the role of strategic leadership within an organisation in addition to supervisory responsibilities. Non-elective units within this qualification include: managing organisational change, providing leadership and developing strategic plans.
2. Human Resources
The RPL qualifications available for those working in HR can be distinguished according to general experience in HR management or strategic HR management.
- Diploma of Human Resources Management – This covers the learning outcomes required to work as a HR Adviser, Change Manager, HR Consultant, HR Manager, or Senior HR Officer. Managing recruitment and staff induction, work health and safety policy, employee relations, people performance, payroll, remuneration and employee benefits are just some of the common topic areas that feature.
- Advanced Diploma of Management (Human Resources) – The advanced diploma typically requires extensive experience in a highly specialised or broad ranging HR field, working as a HR Director, HR Strategist or National/Regional/Global HR Manager. This qualification illustrates strategic, analytic, technical, leadership and managerial competency that would all be required to manage a large group, or the HR function of a company as a whole.
There are a variety of avenues to consider if you want to get qualified in the business world. Here’s a small taster of what’s on offer through Get Qualified Australia.
- Diploma of Business – If you have worked as an Executive Officer, Program Consultant or Program Coordinator, then this qualification could be ideal for your skill-set. The course is made up entirely of electives, from advertising, copywriting, marketing and e-business, to financial administration, general admin, IT, project management, risk management and HR.
- Advanced Diploma of Business – If you have worked for a considerable amount of time as a Senior Executive Officer or Administrator, the advanced diploma would be an excellent choice for your experience level.
- Diploma of Business Administration – This popular diploma recognises the all-round expertise required to manage the day-to-day running of a business, incorporating roles such as Office Manager or Administration Manager.
- Diploma of Customer Contact – Suitable for anyone working as a manager in a contact centre environment, this diploma is very useful because it formally acknowledges the central duties and tasks related to managing a multi-channel customer contact centre. These include: strategic decision making, setting targets and KPIs, organisational strategy, staff training and handling complaints (to name but a few).
- Diploma of Quality Auditing – Looking to expand your career as a Quality Assurance Manager, Facilitator, Improvement Consultant or System Support Analyst? The Diploma of Quality Auditing is a common qualification in the trade.
- Certificate IV in Small Business Management – Do you run a small business? Just some of the topics covered here encompass creative thinking, customer service, franchising, e-business, financial admin, international business, relationship management, research, micro-business management and marketing. Why not get the recognition you deserve?
- Certificate IV in Frontline Management – Are you a Coordinator, Leading Hand, Supervisor or Team Leader? It doesn’t matter what type of industry, if you work as the first line of contact in an organisation, you could be automatically entitled to this qualification.
If you’re serious about continuing your marketing career, a qualification will undoubtedly help you advance further and open up a range of exciting career possibilities.
- Diploma of Marketing – For Marketing Managers, this qualification is highly recommended. It covers all of the major duties applicable to the role, such as common marketing techniques (conducting market research, marketing audits, keeping up with marketing trends, etc.), along with advertising, budgeting, direct response, e-marketing, product promotion, event marketing, PR, business-to-business marketing, sales and copywriting.
- Advanced Diploma of Marketing – For Marketing Directors, Strategists and National/Regional/Global Marketing Managers, this specialist qualification covers all bases within the field of marketing. It recognises highly analytic, technical, creative, conceptual and managerial acumen.
5. Project Management
Project managers are in high demand across Australia, so if you’ve got the relevant skills, why not stand out from the crowd?
- Diploma of Project Management – Project Managers, Leaders, Contract Managers and Vendor Managers of all descriptions could avail of this diploma, which covers generic and industry-specific project management in a broad range of industries and environments.
- Advanced Diploma of Project Management – For experienced Branch/Section Leaders, or specialised Project Managers (in industries such as Construction or Healthcare), the advanced diploma brings it to the next level, with 9 non-elective or core units that must be satisfied in order to receive the qualification.
Fast-tracking your management career need not take years to accomplish. If you’ve got the skills, along with proven expertise in the field, why not get noticed the really fast way by gaining a nationally recognised qualification in just a few short weeks. Pick the right qualification for you, whether it’s general or specialised, and get the attention that you deserve from a current or future employer. Expanding your career horizons has never been easier than it is with RPL, which offers a practical and helpful solution for talented, hard-working individuals who might not have had the time or money to spend years at college.