The ability to motivate and manage a workforce is beneficial in any industry. Transferable leadership, strategic and operational skills improve your promotion prospects and open doors to a range of career options. Recent events have proven that now, more than ever, expertise in navigating teams through major change and using innovation to overcome obstacles is highly sought after by employers.
Leadership and management have different but complimentary skillsets, working together to inspire, motivate and optimise employees to meet the strategic goals of an organisation. A Diploma of Leadership and Management is a nationally recognised qualification that can help you develop both.
What is a Diploma of Leadership and Management?
A Diploma of Leadership and Management (BSB51918) will teach you the skills required to excel as both a leader and a manager in any chosen field.
Through theoretical coursework you will learn how to:
Use emotional intelligence to communicate with team members, helping you to get the best out of staff and successfully resolve conflict
Develop and manage budgets and operational plans, while managing risk and improving processes
Support staff recruitment and manage people performance
Develop policy and procedure to facilitate continuous improvement
Your studies will also develop skills in self direction, discipline, critical thinking, communication, innovation and organisation.
If you have relevant experience or international qualifications in the field, you may be eligible for Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL). RPL is an assessment process that considers an individual’s relevant prior learning – through life experience, work, or activities such as volunteering, in Australia or overseas – to determine if they meet the requirements for a unit of study.
RTOs consider these existing skills and knowledge to assess whether a person demonstrates the required competencies needed to meet the relevant Australian standards. They can provide a credit against units of competency, allowing an individual to gain eligibility for a formal qualification or reduce the amount of time required to achieve a formal qualification.
Diploma of Leadership and Management job opportunities
Leadership and management qualifications can help you develop in your current employment and set you up for a range of career opportunities. You’ll be equipped to work in roles such as corporate services managers, middle managers, production manager and supervisors.
You can also further your studies with an Advanced Diploma of Leadership and Management, or direct degree articulation pathways in a Bachelor of Business, a Bachelor of Business (Management), Bachelor of Commerce (Major in Management) or a Bachelor of Management.
Where can you study a Diploma of Leadership and Management?
There is a range of different Registered Training Organisations (RTO) around the country that offer the course, studying a Diploma of Leadership and Management at TAFE is a popular option for many students. Many RTOs offer studies for Diploma of Leadership and Management online. Entry requirements differ amongst RTOs with some needing a English proficiency to a year 11 level or equivalent qualification at the Certificate III level or higher, or 3 years of work experience in a role that requires the use of written documentation and communication.
It’s recommended that you are experienced in leading or supervising teams, you’re comfortable working with others, you have strong interpersonal communication skills, and you’re confident with technology.