La Trobe University

Graduate Certificate in Community Planning and Development


Start dates
Semester 1 and 2 (March and July) 2018
6 months full-time or part-time equivalent.
Fees and costs
$20,000 per 120 credit points.
Note: 120 credit points represents full-time study for one year.

Community planning and development is about shaping and working with cities, towns and rural areas to improve them physically, socially and economically. If you do not have formal planning qualifications, the Graduate Certificate in Community Planning and Development is designed to provide you with training in the discipline and create a pathway into the profession. It emphasises contemporary issues such as change facilitation, sustainable development, climate change, planning for healthy communities, children's environments, indigenous communities and water management within the context of a changing society in both urban and rural areas.

The qualification awarded on graduation is recognised in the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) as Level 8.

Entry requirements


An approved Bachelor's degree. Applicants who do not possess a degree but who produce evidence of equivalent academic ability and/or appropriate professional experience may be admitted at the discretion of the course coordinator.

NB: Meeting minimum prerequisites does not guarantee an offer of a place. Entry into all La Trobe courses is based on competitive selection and there may be limited places available.

Career outcomes

Graduates are likely to find employment in local, state and federal government, non-government organisations (NGOs), research organisations, and advocacy bodies; and in the private sector in roles such as community development and management, advocacy, research, public policy development, social and community planning, and as part of multidisciplinary teams in social and economic development projects in developed and developing countries. The course is also designed to provide a pathway for employees without formal qualifications in planning who work in planning offices, and/or employees with qualifications in closely-aligned fields who wish to enhance their career paths.

Fees and costs

Course fees

$20,000 per 120 credit points.
Note: 120 credit points represents full-time study for one year.


Scholarships are available for both current and future students. Find out what La Trobe scholarship opportunities might be available to you.

How to apply

Apply now to start in Semester 2, 2018.

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Additional information

Mid-year entry (July intake) is also available.

See Student Handbook for more details

The Handbook contains detailed course information designed for enrolled students, including course structures, electives and options. The delivery of this course can vary between campuses. For detailed information please select the relevant campus: