Graduate Certificate in Community Planning and Development
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.
Academic entry requirement
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 entry requirements 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.
English language requirement
IELTS (Academic): minimum score of 6.5 with no individual band score less than 6.0.
TOEFL Paper-based Test: minimum score of 575 (minimum score of 5 in the Test of Written English).
TOEFL Internet-based Test: minimum score of 80 with minimum overall for SLR 18; W 22.
La Trobe Melbourne (ELICOS): Completion of the English for Further Studies Advanced Stage 6B at La Trobe Melbourne with minimum 60 per cent overall and 60 per cent in final exam. For more information please visit the La Trobe Melbourne website.
English as the language of instruction in tertiary studies may be accepted.
Please note: English as the language of instruction in previous study will not be accepted as a basis of admission (English)
for courses where the approved test score requirement is above an IELTS 6.5 with no band score lower than 6.0.
Pearson Test of English (Academic) (PTE): minimum score of 64 with no communicative skill score less than 59.
Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English (CAE): a grade of B or higher.
Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE): a grade of C or higher.
Or approved international equivalent.
After graduating, you may find employment in local, state and federal government, non-government organisations, research organisations and advocacy bodies. The private sector also provides opportunities 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.
Fees and costs
Annual tuition fee (A$)
Scholarships are available for both current and future students. Find out what La Trobe scholarship opportunities might be available to you.
How to apply
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:
CRICOS code: 064198G