Professional Certificate in Workplace Leadership

Where will this take me?


Research shows that undertaking leadership training early in an individual’s career can positively influence their leadership skills at every level of an organisation. We also know that management and leadership skills are most effectively learned through structured or formal programs, which integrate problem-based projects.

The Professional Certificate in Workplace Leadership analyses the factors that impact upon workplace leadership and prepares graduates to become effective leaders through self-reflection and creating an individual development plan. The integrated problem-based projects that are offered as part of this course align with investigations which indicate that management and leadership skills are most effectively learned through structured or formal programs. The research also suggests that undertaking leadership training in the early stages of career progression allows individuals to confidently seek and perform leadership roles and have a positive influence on their organisation.

Career outcomes

Contemporary workplaces have an operational need for managers and leaders who will be responsible for the day-to-day processes of an organisation and drive productivity and innovation. Leadership skills in all sectors is critical to the success of meeting organisational goals and creating a results-driven workplace.

There is a growing body of research that highlights the relationship between the quality of management, workplace practices and workplace leadership in improving workplace performance. Our graduates will become confident leaders who will play an important role in shaping organisations to meet current and future challenges. You will be ready to tackle all aspects of leadership from recruitment and performance management to strategic planning, to build and maintain dynamic workplace cultures. Graduates can expect promotional opportunities in senior roles across various sectors.


Claire Carton

Claire Carton is a managing partner at Griffin Legal in Canberra and loves online learning. Her expertise lies in commercial law – but she felt she needed a greater understanding of workplace leadership.

In 2016, she enrolled in and completed the online Professional Certificate in Workplace Leadership at the University of Melbourne as she was “hoping to gain new techniques and a great understanding of teams and workplaces.” She says she chose this particular course over others because it was being offered by a “reputable institution” and “it was online”.

No stranger to university life, with two undergraduate degrees and a graduate diploma already under her impressive belt, Claire says her favourite part of studying her fourth qualification online was that “it was easy to set up, easy to manage the tasks and plan ahead.”

Claire found, “The reading – while significant in volume – was always interesting and easy to locate, and the academic staff were easy to talk to.” She adds, “The discussion groups were great – it was easier to post your thoughts than participate in a face to face tutorial.”

The high-achieving mother of four found online learning allowed her to juggle managing a law firm and motherhood with relative ease.

It was fantastic. I have a business to run and four primary school-aged children. It meant I could study when I wanted, and still focus on my family and work.

In addition to the learning, Claire was able to forge professional connections. She says, “I thoroughly enjoyed meeting another Canberran undertaking the course at the same time. We worked together for team tasks and I had someone to call to discuss course topics.”

Since graduating, the 2012 Young Business Woman of the Year winner (ACT Chamber of Women in Business) says she now understands “how to plan out teams, what leadership style I want to achieve and how to create a collaborative working environment.”

Last year Claire was a finalist for the Lawyer’s Weekly Commercial Partner of the Year Award. Her advice for anyone thinking about enrolling in the Professional Certificate in Workplace Leadership is simple, “Do it. You won’t regret it, and your team will thank you.”