BSB61218 - Advanced Diploma of Program Management


Face-to-face duration: 6 days
Qualification completion timeframe: 18 months
PDUs: 48

Course Objective

This qualification reflects the role of individuals who apply specialised knowledge and skills, together with experience in program management across a range of enterprise and industry contexts. It applies to individuals who are program managers, managing or directing a suite of projects (a program) to achieve organisational objectives.

Individuals at this level use initiative and judgement to direct, plan, and lead a range of program functions, with accountability for personal and team outcomes within broad parameters.

This course will provide students with a solid foundation across the program management discipline. The six-day training program is structured around developing cognitive and communication skills to identify, analyse and synthesise information from a variety of sources; transferring knowledge to others, and developing creative or conceptual skills to express ideas and perspectives or respond to complex problems.

Entry Requirements

To ensure an appropriate learning opportunity, students need to demonstrate a capacity to undertake study at an AQF 6 level which will be confirmed via a Language, Literacy and Numeracy assessment undertaken prior to enrolment or commencement.

Entry to this qualification is limited to those who:

Have completed a Diploma of Project Management qualification.


Have completed two years equivalent full-time relevant workplace experience at a significant level within a project or program environment within an enterprise.

Units of Competency

  1. AHCBUS607 - Implement a monitoring, evaluation and reporting program
  2. BSBINN601 - Lead and manage organisational change
  3. BSBPMG610 - Enable program execution
  4. BSBPMG621 - Facilitate stakeholder engagement
  5. BSBPMG622 - Implement program governance
  6. BSBPMG623 - Manage benefits
  7. BSBPMG624 - Engage in collaborative alliances
  8. BSBPMG615 - Manage program delivery
  9. BSBPMG616 - Manage program risk
  10. BSBPMG617 - Provide leadership for the program
  11. ICTICT602 - Develop contracts and manage contracted performance
  12. PSPMGT006 - Develop a business case


This course is targeted at those who are employed as:

  • program manager (generic)
  • program manager (industry specific)
  • program director
  • program executive
  • operations manager
  • program benefits manager/leader

Foundation Skills

Required Skills:

  • Reading: applies appropriate strategies to construct meaning from complex texts
  • Writing: develops and refines a range of project-related documents using appropriate format, vocabulary and structure
  • Oral communication: participates in a range of verbal exchanges using clear and detailed language to provide relevant information; and uses active listening and questioning techniques to confirm understanding
  • Literacy skills: to read, write and review a range of documentation appropriate to context
  • Numeracy skills: to interpret numerical information to determine program timelines and measure outcomes against program scope
  • Interaction with others: selects and uses appropriate conventions and protocols when communicating with relevant stakeholders to seek or share information, and negotiates agreement with diverse stakeholders
  • Navigate the world of work: contributes to the development of organisational policies and procedures
  • Get the work done: develops flexible plans for complex, high impact activities with strategic implications that involve a diverse range of stakeholders with potentially competing demands; and sequences and schedules complex activities, monitors implementation and manages program execution.

Audience Delivery Strategy

The course will be delivered over six (6) days in total, split between flexible sessions (for example two sessions of three days each) and will be facilitated by our experienced trainers.

Each session contains a student manual that includes a copy of all material presented, an assessment workbook for capturing initial notes and understanding formal assessments criteria, resource summary reading materials, and a copy of all the training packages.

Program Duration

We offer students up to 18 months to complete the Institute of Management BSB61218 - Advanced Diploma of Program Management qualification. The course can be completed earlier depending on experience and recognition of prior learning.

RPL and Credit Transfer

Institute of Management can formally recognise a student's existing level of skills and knowledge in two ways:

  • recognition of prior learning (RPL)
  • credit transfer

Learning outcomes

After completing this qualification candidates will be able to:

  • Understand the role of the program manager
  • Develop and document a program execution strategy, governance model and business case
  • Use evaluation skills to measure and assess program benefits performance
  • Implement a monitoring, evaluation and reporting program
  • Develop a change management project plan for the priority changes incorporating resource requirements, risk management and timelines
  • Demonstrate environment scanning techniques to identify opportunities for collaboration
  • Implement environment and performance evaluation skills to monitor and respond to changed circumstances
  • Respond effectively to risk within complex programs that are subject to unpredictable contextual pressures
  • Model leadership skills to lead a program, and embed confidence, trust, ethical and sustainable practices in an enterprise program
  • Analyse current and future contract requirements, and monitor resource use, cost efficiency and effectiveness against contractual obligations
  • Conduct market analysis, development and costing of options, and justification for a recommended business solution

Assessment requirements

The objective of the assessment process is to help students consolidate and build on the formal learning delivery of the Advanced Diploma of Program Management course, through the application of learning into their current or future work role.

These assessments are designed to cover a range of skills and knowledge required to demonstrate achievement of the course objectives. Our aim is to collect workplace documentation evidence for the management of program delivery, case studies or, where available, real situations in a variety of contexts and situations.

Requirements to receive the qualification

This course requires the completion of twelve (12) units of competency made up of 4 core units and 8 elective units, which contain the prescribed employability skills.

Employability skills

The following list is a summary of broad industry employability skills that the candidate will gain from completing this qualification:

  • Consulting and negotiating with stakeholders and others on developing a range of program management strategies
  • Delegating roles and responsibilities to team for the implementation of program plans
  • Assessing and managing risk within complex programs and environments
  • Planning and managing programs with respect to time, cost, quality, risk, resource and benefits management
  • Identifying and implementing contingency planning and integrating all program processes
  • Using discretion and judgement required within complex environments

Student Resources

Students will need to have:

  • access to a desktop computer or laptop and the internet
  • an active email account.

Program Outline

Session 1

Day One

  • Overview of program management processes and lifecycle
  • PSPMGT006 - Develop a business case
  • BSBPMG610 - Enable program execution

Day Two

  • BSBPMG623 - Manage benefits
  • BSBPMG615 - Manage program delivery

Day Three

  • BSBPMG622 - Implement program governance
  • BSBPMG617 - Provide leadership for the program
  • Assessment expectations between Session 1 and 2

Session 2

Day Four

  • AHCBUS607 - Implement a monitoring, evaluation and reporting program
  • BSBPMG621 - Facilitate stakeholder engagement

Day Five

  • BSBPMG616 - Manage program risk
  • BSBINN601 - Lead and manage organisational change

Day Six

  • ICTICT602 - Develop contracts and manage contracted performance
  • BSBPMG624 - Engage in collaborative alliances
  • Assessment expectations post Session 2


"The Student Manual is a logical, carefully thought through and well presented document. The face-to-face facilitators are helpful, patient, knowledgeable and passionate. Thank you for the time and effort that blueVisions have put into preparing and supporting this course."

David Thorpe iiNet Australia

"Your personal contribution to our training has been invaluable. Your infectious high spirits and genuine want for our success have shone through. I sincerely thank you for your efforts over the past two years."

Stephen Davies Group Manager, Construction Services Group, NSW

"Your course made me realise how irrelevant what I was learning through my university course actually was to my job. Due to this, I will be seeking to complete the remainder of the modules in this diploma through blueVisions."

Damien Bleeker Project Coordinator, Liverpool City Council, NSW

"Thank you for a wonderful course....This has been by far the best development course I've ever been a part of."

David Darcy LSPSPO - Defence Materiel Organisation

"Having sat in at various times in both courses, as well as being present for the final summary and feedback sessions I was really impressed with the positive feedback and outcomes. The blueVisions trainers did an awesome job and really motivated and inspired both groups. The level of the course was spot on for each group."

Brian Clarke Leadership Development Coordinator, Gasco