Professional Certificate in Defence Industry Leadership

Make a strategic move in defence

Following significant federal investment, the South Australian defence industry is set to boom. Huge submarine construction and shipbuilding programs are in train. Workforces are growing. Demand for leadership skills rises by the day.

Whether you’re a defence technician keen to step up, or an outside professional looking to step in, our Professional Certificate in Defence Industry Leadership will prepare you to make your move.

What will you do?

Developed in consultation with the Defence Teaming Centre, this intensive program is delivered over ten months across a series of executive-style intensive sessions. Through contemporary blended and hands-on experiential learning, you will:

  • deeply understand complexity in the defence industry
  • gain proficiency in self-leadership, self-awareness and change management
  • learn to effectively manage multi-party collaboration
  • become comfortable applying adaptive leadership skills in challenging environments
  • understand networks in a defence industry context
  • enhance your academic literacy and research skills.

You’ll benefit from frequent industry visits; presentations from senior defence specialists; advanced simulation and guided experimentation exercises; and an immersive retreat in a key defence facility.

Where could it take you?

You could find yourself guiding critical Future Submarine system integration. You might help manage upgrades to the world-leading JORN over-the-horizon radar network. Perhaps you’ll lead a Triton unmanned aircraft sustainment team.

You could even springboard into further study—the Professional Certificate carries credit into our prestigious MBA.


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  • Strong links to industry leaders
  • Developed in consultation with Defence Training Centre
  • Executive-style intensive sessions

Entry Requirements

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Deferment Yes - 2 year
Intake Course dates are being finalised
Selection Criteria
Graduate entry

How to Apply

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Fees and Scholarships

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Indicative annual tuition fees
Australian Full-fee place: $12,000

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These scholarships, as well as many others funded by industry and non-profit organisations, are available to potential and currently enrolled students.

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Potential careers

Management Analyst, Manager / Business Management, Business Analyst, Business Development Manager, Business Management, Business Manager, Consultant, Project Development Manager, Project Manager

Degree Structure

The Professional Certificate in Defence Industry Leadership consists of two courses totalling 13.5 days over 10 months. The key topics for each course are:

Defence Industry Leadership I: Leading Oneself Defence Industry Leadership II: Leading Others
  • Leading oneself
  • Servant leadership
  • The Defence Industry context
  • Self-awareness
  • Emotional intelligence
  • Communication
  • Self-empowerment
  • Ethics
  • Neuroscience
  • Decision-making
  • Leading others
  • Aspects of adaptive leadership
  • The VUCA world
  • Understanding teams
  • Understanding people
  • Building and managing networks
  • Creating collaboration
  • Managing and leading change
  • Dealing with disruption
  • Integrative thinking

Example Study Plan

The Professional Certificate in Defence Industry Leadership consists of the following two courses:


Participants will be required to complete various subject assessments to graduate from the program. These are made up of a mix of individual and group tasks, including learnings journals, group projects, and a group concept paper.

While the program does allow some time to undertake the work required, you will need to allocate personal time to complete the assessments as well as the readings for each course.

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Last updated: Wednesday, 31 May 2023