Graduate Certificate in Disaster Preparedness and Reconstruction

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Overview

The frequency of disaster events is being observed to be increasing in the recent years. Whatever the cause or reasoning these events undoubtedly leave communities in distress. Preparing for and rebuilding from disaster events, with a strategically devised short and long term plans, requires good disaster project management knowledge and skills.

Throughout this program you will develop unique project management skills that can be applied in the context of disaster prepardness or recovery and educates you to be valuable to government, non-government and private contracting organisations. As one of the only universities to offer this specialised project management post graduate program, the University of Newcastle educates you to be immediately valuable to state and federal government, non-governmental organisations involved in disaster relief, and private contracting organisations seeking to be involved in post disaster redevelopment.

Our advanced online learning system provides you with the flexibility and support to study anytime, anywhere to balance work, life and study. You can achieve your Graduate Certificate in Disaster Preparedness and Reconstruction at a time that suits you.

Explore this page and find out if the Graduate Certificate in Disaster Preparedness and Reconstruction is for you, what you will study and the career opportunities it can provide you.

Is it for you?

Hazards, natural or man-made, can create disaster events that leave communities in distress. Preparing for disasters require multiple stakeholder engagement and effective management of the goals. Lack of management skills in the context preparing for and responding to disaster situations could lead to inefficient or ineffective outcomes. Moreover, following disaster events, in some cases the immediate pressures takes precedence without regard for medium and long term consequences , impacting the communities. The pressure to urgently address complex, difficult decisions can result in reactive outcomes that may increase long term vulnerability of affected populations.  Preparing for and rebuilding from disaster events takes a certain type of person with the disaster project management skills.

Throughout the Graduate Certificate you will learn disaster theory and practice of disaster management and the principles of project management, including effective  planning, organisation and resource management in the context of disaster management.

If you perform well under pressure and would gain satisfaction from playing a key role in rebuilding communities after traumatic disasters, then the Graduate Certificate in Disaster Preparedness and Reconstruction could be for you.

To find out more about what you will study, visit the 'study' tab.

Study

The Graduate Certificate in Disaster Preparedness and Reconstruction has been developed by professionals who have firsthand experience working in disaster situations. The management of situations resulting from disasters requires diverse knowledge, skills and approaches but it will essentially draw on fundamental disaster and project management theories and practices. Project management following a disaster events requires a certain level of sensitivity that is unique to the circumstances. There is also a level of social responsibility and ethical decision making required.

The course is comprised of two core courses and one elective:

  • Theory and Practice of Disaster Management
  • Post-disaster Project Management
  • Two electives

You can also choose two electives from an comprehensive list of directed courses that focus on construction project management, business management, environmental management and social change and capacity building.

Throughout the Graduate Certificate you will learn to apply traditional project management theories and practices in context of short and long term disaster management.

For a more comprehensive qualification, you should consider the Master of Disaster Preparedness and Reconstruction

To find out more about where the Graduate Certificate in Disaster Preparedness and Reconstruction can lead you, visit the 'Careers' tab.

Careers

With a Graduate Certificate in Disaster Preparedness and Reconstruction you will have project management skills to be applied in the context of disaster management. As one of the only universities to offer this disaster management qualitcation encompasig managing disaster projects in the context of prepardenss and reconstruciton , the University of Newcastle’s program prepares you to be valuable member of the disastre management professional enviroment.

This could include:

  • Local government bodies
  • Non-governmental organisations involved in disaster relief
  • Private contracting organisations seeking to be involved in post disaster redevelopment.

The Graduate Certificate in Disaster Preparedness and Reconstruction exposes students to the filed of Disaster Management and also create a pathway to the Masters in Disaster Preparedness and Reconstruction.

For more detailed information on eligibility, courses and requirements of the Graduate Certificate in Disaster Preparedness and Reconstruction visit the ‘Details’ tab.

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