Graduate Certificate in Disaster Preparedness and Reconstruction

Learn specialist skills in disaster management & preparation

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 disastrous 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 take precedence without regard for medium and long term consequences that impact 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.

Career Pathways

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 qualification encompassing managing disaster projects in the context of prepardenss and reconstruction, the University of Newcastle’s program prepares you to be valuable member of the disaster 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 field of Disaster Management and also creates a pathway to the Master of Disaster Preparedness and Reconstruction.

Specialisations

The Graduate Certificate in Disaster Preparedness and Reconstruction has been developed by professionals who have first-hand 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 a comprehensive list of directed courses that focus on construction project management, business management, environmental management, 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

Get Started

Applying to the University of Newcastle has never been easier! For most programs, you can complete an easy, online application form. Applying only takes around 10 minutes, and there is no fee for direct applications. You can upload all of your certified supporting documentation online. Below is an overview of what is required. You should prepare any required documentation before commencing the online application. If you have questions about the application process or the requirements for your program, please contact us. When you are ready, begin your application. 

The University of Newcastle recognises the value of informal learning gained through professional experience. Admission to the Graduate Certificate in Disaster Preparedness and Reconstruction program is available to applicants who can demonstrate a suitable combination of education and/or work experience.

The table below outlines the  number of years experience required, depending on your previous educational qualifications.

 

Educational Qualification Number of years relevant industry experience
Associate Degree or Advanced Diploma (in a related field of study) Five
Associate Degree or Advance Diploma (in a non-related field of study) Ten
3 Year Bachelors (in a non-related field of study) Three
3 Year Bachelors (in a related field of study) Zero
Bachelor (Honours) Graduate Certificate or Graduate Diploma Zero

 

If you would like your professional qualifications and/or work experience to be considered, please provide certified copies of all relevant qualifications, a detailed CV, and a statement of service or signed letters from employers confirming your role, duties and period of employment.


Applicants should also provide a statement detailing how your professional experience prepares you to undertake postgraduate study.

PLEASE NOTE: All applications for recognition of prior learning based on experience and professional development will be assessed by the program convenor. The information outlined above is indicative only.

If you do not have a University of Newcastle Student Identification number, or wish to include details of studies completed at another institution, you may also be required to submit the following:

Identification Documents

If you do not already have a University of Newcastle Student Number, you must provide 100 points of ID.  You must supply either a copy of your passport, birth certificate or you citizenship certificate as part of your 100 points.

70 Points Passport
Birth Certificate (not extract)
Citizenship Certificate
40 Points Current Australian Drivers Licence
Student Identification card issued by an educational institution
Pension or Government Health Care Card or Public Service ID Card
Government Issued Licence (eg boat, pilot)
University staff photo identification card
35 Points Letter from a current employer * Must be on official company letterhead and contain both the employer and employee’s signatures and the name and address of the employee
25 Points Medicare card / Credit card
Financial institution cash card or passbook
Council rates notice
Electricity, gas or telephone bill
2 Tax assessment notice
Foreign Driver's Licence
Membership card (e.g. club, union, trade/professional body, library, video library)
Rental receipt or statement from landlord or real estate agent
Marriage certificate
Divorce decree
Name and address verified from electoral role
Deed Poll registered with the relevant authority

Citizenship and Visa Details

Applicants who were born overseas and are now residing in Australia will need to provide details of their citizenship, residency and visa details.

  • If you were born overseas and have gained Australian citizenship, you will need to provide a certified copy of your Australian passport or citizenship certificate.
  • If you were born overseas and currently hold an Australian visa, you need to confirm your details of your visa type/class, and provide a copy of your visa. Depending on how your visa was issued, you may provide a copy of the page from your passport showing the visa stamp, or a copy of the Department of Immigration confirmation of your electronic visa. If you do not have access to either of these documents, please include a copy of your passport.

Applicants who were born overseas and are now residing in Australia will need to provide details of their citizenship, residency and visa details.

  • If you were born overseas and have gained Australian citizenship, you will need to provide a certified copy of your Australian passport or citizenship certificate.
  • If you were born overseas and currently hold an Australian visa, you need to confirm your details of your visa type/class, and provide a copy of your visa. Depending on how your visa was issued, you may provide a copy of the page from your passport showing the visa stamp, or a copy of the Department of Immigration confirmation of your electronic visa. If you do not have access to either of these documents, please include a copy of your passport.

Educational Qualifications

If you are applying for admission on the basis of studies completed at an institution other than the University of Newcastle, you will need to provide certified copies of official transcripts.

For each qualification that you list on your application, you must provide a certified copy of your transcript.

Overseas educational qualifications will be assessed for equivalence according to standards provided by the National Office of Overseas Skills Recognition.

Evidence of English Proficiency

All applicants, whether domestic or international, for admission to any University of Newcastle program must provide evidence that their English language ability meets the minimum requirements for admission. Applicants should review the University of Newcastle English Proficiency Policy

Typically, applicants will provide certified copies of one of the following documents:

  • International English Language Testing System (IELTS) or Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) results.
  • Evidence of previous studies undertaken overseas in an English Speaking country
  • Evidence of previous studies undertaken in English in a non-English speaking country, and confirmation from institution that studies were conducted and examined solely in the English language.

If you are not able to provide these documents, please provide details of any employment undertaken in an English speaking environment. Your application will be reviewed and we contact you regarding your options for demonstrating English proficiency”.

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