GC165 - Graduate Certificate in Transport Safety Investigation

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Plan: GC165 - Graduate Certificate in Transport Safety Investigation
Campus: City Campus


Program details
Purpose of the Program
Articulation and pathways
Entrance requirements
External accreditation and industry links
Student expenses and charges in addition to fees
Library, IT and specialist resources

Program details

Award title: Graduate Certificate in Transport Safety Investigation
Award abbreviation: GradCertTransSafeInvest
Total credit points: 48
Career: PGRD
Duration: 0.5 years full-time or part time equivalent
Location: City Campus
Owning school: Engineering (172H)
Owning school URL: www.rmit.edu.au/about/schools-colleges/engineering
ASCED code: 031505
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Purpose of the Program

Accident investigation is a systematic process whereby safety deficiencies are identified, and adequate recommendations are put in place with an aim to prevent incidents and accidents in transport systems. Accidents are often a consequence of a combination of diverse contributory factors in the context of complex systems. The investigation process requires highly experienced professionals with a good balance of both technical and managerial skills. This is a specialist area which enables professionals working on transport safety related roles across the transport sector to plan, manage and participate in the accident investigation process of air, rail and marine vehicles and associated systems. The skills and competencies provided by this program are relevant to a broad range of professionals across the transport sector, including operators, regulators and infrastructure managers.

In the Graduate Certificate in Transport Safety Investigation program, you will have the opportunity to explore a range of topics which are key to the role of an accident investigator, enabling you to participate in the main phases of an investigation, namely evidence collection, evidence examination and the analysis and elaboration of a final report. The objectives of this program are to give you the fundamental knowledge required to conduct or manage a transport accident investigation. Upon completion of this program you will be able to:

  • analyse complex technical and managerial assets in a transport system environment, and develop solutions resorting to multidisciplinary technical and scientific knowledge to ensure problem-free operations;
  • find tailor-made solutions from an array of possibilities through systematic problem solving and technological systems design methodologies operating in the transport industry;
  • communicate with a wide range of key industry stakeholders in professional and effective manner;
  • build, lead and work with teams with trust and respect;
  • achieve results in an industry characterised by a high level of regulations and complexity of operational scenarios with fast-paced evolution of associated technologies.

This program will be delivered face-to-face at the Melbourne city campus. Some laboratory activities may require travel to Bundoora campus.

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Articulation and pathways

Information is available on the RMIT University website about how to apply for Credit Transfer or Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) http://www.rmit.edu.au/students/enrolment/credit.

Upon successful completion of the Graduate Certificate in Transport Safety investigation you may be eligible to undertake further studies in related programs at RMIT University subject to each program’s entry requirements. More specifically, you may be eligible to undertake further studies in Postgraduate Research Programs

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Entrance requirements

Program Entry Requirements

Successfully completion of a Bachelor degree (AQF level 7 or 8) in a relevant field, such as Aerospace/Aeronautical Engineering, Aviation, Mechanical/Automotive Engineering, Naval Engineering or cognate areas,


3 years of relevant work experience*, including at least one year at manager level (or equivalent),


5 years of relevant work experience in the transport sector (aviation, road or maritime).

*Relevant work experience is considered to be in role as related with Accident Investigation and/or Safety Management Systems. In some cases, it is required that work experience is at manager level. Applicants applying on the basis of any work experience must provide a detailed CV/resume outlining roles, responsibilities, and length of time in relevant role. The number of years of work experience are considered in terms of full-time equivalence.

English Language Requirements

International applicants: A minimum IELTS (Academic module) overall score of 6.5, with no band below 6.0, or equivalent.
For equivalents to English entry requirements, see the English equivalents web page.


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External accreditation and industry links

External Accreditation

The Graduate Certificate in Transport Safety investigation is not accredited.

Industry Links

This program was developed in close collaboration with the Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) to address a gap concerning the training of highly specialised professionals in the area of Accident Investigation in the aviation, rail and marine sectors. Further to the advisory role during the development of the program structure and corresponding course material, the ATSB also makes available subject matter experts and provide access to other resources during the delivery of the program to contribute to its continuous improvement. The ATSB has a representation in the Industry Advisory Committee and maintains regular research and teaching collaborations. Many of the staff teaching within the program are from local industry or have extensive previous industry experiences and well-developed contact networks, and many are currently engaged in industry funded research projects. These attributes, when integrated into teaching and courseware development, ensure that your learning experience is industry-relevant and work-integrated.   

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Student expenses and charges in addition to fees

Once you are enrolled as a student in this program you will need to allow for expenses other than university tuition fees.  Additional expenses may relate to the purchase of lecture notes, textbooks, stationery, consumables such as printer paper, fees levied by commercial internet service providers for internet access outside of the university campus, and other relevant costs.

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Library, IT and specialist resources

Library resources and services

As a student enrolled in a program at RMIT University you can access the extensive services, facilities and study space provided by the Library. You can access books, journals and other course related materials, such as DVDs, past exams, newspapers and e-books. Through our document delivery service you can also request items from any library in the world.

Computers for study are available at every Library site, where you can access the Internet, myRMIT (www.rmit.edu.au/myrmit) or Library e-resources. If you have a laptop you can access the RMIT University
wireless network in the Library.

Library staff can show you how to find information for your assignments or you can work through web-based tutorials or use our online Ask a Librarian service.

The Library is continually expanding our electronic collections to make it easier for you to get the information you need when you need it. All RMIT University students have unlimited access to quality electronic resources
such as, e-books, e-journals and newspapers. You can find more information on Library resources and services at: http://www.rmit.edu.au/library.

Online learning tools and content

You can access online learning tools and content for your program and associated courses at myRMIT: www.rmit.edu.au/myrmit.

Services available to you as a student at RMIT University

RMIT University provides a wide range of resources and opportunities to assist your learning and wellbeing so you can achieve your study and career goals.

Services are available face to face and online assisting with:

  • transition to tertiary study and learning
  • study skills, academic skills including literacy, mathematics and basic sciences if relevant
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  • career development and employment
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  • opportunities for scholarships, leadership and study abroad
  • opportunities for participating in arts, sport, recreation, fitness activities as well as student activism and university governance.

We also offer a friendly and supportive environment for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students.

You can find more information at: www.rmit.edu.au/students.

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