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What will I learn?

This program is delivered through CIFAL Newcastle, a United Nations training centre with a focus on disaster resilience and sustainable development, which is hosted at the University of Newcastle. The United Nations has partnered with the University to develop the Graduate Certificate in Disaster Risk Reduction. The program provides graduates with the knowledge to manage the Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) process across all sectors of society.

If you work in a role that relates to risk assessment and management and business continuity, or if you are considering this as a career path, then the Graduate Certificate in Disaster Risk Reduction is relevant to you. All industries are impacted by disasters and must implement strategies to manage risk, speed up recovery and improve resilience. Even if you are experienced in this field, this program can increase your professional capacity in relation to the latest Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) practices.

What you will study

Students of the program engage fundamental disaster risk concepts, and receive training in the use of the most globally adopted DRR tools and protocols, some of these through direct engagement with UNITAR and UNISDR resources. UNISDR is the UN agency with responsibility to foster the change needed to meet the recommendations of the Sendai framework.

Core courses:

Theory and Practice of Disaster Management

Government Approaches to Disaster Risk Management

Private Sector Approaches to Disaster Risk Management

Professional Practice in Disaster Management

Career opportunities

The University of Newcastle has entered into a strategic relationship with UNITAR, and now hosts CIFAL Newcastle, an international training centre with a special focus on disaster risk reduction (DRR). As a result of this partnership, University of Newcastle graduates will be well positioned to move into organisations who require experts to specialise in, or have knowledge of DRR.

Government organisations, private enterprises, non-governmental organisations, and not-for-profit will all require such professionals, as the Sendai framework begins to generate changes in practice. Risk-related industries such as insurance, will also require a strong knowledge of DRR of their professionals.

This qualification has wide appeal, and is suitable for those pursuing a career where they are responsible for business continuity and human safety such as a:

  • risk manager
  • compliance officer
  • local government officer
  • WHS coordinator

Which department am I in?

Faculty of Engineering and Built Environment

CRICOS

090807D

Study options

Full Time (0.5 years)

Tuition fees
A$17,830.00 (US$ 13,245) per year
The University of Newcastle is pleased to announce a new Study from Home Fee Waiver for commencing international students who cannot study in Australia due to border closures. Do not delay your study plans – start studying online and complete your studies in Australia when borders open. For students who commence studies online and offshore, we are offering a discount of up to 20%.

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Start date

24 January 2022

Venue

University of Newcastle

Callaghan Campus,

University Drive,

CALLAGHAN,

New South Wales,

2308, NEWCASTLE, Australia

Online/Distance (0.5 years)

Tuition fees
A$17,830.00 (US$ 13,245) per year
The University of Newcastle is pleased to announce a new Study from Home Fee Waiver for commencing international students who cannot study in Australia due to border closures. Do not delay your study plans – start studying online and complete your studies in Australia when borders open. For students who commence studies online and offshore, we are offering a discount of up to 20%.

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Start date

24 January 2022

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Student must have completed Bachelor Degree (different discipline) or equivalent qualification. English language requirement: TOEFL paper-based test score of 550; TOEFL internet based score of 79; IELTS (Academic) score of 6.5; PTE GSE score of 58; Cambridge English: Advanced score of 58.

For international students

Students must have Associate Degree, Advanced Diploma, Bachelor Degree, Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate.

TOEFL paper-based test score of 550; TOEFL internet based score of 79; IELTS (Academic) score of 6.5; PTE GSE score of 58; Cambridge English: Advanced score of 58.

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.

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