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What will I learn?

Planning is about shaping and working with cities, towns and rural areas to improve them physically, socially and economically.
If you do not have formal planning qualifications, the Graduate Certificate in Planning is designed to provide you with training in the discipline and create a pathway into the profession. It emphasises contemporary issues such as change facilitation, sustainable development, climate change, planning for healthy communities, children's environments, Indigenous communities and water management within the context of a changing society in both urban and rural areas.

The qualification awarded on graduation is recognised in the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) as Level 8 - Graduate Certificate.

Career outcomes

Graduates are likely to find employment in local, state and federal government, non-government organisations (NGOs), research organisations, and advocacy bodies; and in the private sector in roles such as community development and management, advocacy, research, public policy development, social and community planning, and as part of multidisciplinary teams in social and economic development projects in developed and developing countries.

The course is also designed to provide a pathway for employees without formal qualifications in planning who work in planning offices, and/or employees with qualifications in closely aligned fields who wish to enhance their career paths.

Accreditation, registration and/or membership details for this course may be found on the La Trobe University website.

Which department am I in?

Department of Arts and Humanities



Study options

Full Time (0.5 years)

Tuition fees
A$16,600.00 (US$ 10,847) per year

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

Application deadline

Expected July 2023

More details

Start date

27 February 2023


Bendigo Campus

Edwards Road,



3552, BENDIGO, Australia

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Successful completion of an Australian bachelor degree (or equivalent). GPA - grade point average (GPA) 60%. WAM - Weighted Average Mark (WAM) 60%. Australian Bachelor degree or equivalent. Applicants to the course require an Australian three-year undergraduate degree, or approved international equivalent, in the humanities and social sciences or cognate discipline.

For international students

Successful completion of an Australian bachelor degree (or equivalent).

Applicants who do not possess a degree but who produce evidence of equivalent academic ability and/or appropriate professional experience may be considered.

English language requirements

IELTS (Academic) score of 6.5 with no individual band score less than 6.0

TOEFL Internet based (iBT): overall score of 79 with 13 in Reading, 12 in Listening, 18 in Speaking and 21 in Writing.

Pearson Test of English (Academic) (PTE): overall score of 58 with no communicative skill score less than 50.

C1 Advanced: 176 with no less than 169 in any component.

C2 Proficiency: 176 with no less than 169 in any component.

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


About La Trobe University

Research carried out at La Trobe University is ranked among the top 1.4% in the world and the institute offers world-class facilities.

  • Professional teaching environments and links to industries
  • One-to-one support for international students on any issue
  • Career Ready team help students prepare post-graduation life
  • Melbourne is ranked as the fifth best student city in 2017

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