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1 year/s

This program is delivered over a period of 18 months. The length of time to complete this qualification will depend on the location, study mode and selected units.

* - Student Visa holders must study internally full time


Waterfront Darwin, Online
Not available to international students.

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This qualification reflects the role of individuals working in a variety of roles within the human resources sector. The job roles that relate to this qualification may include Human Resources Consultant, Human Resources Advisor and Human Resources Business Partner.

Responsibilities are likely to be determined at a workplace level. Some smaller organisations may require employees to work across all aspects of human resources. In larger organisations, individuals may coordinate a single human resources function.

Career opportunities

Occupations relevant to this qualification in industry sectors such as Financial Services, Community Services, Advertising and Marketing, Education Administration, Business Administration, Retail Services, Public Administration include:
>Human Resources Manager
>Human Resources Consultant
>Senior Human Resources Officer
>Human Resources Advisor

Credit transfers and advanced standing

Skill recognition

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)

RPL is the acknowledgement of a person's skills and knowledge acquired through previous training, work or life experience, which may be used to grant status or credit in a subject regardless of how and where they were attained, including overseas.

This can include skills from:

  • Previous study excluding courses at another VET/TAFE institution, but including courses at school or college, through adult education classes or training programs at work;
  • Work experience (including both work that is paid and unpaid); and/or
  • Life experience (for example leisure pursuits or voluntary work).

RPL is a form of assessment. It is used to determine whether a person has acquired, through formal or informal learning, the skills and experience consistent with the stated competency standards that comprise a qualification. RPL is not time referenced, so there are no parameters on how or when the skills are acquired. However, the skills that have been acquired through life experience etc., must be current and must match the elements and performance criteria contained in the individual unit.

Students seeking RPL need to indicate this on their enrolment form at the time of enrolment.

For further information please refer to the Applicant's Guide to the Recognition of Prior Learning or contact Student Central on 1800 061 963 (free call) or email

Credit Transfer

Charles Darwin University as a Registered Training Organisation recognises the Australian Qualifications Framework qualifications and Statement of Attainments issued by any other Australian Registered Training Organisation.

Students are encouraged to submit any requests for credit from previous studies at the time of enrolment, to ensure they are not enrolling in units they may not need to undertake.

In order to apply for exemption/credit transfer from units completed at another training organisation, you will need to complete an Application for Exemption Form available from any campus, centre, or team, or a copy of the form can be obtained from the web.

Your completed Application for Exemption form together with attached documentary evidence (certified copy of Qualification/Statement of Attainment) to support your request for exemption/credit transfer should be submitted directly to the University either in person or by mail. Requests without documentary evidence will not be processed and will be returned to students. There are no fees attached to Credit Transfers.


VET to Higher Education Pathway Mapping for completed Awards in the same field or discipline.

Students who successfully complete VET qualifications at the Certificate IV level or above and subsequently enrol in a Bachelor degree in the same field or discipline, will receive advanced standing as detailed in the table below.

Completed Award Course Level
to a HE Award
Credit granted for a completed award in the same field
Certificate IV
3 year Bachelor award
up to 40 credit points
Certificate IV
4 year Bachelor award
up to 40 credit points
3 year Bachelor award
up to 80 credit points
4 year Bachelor award
up to 80 credit points
Advanced Diploma
3 year Bachelor award
up to 160 credit points
Advanced Diploma
4 year Bachelor award
up to 160 credit points
Associate Degree
3 year Bachelor award
up to 160 credit points
Associate Degree
4 year Bachelor award
up to 160 credit points

Further training pathways from BSB50320 Diploma Human Resource Management include but are not limited to, a VET Advanced Diploma qualification. On completion of this Diploma qualification, credit(s) may be available into Higher Education courses.


2022 Course fee for students who are eligible for an NT Government supported place is $2,880.00, and for students who are not eligible is $7,200.00.

VET student loans

Eligible students may access a VET Student Loan to pay for their course fees (up to capped amounts). The 2022 VET Student Loan schedule can be found here.
Determine your eligibility using the VET Student Loan Eligibility Tool on the myskills website.


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What will I study?

To achieve BSB50320 Diploma of Human Resource Management a total of TWELVE (12) units of competency must be completed comprising seven (7) core and five (5) elective units as detailed in the packaging rules and listed below.

Course structure

The total nominal hours for the sequence listed below is 720.

Code Module/Unit of Competency Hours
Core units of competency
BSBHRM521 Facilitate performance development processes 60
BSBHRM522 Manage employee and industrial relations 80
BSBHRM523 Coordinate the learning and development of teams and individuals 60
BSBHRM524 Coordinate workforce plan implementation 60
BSBHRM527 Coordinate human resource functions and processes 60
BSBOPS504 Manage business risk 60
BSBWHS411 Implement and monitor WHS policies, procedures and programs 50
  Total nominal hours for core units 430
Elective units of competency (Select 5)
Group A - Human Resources
BSBHRM528 Coordinate remuneration and employee benefits 60
BSBHRM529 Coordinate separation and termination processes 60
BSBHRM530 Coordinate rehabilitation and return to work programs 50
Group B - Transferable Skills
BSBPMG430 Undertake project work 60
BSBSTR503 Develop organisational policy 60
  Total nominal hours for elective units 290
  Total nominal hours for the qualification 720


Entry requirements

Admission criteria

CDU Domestic Entry Requirements

A pre-enrolment interview will be conducted, and your lecturer will determine whether a Language, Literacy and Numeracy (LLN) assessment is necessary to establish support requirements, or to meet eligibility requirements for VET Student Loans.

To ensure you have the right skills and support to succeed in your course, a Language, Literacy and Numeracy (LL&N) evaluation helps identify areas where you may need additional support to help you achieve your goals.

To gain entry into BSB50320 candidates are required to have completed the following:
Units (or equivalent competences)

  • BSBHRM411 Administer performance development processes (or equivalent predecessor units)
  • BSBHRM412 Support employee and industrial relations (or equivalent predecessor units)
  • BSBHRM415 Coordinate recruitment and onboarding (or equivalent predecessor units)
  • BSBHRM417 Support human resource functions and processes (or equivalent predecessor units)

Have two (2) years equivalent full-time relevant work experience

Essential requirements

English language requirements

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Course details


This is a current, nationally accredited qualification from the BSB Business Services Training Package.

Employability skills

Employability Skills are embedded in the training and assessment of national training package qualifications. Information on the Employability Skills relevant to your qualification can be obtained by visiting this website and keying in the national code for the qualification:

Location and study mode

Delivery at all locations is subject to sufficient demand and resources.

Locations: Waterfront Darwin, Online

Study Mode: On campus, Online, both

Subject to demand other locations and modes may become available throughout the year.

Additional information

Vocational Education & Training
Industry groups
Occupation types
Human Resource Adviser
Area of study
Business, Business and Retail Services

Contact details Phone: (08) 8946 7766 or 1800 061 963 (free call).

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