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FAQs: Professional Development Courses

Why choose to study a professional development course with Swinburne?

Swinburne has over 100 years of experience offering hands-on, professional learning. We have established industry relationships, deep knowledge of the requirements of today’s workforce, and are experts in online learning.

How are professional development courses different to single units?

Both our single units and professional development courses are designed to increase your knowledge and build on your existing skill sets; however, they are also quite different. Our professional development courses tend to be significantly shorter in duration and you can start at any time that suits your needs.

A single unit, on the other hand, is a section of a more formal qualification – usually  an undergraduate degree program. If you enrol into a single unit, you will study in a structured trimester format, with teaching periods commencing March, July and November. When you successfully complete a single unit, you will be issued with a Swinburne University result statement. You may also obtain credit for units of study when enrolling into a full degree program.

Do I have to come on-campus?

No, your professional development course is online and self-paced. You will have access to the course content for six weeks. You can set your own schedule and log in anywhere, anytime to complete your course.

How much does a professional development course cost?

Course costs vary depending on the topic. You can find the individual course costs by selecting ‘Find Out More’ under each course.

Is this course accredited?

Professional development courses are not accredited by the Australian Qualification Framework. All the courses are developed and delivered by Swinburne, an accredited Australian university, and content is informed by our strong partnerships with industry experts.

Will I get a certificate?

Yes, you will get a Certificate of Completion from Swinburne University of Technology emailed to you immediately after you complete the course.

Will I get university credit?

No, our professional development courses are not credit bearing.

How long does it take?

Each professional development course is different; courses typically vary between 4–10 hours of learning. You have access to the content for a six-week period, which allows you to study at a pace that suits your lifestyle and other commitments. There’s no right way of completing – you can do a little bit at a time or complete it all in one sitting.

How do I know if I am eligible?

Professional development courses are available to anyone and are delivered in English.

What information do I need to provide to enrol?

You only need to provide your full name and email address.

How do I enrol?

Enrolling is quick and easy. Select ‘Find Out More’ under the course you’re interested in and you’ll be taken to more information about the course in the learning platform powered by GO1. You can register and pay for the course by following the easy prompts.

How do I pay?

Payment is easy. You can pay by credit card via the secure GO1 payment gateway. Payment is processed immediately and you can start your course straight away.

Can I get a refund?

No, refunds are not available for professional development courses.

What support is available?

Support is available via GO1’s 24-hour Global Support Team, available via chat. You can find the blue chat box on the bottom right hand of your screen in the GO1 learning platform.

Can I get a student card?

No, enrolling into a professional development course does not make you eligible for a Swinburne University student card.