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Professional Development Courses

Why choose to study a professional development course with Swinburne?

Swinburne has over 100 years of experience offering professional learning. We have always had a practical focus on equipping people for the workforce, and this hasn’t changed. We enjoy established industry relationships, have a 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 quite different. Our professional development courses are generally shorter in duration and you can start at any time that suits you.

A single unit 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?

One of the great benefits of online learning is that it’s completely online, self-paced and can be done in any location you like. You can set your own schedule and log in anywhere and anytime to complete your course.

How much does a professional development course cost?

Online course fees depend on the topic and are a very cost-effective way to learn. The best way to find the individual course fees is by selecting ‘Find Out More’ under each course.

Are these courses accredited?

Although professional development courses are not accredited by the Australian Qualification Framework, they are still highly valuable. All of our online short 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 so check the specific course for the expected length. Most of our online courses vary between 4–8 hours of learning. The great part of learning online is you can study at a pace that suits you. You have the power to choose whether you 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?

Just 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 a page where you can register and pay for the course. Just follow the easy prompts.

How do I pay?

Payment is easy. You can pay by credit card via our 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 online professional development courses.

What support is available?

Swinburne online professional development courses are powered by the GO1 learning platform.

Our GO1 24-hour Global Support Team are there to help you as you study. You get access to support 24/7 via chat. To get started, when you’re enrolled and logged in, you’ll see the blue chat box on the bottom right hand of your screen in the GO1 learning platform.