Graduate Certificate of Cemetery Practice

Postgraduate coursework

The Graduate Certificate of Cemetery Practice offers business management professionals the opportunity to enhance their critical awareness and ability to deal sensitively with a range of issues around interment and grief.

Key facts

English language requirements

IELTS overall score of 6.5 (with no band score less than 6) or equivalent

Duration

0.5 year full-time or part-time equivalent

Campuses

Current Deakin Students

To access your official course details for the year you started your degree, please visit the handbook

Course information

This course has been co-designed with the cemetery and crematoria industry to fill a gap in knowledge and professional skills of current management staff. Unique in Australia and worldwide, this course offers business management professionals the opportunity to enhance their critical awareness and ability to deal sensitively with a range of issues around interment and grief in a multi-faith/multi-cultural context, while balancing a wide array of competing demands around management of physical environment, regulations, and heritage/historical value of cemeteries and crematoria.

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Course structure

To qualify for the Graduate Certificate of Cemetery Practice, a student must successfully complete 4 credit points of study comprising:

  • 3 credit points of core units
  • 1 credit point elective unit
  • Academic Integrity AAI018
  • Academic Integrity (0-credit-point compulsory unit)

Key information

Award granted
Graduate Certificate of Cemetery Practice
Year

2020 course information

Deakin code
A508
Level
Postgraduate (Graduate Certificate and Graduate Diploma)
Approval status

This course is approved by the University under the Higher Education Standards Framework.

Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) recognition

The award conferred upon completion is recognised in the Australian Qualifications Framework at Level 8.

Campuses by intake

Campus availability varies per trimester. This means that a course offered in Trimester 1 may not be offered in the same location for Trimester 2 or 3. Read more to learn where this course will be offered throughout the year.

Trimester 1 - March

  • Start date: March
  • Available at:
    • Cloud (online)

Trimester 2 - July

  • Start date: July
  • Available at:
    • Cloud (online)

Trimester 3 - November

  • Start date: November
  • Available at:
    • Cloud (online)

Additional course information

*Course duration - additional information

The course is designed to be taken part-time (i.e. one credit point unit per trimester) over four consecutive trimesters, however students may complete the course in less time by taking more than one unit per trimester in year one.

Course duration may be affected by delays in completing course requirements, such as accessing or completing work placements.

Assessment methods

Assessment will take place at the unit level and has been designed to ensure successful attainment of all Course Learning Outcomes and corresponding Deakin Graduate Learning Outcomes over the duration of the course. In particular, assessment of the core units focuses the application of skills and knowledge to produce work that reflects industry practices and standards.

Mandatory student checks

Any unit which contains work-integrated learning, a community placement or interaction with the community may require a police check, working with children check or other check. Refer to the relevant unit guide.

Participation requirements

Reasonable adjustments to participation and other course requirements will be made for students with a disability. Click here for more information.

Entry requirements

Entry information

Deakin University offers admission to postgraduate courses through a number of Admission categories. To be eligible for admission to this program, applicants must meet the course requirements.

All applicants must meet the minimum English language requirements.

Please note that meeting the minimum admission requirements does not guarantee selection, which is based on merit, likelihood of success and availability of places in the course.

For more information on the Admission Criteria and Selection (Higher Education Courses) Policy visit the Deakin Policy Library

Entry will be based on performance in:

  • Bachelor Degree or higher; OR
  • two years relevant work experience; OR
  • evidence of academic capability judged to be equivalent

IELTS / English language requirements

Please note that English language requirements exist for entry to this course and you will be required to meet the English language level requirement that is applicable in the year of your commencement of studies.

It is the students’ responsibility to ensure that she/he has the required IELTS score to register with any external accredited courses. (more details)

Recognition of prior learning

The University aims to provide students with as much credit as possible for approved prior study or informal learning which exceeds the normal entrance requirements for the course and is within the constraints of the course regulations. Students are required to complete a minimum of one-third of the course at Deakin University, or four credit points, whichever is the greater. In the case of certificates, including graduate certificates, a minimum of two credit points within the course must be completed at Deakin.

You can also refer to the Recognition of Prior Learning System which outlines the credit that may be granted towards a Deakin University degree and how to apply for credit.

Fees and scholarships

Fee information

Estimated tuition fee - full-fee paying place

Fees and charges vary depending on your course, your fee category and the year you started. To find out about the fees and charges that apply to you, visit www.deakin.edu.au/fees.

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Postgraduate bursary

If you’re a Deakin alumnus commencing a postgraduate award course, you may be eligible to receive a 15% reduction per unit on your enrolment fees. Your Immediate Family Members may also be eligible to apply for this bursary.

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How to apply

Apply through Deakin

Applications can be made directly to the University through StudyLink Connect - Deakin University's International Student Application Service. For information on the application process and closing dates, see the How to apply web page. Please note that closing dates may vary for individual courses.

Deakin International office or Deakin representative

Fill out the application form and submit to a Deakin International office or take your application form to a Deakin representative for assistance

Need more information on how to apply?

For information on the application process and closing dates, see the How to apply webpage
If you’re still having problems, please contact Deakin International for assistance.

Why choose Deakin

Career outcomes

The course has a highly practical focus, with multiple assessment tasks focused directly on building skills and strategies for enhancing the effective delivery of cemetery services. The course targets those already working in the cemetery and crematoria sector, who may come in with a background in business management, but require knowledge and skills in navigating complex religious and socio-cultural beliefs around interment and grieving, managing competing demands (such as heritage/history, environment and financial demands), and the ability to deal with grieving clients more sensitively.

Course learning outcomes

Deakin's graduate learning outcomes describe the knowledge and capabilities graduates can demonstrate at the completion of their course. These outcomes mean that regardless of the Deakin course you undertake, you can rest assured your degree will teach you the skills and professional attributes that employers value. They'll set you up to learn and work effectively in the future.

Deakin Graduate Learning Outcomes

Course Learning Outcomes

Discipline specific knowledge and capabilities

Apply complex knowledge of socio-cultural practices, bereavement and burial processes to sensitively provide appropriate cemetery services in a complex, multi-cultural, multi-faith contexts

Communication

Apply advanced communication skills to analyse, plan and implement appropriate cemetery services in complex, multi-cultural, multi-faith contexts

Digital literacy

Source relevant digital technologies to research, critically analyse, evaluate and communicate relevant information to diverse client groups

Critical thinking

Critically analyse contextual beliefs and information relating to interment, bereavement, heritage and physical environmental needs to plan, prioritise and evaluate the effective and sensitive operation of cemeteries and crematoria

Problem solving

Critically analyse available information on a range of complex beliefs and practices around interment and bereavement to generate realistic, sensitive and culturally acceptable solutions

Self-management

Act autonomously and exercise responsibility and accountability through continued commitment to learning, reflective practice and professional development in diverse cemetery contexts

Teamwork

Collaborate with diverse team members to effectively plan, implement and manage cemetery operations that recognise and support cultural and religious sensitivities around death and grieving

Global citizenship

Implement cultural and religious competence in planning and developing equitable access to appropriate cemetery and crematorium services for a range of diverse client groups from different cultures

Approved by Faculty Board July 2019

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