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Graduate Certificate of Cemetery Practice

  • Graduate Certificate

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.

Key details

Degree Type
Graduate Certificate
Course Code
A508
Intake Months
Jun, Oct

About this course

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.

Entry requirements

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

Deakin University offers admission to postgraduate courses through a number of Admission categories.

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

Career pathways

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 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)

Credit for prior study or work

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.

Graduate outcomes

Graduate satisfaction and employment outcomes for Business & Management courses at Deakin University.
83.6%
Overall satisfaction
81.2%
Skill scale
68.6%
Teaching scale
92.2%
Employed full-time
$105k
Average salary