Why study a Certificate of Communication with ECU Online?

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    Customise your study towards your career goals
    Build a graduate certificate that aligns with your career ambitions. Select from a variety of advanced and foundational units to enhance your communication skills in an area that interests you.
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    Designed by industry leaders
    Unlock course content that’s been developed by academics and nationally recognised industry experts in the field of communication. Benefit from ECU’s leading research that impacts policy and industry practice in social media and online communication, public relations, identity and cultural diversity.
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    People and purpose driven
    Purpose and two-way listening are at the heart of successful communications. Become equipped with a distinct set of techniques and strategies to innovate, influence and lead communication in your workplace. Apply social responsibility, inclusive communication, creative and business communication principles to gain a competitive edge in your career.
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    Flexible, online delivery with ready-to-apply skills
    Fit your study to your schedule with our 100% online, accelerated course, where you will focus on one unit at a time over each seven-week study period. Be supported and build connections through our immersive online learning system. Apply your learnings to your career immediately. 

Rankings and accreditations

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    2023 Good Universities Guide​
    ECU was rated five stars for Postgraduate Overall Experience.
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    QS World University Rankings Top 150 under 50
    ECU has been listed in the QS Top 150 under 50 rankings for 2020.
  • THE Impact Rankings logo
    2022 THE Young University Rankings
    ECU has again been ranked in the world's top 100 universities under 50 years old.​

What you will learn

Influence through effective strategy

  • Become a change agent in your workplace.
  • Acquire future-proof ethical and socially responsible digital communication techniques that can be immediately transferred to your career and future roles.
  • Explore creative communication skills that deliver campaign objectives in a way that is accessible, inclusive and relevant to professional audiences.

Future-focused, applied learning

  • Develop future-proof communication skills designed for the contemporary workforce.
  • Learn how to navigate, design and synthesise solutions to complex challenges in communication including digital media communication, issues management and reputation management.
  • Apply social responsibility and sustainability frameworks to effectively communicate and meet the needs of stakeholders. ​

Align communications with organisational goals

  • Whether working for yourself or as part of an organisation, build commercial acumen and develop your understanding of how to best use communication techniques as a tool to achieve organisational objectives.

What you will study

The online Graduate Certificate of Communication consists of three units. You can select any combination of units across Foundation or Advanced buckets.

Foundation units

Communication Techniques

Understand communication theories and skills that can be immediately applied to contemporary practice.

Strategic Communication

Explore key concepts, theories, and practices in the communication discipline, including stakeholder management, two-way communication and more to develop a situation analysis and strategic communication plan that analyses and responds to real-world issues.

Social and Digital Media Communication

Examine social and digital media theory and strategy in practice, including ethical and societal issues in social media.

Advanced units

Communication Campaigns

Gain experience in researching, developing, implementing, and evaluating a communication campaign, including setting goals and SMART objectives by using real-world scenarios.

Inclusive Communication

Explore the different spectrums of inclusiveness, accessibility and communication needs to identify strategic elements that lead to best practice inclusive communication.

Ethical and Responsible Communication

Uncover the key Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) issues that organisations are facing today and learn how to respond to these issues by implementing best practice ethical and responsible communication.

Issues Management and Crisis Communication

Employ real-world case studies to demonstrate the differences between an organisational issue and a crisis. Learn how to apply reputation management strategies to a range of scenarios.

Creative Communication

Explore what it is to be creative by developing a communication portfolio of creative works in different mediums and formats, designed for both traditional and digital platforms.

The Business of Communication

Understand the political, social, and economic environments of business communication and how they operate today. Build commercial acumen skills that provide the means to lead improvements in communication quality and effectiveness and drive ROI.

Foundation units
  • Communication Techniques

Understand communication theories and skills that can be immediately applied to contemporary practice.

  • Strategic Communication

Explore key concepts, theories and practices in the communication discipline, including stakeholder management, two-way communication and more to develop a situation analysis and strategic communication plan that analyses and responds to real-world issues.

  • Social and Digital Media Communication

Examine social and digital media theory and strategy in practice, including ethical and societal issues in social media.

Foundation units duplicate
  • Communication Techniques

Understand communication theories and skills that can be immediately applied to contemporary practice.

  • Strategic Communication

Explore key concepts, theories and practices in the communication discipline, including stakeholder management, two-way communication and more to develop a situation analysis and strategic communication plan that analyses and responds to real-world issues.

  • Social and Digital Media Communication

Examine social and digital media theory and strategy in practice, including ethical and societal issues in social media.

Master of Project Management (Fast-Track)
  • Agile Projects
  • Project Cost Management
  • Program Management
  • Managing Change
  • Managing People and Organisations
  • Project Leadership
  • Project Integration and Procurement Management
  • Data Driven Managerial Decisions
  • Project Management Capstone

Career and salary outcomes

Upon successfully completing the Graduate Certificate of Communication, you will have the skills and knowledge to succeed in roles across a variety of industries. Here are some examples of the roles and their expected annual salary range in Australia. These roles include:

Entry criteria

Admission requirements

To gain entry to the Graduate Certificate of Communication, you will need:

  • A bachelor’s degree in any discipline; or
  • Equivalent prior learning, including at least five years of relevant professional experience.

If you would like more information, contact one of our Student Enrolment Advisors on 1300 707 760 or request a call-back

Meet your course coordinator

Catherine Archer

Dr Catherine Archer is a researcher and senior lecturer specialising in social media and strategic communication at Edith Cowan University. Her current research interests include social media, particularly related to families and health, with a complementary focus on social media influencer relations and ethics, and the blurring of lines between media, marketing, public relations, and communication. Catherine has won awards for her communication practice and teaching.

To find out more about our teaching team, download the course guide.

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Fees and FEE-HELP

The cost of our Graduate Certificate of Communication is $10,800* for all 3 units.

To assist with some or all of your tuition fees, FEE-HELP is available for eligible students. This government-supported loan scheme is designed to help eligible full-fee paying students pay their postgraduate tuition fees.

To find out if you are eligible for FEE-HELP, you can contact one of our Student Enrolment Advisors on 1300 707 760.

*2023 student fees are shown and are subject to change.