Graduate Certificate in Bushfire Protection

Western Sydney University

Type of institution: University/Higher Education Institution
Level: Postgraduate
CRICOS: 00917K; 02851G (WS, The College)

This one-year part-time Graduate Certificate program aims to provide professionals with a comprehensive understanding of the behaviour and danger of bushfires in relation to local vegetation, land management and weather conditions. Students will gain the knowledge of the relevant planning and building regulations, standards and fire fighting. Graduates will be able to provide advice on developments in bushfire prone areas, assess building designs against the deemed-to-satisfy provisions of the building code and standards. The course has been designed primarily as a Distance Learning course. However, select units (two in total) have intensive block style compulsory workshops that require students to attend. These workshops may include fieldwork, site visits or industry tours. Many of the other units have non-compulsory workshops and students are encouraged to attend the workshops to gain the benefit of the face to face interaction within the course. The course sets a pathway for further learning at Graduate Diploma and Masters levels.

Designed for

Those involved in bushfire fighting activities

Structure

60 credit points

Subjects

  • Behaviour and regulations
  • Building and planning in bushfire prone areas
  • Bushfire fighting
  • Planning and development control

Standard entry requirements

  • Undergraduate degree or higher, in bushfire protection, engineering, land surveying, building, building surveying, construction, planning, urban studies, architecture, landscape architecture, physical sciences, environmental studies, natural resource management, emergency management, land-use planning, local government or public sector management
  • Or a Diploma or higher in bushfire protection, engineering, land surveying, building, building surveying, construction, planning, urban studies, architecture, landscape architecture, physical sciences, environmental studies, natural resource management, emergency management, land-use planning, local government or public sector management and 2ys FTE professional and/or voluntary work experience in the relevant fields in industry, local government or state fire services
  • Or a Certificate III or higher in bushfire protection, engineering, land surveying, building, building surveying, construction, planning, urban studies, architecture, landscape architecture, physical sciences, environmental studies, natural resource management, emergency management, land-use planning, local government or public sector management or public safety (fire-fighting) and 5ys FTE professional and/or voluntary work experience in the relevant fields in industry, local government or state fire services
  • Or 3yrs FTE professional work experience as a member of a state (or territory) fire service or bushfire consultancy firm working in the area of bushfire assessments.

Recognition

Accreditation by Fire Protection Association Australia (FPAA) is currently being sought.

Study information

Campus Fees Entry Mid year intake Attendance
Parramatta Domestic: $22,380
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