Graduate Diploma of Bushfire Protection

Western Sydney University

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

This two-year part-time Graduate Diploma program provides students 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 emergency management and bushfire fighting techniques. Graduates will be able to provide advice on developments in bushfire prone areas, assess building designs against both the deemed-to-satisfy and performance requirements of the planning provisions, building code and standards. The course has been designed primarily as a Distance Learning course. However, select units (three 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. This course also sets a pathway for further learning at the Master level.

Designed for

Those involved in bushfire fighting activities and emergency services

Structure

120 credit points

Subjects

  • Bushfire protection
  • Disaster and emergency management
  • Fire technology and engineering principles

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 an AQF Diploma or higher in the 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 PLUS 4 years full-time equivalent professional and/or voluntary work experience in the relevant fields in industry, local government, or state fire services.

Recognition

Fire Protection Association Australia accreditation is currently being sought.

Study pathways

Students have the option of graduating with a Graduate Certificate in Bushfire Protection after completing 60 credit points- for Summer intake only.

Study information

Campus Fees Entry Mid year intake Attendance
Parramatta Domestic: $29,840
No information available No
  • Online/Off-campus : 2 years

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