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Graduate Certificate in Water Planning

Building on the successful model developed for the IWC Master of Integrated Water Management, the Graduate Certificate in Water Planning has been designed in response to the urgent need to provide a quality higher education program for water managers that is skill-based, interdisciplinary, experiential and relevant.

“I chose this program as it fitted directly into my current work, which involves collaboration with planners and evaluation staff. I have been able to learn technical and managerial skills that are instantly useable.” - Lorraine Hardwick, Aquatic Ecologist (2012 Grad Cert. Water Planning student)

It is well recognised that water planners require a broad set of inter-disciplinary skills to engage effectively with the multi-faceted, complex nature of contemporary water management challenges. Solving water-related problems, particularly in the Australian context, requires scientific expertise and skills for engaging with communities and the ability to integrate environmental, social and political considerations into planning practice.

The program takes two semesters (one year) part-time/distance to complete and students enrol through Griffith University.

The first semester begins with a seven day intensive session, including three days on North Stradbroke Island followed by four days of workshops/lectures at Griffith University.

There is another intensive session at the beginning of Semester 2 which includes four days in Brookfield and three days at The University of Queensland.

The remainder of the course is delivered off-campus (online).

Dates to be advised.

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Skills and knowledge

  • Understand the principles and practice of integrated water management
  • Understand the science behind aquatic ecosystem health, and how to incorporate this understanding into water resource planning and management
  • Learn practical skills for better collaboration with communities, indigenous and cross-cultural engagement, conflict management, consensus building, and science communication
  • Learn different methods used in environmental, social and risk assessment and how to apply them in real-life scenarios
  • Gain a broad introduction to water resource economics and economic assessment methods relating to water management and planning
  • Be able to provide detailed scientific and managerial input into the planning, design and operation of water resource projects
  • Learn to apply best practice water planning in Australia


Relevant for professionals in

  • Natural resource management
  • Water planning
  • Government agencies
  • Catchment management bodies
  • Water and river authorities
  • Utilities
  • Consultants
  • Local government
  • Resource and mining companies
  • Recent graduates seeking a career in the water sector.


How will you benefit

    • Receive a co-badged degree from four leading Australian universities
    • Develop skills to work collaboratively with diverse stakeholders
    • Develop skills in the practical integration and application of natural and social sciences
    • Study using real-world examples relevant to your job
    • Study part-time/distance while maintaining your professional career and personal life


    How will your employer benefit

      • Offer clients effective contemporary solutions for water management
      • Put your company at the forefront of the water industry
      • Retain quality employees and reward high achievers
      • Develop emerging leaders in your staff
      • Present trans-disciplinary perspectives on water challenges


      Download program brochure - Water Planning



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