Certificate of Executive Management and Development for Union Leaders

The Certificate of Executive Management and Development comprises core modules, electives and masterclasses purposefully contextualised for Union Leader needs, equipping them with the practical skills and capabilities to lead in an accelerating and complex world.

About this course:

The Certificate of Executive Management and Development comprises core modules, electives and masterclasses purposefully contextualised for the needs of union leaders, equipping them with the practical skills and capabilities to lead in an accelerating and complex world.

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Course Audience:

Union leaders

Course Delivery:

12 months (in person & via zoom)

Course Cost:

from $5,372.00 (GST inclusive)

Course Accreditation:


Digital Badge:

Yes - Digital badge awarded upon completion

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Learning Outcomes:


Australian Industrial Relations System

Course structure

  • History and traditions of Australian trade union leadership

  • Overview of the economic, industrial and political context in which union leaders now operate

  • Current issues in the IR system and the union movement’s response

  • Video interviews with key national players.

Module 1: Australia IR System

12-1pm Mon 7 March 2022 Introduction
12-1.30pm Thurs 10 March 2022 Workshop 1
12-1.30pm Tue 15 March 2022 Workshop 2
12-1.30pm Wed 16 March 2022 Workshop 3


Media and Communications Strategies

Course structure

  • Crafting and articulating your message

  • Understanding how the media works and how to make it work for you (former journalists)

  • Doorstop exercise (live exercise involving dealing with media pack)

  • Sourcing and using publicly available data to support strategy, campaigning and bargaining.


    Module 2: Media and Communications Strategies

    12pm – 1:30pm 30 May 2022 Introduction
    12pm – 1:30pm 3 June 2022 Workshop 1
    12pm – 1:30pm 6 June 2022 Workshop 2
    12pm – 1:30pm 8 June 2022 Workshop 3


Leading out of Recession

Course structure

• The economic effects of COVID19 and its implications for Australian working families

• Insights from union leaders in the US and UK during the GFC (Panel discussion)

• Leading during uncertainty and fostering innovation

• Video interviews with commentators and leaders.

Module 3: Leading in Complex Environments

12-1pm, Tues 3 May 2022 Introduction
12-1.30pm, Thu 5 May 2022 Workshop 1
12-1.30pm, Mon 9 May 2022 Workshop 2
12-1.30pm, Wed 11 May 2022 Workshop 3


Adaptive Leadership (two days face to face: Melbourne)

Course structure

• This unique, highly immersive and experiential program will challenge you to become a stronger, more agile leader, extend beyond your current expertise, improve organisational performance and drive transformation.

As it is face to face, this module is optional for completion of CEMD but highly recommended. Additional course costs apply.

Module 4: Adaptive Leadership

4-5 August 8:45 am – 5:00 pm (Melbourne)

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To provide additional information on a variety of topics a series of masterclasses will be delivered, and each participant will be required to attend four masterclasses to complete their CEMD. Each of the masterclasses compromises of a 90 minute webinar and embedding questions.

Masterclass 1 Workers Capital with Andrew Pendleton

22 March 2022 12pm-1.30pm(AEDT)

Masterclass 2 International Unionism with Sharan Burrow

26 April 2022 4.30pm – 6pm (AEDT)

Masterclass 3 For purpose Leadership Panel discussion with leaders from charities and not for profits 

May 2022

Masterclass 4 Equity, Diversity and Inclusion with Leisa Sargent

August 2022

Masterclass 5 Leading with Heart with Frederik Anseel

September 2022

Masterclass 6 Industry Policy with Nick Wailes

Wed Oct 12 2022 (TBC)




Read more about Certificate of Executive Management and Development electives here.


Elective 1: Negotiation Essentials

The course is designed for managers seeking the skills to persuade, influence and negotiate to achieve stronger outcomes and maximise value in any scenario. Your organisation will benefit from having team members and managers who are able to prevent unnecessary conflict, resolve immediate conflict, build effective working relationships, and identify near and long-term opportunities to maximise value.

Wednesday 15 June 2022 12:00-1:00pm Introduction
Monday 20 June 2022 12:00-1:30pm Workshop 1
Wednesday 22 June 2022 12:00-1:30pm Workshop 2
Friday 24 June 2022 12:00-1:30pm Workshop 3

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Elective 2: Leading for High Performance

A positive team culture can drive performance, increase innovation, engagement, and productivity and attract and retain high performers. This course will equip you with a practical toolkit to enhance your people management skills and shape a performance culture within your team or business unit to maximise performance.

Mon 8 12:00-1:00pm August 2022.     Introduction
Thurs 11  12:00-1:30pm August 2022   Workshop 1
Mon 15  12:00-1:30pm August 2022 Workshop 2
Thurs 18  12:00-1:30pm August 2022. Workshop 3

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Elective 3: Finance Essentials

Knowing how to interpret, analyse and evaluate key financials is a critical skill at all levels of an organisation, but accounting and finance, with its own particular language, can seem like a whole different world. This course is designed for those who wants to understand accounting reports to make more informed business decisions and communicate with the finance team with confidence.

Tuesday 6 September 2022 12-1:00pm Introduction
Thurs 8 September 2022 12-1:30pm Workshop 1
Tuesday 13 September 2022 12:00-1:30pm Workshop 2
Friday 16 September 2022 12-1:30pm Workshop 3

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Elective 4: Implementing Strategy for Results

Leaders require the tools to assess, interpret and implement an organisations strategy
in the context of their role, so they can contribute positively to the realisation of

the organisation’s objectives. The course will assist you to understand why strategy is important, how it relates to different stakeholders and parts of an organisation and how to translate strategy into action.

Tuesday 11 October 2022 12-1pm Introduction
Thursday 13 October 2022 12-130pm Workshop 1
Tuesday 18 October 2022 12-130pm Workshop 2
Friday 21 October 2022 12-130pm Workshop 3

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Upon successful completion of the CEMD, participants will be issued with a credential and digital badge to acknowledge completion of their learning. The CEMD provides two course credits into the four course AGSM Graduate Certificate of Management and the AGSM MBA.




Program delivery dates:

  • Core component: April – July

  • Elective component: August – November

  • Masterclasses: September – November




The total cost of the full Certificate of Executive Management and Development starts from $5372 incl GST. The price will be dependent on your selected courses.

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