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Graduate Certificate of Sport Management

AQF level 8

The Postgraduate: Graduate Certificate in Sport Management (GCSM) is ideal for aspiring individuals who wish to gain management and governance positions in the sport industry.

CRS code CRS1401432
Graduate Certificate of Sport Management

Graduate Certificate of Sport Management

The Postgraduate: Graduate Certificate in Sport Management (GCSM) is ideal for aspiring individuals who wish to gain management and governance positions in the sport industry.

CRICOS provider code CRS code CRS1401432

The GCSM has been developed following extensive consultation to provide a post-graduate education that aligns with industry requirements and expectations. The emphasis is on equipping students with the skills and knowledge required to add value in a management role in the sport industry.

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Career opportunities
  • Sport Membership Manager
    Average salary: $58,000 - $109,000
  • Sport Event and Tournament Manager
    Average salary: $54,000 - $92,000
  • Club Development Manager
    Average salary: $66,000  - $145,000
  • Coaching and/or Officials Manager
    Average salary: $63,000  - $128,000
  • Sponsorship and/or Partnerships Manager
    Average salary: $80,000  - $103,000


Salaries are sourced from,,, and are in $AUD. Information is current as of February 2024.

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Who is this for?

Aspiring senior executives in the sport industry:

  • Professionals already working in the sport industry looking for additional education to improve their career prospects
  • Professionals from other industries who want to switch to a career in sport
  • People currently working in sport, such as athletes or coaches, who may not have the necessary qualifications for management roles
  • Directors or committee members of sport organisations who want to enhance their skills to better contribute to their organisation.
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Course duration

3 months on a full time load (4 units in one quadmester of 10 weeks) or the part time equivalent

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Intake dates
  • 22 April 2024
  • 15 July 2024
  • 8 October 2024
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Study flexibility
Online study

The Graduate Certificate in Sport Management can be completed in less than three months via full-time online study. Part-time study is also an option, to assist students in balancing work or other commitments.



This course is FEE-HELP approved for domestic students.
For information on fees and funding, click here.

There are four core units:

  • Principles of Sport Management
  • Managing People in Sport Organisations
  • Financial Management in Sport
  • Integrated Sport Marketing and Communication

You can also choose two of the following elective units, allowing the tailoring of content to suit your area of interest.

  • Ethics and Integrity
  • Athlete Wellbeing and Case Management
  • Strategic and Operational Risk Management
  • Managing Technology in Sport Leadership in sport Organisations
  • Law and Governance in Sport Administration
  • The Power and Potential of Sport

Each unit will run over a 10-week period (a session). The units are delivered online providing flexibility for you to balance work and study commitments. Academics will also be available for one-to-one discussion and support.

This course is for individuals working towards management roles in the sport industry. You will have to meet the following requirements:

  1. Have at least two years’ work experience in the industry. You must provide a resume, a reference from your employer confirming your employment and experience, and a personal statement about your readiness for higher education studies.


  1. You will need to provide one of the following:
  • A Bachelor’s degree from a recognised higher education provider or an equivalent recognised overseas qualification with demonstrated proficiency in English;


  • An Associate Diploma, Diploma, or Advanced Diploma from a recognised provider qualification, combined with at least two years of industry experience (you are required to provide a resume and a reference from an employer confirming your employment and experience, together with a personal statement about your readiness for undertaking higher education studies);


  • Demonstration to the Dean’s satisfaction of good selection prospects as a student (you are required to provide: a resume confirming at least five years of relevant employment and experience; at least two professional references; and a personal statement about your readiness for undertaking higher education studies), and ineligibility to compete for admission based on the above academic achievement criteria.

Australian College of Physical Education (ACPE) is Australia's leading sport education provider that is renowned for its specialist accredited degree and diploma programs.

We offer a range of degree and diploma courses in sport, football, health, education, and dance.

Gear up for success at ACPE and turn your passion for sport into a career:

  • Gain an industry-leading degree
  • Study closely with industry experts
  • Gaining a qualification specifically designed by the sport industry for the sport industry
  • Be work-ready with experience placements
  • Thrive on campus at the home of sport, Sydney Olympic Park

We outshine our competitors based on the Quality Indicators of Learning and Teaching (QILT) Student Experience Survey, which is run by the Government. This is important because it tells you what our current students have said about their experiences at ACPE.

Compared to other universities and education providers, ACPE is rated in the top 20 for the overall quality of the student experience in 2022. We achieved a 92.7% rating for teaching quality, 87.6% for the quality of the overall student experience, and 90.5% for student support - significantly ahead - making ACPE the leading provider of sport, health, and dance courses in Australia.

Located at Sydney Olympic Park, we are surrounded by sport organisations and industry partners presenting opportunities at our doorstep. We are FEE-HELP approved and not ATAR dependent. Turn your passion for sport into a career. Why go anywhere else?

ACPE CRICOS provider code (01822J)


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92.7% score in Teaching Quality*
*SES (Student Experience Survey 2022)

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89.6% in Overall Graduate Employment Rate*
*QILT (Quality Indicators of Learning and Teaching 2022)

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50% increase in employment within the sports industry in the next 5 years*
*Australian Bureau of Statistics 2020

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Over 106 years of educating generations of sport professionals since 1917

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