Professional Certificate in Defence Industry Leadership

This postgraduate course, designed by the University of Adelaide in conjunction with the Defence Teaming Centre, builds upon the content of the existing and successful Defence Industry Leadership Program (above). As a defence industry specific leadership program, the Professional Certificate in Defence Industry Leadership covers key areas such as self-leadership, ethics, networks, collaboration, dealing with complexity and managing change.

Successful completion of the certificate may provide credit into the University of Adelaide’s prestigious MBA program.


$5,250 per subject (approximately $10,500 in total)

  • A Student Services and Amenities Fee ($235) also applies

Participants may be eligible for FEE-HELP.
More information is available at the following links:

CDIC’s Advisory and Facilitation Services (Skills Development) Grant:

Organisations wishing to nominate staff are encouraged to review the guidelines of the CDIC’s Advisory and Facilitation Services (Skills Development) Grant.  This grant supports SMEs to upskill their workforce to align with the capability requirements of Defence.  The Professional Certificate may meet the funding requirements of this grant and organisations are encouraged to explore the grant guidelines.  Click here for more information.

Scholarship support for the Professional Certificate in Defence Leadership is funded by PACE to ensure our program is accessible to all candidates who have the capability and drive to undertake studies across two categories:

  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander
  • South Australian Veteran

More information available;

PC-DIL Brochure:

Course Details:

Duration: Two university courses (totaling 13.5 days over 10 months)

Location: Level 7, Nexus 10, 10 Pultney St, Adelaide

About the Professional Certificate

The South Australian defence industry is set to boom in coming years with submarine and shipbuilding programs and construction. As such, there has never been a more valuable time to participate in a defence industry specific leadership program.

Through contemporary blended and hands-on experiential learning, you will:

  • Deeply understand complexity in the defence industry;
  • Grain proficiency in self-leadership, self-awareness and change management;
  • Learn to effectively manage multi-party collaboration;
  • Become comfortable applying adaptive leadership skills in challenging environments;
  • Understand networks in the defence industry context; and
  • Enhance your academic literacy and research skills.

Participants will benefit from frequent industry visits; presentations from senior defence specialists; advanced simulation and guided experimentation exercises; and an immersive retreat in a key defence facility.