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Graduate Diploma of Accident Investigation

  • Graduate Diploma

This course develops your advanced level expertise in the investigation and analysis of the factors which lead to accidents and the interventions required to prevent their recurrence.

Key details

Degree Type
Graduate Diploma
1 year full-time, 2 years part-time
Course Code
Study Mode

About this course

Completion of the Graduate Diploma of Accident Investigation will afford you advanced skills at systematically breaking down the factors leading to an accident and making the necessary findings and conclusions for prevention. As a student of this course you will complete an applied accident investigation project based on a 'real' accident reconstruction at the CQUniversity crash lab. If you have an interest in responsibility for accident investigations across industry and society, the Graduate Diploma of Accident Investigation is designed for you. The course provides core studies in the principles of accident investigation, accident phenomenology, accident forensics, accident analysis and human factors investigation. Students are then able to continue into the Master of Safety Science (Specialisation) and choose a specialist domain (Air, Rail, Road or Industrial). Students choosing this option will gain full credit for completed studies. The course has been developed in consultation with Australia's leading accident investigation professionals from air, rail, road and industrial contexts, and the leading organisations and government authorities which inform public safety strategies.You will have an opportunity to complete authentic learning tasks in the state of the art, purpose-built Forensic Accident Investigation Crash Lab, the only one of its kind in Australia.

Entry requirements

Students are required to possess 1) an undergraduate degree; or 2) five years experience in a safety science related role in upper or middle management; or 3) three years experience in a safety science related role and a Diploma in Occupational Health and Safety or Work Health and Safety. Students applying on the basis of experience may be required to provide evidence of writing skills. International Students Refer to the international student section All applications are subject to approval by the School. Security RequirementsNo information available at this time.Health RequirementsNo information available at this time.Assumed Knowledge Students who would like to join this course but have not attended university level studies previously and do not feel confident in their academic skills may benefit from enrolling in one of the CQUniversity bridging courses such as STEPS to prepare for their studies. Students who have not studied at university previously are also recommended to enrol in GOAS ""Getting Optimistic About Study"" a free unit which provides additional study skills support.

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How to apply

If you have decided what you would like to study and are ready to apply, we're here to help you along the way. Want to know more about application dates and other admission information? View our important dates information and read about other admission considerations such as information for domestic students with overseas qualifications, indigenous support, and elite athlete, coach and performer support. What's the best way to apply? Option 1: Ideal for Western Australian residents or those who want to study in Western Australia.Option 2: Ideal for all other states. OPTION 1: WESTERN AUSTRALIAN RESIDENTS AND THOSE WHO WOULD LIKE TO STUDY IN WESTERN AUSTRALIA, APPLY VIA APPLYCQUNI If you live in Western Australia or are planning to study in Western Australia, apply via our ApplyCQUni portal. ApplyCQUNIOPTION 2: IDEAL IF YOU LIVE IN ANY OF THE STATES LISTED BELOW, APPLY DIRECTLY TO CQUNIVERSITY If you live in Queensland, New South Wales, Victoria, South Australia, Northern Territory, Australian Capital Territory or Tasmania, submit your application directly to CQUniversity. Apply direct