Graduate Certificate in Pavement Technology

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To improve road & pavement study opportunities for graduate and postgraduate engineering students as well as industry personnel seeking continuing education, CPEE created the Graduate Certificate and Masters of Pavement Technology courses. The courses are practical and encourage direct application of the skills and knowledge acquired. Utilised by state road authorities, local governments, consultants and industry seeking up-to-date, practical solutions These courses consists of units of study developed by professional engineers with national and international recognition.

Program Details


Course Objectives

The course aims to provide place-bound professional engineers in public works and industry positions with access to modern tools to efficiently design and construct durable road and highway pavements. The road pavement industry experience is that a specialist qualification is important in raising the status of professionals in the industry, and the online education mode allows courses to be readily offered to candidates throughout Australia and New Zealand as well as overseas. The online mode greatly assists the ongoing learning process for those who change employer and/or are located in rural/regional areas and are unable to access traditional face-to-face programs.

Graduate Statement

The CPEE GCPT Graduate will provide leadership in the design, building and maintenance of their nation’s complex transportation infrastructure in a sustainable manner.


Course Provider Centre for Pavement Engineering Education Inc.
Provider Identification Number PRV12121
Course Name Graduate Certificate in Pavement Technology
Course Code VO04967
Course Abbreviation GradCertPavtTech
Course Duration 0.5 years
Maximum time to complete (Part-time) 3 years
Course Mode Online
AQF Qualification Level 8


Semester 1  Yes 
Semester 2 Yes 



Centre for Pavement Engineering Education (CPEE)
Suite 9, 935 Station Street Box Hill North 3129, Victoria, Australia.
Phone (03) 98905155
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Standard entry will be granted into the Graduate Certificate based upon a combination of the following:

  • A minimum relevant academic qualification at AQF Level 7,
  • A minimum relevant academic qualification at AQF Level 6 plus a minimum of 5 years relevant industrial experience in pavement engineering or a related field.

qualifications from overseas institutions

Applicants with qualifications from overseas institutions should provide a translated copy of their qualification with their application form. Before being considered for enrolment applicants must provide evidence of English language proficiency. This can be satisfied by providing documentary evidence of any of the following or their equivalent:

  • First language is English and secondary and/or undergraduate studies were conducted in English.
  • Successful completion of a tertiary degree program of minimum 2 years full time equivalent where the degree program was instructed and examined in English
  • English language proficiency valid within 2 years prior to submission of the application,
    • IELTS (Academic) - 6.0 (no individual band less than 6.0)
    • TOEFL (PBT) 575 TWE 4.5; TOEFL (iBT) 88 (no score below 20)
    • PTE Academic 50 with no score lower than 50
    • Cambridge CAE (Certificate of Advanced English) - B Grade
    • Cambridge CPE (Certificate of Proficiency in English) - C Grade
    • Cambridge BEC (Business English Certificate) Higher - C Grade
  • Qualifications from a University in an overseas country are assessed

Qualifications from a university in an overseas country are assessed in accordance with the AEI-National Organisation of Overseas Skill Recognition (NOOSR) guidelines.


The Graduate Certificate in Pavement Technology

Adobe PDF file icon 32x32 Program Structure

To be eligible to graduate*, students must complete:

  • The two (2) core units, plus
  • Two (2) units from the prescribed elective units.

Unit Availability


Core Unit Requirements:
  • Students need to complete both core units prior to commencing Electives
  • Core units can be undertaken individually or concurrently
Unit Title
EFTSL Credit
Pre-requisite Unit Code
600 Fundamentals of Roads and Pavements 12.5% 1 Not applicable
613 Road Construction and Drainage Principles 12.5% 1 Not applicable


Elective Unit Requirements:
  • Available following successful completion of core units
  • Any unit pre-requisites must be completed prior to enrolment in unit
Unit Title  EFTSL


Pre-requisite Unit Code
601 Road Pavement Design 12.5% 1 600, 613
602 Pavement Construction 12.5% 1 600, 613
603 Road and Pavement Surfacings 12.5% 1 600, 613
606 Heavy Duty Pavements 12.5% 1 600, 613, 601
609 Road Asset Management 12.5% 1 600, 613
615 Project Evaluation and Management 12.5% 1  
616 Pavement Renewal - Rehabilitation and Reconstruction 12.5% 1 600, 613
617 Road and Pavement Maintenance 12.5% 1 600, 613

* Full details see CPEE Graduation Policy (PO009)

Note: Variations to the Graduate Certificate Schedule Guide can only occur with the prior approval of the CPEE Higher Education Officer.

  • Applications to undertake a non-standard course must be made in writing using the Non-standard course application form for assessment.
  • Core units will usually be offered at least once per annum.
  • Elective units will usually be offered at least once every three semesters.



2021 Student Type  
Domestic   Overseas   Field of Education
Program Standard
Per Unit

Sem 1 2021
discounted pricing*

Per Unit
Sem 1 2021 discounted
Graduate Certificate in Asset Management $3,090.00 $2,890.00 $3,550.00 $3,350.00 080315
Graduate Certificate in Pavement Technology $3,090.00 $2,890.00 $3,550.00 $3,350.00 039999
Master of Pavement Technology $3,090.00 $2,890.00 $3,550.00 $3,350.00 039999
Single Unit (Non Award) $3,090.00 $2,890.00 $3,550.00 $3,350.00 039999

For Semester 1 2021 - Due to the disruptions and impact caused by COVID 19  A special discount will be applied to the unit enrolment fees for all CPEE Units in semester 1, 2021 (held at 2020 pricing).


Full-Fee Place

Units undertaken in CPEE progams are full fee paying and are not eligible for Commonwealth support or FEE-HELP

Domestic or International

Many things, including entry requirements, differ for international and local (or domestic) students.

 You are considered a DOMESTIC student if you are:
    • a citizen of Australia;
    • a citizen of New Zealand
    • a dual citizen of Australia and any other country;
    • a Permanent Resident of Australia; or
    • on a Permanent Humanitarian Visa.

These criteria apply even if you completed your schooling outside Australia.

 You are considered an OVERSEAS student if you are: 
    • a citizen of any country except Australia or New Zealand;
    • a temporary resident (visa status) of Australia;
    • a permanent resident (visa status) of New Zealand.
Dual Citizenship

If you have Australian or New Zealand citizenship and citizenship of another country, you are considered to be a Domestic student – even if you completed your schooling outside Australia.

How To Pay?


Semester unit fees will be invoiced to you automatically once you have enrolled in the unit/s you wish to study. If you have not received your invoice within 2 weeks of submitting your semester enrolment please contact CPEE directly.

Outcomes and Articulation

Graduate Attributes and Graduate Statement

The CPEE GCPT Graduate will provide leadership in the design, building and maintenance of their nation’s complex transportation infrastructure in a sustainable manner.

Graduate Attributes and Graduate Statement


Roads and pavements form a large component of the national investment in infrastructure, and there is increasing appreciation of the need for efficient pavement design and construction to minimize the long-term lifecycle costs, including operation, maintenance, management and renewal of these major physical assets. This will add to the demand for technical specialists with road pavement engineering skills and career opportunities exist with Federal and State government authorities, local authorities, private civil and mining companies, civil engineering contractors, engineering consulting firms and regulatory organizations.

Professional Recognition

Austroads and the Australian Asphalt Pavement Association (AAPA) the founding members of the Centre for Pavement Engineering Education (CPEE), support the program and the qualification is recognised by the road industry.


Applicants who have completed the Graduate Certificate in Pavement Technology can apply to enter the Master of Pavement Technology with credit for the units completed in the Graduate Certificate in Pavement Technology.



CPEE may award Specified Credit or Unspecified Credit. The awarding of credit means that a student who successfully applies for credit shall have a reduced number of Units to complete their CPEE program to meet the requirement for graduation. For example, a CPEE student who has been awarded 2 Units of Credit in the Masters of Pavement Technology will need to complete (pass) a further 6 Units to meet graduation requirements.

further information - Academic Credit

Study Load
Equivalent Full Time Student Load (EFTSL)

Each of our units has an equivalent full time student load (EFTSL) of 0.125 (12.5%).
The study of one unit in a semester would be an ETFSL of 12.5%. A standard full-time load is eight units in the academic year (8*12.5%= 100% or 1 EFTSL). For our programs a full time study load would be 4 units per semester.

Credit Points

Each CPEE unit is worth one (1) credit point unless otherwise specified. One credit point involves a student workload of approximately 10 hours per week over a semester.

Study Hours

In respect to study hours, we estimate that students would need to devote approximately 10 study hours per week, per unit. These study hours are inclusive of teaching time (e.g. lectures, online teaching), independent study, assessment tasks and/or examination time. Our semesters are broken down into study and exam periods. The study period is 15 weeks duration per semester. We state that the student study workload for each unit is 150 hours over the student period. 10hrs*15wks = 150hrs.



Re-enrolment Form

Approved applicants and re-enrolling students are to use the link above to access the semester enrolment form which includes units selection for the semester. If you have not been approved to study with CPEE please refer to the New Applications process below.

Please refer to your program structure and the unit/s availability when completing your semester enrolment form.

We recommend that you download and complete this form, print, sign, scan and return to CPEE via the email address provided.

New Applications

Apply now by submitting an application form via the below link to study with us.



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