Organisations need good operational policies to convert strategic goals into actionable outcomes. The Certificate of Policy Development will equip you with the skills required to develop and produce operating policies for the workplace.
This online professional development program will also provide you with the knowledge required to participate in research and consultation processes which inform policy development.
You will learn to develop and analyse policies which impact on the client group and the work of the organisation, as well as how to develop and apply policy initiatives in the workplace.
This course is suitable for people who are beginning a career in policy development or those wanting to refresh their skills in the development of policy.
Unit 1 - Contribute to the review and development of policies
Assess organisation policies
Evaluate impact of policy context
Good policy features
Bad policy features
Relevance of current policies
Plan consultation methods
Gantt and PERT charts
Impact of policy changes
Trialling a policy
Collate and analyse findings
Methods of data analysis
Drafting and presenting report
Justification of proposals
Unit 2 - Develop and implement policy
Policy currency and relevance
Aim and purpose of policy
Outdated or irrelevant policies
Policies based on legislation
Current policy trends
Policy issues and resolution
Consultation with staff
Prepare policy materials
Gain policy approval
Promotion and dissemination
Communicate policy changes
Unit 3 - Research and apply evidence to practice
Research to support own work practice
The need for change
Continuous Quality Improvement (CQI)
Key elements and benefits of CQI
CQI goals, steps and process
The need for research
Accreditation and validation
Compliance and professional development
Evidence-based practice (EBP)
Evaluate current trends
Define research objectives
Creditable sources of data and evidence
Categories and definitions
Methods of gathering information
Creditability, availability and cost
Interviews and focus groups
Policy, procedures and training manuals
Gather information systematically
Steps of the RBP process
Randomised controlled trial (RCT)
Hierarchy of evidence
Collation of data and information
The information cycle diagram
The findings – compare and contrast
Key recommendations for practice
Strength of information
Currency of information
Final document / presentation
Using different aspects of information
Development of appropriate conclusions
Identify areas for change
Issues that require further research
Outcomes based practice
Audits and action plans
Estimated duration 45 Hours
Course Delivery and Start
Start anytime, self-paced and 100% Online
Assessment will be comprised of written exercises, including short-answer questions, reflective tasks, short reports and/or projects. There are no examinations or due dates for assessment. As a result, you can complete training in your own time and at your own pace with the assistance of unlimited tutor support.
Overall satisfied with course experience. Provides a good overview of policy work.
G. Maisonneuve, Yukon Canada | Certificate of Policy Development
I found it very informative. I accessed learning through a range of options, that satisfied my overall learning experience. I’m glad to have chosen Australian Online Courses, and I am so proud to have passed my exams.
N. Tapara, Nundah, QLD | Certificate of Policy Development
Overall positive – the course was interesting, the online format was efficient.
S. Andrews, Ainslie, ACT | Certificate of Policy Development
Why Choose Australian Online Courses?
Professional development that is widely recognised and respected;
Improve your employment opportunities;
Study online, anywhere via our elearning system;
High-quality professional development programs written by industry experts;
All course materials provided online – no textbooks to buy;
Unlimited tutor support via email;
We offer twelve (12) months’ access, with extensions available upon application (fees apply);
Course may be tax deductible; see your tax advisor.
Are there any entry requirements or pre-requisites?
There are no entry requirements or pre-requisites for entry into this program.
How long will it take to complete this course?
The approximate study hours for this course is 45 hours. Twelve (12) months’ access, with extensions available upon application (fees apply).
Can I purchase optional printed materials?
Yes! The cost for printed materials for this course is $50 per unit.Total cost for optional printed materials is: $150.00. Printed materials are available for purchase at any time and not require to complete this course. Everything you need to complete the course is provided online via our e-learning system.
When can I start this course?
You can start within 60 minutes during business hours when you enrol and pay in full with a credit card!
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BPAY: Within 1-2 working days.
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Cheque/Money Order: Upon receipt of mailed cheque.
Will I receive a certificate upon completion of this course?
Yes! You will receive a Certificate of Attainment upon successful completion of your assessment.
Do I need to attend classes or undertake any work placements?
No. All courses are delivered online via our e-learning system and there are no work placement requirements in this course.
What support can I expect from Australian Online Courses?
Unlimited tutor support is available throughout your studies via email during business hours Monday to Friday. Our Administrative team are available Monday to Friday via email, live chat and telephone.
I am an international student. Can I enrol into this course?
Yes! We accept enrolments from individuals both within Australia and internationally; location is no barrier to entry into our programs.