Advanced Level Accreditation (formerly Professional Level)

August 25, 2015

Advanced Level Accreditation Program (formerly the Professional Level Accreditation Program)

Fast Track Your Research Management Career


Testimonials from recent cohort participants:

 The material presented in the leadership section of the ARMS Professional Level Accreditation was excellent. The presenters are all experts in the field with real-world examples of overcoming the challenges we are facing in research management. They are able to answer all the questions thrown at them and often gave us multiple techniques to help us solve our problems.”
Gaby Bright, Executive Officer to DVC(R), La Trobe University.


“I cannot recommend this course enough. All the presentations were professionally delivered, with content that was evidence-based, interesting, and above all useful.”
Dr Liesel Senn Research Development Manager, University of Technology Sydney.


Applications for 2019 have closed. The ARMS Executive Office will circulate a call for 2020 applications towards the end of the year. 


The rapidly changing and increasingly competitive research landscape requires research managers who can drive change in complex environments and lead diverse teams to fulfil institutional strategies and goals. This requires leaders who have a deep understanding of themselves, their teams and the environment in which they must operate.  Strategic thinking and analytical skills are now merely the entry point leadership qualities and must be accompanied by practical implementation abilities, high emotional intelligence and an ability to network and effectively collaborate with others.

This comprehensive program combines contemporary leadership theory and practice grounded in a research management context. It includes a blend of learning styles incorporating taught material with case studies, group learning, workplace assignments and individual mentoring. Electives give participants a deep knowledge of contemporary issues in research including research impact, international funding programs, data analysis and more. The program is developed and delivered by leaders in research management and will be directly applicable to mid-senior level research managers in universities, hospitals, research institutes and research agencies, government and funding bodies.

You will join a cohort of up to 20 participants who will cover an intensive, 8 month program comprising of the following elements:

Element 1:  Core 2 and a half day program focusing on leadership management and strategic thinking)

Element 2:  Two, one day electives focusing on deep, relevant content knowledge from a selection of 5 speciality areas

Element 3:  A workplace based assignment based on core and elective modules

Element 4:  Participation in on-going group learning activities; and

Element 5:  Professional mentoring and coaching activity.

The program has been designed specifically to enable networking and knowledge sharing on current national and international matters of significance through the use of case studies.

Each participant will be required to commit 90 hours of contact over this period and to spend an additional 90 hours in self-guided learning.


2019 Delivery Schedule

Description Timing Location Details 

Call for 2019 cohort

eblast to be disseminated to ARMS membership

Closing date for EOIs 15/02/2019  
Review of EOIs by sub-committee of Accreditation Council 18/02/2019  
Offer to be made to applicants including T&Cs 25/02/2019  
Element 1: 2.5 day leadership

Wednesday - Friday
01/05/2019 - 03/05/2019

Day 1 & 2: 9 AM - 5 PM
Day 3: 9 AM - 12.30 PM

Element 2: Electives

Part of annual Winter School 18/6/2019 - 21/6/2019

18/06/2019 - 21/06/2019

Melbourne -
9 AM - 5 PM

Research Governance 18/06/2019

9 AM - 5 PM

Understanding International Research Funding


9 AM - 5 PM

Development of Institutional Talent  19/06/2019

9 AM - 5 PM

Research Impact: Assessing the Societal Benefits of Research



9 AM - 5 PM

Evidence Based Analysis of Research Performance 


9 AM - 5 PM

Element 3: Workplace assignment due

Friday 31/01/2020

Element 4: Group Learning


Regular zoom meetings thereafter
Element 5: Professional mentoring and coaching Ongoing  


Want to find out more?

The 2019 Professional Level Prospectus  provides full details, including program features, fees and program pre-requisites.  


Applications for 2019 have closed. The ARMS Executive Office will circulate a call for 2020 applications towards the end of the year. 


 Testimonials from past participants:

"The first element of the program has certainly given me new insights on the leadership, communication and influence styles that I tend to use and that I can tweak to function more effectively with others. These first days were a valuable chance to make connections with others in similar research support roles, and I've come away with plenty of ideas to implement or think about and I'm enthusiastic for the rest of the program."
Anne Louise Bulloch, Manager, School of Medicine Research Office, The University of Queensland.


"The program will help me to lead, manage and empower staff during a period of significant change in research management and will provide me with the opportunity to connect with others who are also facing the same challenges."
Christine Casey, Associate Director, Research Grants, The University of Western Australia.