Professional Level Accreditation

August 25, 2015

Professional Level Accreditation Program

Applications for 2018 Program Now Open

Fast Track Your Research Management Career in 2018 

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.

The Society is now calling for applications to join the 2018 cohort for its Professional Level Accreditation Program aimed at developing leaders in research management. 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.

It is anticipated that the initial core program (Element 1) will run in Melbourne in June and the electives (Element 2) will be offered in July also in Melbourne.  Locations and times are subject to change at the discretion of ARMS.


Want to find out more?

The 2018 Professional Level Prospectus  provides full details, including program features, fees and program pre-requisites.  


How do I apply?

To apply for the Professional Program, please complete the application form and return to the ARMS Administrative Officer, at, by no later than cob, Friday 13th April 2018.


Testimonials for the Professional Program 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


This course provides a fundamental understanding of the necessary requirements to be a successful senior research management professional. It is a comprehensive programme, underpinned by theory, but incorporating real life examples of how research management professionals can effectively engage with the clients that they serve, in order to achieve win:win outcomes. Thank you to ARMS for this initiative. The effort put in by the presenters was impressive and I'm certain that we all came away with renewed enthusiasm for our craft.

          Caroline Pratt, Associate Director: Research Management, University of Auckland, New Zealand.