What is the Certificate IV in Leadership and Management?

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When you hear the word manager or leader, who do you picture? When 23-year-old Chi Ngo imagined a leader, she thought of ‘an old wise Dumbledore-ish person whom people flock to for answers. And they should have all the answers, right? That’s part of the reason I felt so insecure as a leader.’1 At 23, Chi was leading a team of 10 for a design company. A few years later, she realised that she didn’t have to fit that stereotype to be a great manager. ‘I’m still a (flawed) leader (and human being), but looking back to the past three years, I’m certain that I’ve grown tremendously.’1

The idea of being a manager and leader is changing. John P. Kotter, one of the world’s leading speakers on management and change, said that the most harmful ‘half-truth about leadership is that it’s just a matter of charisma and vision—you either have it or you don’t. The fact of the matter is that leadership skills are not innate. They can be acquired, and honed.’


With demand for new managers on the rise, we have collaborated with the Australian Department of Education, Skills, and Employment to deliver two national qualifications to launch your career into leadership and management.


We have compiled everything you need to know about the Certificate IV in Leadership and Management (BSB40520) while also discussing the Diploma of Leadership and Management (BSB50420).

What is the Certificate IV in Leadership and Management?

The Certificate IV in Leadership and Management (BSB40520) is a nationally recognised qualification, which means you can use it to pursue employment in any state in Australia. As the name suggests, this course equips students with tools, techniques, and skills in leadership and management. Graduates can use the qualification to pursue roles as managers, coordinators, and team leaders in almost any industry.

Both managers and leaders work to influence others, collaborate with people, and achieve goals.3 However, there are several key differences between these skills.

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What Management Skills Will I Learn?

‘Management skills are used to plan, build, and direct organizational systems to accomplish missions and goals’3 Skills include planning, budgeting, organising, staffing, and problem solving.4

These management skills will be divided over the core and elective units, including:


Unit Unit Code
Apply communication strategies in the workplace BSBXCM401
Coordinate business operational plans BSBOPS402
Apply critical thinking to work practices BSBCRT411
Develop personal work priorities BSBPEF402
Implement and monitor WHS policies, procedures and programs BSBWHS411


Through these skills, you will learn how to bring order and consistency to essential aspects of an organisation, such as the quality and profitability of products. Management skills will teach you how to cope with complexity.4

What Leadership Skills Will I Learn?

‘Leadership skills are used to focus on a potential change by establishing direction, aligning people, and motivating and inspiring.’3 ‘What leaders really do is prepare organizations for change and help them cope as they struggle through it.’4

The units in this certificate that address leadership skills include:

Unit Unit Code
Lead and facilitate a team BSBXTW401
Demonstrate leadership in the workplace BSBLDR411
Lead effective workplace relationships BSBLDR413
Develop and use emotional intelligence BSBPEF502
Communicate effectively as a workplace leader BSBLDR412


These units and skills aim to satisfy ‘basic human needs for achievement, a sense of belonging, recognition, self-esteem, a feeling of control over one’s life.’4

‘Leadership isn’t mystical and mysterious. It has nothing to do with having “charisma” or other exotic personality traits… Nor is leadership necessarily better than management or a replacement for it.’4 This is why these qualifications provide both leadership and management skills.

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Why do I need both leadership and management?

John P Kotter, one of the top authors and professors on management, leadership and change, answers this question by saying:

‘Successful corporations don’t wait for leaders to come along. They actively seek out people with leadership potential and expose them to career experiences designed to develop that potential. Indeed, with careful selection, nurturing, and encouragement, dozens of people can play important leadership roles in a business organization.’

‘But while improving their ability to lead, companies should remember that strong leadership with weak management is no better, and is sometimes actually worse, than the reverse. The real challenge is to combine strong leadership and strong management and use each to balance the other.’4

How long does the Certificate IV in Leadership and Management take?

Celtic Training delivers the Certificate IV in Leadership and Management over 8 months, with workshops running twice a week from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm. The trainers run these workshops through a live-streamed, virtual platform, so you can attend them from the comfort of home.

If you are looking for a similar online experience but also want a higher qualification the Certificate IV, the Diploma of Leadership and Management (BSB50420) may be the qualification for you.

What is the Diploma of Leadership and Management (BSB50420)?

This Diploma takes the skills of the Certificate IV in Leadership and Management to the next level with more advanced concepts. The units offer skills and techniques to manage risk and foster critical thinking in others.

Our trainers also run these workshops through our live-streamed platform twice a week from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm. The Diploma takes approximately 12 months to complete.

To decide which qualification would be best for you and your career goals, feel free to contact one of our learning consultants. They can any questions surrounding the qualifications and courses we offer at Celtic Training.


Businesses and organisations around Australia are actively searching for individuals with leadership and management skills. Fortunately, like any other skills, leadership and management are practicable and learnable.7 To equip future leaders and managers with these skills, we are now delivering two national qualifications to launch your career into leadership and management.

The Certificate IV in Leadership and Management (BSB40520) and the Diploma of Leadership and Management (BSB50420) are nationally recognised qualifications that teach techniques and skills you can apply to management and leadership roles in almost any industry.

If you’re interested in learning more, feel free to send us an enquiry or contact a learning consultant. We would be happy to help you discover the best pathway for you to advance your career.

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