Unit of competency details

BSBPMG504A - Manage project costs (Release 1)


Usage recommendation:
Is superseded by BSBPMG514A - Manage project costNew unit code. Revised and updated unit descriptor and application of unit section. New performance criterion 1.3. Substantially rewritten and clarified performance criteria. Expanded and updated range statement. Updated and clarified evidence guide. Removed assessment requirement for ‘multiple complex projects’. 17/Mar/2013

Release Status:
ReleaseRelease date
1 1 (this release) 01/Sep/2008

Accredited courses that have this unit in the completion mapping

Training packages that include this unit

CodeTitleSort Table listing Training packages that include this unit by the Title columnRelease
RII09 - Resources and Infrastructure Industry Training PackageResources and Infrastructure Industry Training Package 2.0-3.2 
PUA00 - Public Safety Training PackagePublic Safety Training Package 8.1 
PSP04 - Public Sector Training PackagePublic Sector Training Package 4.1-4.2 
DEF12 - Defence Training PackageDefence Training Package 2.0 
CPC08 - Construction, Plumbing and Services Training PackageConstruction, Plumbing and Services Training Package 6.0-9.6 
CHC08 - Community Services Training PackageCommunity Services Training Package 3.0-4.2 
BSB07 - Business Services Training PackageBusiness Services Training Package 5.0-7.0 
AUM12 - Automotive ManufacturingAutomotive Manufacturing 1.0 
AUM08 - Automotive ManufacturingAutomotive Manufacturing 1.1 

Qualifications that include this unit

CodeTitleSort Table listing Qualifications that include this unit by the Title columnRelease
TLI50210 - Diploma of Materiel LogisticsDiploma of Materiel Logistics 1-2 
RII50409 - Diploma of Civil Construction ManagementDiploma of Civil Construction Management 1-3 
PUA52210 - Diploma of Public Safety (Compliance)Diploma of Public Safety (Compliance) 
PSP51304 - Diploma of Government (Project Management)Diploma of Government (Project Management) 1-2 
DEF52212 - Diploma of ComplianceDiploma of Compliance 1-2 
CPC50308 - Diploma of Building and Construction (Management)Diploma of Building and Construction (Management) 1-3 
CHC60312 - Advanced Diploma of Community Sector ManagementAdvanced Diploma of Community Sector Management 
CHC60308 - Advanced Diploma of Community Sector ManagementAdvanced Diploma of Community Sector Management 
CHC52312 - Diploma of Community Services (Development and or Humanitarian Assistance)Diploma of Community Services (Development and or Humanitarian Assistance) 
CHC52310 - Diploma of Community Services (Development and/or Humanitarian Assistance)Diploma of Community Services (Development and/or Humanitarian Assistance) 
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SchemeCodeClassification value
ASCED Module/Unit of Competency Field of Education Identifier 080315 Project Management  

Classification history

SchemeCodeClassification valueStart dateEnd date
ASCED Module/Unit of Competency Field of Education Identifier 080315 Project Management  25/Jul/2008 
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Modification History

Not applicable.

Unit Descriptor

Unit descriptor 

This unit describes the performance outcomes, skills and knowledge required to identify, analyse and refine project costs to produce a budget, and to use this budget as the principal mechanism to control project cost.

No licensing, legislative, regulatory or certification requirements apply to this unit at the time of endorsement.

Application of the Unit

Application of the unit 

This unit applies to an individual who is clearly and solely responsible for the management and leadership of a complex project, either as an employee of an organisation or an external consultant.

In the context of this unit a complex project is defined as a project which involves:

the need for a comprehensive and multi-faceted project plan

the need for a formal internal or external communications strategy

a dedicated and diverse project budget

multiple administrative components

multiple operational components

a wide range of stakeholders

a project operations team.

The functions performed by a program manager to manage costs within multiple projects are addressed in BSBPMG604A Direct cost management of a project program.

Licensing/Regulatory Information

Not applicable.


Prerequisite units 

Employability Skills Information

Employability skills 

This unit contains employability skills.

Elements and Performance Criteria Pre-Content

Elements describe the essential outcomes of a unit of competency.

Performance criteria describe the performance needed to demonstrate achievement of the element. Where bold italicised text is used, further information is detailed in the required skills and knowledge section and the range statement. Assessment of performance is to be consistent with the evidence guide.

Elements and Performance Criteria



1. Determine project costs

1.1. Determine resource requirements for individual tasks, with input from stakeholders and guidance of others 

1.2. Estimate project costs  to enable budgets to be developed and implement agreed cost management processes

1.3. Develop and implement a cost management plan, within delegated authority , to ensure clarity of understanding and ongoing management of project finances

2. Monitor and control project costs

2.1. Implement agreed financial management processes and procedures  to monitor actual expenditure and to control costs

2.2. Select and use cost analysis methods and tools to identify cost variations, evaluate options and recommend actions to a higher project authority

2.3. Implement, monitor and modify agreed actions to maintain financial and overall project objectives throughout the project lifecycle

3. Conduct financial completion activities

3.1. Conduct appropriate activities to signify financial completion

3.2. Review  project outcomes using available records  and information to determine the effectiveness of cost management processes and procedures

3.3. Review cost management issues and identify improvements

Required Skills and Knowledge


This section describes the skills and knowledge required for this unit.

Required skills 

  • numeracy and budgeting skills to monitor expenditure and manage costs
  • technology skills to use software for recording expenditure and reporting on finances
  • analytical skills to evaluate processes and recommend improvements.

Required knowledge 

  • budgeting processes, tools and techniques
  • methods and tools for costing and cost analysis.

Evidence Guide


The Evidence Guide provides advice on assessment and must be read in conjunction with the performance criteria, required skills and knowledge, range statement and the Assessment Guidelines for the Training Package.

Overview of assessment 

Critical aspects for assessment and evidence required to demonstrate competency in this unit 

Evidence of the following is essential:

  • demonstrated evidence of monitoring project costs across the project life cycle for multiple complex projects
  • knowledge of budgeting processes, tools and techniques.

Context of and specific resources for assessment 

Assessment must ensure:

  • access to workplace documentation including budgets, financial documents
  • consideration of feedback from project stakeholders on how costs were managed.

Method of assessment 

A range of assessment methods should be used to assess practical skill and knowledge. The following examples are appropriate for this unit:

  • direct questioning combined with review of portfolios of evidence and third party workplace reports of on-the-job performance by the candidate
  • oral or written questioning to assess knowledge of strategies for managing project costs and their application to different situations.
  • analysis of responses addressing case studies and scenarios which present project cost management issues and problems
  • review of developed and implemented cost management plan
  • review of documentation about project outcomes, cost management issues and identified improvements.

Guidance information for assessment 

Holistic assessment with other units relevant to the industry sector, workplace and job role is recommended, for example:

  • other units from the Diploma of Project Management.

Range Statement


The range statement relates to the unit of competency as a whole. It allows for different work environments and situations that may affect performance. Bold italicised wording, if used in the performance criteria, is detailed below. Essential operating conditions that may be present with training and assessment (depending on the work situation, needs of the candidate, accessibility of the item, and local industry and regional contexts) may also be included.

Others  may include:

  • relevant project authority
  • program manager
  • project specialists or other personnel
  • team members

Project costs  are estimated to a level of accuracy available considering:

  • availability of information at the time
  • contingencies to allow for identified risks and uncertainty
  • organisational requirements, for example overhead and profit margin
  • stage of the project life cycle

Delegated authority  means that activities will:

  • be conducted routinely or as changing circumstances dictate
  • be done independently within broad guidance or by taking the lead of a team
  • involve consultation with other project members, teams and internal stakeholders
  • involve the selection, use and supervision of appropriate time management methods, tools and techniques
  • take into account internal organisational change and external environmental change

Financial management processes and procedures  may include:

  • approval processes
  • communication and reporting processes
  • financial authorisations/delegations
  • invoice procedures

Reviewing  may include evaluations of:

  • agreed major milestones, for example phases and sub-contracts
  • change of key personnel
  • delivery of major deliverables
  • finalisation of project and other agreed milestones

Records  may include:

  • budgets, commitment and expenditure
  • cost management lessons learned
  • cost management plans
  • invoice and payment summaries
  • lists of potential costs
  • project and/or organisation files and records
  • recommended and approved courses of action
  • reports to relevant stakeholders

Unit Sector(s)

Unit sector 

Competency field

Competency field 

Management and Leadership - Project Management

Co-requisite units

Co-requisite units