Unit of competency details

BSBPMG605A - Direct quality management of a project program (Release 1)


Usage recommendation:
Is superseded by and equivalent to BSBPMG605 - Direct quality management of a project programUpdated to meet Standards for Training Packages 24/Mar/2015

ReleaseRelease date
1 1 (this release) 10/Mar/2009

Training packages that include this unit

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FNS10 - Financial Services Training PackageFinancial Services Training Package 1.0-5.1 
BSB07 - Business Services Training PackageBusiness Services Training Package 5.0-9.0 
CHC08 - Community Services Training PackageCommunity Services Training Package 3.0-4.2 
ICA05 - Information and Communications Technology Training PackageInformation and Communications Technology Training Package 3.1 
RII09 - Resources and Infrastructure Industry Training PackageResources and Infrastructure Industry Training Package 2.0-3.2 
RII - Resources and Infrastructure Industry Training PackageResources and Infrastructure Industry Training Package 1.0-1.4 

Qualifications that include this unit

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CHC80108 - Graduate Diploma of Community Sector ManagementGraduate Diploma of Community Sector Management1-2 
RII60413 - Advanced Diploma of Drilling ManagementAdvanced Diploma of Drilling Management1-3 
ICA60105 - Advanced Diploma of Information TechnologyAdvanced Diploma of Information Technology
RII60513 - Advanced Diploma of Civil Construction DesignAdvanced Diploma of Civil Construction Design1-2 
FNS50810 - Diploma of Financial Risk ManagementDiploma of Financial Risk Management
RII60509 - Advanced Diploma of Civil Construction DesignAdvanced Diploma of Civil Construction Design1-3 
RII60409 - Advanced Diploma of Drilling ManagementAdvanced Diploma of Drilling Management1-3 
RII60609 - Advanced Diploma of Civil ConstructionAdvanced Diploma of Civil Construction1-3 
BSB60707 - Advanced Diploma of Project ManagementAdvanced Diploma of Project Management1-3 
FNS60810 - Advanced Diploma of Financial Risk ManagementAdvanced Diploma of Financial Risk Management
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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

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Unit Descriptor

Unit descriptor 

This unit describes the performance outcomes, skills and knowledge required to direct quality management across multiple projects and within the overall program. It covers directing the development of quality requirements, directing quality assurance management, and reviewing and improving the quality of projects and the program.

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

Application of the Unit

Application of the unit 

A program is defined as a set of interrelated projects, each of which has a project manager. Multiple projects (sometimes called a portfolio of projects) refers to a number of projects related in some way and managed by the same person as a program to achieve a common organisational objective/s.

For the purposes of this unit someone who manages a suite of projects (a program) will be referred to as a program manager.

The functions performed by a project manager to manage quality within individual projects are addressed in BSBPMG505A Manage project quality.

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. Direct quality requirements development

1.1. Direct reviews and consultation to ensure that the organisation's quality objectives, standards, levels and criteria are applied at the project level, in consultation with stakeholders

1.2. Modify quality management  methods, techniques and tools to the requirements of the program, as necessary

1.3. Identify and communicate program quality criteria to project managers for implementation

1.4. Direct project managers to develop and implement quality plans that will be used as the basis for performance measurement

2. Direct project quality assurance management

2.1. Analyse results of project activities and product performance to determine compliance with agreed quality standards throughout the project life cycles within the program

2.2. Identify causes of unsatisfactory results in consultation with project managers, clients and stakeholders, and initiate appropriate actions to enable continuous improvement in quality outcomes

2.3. Direct inspections of quality processes and analyse results to determine compliance with quality standards set for the overall program and the organisation

2.4. Develop and maintain a quality management system  to enable effective management and communication of quality issues and outcomes

3. Improve program and project quality

3.1. Continually review and modify the quality management system throughout project activities to ensure project team commitment to continuous improvement of quality processes and outcomes

3.2. Direct project outcomes review and analysis against performance criteria to determine the effectiveness of the quality management system

3.3. Aggregate and use quality improvements  and lessons learned to benefit the business and, where appropriate, pass on program initiatives/projects to organisational management for consideration in support of strategic planning and (re)direction

Required Skills and Knowledge


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

Required skills 

  • leadership, communication and interpersonal skills to foster compliance with quality benchmarks
  • literacy skills to communicate decisions and to write quality reports
  • skills in analysing, interpreting and reviewing data to assess performance against quality benchmarks
  • problem-solving skills to address gaps in quality assurance.

Required knowledge 

  • range of quality management methods, techniques, tools and systems and their various applications
  • relevant Australian and international standards.

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 experience in directing the successful application of quality management across a range of concurrent projects
  • knowledge of relevant Australian and international standards.

Context of and specific resources for assessment 

Assessment must ensure:

  • access to workplace quality documentation
  • consideration of feedback from project team/s and stakeholders as to how quality was 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 of scope management techniques by the candidate
  • analysis of responses addressing different project quality management case studies and scenarios
  • oral or written questioning to assess knowledge of strategies for managing project quality and their application to different situations
  • assessment how program quality criteria were identified and communicated
  • review of actions initiated to enable continuous improvement.

Guidance information for assessment 

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

  • other units in the Advanced 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.

Quality management  may:

  • be conducted non-routinely to meet complex and changing circumstances
  • be done independently or by taking the lead in a team environment
  • involve consultation with and direction to, project managers regarding their selective involvement of appropriate project stakeholders
  • involve the overall direction to project managers for the selection, modification and supervision of the use of appropriate quality management methods, processes, procedures, tools and techniques
  • take into account the impact of organisational and environmental change on the program and vice versa

Quality management system  may include:

  • ISO 9000 series or as designed to meet the specific needs of the project

Quality improvements  may include:

  • formal practices, such as total quality management or continuous improvement
  • less formal processes which improve both the product quality and processes of the project, for example client surveys to determine client satisfaction with project performance

Unit Sector(s)

Unit sector 

Competency field

Competency field 

Management and Leadership - Project Management

Co-requisite units

Co-requisite units