Certificate in Leadership & Operational Management

  • Certificate in Leadership & Operational Management
  • NFQ Level 8 - 25 Credits
  • Contact Extended Campus for next available course
  • Part-time
  • Overview
  • Entry Requirements
  • Fees
  • How to apply
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What is this Programme about?

Validated by South East Technological University SETU Carlow campus, the Level 8, (25 credit), certificate programme is offered as a blend of online and onsite delivery. Delivery methods may include interactive workshops, in-session discussions, presentations, and group-based activities. The programme will commence in August 2022 and students will attend bridging studies sessions before commencing classes in early September. The principle aim of this programme is to develop strategic as well as practical skills in the area of operational management. The programme will provide the student with the knowledge to demonstrate an understanding of a leadership and operation role and this will elevate them within their roles in terms of competence and the assignment of responsibility. It will also increase participation in key decision making in operational processes and provide learners with a cross-disciplinary education in the broad areas of protection of persons and property, together with a strategic knowledge of operational management and leadership.

Learners will undertake the following modules:

  • Practical Leadership for Enhanced Performance

  • Project Management & Communications

  • Strategic Management of Operations

Who is this programme for?

The primary target learner groups are those employed in an Emergency Services or ‘Blue Light’ roles. However, applications from other sectors will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

Students unable to attend the Level 8 honours degree programme, may register for either of the following minor awards:

• Certificate in Leadership & Operational Management / 25 ECTS / Level 8
• Certificate in Advanced Incident Command Management / 10 ECTS / Level 8

Course Delivery

Classes are delivered using a hybrid approach involving a combination of pre-course reading, pre-recorded classes, live and onsite classes. 

Online Support

Students will have full access to a range of supports available online and through Blackboard, our virtual learning environment. These include our new online programme, PACE, which is designed to support students to access and effectively use library resources in order to complete assignments. Additional supports include an Academic Writing Centre and Maths Support Centre, freely available to all students.

Entry Requirements

Applicants who are over 23 years of age are eligible for entry onto the programme as mature students. Those under 23 years must meet CAO entry requirements for higher level education. 


For further information on course fees please contact the Extended Campus office on E: extendedcampus.cw@setu.ie 

T: 059-9175286

RPL (Recognition of Prior Learning)

Have you studied at higher level previously? Have you significant work experience in a business or emergency
services environment? If so you may be eligible for advanced entry or for exemption on some modules. Contact
the Programme Team for further details.

All programmes are mapped to the SETU Carlow Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) policy https://www.itcarlow.ie/resources/quality/quality-policies-procedures.htm and applicants who wish to apply using this route can request the specific RPL for this programme.

SETU Carlow’s RPL Policy offers clear pathways to the learner for recognition of previous learning undertaken and offer every credit to the learner in completing such learning. 

The Programme Board will be responsible for the assessment of entry standards and applications as part of any RPL Process.

How to apply

If you wish to apply to study through the Department of Extended Campus please use the link below


For information on our courses, please contact extendedcampus.cw@setu.ie or phone (059) 91 75826