The Graduate Diploma in Notarial Practice offered by the Sir Zelman Cowen Centre and is the first post-graduate university qualification available in Australia and New Zealand in the increasingly important area of Notarial Practice.
The programme was developed by the Cowen Centre in association with the Society of Notaries of Victoria Inc. and is based upon and benchmarked against the Diploma in Notarial Practice offered by Cambridge University's Institute of Continuing Education.
The course of study leading to the conferral of a Graduate Diploma has been approved by Victoria's Council of Legal Education as one which satisfies the requirements of the Public Notaries Act 2001 (Vic) in relation to the education of prospective notaries in Victoria.
Despite having originated to meet a specific legislative requirement in Victoria, there is no doubt that the Graduate Diploma in Notarial Practice has quickly become the pre-eminent qualification for practicing and prospective notaries in Australia.Aims and Objectives
The aim of the Graduate Diploma programme is to provide a first quality post-graduate professional qualification in Notarial Practice for practising notaries in Australia and for those diplomates who seek appointment as notaries in Victoria.
The objectives of the course are to provide students with:
The Graduate Diploma in Notarial Practices comprises four units of study which may be taken over 2 semesters on a full time basis or part time over two years. All subjects carry a value of 24 credit points. A student must obtain 96 credit points in order to graduate.
The programme is delivered using a combination of a weekend intensive and self paced study at the Sir Zelman Cowen Centre located at the School of Law at our Queen Street campus. It is recommended that ZCC5004 is undertaken prior to the other units of study. It is generally scheduled in May each year. In 2010, the following units are scheduled:
The programme's modular structure and flexible teaching approach has been designed to enable practitioners, including overseas, interstate and country practitioners, to readily undertake the course.
The compulsory intensive weekend workshop is the only component of the programme with a fixed time commitment. The time required to complete each self paced module very much depends on each student's circumstances and approach to the programme. Tutorial support is provided by the Cowen Centre's teaching staff by telephone or e-mail. Students receive a comprehensive study guide for the self paced units and as enrolled students have full access to the Library and other resources to support their learning.Assessment
Due dates are negotiated with the course co-ordinator to provide flexibility to both accommodate employment demands of students and their professional and career interests. Assessment is by written assignments submitted during the course.
Due dates are negotiated with the course co-ordinator to provide the flexibility required to both accommodate employment demands of students and their professional and career interests.
The Graduate Diploma programme is conduced by the Cowen Centre's Director of Notarial Studies, Professor Peter Zablud and its Associate Director, Professor Philip Hamilton, both of whom are leading practicing notaries in their own right.
Victoria Law School also provides teaching staff and assists with ongoing tutorial support.
The intensive weekend workshop is conducted in association with the Society of Notaries of Victoria Inc. Experienced practicing notaries present lectures and workshops and lead discussions.
For further details in relation to the course, its structure and any other information, please contact the Course Co-ordinator and enquiries team at email@example.comApplication Procedure
To apply for the Graduate Diploma course – you must firstly download and complete the 2010 Higher Education Direct Admission/Supplementary Information Form
Please do NOT submit your application via the ONLINE tool.
The Cowen Centre will notify you via letter or email of the outcome of your application once the selection committee has reviewed your application.
Students must meet Victoria University's admission application requirements.
For information on the university's 2010 intake, refer to the Admissions Advice for 2010 Intake (PDF, 52 KB) form. However late applications will be accepted if negotiated with the Course coordinator of the Sir Zelman Cowen Centre.Enrolment Procedure
All students must comply with the enrolment procedures of Victoria University to ensure the award of the Graduate Diploma on successful completion of the programme.CPD and MCLE
The Graduate Diploma programme in Notarial Studies is a course which fulfils the criteria for which CPD credits may be claimed by practitioners holding Victorian practising certificates. MCLE credits may be claimed by practitioners holding NSW practising certificates. Students may claim CPD or MCLE credits in accordance with their respective State rules.
Last reviewed: 08/04/2010