Diploma in Labour-Based Works


Diploma in Labour-Based Works

The Diploma is available in English, Français

Around the world, millions of people lack infrastructure (roads, bridges, water supply, etc.) to access basic services (water, health, education). Improving infrastructure and maintaining them can improve living standards and have a direct impact on the quality of people’s lives.  

The Diploma in Labour-Based is a new online learning programme. Its central objective is to support the improvement of the national and local authorities as well as development practitioners and professionals to leverage public investments as a conduit for job creation and employment promotion. The Diploma pays special attention to the link between infrastructure development with employment creation, poverty reduction and local economic and social development. For this purpose, international labour standards and decent work mainstreaming as well as labour-intensive approaches especially in the construction and related sectors will be the overarching themes.

The Diploma is composed of several courses listed here below. Participants who wish to obtain the Diploma in Labour-Based need to complete three courses within a 5-year period and a capstone project (e.g. submission of a report).


Participants are officials, professionals, consultants with the functions of designing, implementing, monitoring, and evaluating public investment programmes and projects. They should have a strong commitment and sound quantitative skills who normally already have a number of years of work experience in public works. They should hold bachelor or advanced degrees and have a strong quantitative background in public administration, civil engineering, social science, finance, or related fields.


On achieving the Diploma in Labour-Based recognition, successful candidates will:

  • Have gained solid understanding of key elements of public works designs and implementation;
  • Be able to demonstrate the achievement through a recognised certification from the ITCILO; and
  • Be part of a growing network of development and labour-based practitioners to serve as an ongoing platform for exchange.

During each of the three chosen courses, participants are immersed in a rich, intensive and flexible online learning programme, which guarantees a steep learning curve in an international environment of knowledge exchange. It also provides a unique opportunity for networking with a large pool of experts


For each eligible certification programme, the assessment process establishes whether participants have a full grasp of the skills and concepts included, resulting in a course-specific “Certificate of Achievement” issued by the ITCILO. To earn the Diploma, participants need to complete three courses and then undertake a capstone assignment demonstrating the consolidated learning of the courses combined. The capstone assignment takes form of a report that uses different policy instruments from the three completed courses to develop policy recommendations for a specific country context


The Centre is able to draw on the expertise of the ILO and sister United Nation Organisations. The ILO has been active for more than 100 years in bringing governments, employers and workers to cooperate in order to promote decent work and social justice. This experience has resulted in a long experience and deep understanding of development cooperation. The ILO’s leading role in international cooperation on world of work questions also means the Centre is able to draw on a wide network of expertise within the UN system, academia and beyond.