Graduate Certificate in Enterprise Development (35B)

Overview  2021

Entry Requirements

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Minimum 0.5 Years, up to a maximum of 2 Years


Duration refers to the minimum and maximum amounts of time in which this course can be completed. It will be affected by whether you choose to study full or part time, noting that some programs are only available part time.


This course may not be available to international students. Please see the International Online Course Guide (PDF 809KB) for courses that are offered to international students

The Graduate Certificate in Enterprise Development is a 6 month full-time or part-time equivalent course offered by the Tasmanian School of Business and Economics. The course is full fee-paying, which means that you will be charged at the full fee-paying rate listed for each unit. The first intake of this course is planned for Semester 1, 2022.

The Graduate Certificate in Enterprise Development is designed to give students the skills and knowledge required to identify and develop new product or service innovations, in any organisational context.

The course is available to students who have completed a bachelor degree and want to develop their enterprenuership skills and increase their employability, as well as those who have not completed a degree but have substantial work experience and wish to build the intrapreneurship capability in their organisation.

Students will develop their creativity and entrepreneurial capability, with the opportunity to learn from entrepreneurs and innovators across diverse industries, opening up opportunities for individual career growth.

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The Graduate Certificate in Enterprise Development is particularly designed to assist organisationally employed individuals to develop entrepreneurship and innovation capacity for application in organisational contexts. It additionally serves as a pathway to the Professional Honours in Enterprise Development in terms of the skills and understanding needed to successfully complete that program.

Students will engage with the teaching material in the classroom (virtually or face-to-face), and through relationships with mentors and peers from diverse disciplinary backgrounds, as well as industry-relevant project work. The course will use place-based pedagogy and draw on industry experts across Tasmania to offer a unique experience which showcases and benefits the region. Students will develop foundational knowledge in entrepreneurship and innovation theory and tools which they can apply in their chosen industry sector.

This course is grounded in a philosophy based on three major premises. The first premise is that entrepreneurial skills can best be acquired and refined by applying knowledge, concepts, and theories learned in the classroom to diverse, complex contexts. The second premise is that entrepreneurship and innovation are key drivers of organisational success and sustainability and benefit wider society.

The third premise is that entrepreneurship and innovation flourish in cross-disciplinary environments, notably amongst students from diverse disciplinary backgrounds. Graduates from this course will develop creativity, reflective thinking, and critical enquiry and have the foundational knowledge and skills necessary for the effective creation of innovation and entrepreneurship capacity within an organisational environment.

CLO1Critically evaluate theories and practices of entrepreneurship and innovation.
CLO2Identify and critically analyse internal and external factors that affect an organisation's ability to create and/or discover new opportunities and that influence the organisation's ability to commercialise products and services.
CLO3Evaluate an innovative solution for an enterprise using creativity, reflective thinking and critical inquiry skills
CLO4Communicate new business ideas and plans in formats that engage and influence diverse stakeholders.

Career outcomes

Professional Recognition

Graduates of Professional Honours/Graduate Certificate in Enterprise Development are able to apply for membership with the International Society for Professional Innovation Management (ISPIM) and be part of the junior researcher community.

The ISPIM is a community of members from research, industry, consulting and the public sector and is the oldest, largest and most active international innovation network.

Course structure

Students undertaking the Graduate Certificate in Enterprise Development complete 50 credit points of core units.

Core units

To be innovative, you need to be able to think differently.In this unit, you’ll learn about the thinking tools that entrepreneurs use to create innovative products and build a thriving business around them. You’ll learn what it means to adopt…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 1
LauncestonSemester 2

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

Some of the most important skills for an entrepreneur are the ability to communicate effectively, establish relationships with all stakeholders related to your enterprise and being able to develop a network of people important to your success.This unit will equip…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 2

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

This unit is divided into two components. The first component deals with finance – the sourcing and management of funds as well as the valuation of your venture. The second component deals with risk – the understanding of what risk…

Credit Points: 12.5

This unit is currently unavailable.

Firms are paying more attention to the development of new products and services to enhance their market position. Commercialising innovative products and services on a timely basis is a key to not only profit but in some industries, survival. However,…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 2

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

Entry requirements

For admission to this course you need either:

  • A completed Australian Bachelor Degree or above, or approved equivalent#; or
  • at least three years' management experience*.

You must provide evidence to support your eligibility for the degree, in particular a copy of your CV showing your work experience, and letters of reference from line managers or similar to confirm the work experience meets the minimum level for entry.

#approved equivalent from any overseas institution as assessed by the National Office of Overseas Skills Recognition (NOOSR).

*minimum management experience in this case is defined as supervisory, team leader or business manager experience. In the case of applicants who have worked as a sole trader or consultant, additional evidence to support the level of experience must be provided.

International students must provide one of the following:

  • UTASAccess Level 7 with a minimum overall score of 60% and no individual skill below 60%; or
  • an IELTS score with an overall Band of 6 and no band less than 6; or
  • a TOEFL (iBT) overall score of 72 (no individual skill must be lower than: Reading 16; Listening 16; Speaking 18; and, Writing 22) or
  • a PTE Academic overall score of 50 with no score lower than 50, or
  • provide evidence that you have studied for 2 years full-time with English as the sole medium of instruction and examination.

These tests must not be more than 24 months old.

Students who complete this course may be eligible to articulate with full credit into the B4F Bachelor of Business with Professional Honours (Enterprise Development).

Fees & scholarships

Domestic students

Domestic students enrolled in a full fee paying place are charged the Student Services and Amenities Fee but this fee is incorporated in the fees you pay for each unit you enrol in. Full fee paying domestic students do not have to make any additional SSAF payments.

Detailed tuition fee information for domestic students is available at the Domestic Student Fees website, including additional information in relation to a compulsory Student Services and Amenities Fee (SSAF).

International students

International students should refer to the International Students course fees page to get an indicative course cost.


For information on general scholarships available at the University of Tasmania, please visit the scholarships website.

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