Graduate Certificate in Sustainable Business (C5Q)

Overview  2023

Entry Requirements

See entry requirements

Duration

Minimum 0.5 Years, up to a maximum of 2 Years

Duration

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.

Location

Hobart
Semester 1, Semester 2
Launceston
Semester 1, Semester 2
Online
Semester 1, Semester 2

This course may not be available to international students. Please see the list of distance courses (i.e. online and taken outside Australia) that are offered to international students

Now more than ever, business leaders need to consider a multitude of issues linked to 'sustainable development' when managing their organisation.

As stakeholders increasingly demanding greater accountability from organisations to address their environmental and social impacts, sustainability-related performance is now acknowledged as an integral aspect of business – with a failure to do so putting an organisation’s future at risk.

The Graduate Certificate of Sustainable Business is designed to develop business professionals with the skills to tackle these sustainability-related issues in an increasingly socially and environmentally minded business climate.

The Graduate Certificate is a 4-unit course with flexible learning options for practitioners currently working or seeking a career in the fields of socially responsible investment, business continuity, and governance and assurance.

The Graduate Certificate of Sustainable Business is designed to train you in a way that encourages them to protect the environment for current and future generations by considering the impacts of real-life technical challenges upon different organisational stakeholders.

By critically reflecting on the sustainability of organisational business policies and strategies, you’ll report on, and embrace accountability for, sustainability-related performance. You’ll gain a robust understanding of challenges currently present in the business environment in Tasmania and further afield, enabling graduates to refine their contemporary knowledge of sustainability resolution practices as required by employers.

You’ll be expected to review and comment on the relevance of sustainable development to various forms of organisations and how both internal and external stakeholders - that, includes management, accountants, auditors, shareholders, government - can help in promoting sustainable development. In addition, this course assists you to develop skills to question organisational operations and present solutions using effective written and oral communication skills by applying their technical knowledge and ability to research problems as they relate to implementing sustainable practices.

  • 1 Identify and evaluate various sustainability-related risks and opportunities that confront organisations and society.
  • 2 Think critically to formulate solutions, make decisions and recommendations about contemporary business problems related to the sustainability agenda.
  • 3 Communicate both in oral and written form to justify proposed initiatives for improving the social and environmental performance of an organisation.
  • The Graduate Certificate in Sustainable Business program expose you to real life sustainable business issues. Industry experts such as sustainability managers and top executives will be invited for keynote presentations so that you have the opportunity to interact with industry experts and share your views about the emerging issues related to business sustainability. The Graduate Certificate in Sustainable Business has been designed to train you to critically reflect on organisational business policies, strategies and reporting on sustainability-related issues. Moreover, the The Graduate Certificate in Sustainable Business informs you about how to achieve economic development while protecting the environment, respecting the needs of current and future generations, and achieving sustainable development.

    You'll be expected to review and comment on the relevance of sustainable development to various forms of organisations and how both internal and external stakeholders - that, includes management, accountants, auditors, shareholders, government - can help in promoting sustainable development. In addition, this course assists you to develop skills to question organisational operations and present solutions using effective written and oral communication skills by applying your technical knowledge and ability to research problems as they relate to implementing sustainable practices.

    Career outcomes

    Graduates of this course will be prepared to work across industry sectors as sustainability-informed professionals. Drawing on course content, you’ll be prepared to help organisations in understanding their social and environmental impacts and ensuring that important sustainability issues are addressed.

    Demand for sustainability-focused jobs is anticipated to grow 2.5% on average each year until 2030, making up three-quarters of the top growing occupations*. Sustainability-informed professional are high in demand as organisations are currently looking at net zero carbon emissions pathways and ethically performing supply chains.

    • Environment and Sustainability Manager
    • Environmental Projects Officer
    • Sustainability Consultant
    • Sustainability Product Specialist
    • Circular Economy Officer
    • Performance Support Officer
    • Carbon Consultant

    *People Powering the Future Report, Deloitte Access Economics

    Course structure

    To graduate from the Graduate Certificate in Sustainable Business course, you must satisfactorily complete 50 credit points of study from the core units listed below in the schedule.

    Investors and lenders have an important role with respect to sustainable development. Through directing their financial resources to socially and environmentally responsible investment options, investors and lenders have the power to make significant contribution to sustainable development. This applies to…

    Credit Points: 12.5

    LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
    HobartSemester 1
    HobartSemester 2
    LauncestonSemester 1
    LauncestonSemester 2
    OnlineSemester 1
    OnlineSemester 2

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

    Organisations impact, and are impacted by, the societies in which they operate. That is, they are part of a broader social system.Society generally, and different groups of stakeholders specifically, expect an organisation to accept various responsibilities with respect to how…

    Credit Points: 12.5

    LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
    HobartSemester 1
    HobartSemester 2
    LauncestonSemester 1
    LauncestonSemester 2
    OnlineSemester 1
    OnlineSemester 2

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

    Organisations create various benefits and various costs for stakeholders. Some of these costs and benefits – which can be of a financial, social, or environmental nature - can be quantified in monetary terms while others cannot. Managers have a responsibility…

    Credit Points: 12.5

    LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
    HobartSemester 1
    HobartSemester 2
    LauncestonSemester 1
    LauncestonSemester 2
    OnlineSemester 1
    OnlineSemester 2

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

    Organisations will often have a vision and a mission which will in turn link to goals and objectives and related strategic planning. To enable an organisation to achieve is mission, objectives, and goals requires a well-designed, organisational-relevant governance system. An…

    Credit Points: 12.5

    LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
    HobartSemester 1
    HobartSemester 2
    LauncestonSemester 1
    LauncestonSemester 2
    OnlineSemester 1
    OnlineSemester 2

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

    Entry requirements

    Applicants with higher education study
    To be eligible for an offer, applicants must have:

    • A completed AQF7 bachelor's degree or above, or approved equivalent#, in any discipline.

    Applicants with work experience
    To be eligible for an offer, applicants must have:

    • Qualifications, relevant work experience or other special circumstances, as approved by the College Executive Dean or delegated authority.

    You must provide evidence to support your application on the basis of work experience, in particular a copy of your CV demonstrating your work experience, and letters of reference from line managers or similar to confirm your work 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.

    #An equivalent qualification from an overseas institution as assessed by the University with reference to the equivalencies identified by the National Office of Overseas Skills Recognition (NOOSR).

    Applicants with higher education study
    To be eligible for an offer, applicants must have:

    • A completed AQF7 bachelor's degree or above, or approved equivalent#, in any discipline.

    Applicants with work experience
    To be eligible for an offer, applicants must have:

    • Qualifications, relevant work experience or other special circumstances, as approved by the College Executive Dean or delegated authority.

    You must provide evidence to support your application on the basis of work experience, in particular a copy of your CV demonstrating your work experience, and letters of reference from line managers or similar to confirm your work 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.

    #An equivalent qualification from an overseas institution as assessed by the University with reference to the equivalencies identified by the National Office of Overseas Skills Recognition (NOOSR).

    English Language Requirements
    International students must also provide evidence that they have met the minimum English Language Test Score requirements forPostgraduate coursework programs as published in the University’s English Language Requirements. These tests must have beencompleted in the 24 months preceding the application date.

    Students who successfully complete the Graduate Certificate in Sustainable Business may be eligible for credit of up to 50 cp into the 37O1 Master of Business Administration or 37O2 Master o fBusiness Administration (Executive), subject to the approval of the MBA Director and meeting the admission requirements for the relevant course, particularly the requirements of work experience.

    Fees & scholarships

    Domestic students

    Options for this course

    This is a full-fee course, which means you’ll need to pay the full amount for your studies. Commonwealth Supported Places are not available in this course. However, there are still support options available for eligible students to help you manage the cost of studying this course.

    You may be able to fund all or part of your tuition fees by accessing a FEE-HELP loan from the Australian Government. FEE-HELP is a loan scheme that assists domestic full-fee students to pay for University, which is repaid through the Australian Tax System once you earn above a repayment threshold. This means you’ll only have to start repaying the loan once you start earning above a specific amount

    Our scholarships and prizes program also offers more than 400 scholarships across all areas of study. You can even apply for multiple scholarships in one easy application.

    Further information

    Detailed fee information for domestic students is available at Scholarships, fees and costs, including additional information in relation to the compulsory Student Services and Amenities Fee (SSAF).

    International students

    2023 Total Course Fee (international students): $14,975 AUD*.

    Course cost based on a rate of $29,950 AUD per standard, full-time year of study (100 credit points).

    * Please note that this is an indicative fee only.

    International students

    International students are charged the Student Services and Amenities Fee but this fee is incorporated in the annual rate. International students do not have to make any additional SSAF payments.

    Scholarships

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

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    International
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    Email
    Course.Info@utas.edu.au
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