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0.5 year/s full-time
1 year/s part-time


Semester 1


CDU Waterfront Darwin, Online
Not available to international students.

Credit points required


Course code



The Undergraduate Certificate Introduction to Sustainable Business is a 6-month course that offers you the opportunity to upskill, reskill or retrain in business. Available 100% online or on campus, this course will equip you with core business and accounting skills and give you a direct pathway into related higher education courses should you wish to continue studying.

During this course you will learn about business communications and the professional skills required both in organisations and for higher education study. You can tailor the course, with the option to choose from a range of introductory units relating to management, accounting, marketing, entrepreneurship, economics or business analysis. This course is designed to support your learning needs and develop your study skills.

On completing the Undergraduate Certificate Introduction to Sustainable Business, you'll be eligible to use the credits you've gained towards further study of a Bachelor-level degree in business or accounting, including:

  • Bachelor of Business
  • Bachelor of Accounting
  • Bachelor of Accounting/Diploma of Laws

You may also use this Undergraduate Certificate as a pathway for entry into a variety of other higher education courses.

Advanced standing may be granted for some or all of the subjects you have successfully completed. If further study is your intention, be sure to check the requirements of your preferred undergraduate degree to determine how many credits you can transfer.

Note: On current advice the Undergraduate Certificate must be completed by the end of 2025.


Commonwealth Supported places are available in this course to students who meet one of the following residency requirements:

(a) Australian Citizenship; or

(b) a New Zealand citizen or a permanent resident visa holder who will be resident within Australia for the duration of the unit.

All commonwealth-supported students who apply and commence this undergraduate certificate in 2022 will receive a 20% discount on their student contribution. The total cost of this course is $5852.00 + Student Services & Amenities fee. The undiscounted price for this course is $7312.00 + Student Services & Amenities fee.

Information about unit fees can be found at Domestic Fees.

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Why study business at CDU?

Learn from internationally recognised academics when you study Business at CDU. Future-proof your career with accredited courses built on sustainable business practices and innovation. You'll graduate ready to make an impact on the global market.

  • Study online or on campus, full-time or part-time, however it suits you
  • #2 Australian uni for undergraduate employment outcomes (GUG 2022)
  • Industry experts with experience in Australia, the Asia Pacific and beyond

What will I study?

This 40-credit point course consists of one (1) core and three (3) specialist elective units. This course includes a combination of introductory and first-year degree subjects, designed to help you gain core business knowledge and develop the necessary skills for successful university studies.

Course structure

A candidate must successfully complete units totalling 40 credit points (cp) as detailed below. All units are valued at 10 credit points unless indicated.

Unit typeCredit PointsSpecific requirements
(1 unit)
10cpCompulsory Core units totalling 10 credit points as detailed below.

COM105 Business Communications

Specialist Elective
(3-4 units)



Specialist Elective units totalling 30 credit points selected from one of the following specialisations below:

ACT102 Introduction to Accounting* or ACT205 Accounting for Managers**
ECO107 Economics and the Modern Business Enterprise
ENT101 Entrepreneurship Fundamentals - Part A (5 cp)
ENT102 Entrepreneurship Fundamentals - Part B (5 cp)
IAS201 Cultural Capabilities
LAW105 Introduction to Business Law
MAN105 Introduction to Management
MKT103 Fundamentals of Marketing
QAB105 Business Research Methods

 40cpTotal Credit Points

*ACT102 Introduction to Accounting will provide credit transfer to the Bachelor of Accounting or Bachelor of Accounting & Diploma of Laws
**ACT205 Accounting for Managers will provide credit transfer to the Bachelor of Business or Bachelor of Digital Enterprise 

Study plan

Students Commencing in Semester 1

The Recommended Study Plan provided below is suitable for a student commencing in semester 1 and enrolling in a standard full time or part time load.

Full-time Study Plan

Legend:CO = Core UnitSE = Specialist Elective
Semester 1Semester 2
Year 1
COM105 Business CommunicationsCO  
Specialist Elective 1SE  
Specialist Elective 2SE  
Specialist Elective 3SE  

Part-time Study Plan

Legend:CO = Core UnitSE = Specialist Elective
Semester 1Semester 2
Year 1
COM105 Business CommunicationsCOSpecialist Elective 2SE
Specialist Elective 1SESpecialist Elective 3SE


Entry requirements

Admission criteria

Admission requirements are met by one of the following:

  • Successful completion of the Northern Territory Certificate of Education and Training (or equivalent).
  • Successful completion of a national qualification at Certificate III level or higher.
  • Successful completion of at least 0.5 year of full-time study (or equivalent) of a higher education degree/diploma.
  • Overseas secondary or tertiary qualifications considered equivalent to the above Australian qualifications.
  • Attainment of a STAT Multiple Choice score of 125 or higher.
  • Successful completion of a recognised tertiary preparation course.
  • Submission of an acceptable personal competencies statement and/or employment experience.

Essential requirements

English language requirements

To gain entry into Charles Darwin University, all Higher Education applicants must satisfy the University's English Language Proficiency Requirements for their chosen course of study. International applicants will be required to supply evidence of this at the time of application.

The people-first approach to flexibility and supportive learning environment at CDU meant I could find a balance with study, work and family life.


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Course details


This course is accredited by the University in accordance with the Higher Education Standards.

Additional information

Can offers be deferred?
Undergraduate Certificate (Sustainable Business)
Asia Pacific College of Business and Law
Area of study

Contact details

For further information about the course, enrolment procedures, closing dates and other administrative issues please contact Student Central on: 8946 7766 or 1800 061 963 (free call)

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How to apply

There are many ways to apply to CDU. The method you use depends on your course type, where you live and whether you are a new or returning student to CDU.

Remember to apply early for your best chance at securing an offer to study with us.


SATAC is the application channel for residents of NT, ACT, SA, WA, QLD, VIC or TAS.


UAC is the application channel for residents of NSW.


Direct applications are available to students who have completed a CDU or BIITE course at a Certificate III level or higher. Most CDU and BIITE enabling programs are also accepted through this process.

If you do not meet any of the criteria above please visit Pathways to study to view the options available to you.


UAC Code
CDU Waterfront Darwin (CSP)
Online (CSP)
* CSP = Commonwealth supported place
FF = Full fee

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