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Undergraduate Certificate Introduction to Sustainable Business


Not available to international students.
UAC Code
CDU Waterfront Darwin (CSP)
Online (CSP)
* CSP = Commonwealth supported place
FF = Full fee
Course duration
0.5 year/s
1 year/s
Availability for Admission
Semester 1
International on campus
International online
Applications accepted through MyNextCourse
Can offers be deferred?
CDU Reference
CDU Course Code


Undergraduate Certificate (Sustainable Business)
Asia Pacific College of Business and Law
Area of study
Business, Accounting and Services Industries

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.

Apply by 26 February to save 20% on course fees for 2021.*

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.

* Discounted course fees for Undergraduate Certificates are only available to domestic students who apply by 26 February 2021 and enrol in Semester 1 2021. Refer to the fees tab for more information.

Note: On current advice the Undergraduate Certificate must be completed by the end of 2021.

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

Contact details

For further information about the course, enrolment procedures, closing dates and other administrative issues please contact Student Central on:

Email: Phone: (08) 8946 7766 or 1800 061 963 (free call)

Admission criteria

  • 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.

Course structure

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.

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 type Credit Points Specific requirements
(1 unit)
10cp Compulsory 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

  40cp Total 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 Unit SE = Specialist Elective
Semester 1 Semester 2
Year 1
COM105 Business Communications CO    
Specialist Elective 1 SE    
Specialist Elective 2 SE    
Specialist Elective 3 SE    

Part-time Study Plan

Legend: CO = Core Unit SE = Specialist Elective
Semester 1 Semester 2
Year 1
COM105 Business Communications CO Specialist Elective 2 SE
Specialist Elective 1 SE Specialist Elective 3 SE


Course fees

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 by 26 February and commence this undergraduate certificate in 2021 will receive a 20% discount on their student contribution. The total cost of this course is $5,800.00 + Student Services & Amenities fee. The undiscounted price for this course ranges is $7,250.00 + Student Services & Amenities fee.

Information about unit fees can be found at Domestic Fees.

Domestic - Undergraduate Certificate studies


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





International students

How to apply direct to CDU

Applications to CDU must be submitted online.


You will need a valid email address to create your online account.


Once you have started the application you will have the option of saving your application and resuming it at a later date.


There is no application fee when you apply online.

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