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Boost your business credentials with university qualifications in management. CSU's Graduate Certificate in Management (Professional Practice) is a one-year part-time course designed to develop applied knowledge and skills in key business management areas.

The course provides an entry point for TAFE graduates and other qualified applicants without an undergraduate degree to undertake university studies in management. Progressively building your academic capabilities, the program prepares you for more advanced postgraduate study at graduate diploma and master's levels.

The Graduate Certificate in Management (Professional Practice) is related to:


  • Why study this course?

    The Graduate Certificate in Management (Professional Practice) provides an articulated pathway (with guaranteed entry and credits) to master's-level studies at Charles Sturt University. It comprises four subjects covering organisational functions such as organisational management, marketing management, human resource management and financial management.

    University study at your local TAFE

    The course is offered through the Australian Graduate Management Consortium (AGMC), a unique partnership between TAFE NSW and CSU. AGMC programs are delivered online and face-to-face through local TAFEs across New South Wales and the Australian Capital Territory.

    Flexible delivery

    Flexible course delivery allows you to fast-track and pick up extra subjects or go slowly when you need to. Available in on-campus and online study modes, the course is ideal if you are working or need your study to fit in with other commitments.

    Practical program

    AGMC programs take an applied approach. You'll be challenged to draw on your professional experiences to address business and management challenges in your own organisation.

    Professionals teaching you

    Academic staff have extensive business, practical workplace and research experience that informs their teaching.

    Credit for prior learning

    The Master of Management (Innovation and Entrepreneurship), Graduate Diploma of Management (Professional Practice) and Graduate Certificate in Management (Professional Practice) form part of an articulated set of courses. Students will receive credit into the Masters for all subjects completed in the Graduate Diploma and Graduate Certificate. Students who complete the Graduate Diploma of Management (Professional Practice) and Graduate Certificate in Management (Professional Practice) may choose instead to continue with the CSU Master of Business Administration (MBA) with full credits. Students who have completed accredited postgraduate studies at other higher education institutions may be eligible for credit into the courses. Credit is assessed as part of the application process.

  • Career opportunities
    CSU’s Graduate Certificate in Management (Professional Practice) provides many exciting career opportunities. For those looking to advance into management, this degree provides the foundational knowledge and skills that managers need to lead successful organisations. For those already in senior management, the degree provides a pathway to develop knowledge and skills in more strategic aspects of organisational management, business innovation and entrepreneurship.
  • Credit and pathways

    AGMC infographic 

    Credit for prior learning and credit for current competencies will be granted to eligible applicants.

    More about Credit

    Students may receive credit (up to 50% of the course) for relevant prior study completed at postgraduate level.

    The Master of Management, Graduate Diploma of Management (Professional Practice) and Graduate Certificate in Management (Professional Practice) form part of an articulated set of courses. On successful completion of the Graduate Certificate in Management (Professional Practice), students are eligible for guaranteed entry and full credit into the Graduate Diploma of Management (Professional Practice).

    On successful completion of the Graduate Diploma, students are eligible for guaranteed entry and full credit into the Master of Management.

  • Subjects

    The below information is for new students. Current students should select their subjects by checking the Handbook for the year of their enrolment

    Course structure

    Graduate Certificate in Management (Professional Practice)
    Graduate Diploma of Management (Professional Practice)
    Master of Management


    Graduate Certificate in Management (Professional Practice)


    Four core subjects


    MGT561 Organisational Management


    MKT531 Marketing Practice


    HRM515 Human Resource Management

    FIN501 Financial Management Practice


    Graduate Diploma of Management (Professional Practice)


    Eight core subjects


    MGT561 Organisational Management


    MKT531 Marketing Practice


    HRM515 Human Resource Management

    FIN501 Financial Management Practice


    MGT556 Business Leadership


    MGT557 Ethics for Managers

    MGT562 Managing Business Operations


    MGT558 Project Management Practice



    Master of Management



    As for the Graduate Diploma (Professional Practice) (8 subjects taken from the Graduate Diploma of Management (Professional Practice)) and then four additional subjects:



    MGT540 The Management of Change


    MGT510 Strategic Management


    AND two of the following:


    MGT530 International Business

    MGT584 Leadership In Teams


    MGT503 The Social and Economic Environment


    MGT580 Forecasting and Risk Assessment

    Enrolment pattern

    There is no fixed enrolment pattern but students should progressively complete subjects in the Graduate Certificate, then the Graduate Diploma and finally the Masters. Students may choose the order in which they undertake subjects at each stage, depending upon subject availability and the meeting of pre-requisites.

  • Residential schools

    The following subjects may have a residential school component:

    LAW519 Negotiation Skills

  • Admission information

    The Graduate Certificate in Management (Professional Practice) provides a dedicated pathway for TAFE graduates to undertake post graduate studies. Applicants must have a completed Diploma or Advanced Diploma qualification from an accredited VET provider plus relevant professional attainment and/or supervisory/managerial experience. On successful completion of the Graduate Certificate, students will be eligible for admission to the Graduate Diploma of Management (Professional Practice) with credits.

    See standard CSU admission criteria

  • Cost of study

    Information about the course fees for the AGMC component of the program is available on the AGMC website.

    For information on the Graduate Certificate in Management (Professional Practice) tuition fees and other costs associated with studying this course, see below.

    Fees - please visit the fees and costs page or contact us for current fee information.

    Tax deduction - in some instances a tax deduction may be claimed for self education expenses. Please seek independent qualified taxation advice.

    Free textbook - online students receive one free textbook per subject.

    Alumni discount

    Already studied with CSU? Our 10% Alumni discount applies to this course!
    Find out more

  • Course details

    Campus locations listed for Online students are purely for administrative purposes and have no relevance to the student experience.

    Enrol TypeModeCampusFee typeSession1Session2Session3Admission Code
    DirectDistance EducationBathurstFPPGYYYRBPP

    LEGEND
    CGS: Commonwealth Government supported places
    FPPG: Fee-paying postgraduate places
    FPOS: Fee-paying overseas student places
    Admission Code: For your reference if required during your application process
    NO TAC: An admission code is not required for applications to CSU Study Centres
    TEMP: An admission code has not yet been assigned for this course

    Graduation requirements

    To graduate students must satisfactorily complete 32 points.

  • How to apply

    For more information on how to apply, visit the AGMC website.

    Apply direct to CSU

    An online application to CSU takes about 15 minutes to complete. Find out more

    Apply online

    This course is not available to international students.

    Thinking of deferring?

    Find out more about deferral

  • About the School

    School of Management and Marketing

    The School of Management and Marketing is a multi-campus school with staff and students on each of the University’s main campuses: Albury-Wodonga; Bathurst; and Wagga Wagga. The School also has many online students from across Australia as well as internationally located.

    Academic staff within the School teach and research in the discipline areas of Management and Marketing and many have extensive business and practical workplace experience that informs their teaching and research.

    We seek to nurture a culture of excellence in teaching, research and professional practice. With a strong focus on quality work-integrated learning and teaching, the School seeks to produce graduates who are highly knowledgeable, insightful, reflective, ethical and workplace capable. The School offers generalist business courses at undergraduate and postgraduate levels, including the Bachelor of Business Studies and the Master of Business Administration (with specialisations). We also offer specialist courses that build core knowledge and skills in particular discipline areas such as Management, Leadership, Organisational Change, Strategy, Human Resource Management and Marketing. Staff in the School are also actively engaged in research and higher degree supervision. Research from our marketing staff has been ranked as internationally significant by Excellence in Research Australia.

  • Academic expectations

    For each 8 point subject at CSU, students should normally expect to spend between 140-160 hours engaged in the specified learning and assessment activities (such as attending lectures or residential schools, assigned readings, tutorial assistance, individual or group research/study, forum activity, workplace learning, assignments or examinations). The student workload for some subjects may vary from these norms as a result of approved course design.

    Students will be assessed on the basis of completed assignments, examinations, workplace learning, or other methods as outlined in specific subject outlines.

    Where applicable, students are responsible for travel and accommodation costs involved in workplace learning experiences, or attending residential schools (distance education students).

    Expectations relating to academic, workplace learning, time and cost requirements for specific subjects are provided in the subject abstracts and in course materials.

    Throughout their studies, CSU students have a responsibility to continue to develop skills in English Language, literacy and numeracy as appropriate to their discipline. This ongoing development will enable students to effectively participate in their course and graduate as competent professionals.

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