Business consultants are professionals who provide expert advice, guidance, and support to organisations and executives who seek to implement change, identify and solve problems, or improve their strategies and operations. Business consultants work with their clients to analyse and understand the status quo, identify issues that require addressing, and work through solutions with the client organisation. The Graduate Certificate in Business Consulting allows you to acquire academically rigorous knowledge of contemporary business consulting practices, principles, and tools. In addition, you will gain key consulting skills, including effective business communications, mentoring and leadership, problem solving, planning, and organisational analysis. In this course, you also have the opportunity to choose an area of specialisation to learn more about organisational change management, business analytics, or project management. Upon graduation, you will be equipped with the knowledge and skills to join an established business consultancy or develop your own consulting business.
The Graduate Certificate in Business Consulting focuses on building the knowledge and skills required by professional business consultants. Students will be able to apply their learning to consultancy roles in established consulting firms, or may choose to set up their own consultancy business. Since consultancy professionals operate across all industries and organisations, including the corporate, government and third (not-for-profit) sectors, graduates will have a wide range of opportunities to focus on an area of interest. Specifically, student may seek employment as:
|Duration||0.5 years full-time or 1 years part-time|
|Credit Points that Must be Earned||24|
|Number of Units Required||CQUniversity uses the concept of credits to express the amount of study required for a particular course and individual units. The number of units varies between courses. Units in postgraduate courses normally consist of 6 points of credit or multiples thereof (e.g. 12, 18, 24).|
|Expected Hours of Study||One point of credit is equivalent to an expectation of approximately two hours of student work per week in a term.|
|Course Type||Postgraduate Award|
|Qualification (post nominal)||GradCertBusConsult|
|AQF Level||Level 8: Graduate Certificate|
Indicative Year - 2023
Indicative Year - 2022
Tertiary Admission Centre Codes (TAC) Codes
To be eligible for entry into this course, applicants must hold one of the following:
Work Experience Deﬁnitions
*Relevant professional business experience must include direct, personal involvement in decision-making responsibility in a range of areas such as budgeting, marketing, HRM, staﬃng, project management, ﬁnancial management, process management, or other relevant professional experience.
Professional experience must be shown in a letter of employment which is presented on a company letterhead as well as signed and dated by a delegated authority. The letter must contain position title, duties performed and length of service.
English Language Proficiency Requirements:
If you were not born in Australia, Canada, New Zealand, United Kingdom, Ireland, South Africa or United States of America you are required to meet the English Language Proficiency requirements set by the University. Applicants are required to provide evidence of completion of:
Completed within Australia, Canada, New Zealand, United Kingdom, South Africa, Ireland, or United States of America, which will meet the English proficiency.
If you do not satisfy any of the above you will need to undertake an English language proficiency test and achieve the following scores as below:
English test results remain valid for no more than two years between final examination date and the date of commencement of study, and must appear on a single result certificate.
International Students should visit http://www.cqu.edu.au/international for further information.
Each student will be assessed individually.
|Interim Awards||Not applicable|
|Exit Awards||Not applicable|
No Residential School for this course.
|Year||Number of Students|
|Course Learning Outcomes|
|Australian Qualifications Framework Descriptors||1||2||3||4|
|1. KNOWLEDGE Have specialised knowledge within a systematic and coherent body of knowledge that may include the acquisition and application of knowledge and skills in a new or existing discipline or professional area|
|2. SKILLS Have cognitive skills to review,analyse, consolidate and synthesise knowledge and identify and provide solutions to complex problems|
|3. SKILLS Have cognitive skills to think critically and to generate and evaluate complex ideas|
|4. SKILLS Have specialised technical and creative skills in a field of highly skilled and/or professional practice|
|5. SKILLS Have communication skills to demonstrate an understanding of theoretical concepts|
|6. SKILLS Have communication skills to transfer complex knowledge and ideas to a variety of audiences|
|7. APPLICATION OF KNOWLEDGE & SKILLS Be able to make high level, independent judgements in a range of technical or management functions in varied specialised contexts|
|8. APPLICATION OF KNOWLEDGE & SKILLS Be able to initiate, plan, implement and evaluate broad functions within varied specialised technical and/or creative contexts|
|9. APPLICATION OF KNOWLEDGE & SKILL Be responsible and accountable for personal outputs and all aspects of the work or function of others within broad parameters|
|10. FOUNDATIONAL KNOWLEDGE sufficient to undertake qualifications|
|11. ACQUISITION AND APPLICATION of knowledge in new or existing disciplines or professional areas drawn from higher education units|
|12. FOUNDATIONAL SKILLS sufficient to undertake qualifications|
|13. ACQUISITION AND APPLICATION of skills in new or existing disciplines or professional areas drawn from higher education units|
|14. Course content drawn from higher education units|
Please note students can undertake a part-time or full-time study mode when commencing the course in Term 1.
Students commencing in Term 2 or Term 3 can currently undertake the course in part-time mode only.
As a student, it is necessary to have access to a computer or equivalent device in order to complete your coursework. You should have a good understanding of technology and the ability to navigate the online environment, which may involve completing online assessments, participating in online forums, and responding to emails. There may be instances where you need to use a computer or equivalent device for in-class tasks or assessments. It is important that you have dependable access to the internet and a computer or equivalent device capable of video conferencing for online classes. Make sure to review your unit profiles to learn about any specific technology requirements for your coursework.