Graduate Certificate in Entrepreneurship, Innovation and Sustainability - CM37

Learn to foster an entrepreneurial mindset and adopt creativity and design thinking approaches to drive innovation and address sustainability challenges within the corporate, government and not-for-profit sectors, with CQUni's Graduate Certificate in Entrepreneurship, Innovation and Sustainability. Building on a foundation of business theory, and the core values of sustainability, this course will equip you with the entrepreneurial competency to identify and act upon new business opportunities and innovations in a sustainable and ethical manner.

With fee savings of more than 40% available to eligible students in 2022, now is the perfect time to upskill and advance your career. This course is an approved short course under the Australian Government's Job Ready Graduates funding package and is Commonwealth supported in 2022. Eligible students who study the course in 2022 will pay total student contribution fees will start from $7312






0.5 years full-time, 1 years part-time



Entrepreneurship and innovation are crucial components in society's move towards sustainable development. The Graduate Certificate in Entrepreneurship, Innovation and Sustainability allows you to acquire academically rigorous knowledge of contemporary sustainable management principles and practices while gaining practical, transferable skills that support you in your entrepreneurship and innovation ambitions.

During this course you will experience a variety of perspectives, learning activities, and management tools that help you develop entrepreneurial, innovation-focused thinking. This experience will allow you to appreciate the crucial role that innovation and entrepreneurship play in the effort to address sustainability challenges. Building on a foundation of business theory, and the core values of sustainability, the course equips graduates with entrepreneurial competency to identify and act upon new business opportunities and innovations in a sustainable and ethical manner. The concept of sustainability, viewed through the lens of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), further adds to your capacity for becoming agents of change in and beyond business. 

As a leader in online education, and with more than 40 years experience delivering distance education, benefit from the flexibility to study this course online, part-time. 

Qualification from $7312

Take advantage of the Government's Job Ready subsidies and receive a discount on full fees in the Graduate Certificate in Entrepreneurship, Innovation and Sustainability. If you are eligible for a Commonwealth Supported Place, and apply to study in 2022, your total student contribution fees will start from $7312 (depending on electives chosen).

Core Units 3 Major Units None
Electives 1 Minor Units None

You are required to complete three core units and one elective. This course can be studied part-time only based on current unit availabilities.

Core units:
  • MGMT20144 Management and Business Context (Available for enrolment Term 1, Term 2 and Term 3)
  • MRKT20052 Marketing Management and Digital Communications (Available for enrolment Term 1, Term 2 and Term 3)
  • MGMT20142 Contemporary issues in Entrepreneurship, Innovation and Sustainability (Available for enrolment Term 1 and Term 3
Elective units:
  • MGMT20143 Think Big (Available for enrolment Term 1, Term 2 and Term 3)
  • MGMT20132 Innovation and Sustainable Business Development (Available for enrolment Term 1 and Term 2)

For information on the units, you could study as part of this course, visit the Handbook and select the "Course Structure" tab.

If you have already completed study relevant to the course you have enrolled in, you may be eligible for credit transfer.

CQUniversity’s suite of postgraduate management and business degrees provides you with the versatility to study a course that is aligned to your learning needs.

If you are a business professional seeking a qualification to support your experience or you are seeking career advancement, then one of our study options will be a strong fit with your management and leadership aspirations.

Our postgraduate business management courses are designed to maximise your management and leadership potential. 

Our Graduate Certificate in Entrepreneurship, Innovation and Sustainability is available to study online, part-time giving you the flexibility to study in a way that suits you.

As an online student, you will benefit from the latest in learning technology that keeps you connected and supported throughout your studies.

The School of Business and Law are among the most qualified and active in the business community. Our expertise and experience are recognised by the AFR Boss MBA rankings (2019) for being one of only two universities that have 100 per cent of teachers with a PhD and 100 per cent of faculty with current business experience. Whether you are studying towards your MBA at CQUniversity or another postgraduate business degree, you can study with confidence knowing you will be learning from experienced business professionals and expert course leaders.

Online Availability

Term 1 - 2023Available Online
Term 2 - 2022Available Online
Term 2 - 2023Available Online
Term 3 - 2022Available Online
Term 3 - 2023Available Online
Majors and minors are not applicable to this course.
Work-integrated learning does not apply to this course.
This course has no residential schools.

To be eligible for entry into this course, applicants must hold one of the following:

  • A completed Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) equivalent Bachelor degree, or higher equivalent qualification; or
  • A completed Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) equivalent Diploma qualification; with a minimum of two years relevant business experience*; or
  • A minimum of five years relevant professional business experience*.

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:

  • A secondary qualification (Year 11 and 12, or equivalent), or
  • An Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) diploma level qualification, or
  • Bachelor level qualification study for a period of at least 2 years fulltime with a minimum overall GPA 4.0

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:

  • An International English Language Testing System (IELTS Academic) overall band score of at least 6.0 overall with a minimum 5.5 in each subset; or
  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) - Requires 550 or better overall & minimum TWE score of 4.5 (Paper Based Test), or 75 or better overall and no score less than 17 (Internet Based Test); or
  • Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE Academic) - Requires an overall score of 54 with no sub-score less than 46; or
  • An Occupational English Test with Grades A or B only in each of the four components.

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 for further information.

Each student will be assessed individually.

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Health Requirements


Assumed Knowledge


The Graduate Certificate in Entrepreneurship, Innovation and Sustainability focuses on building knowledge, skills and mindset required to address sustainability challenges through entrepreneurial and innovative endeavours across the corporate, government and third (not-for-profit) sectors. Since sustainability affects all facets of the business world, the learning and experience from this course can be applied to new start-ups, small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) and large organisations. Specifically, students may seek employment in:

  • Consulting and advising on entrepreneurship, innovation and sustainability
  • Design and management of sustainability projects
  • New venture development
  • Corporate innovation and intrapreneurship
  • Social incubator and technological innovation, support services to new ventures, in Not-For-Profit and SME sectors
Professional recognition is not applicable to this course.
2022 Indicative Fees
Fee TypeFees
Domestic Full Fee Paying – Indicative First Year Fee$11,982.00

The indicative first year fee is an approximate cost of enrolling in four units in one academic year. Your actual fees may vary, depending on the units that you select to study and the number of units you study per term. You can view unit fees in the Cost Per Unit table. Fees are reviewed annually and are subject to change.

2022 Fees 

This course is an approved short course under the Australian Government's Job Ready Graduates funding package and is Commonwealth supported in 2022. Job Ready fees quoted on this course page are indicative, and final fees may vary depending upon individual students' selection of elective units.  

About Fees

Fee Category Commonwealth Supported Place
What is a Commonwealth Supported Place? A Commonwealth Supported Place is subsidised by the Government so that you are only required to pay a Student Contribution amount rather than tuition fees.
Am I eligible for a Commonwealth Supported Place? You are eligible to be Commonwealth supported if you are:
  • an Australian citizen who will undertake in Australia at least one unit of study that contributes to the requirements of your course; or
  • a New Zealand citizen who will be resident in Australia for the duration of your unit of study; or
  • the holder of a permanent visa, including a permanent humanitarian visa, who will be resident in Australia for the duration of your unit of study.
  • If you are not eligible for a Commonwealth Supported Place you will be required to pay tuition fees. Find out more about tuition fees or fees for international students.

Fee Type Student Contribution
What is a Student contribution? As a Commonwealth supported student, you will contribute towards the cost of your education by paying a Student Contribution. The Student Contribution is calculated for each term of enrolment based on the individual units you have enrolled in, not the course you are studying.
What is my Student Contribution? Your Student Contribution fee is charged per unit of study and is dependent on the Student Contribution Band for each unit. Student Contribution Bands are categorised by study disciplines and help provide an estimate of course fees.
HECS-HELP and payment options

HECS-HELP is the loan scheme provided the Australian Government to help eligible Commonwealth supported students pay their student contributions through a loan. Eligible students can use a HECS-HELP loan to pay for all or some of their Student Contribution amount. If you elect to use a HECS-HELP loan, this means that you will defer payment of your Student Contribution amount and repay your HECS-HELP loan when your income is above the compulsory repayment threshold.

If you are not eligible for a HECS-HELP loan, or you are required to pay your Student Contribution upfront, you will need to pay your fees no later than the census date for the term in which you are studying.

Other Fees You will also incur a Student Services and Amenities Fee.
Other study costs You may have other study costs such as travel expenses related to residential schools or work placements if they are a requirement of your course. There are also textbooks, stationery and other sundry costs associated with studying.

At CQUniversity, we believe University should be for everyone. No matter your situation, we know that everyone needs a helping hand from time to time and are proud to offer a wide range of scholarships, bursaries and stipends.
Our scholarships could help you pay for things like relocation, living on campus, laptops and technology, childcare, study and living expenses, travel and more. 

If you have decided what you would like to study and are ready to apply, we’re here to help you along the way. Before you apply, you will need to have a Unique Student Identifier (USI). If you do not have a USI, creating one is quick and easy. Simply visit to create one.

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What’s the best way to apply?

  • Option 1: Ideal for Western Australian residents or those who want to study in Western Australia.
  • Option 2: Ideal for all other states.


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