Course code: HE20517V01

    Diploma of Sustainable Practice

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    OverviewAbout this course

    The higher education Diploma of Sustainable Practice is fully aligned with extensive research conducted by the peak, global industry association - the International Society of Sustainability Professionals (ISSP) - into the knowledge and skills needed to be an excellent sustainability professional.

    This course will support you in creating opportunities to embed sustainability and sustainable practice in any organisation. It will provide you with the knowledge, confidence and transferable skills to design, develop, implement and evaluate frameworks and programs that will bring about lasting change to reduce organisational risk and increase resilience. As an umbrella industry, sustainability professionals come from diverse backgrounds, but what unites them is a drive to be an agent of change for a better future.

    Course duration

    1 year full time or 2 years part time

    OutcomesWhat you'll gain

    Learning outcomes

    Through a mixture of theory and practical course work, learn to:

    • Apply your knowledge of the importance of sustainability and sustainable practices and how these can contribute to global, national and local environmental, social and economic objectives

    • Identify and use appropriate methods and tools for collecting, collating and analysing sustainability performance indicators and metrics to support a sustainability agenda

    • Report on a sustainability agenda on an organisational and personal level

    • Apply foundational knowledge of opportunities and trends in sustainable governance and how they can contribute to global, national and local sustainability objectives

    Course outcomes

    Develop specialist skills to gain an advantage in the job market

    • Graduate with a Higher Education Diploma

    • The confidence and knowledge to assist you to achieve professional ISSP certification

    • Knowledge and skills that are transferrable to many industries and organisations

    • The confidence to manage organisational change

    • Exposure to a network of industry professionals and peers

    SuitabilityIs this course right for you?

    Entry requirements

    This course requires evidence of previous experience or study before you can enrol

    You must demonstrate that you have achieved one of the following:

      • A NSW Higher School Certificate (HSC) or its equivalent or
      • A Certificate IV in Tertiary Preparation or its equivalent or
      • A completed certificate IV or higher vocational qualification or
      • At least one year of completed full-time study in a degree course at a higher education institution


      • Your certificates, transcripts and other entry requirement evidence must be certified through a Justice of the Peace or other authorising officer

    Entry recommendations

    To be prepared for this course, we recommend that you have:

    • A strong desire to design, innovate and find opportunities to live sustainably

    • Drive and determination to be an agent of change and make a real, meaningful and lasting difference for a better future in any organisation

    • A recognition that society can do better when it comes to sustainability practices

    • A PC or laptop to access study materials and complete your assessments. You can access this equipment on campus, however it is highly recommended you have your own equipment available

    You do not require an ATAR score for entry into this course.

    If you are unable to meet the entry requirements, you may be eligible for special admission.

    Please continue with your application and you will be guided to identify as mature aged (at least 21 years old in your first year of study) or disadvantaged (disability, serious or chronic illness, interrupted education, lack of support for study, serious personal problems and/or serious family responsibilities). Please contact us to find out more.

    TAFE NSW is committed to meeting the learning needs of every community. Meeting these needs can mean there are additional entry requirements at different campus locations. Check your preferred location for further requirements. If you need help preparing for study, contact us to find out how we can support you.

    PathwaysFuture career and study options

    Career pathways

    Our graduates go onto roles like: sustainability manager, sustainability coordinator, sustainability consultant, sustainability specialist, sustainability engagement officer, climate impact consultant, climate emergency coordinator, energy officer, climate and nature coordinator, community organiser, waste education officer.

    Study pathways

    Take your study further with other courses offered at TAFE NSW:

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    Advance your skills to take your career to the next level

    The Diploma of Sustainable Practice does not have any post-graduate courses.

    Your experience counts

    At TAFE NSW, we recognise your previous study and work experience. You can apply for recognition of prior learning ( or a credit transfer with any of our courses. If you're successful you'll get your qualification faster.

    SubjectsSubjects in this course

    Completion of this course requires you to successfully complete 8 subjects (80 credit points) made up of 8 core subjects.

    Core Subjects

    Elective Subjects

    Note: Some courses offer the opportunity to choose subjects from the complete suite of Higher Education electives that are delivered by TAFE NSW. Once you’ve enrolled, contact your Course Coordinator to discuss tailoring your course to align with your interests and goals.

    AccreditationIndustry endorsement

    The higher education Diploma of Sustainable Practice is accredited by the International Society of Sustainability Professionals (ISSP), the peak global industry body. TAFE NSW is the only Australian education partner of the ISSP. This qualification prepares you to apply for the Sustainability Excellence Associate professional certification with the ISSP.

    ISSP Education Partner

    TAFE NSW servicesFacilities and support

    TAFE NSW provides support services across all campus locations and online. Whatever your needs or circumstances, we have the people, resources, counselling and facilities to support you in focusing on your studies.

    • TAFE NSW Disability Support Service

    • TAFE NSW Language, Literacy and Numeracy (LLN) support

    • TAFE NSW Aboriginal Support; Learner support (ABE)

    • TAFE NSW Careers, Counselling and Pathways Service

    • TAFE NSW Libraries

    • Scholarship programs – be supported as you explore your talents and fulfil your potential

    • Read&Write literacy and study support software is available free for all TAFE NSW students to use while studying on campus and at home

    • LinkedIn Learning – an online resource which offers innovative courses and tutorials to improve your personal and professional skills

    • Student associations – get social with our student community

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