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.
1 year full time or 2 years part time
Through a mixture of theory and practical course work, learn to:
Identify, map and prioritise internal and external stakeholders of an organisation
Develop effective stakeholder engagement plans
Identify organisational impacts and develop an effective sustainability strategy including baseline audits, appropriate targets, actions and key performance indicators for measuring progress
Manage organisational change
Develop and lead behavioural-change projects
Evaluate projects and write effective reports for different stakeholder groups
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
This course requires evidence of previous experience or study before you can enrol
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.
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.
Take your study further with other courses offered at TAFE NSW:
The Diploma of Sustainable Practice does not have any post-graduate courses.
At TAFE NSW, we recognise your previous study and work experience. You can apply for recognition of prior learning (https://www.tafensw.edu.au/enrol/recognition-credit-transfers) or a credit transfer with any of our courses. If you're successful you'll get your qualification faster.
Completion of this course requires you to successfully complete 8 subjects (80 credit points) made up of 8 core subjects.
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
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