Course code: HE20517V01

Diploma of Sustainable Practice

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Overview About 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

Outcomes What you'll gain

Learning outcomes

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

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

Suitability Is 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.

Pathways Future 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

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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.

Subjects Subjects 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.

      Accreditation Industry 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 services Facilities 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

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