Course code: HE20537V01

Undergraduate Certificate in Sustainable Practice

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Overview About this course

The higher education Undergraduate Certificate in Sustainable Practice is the first half of the Diploma of Sustainable Practice. This course enhances your current knowledge and skills, and prepares you for a career as an excellent sustainability professional. Graduate with the skills to understand and address the sustainability challenges facing any organisation. This course will help you build the confidence to design and develop strategies and programs and engage with both internal and external stakeholders to bring about meaningful change in any organisation. In doing so you'll be part of the global movement for a better future.

Course duration

6 months full time or 1 year part time

Outcomes What you'll gain

Learning outcomes

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

  • Interpret the correlation between social, environmental and economic systems

  • Examine current trends in various sustainability issues

  • Examine global, national, local and organisational sustainability policy

  • Determine non-policy and non-regulation drivers for sustainable practice

  • Understand the diverse roles of stakeholders based on their interests and influence

  • Determine the critical components of a sustainability strategy and implement engagement strategies for internal and external stakeholders

  • Determine indicators and metrics relevant to the sustainability context

  • Scrutinise and refine a sustainability strategy based on your stakeholder engagement

Course outcomes

Develop specialist skills to gain an advantage in the job market

  • Graduate with an Undergraduate Certificate in Sustainable Practice (AQF 5)

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

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

  • Recognition of prior learning for the Diploma of Sustainable Practice. The 4 subjects studied in the Undergraduate Certificate will be recognised and credited towards the Diploma qualification, with a fee-deduction

  • This course has been accredited by the Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency (TEQSA)

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


  • 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 passion for sustainability and implementing sustainable practices

  • The ability to think critically and systemically and a desire to develop these skills further

  • Good communication skills and the ability to work with others

  • The ability to motivate and empower others, and a desire to develop these skills further

  • A PC or laptop with good internet access to attend live online sessions, access your study materials and complete and submit your assessments. You can access this equipment on a TAFE NSW campus however, we highly recommend you have your own equipment available. Online learning environments are accessible on mobile, but you will need a PC or laptop at times.

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 officer, 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 and waste education officer.

Study pathways

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Alternative pathways into this course

The Undergraduate Certificate in Sustainable Practice does not have any pre-requisite courses.

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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 4 subjects (40 credit points) made up of 4 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.

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