Graduate Certificate in Business Management (GradCertBM)

Award Graduate Certificate in Business Management
AQF Level AQF 8
Typical Duration 6 Months
CRICOS Code 074569B
Unit of Study 4
Structure 4 Core units


The objective of the Graduate Certificate in BM is to equip graduates with the core knowledge and fundamental general management competencies covering operations management, marketing and business communication as well as financial management, to enable them to enter the workforce in the roles of team members or equivalent.

The Graduate Certificate in BM lays the foundation for development in the field of business and management; it provides a common language and framework for greater communication and cooperation within an enterprise. It also provides a base for further academic and professional specialisation in business and general management.

As with all APIC programs, there is a dual emphasis of theory and practice. Students learn the fundamentals concepts and apply them in the context of a given business unit. The Graduate Certificate in Business Management can be completed in 1 semester full time, or extended to suit individual requirements, subject to conditions.

Government and Professional Accreditation

  • APIC courses are formally accredited and registered by the Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency (TEQSA) and included in the National Register of Higher Education Providers.
  • APIC is formally registered on the Commonwealth Register of Institutions and Courses for Overseas Students (CRICOS). GradCertBM CRICOS Code is 074569B.

Course Learning Outcomes

KnowledgeGraduates of the Graduate Certificate in Business Administration will:

  • demonstrate up-to-date general business in national, regional, and international contexts;


Graduates of the Graduate Certificate in Business Administration will:

  • be highly skilled in the use of analytical tools and evidence-based decision making;
  • actively contribute to productive teams in a business.

Application of knowledge and skills

Graduates of the Graduate Certificate in Business Administration will:

  • demonstrate and value high ethical standards, integrity and professional achievement.


The Course Structure for this degree is shown below. The Graduate Certificate in Business Management is awarded after completing 4 course units (21 credit points).

Graduate Certificate in Business Management (GradCertBM)
Entry requirements: recognised degree and English proficiency
Credit hours Credit points
Total 52 21
Focus: basics, existing systems, incremental improvement
Career level: Team Members
CPD1102 Professional Development and Ethics 7 3
SBM2101 Operations Management 15 6
SBM2102 Marketing and Business Communications 15 6
SBM2103 Financial Management 15 6

To be eligible to graduate from the Graduate Certificate in Business Management, students must successfully complete four core units: CPD1102; SBM2101; SBM2102; SBM2103.

All credit points gained as part of the Graduate Certificate in Business Management will count towards the Graduate Diploma requirements provided that the candidate does not exit the program (students may transfer their enrolments subject to conditions advised at the time of transfer).

Please note: Not all units are offered in every semester.



Domestic and Offshore International students
The course may be studied in full-time and/or part time modes, allowing students complete flexibly. The normal full-time duration is 0.5 years (1 semester).

The number of units undertaken in each semester can be varied to suit individuals, subject to the total duration of candidature not exceeding 1.5 years (3 semesters), and subject to any conditions as advised at the time of enrolment.

Onshore International students
The CRICOS-registered duration is 0.5 years of full-time study (1 semester). Please note the part time mode is not available to holders of a student visa, who are not a citizen of Australia or New Zealand, or who are not an Australian permanent resident, or who are a temporary resident of Australia.

Delivery Method
All units of study are hosted on the College’s Online Learning System (OLS), and lectures are generally delivered face-to-face for campus-based students. All tutorials are also conducted under close academic supervision. Students have uninterrupted access to course information, library and other learning resources, and learn from a highly qualified faculty, many of whom have considerable industry experience. The OLS manages the whole process; it has a formalised structure, framework and processes, and regulates the entire delivery process in each semester, providing 24-hour access to course information and learning resources.

Other learning resources include:

  • Lecture notes and suggested readings.
  • Sample assignments and case studies.
  • E-Library.
  • EBSCO Library.

APIC's e-Library hosts a collection of specialised papers and presentation slides often not found in the online databases, and includes a mix of academic and industry-focused studies in project, business and general management. The collection is always expanding as more resources are obtained.

Postgraduate Admission Requirements

APIC Admission policy

Academic Entry Requirements

English language requirements for postgraduate entry

All applicants from a non-English speaking background applying to any postgraduate course at APIC must satisfy the following additional English language requirements:

IELTS Academic: overall band score of 6.5 or higher with no band below 6.0; OR
IBT (Internet-based TOEFL): overall score of 90 with a writing section minimum of 21; OR
Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE): Grades A, B, C and C1; OR
Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English (CAE): total score of 58 or over: OR
ELSIS English for Academic Purposes (EAP 2): Grade A; OR
PTE Academic Module with score over 59.

Applicants who do not meet APIC’s English proficiency requirements can be made a conditional offer with a requirement to complete an approved intensive English language course and meet the required standard prior to their commencing their APIC award course.

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