Certificate in Commerce

Available to:
Domestic students only.
  • Brisbane
  • Melbourne
  • North Sydney
  • Strathfield

6 months full-time or equivalent part-time.

This course is available only to domestic fee-paying students.


For those ambitious individuals keen to get an entry to a business qualification, but who may not be able to get into university in the usual way, then the Certificate in Commerce could be the answer. You may be able to study at ACU using the Certificate in Commerce as an alternative entry pathway.

  • Applicants for this course will be considered based on their previous studies, work experience, community engagement activities and any other relevant information that tells us you have the drive and the capacity to succeed in an undergraduate business course. The course does not have an entry ATAR.
  • The Certificate in Commerce provides a broad understanding of key commercial and business concepts. It is a non-award course, meaning you will not gain a qualification by the end. You will, however, be able to study units available in the Bachelor of Commerce degree and if you satisfy the units’ assessment requirements you can apply for entry into the Bachelor degree. The successful completion of two units in the Certificate in Commerce provides an alternative pathway into the Bachelor of Commerce for domestic, fee-paying students, who will be granted credit for the units they’ve already successfully completed.

Course duration

6 months full-time or equivalent part-time.

Campus availability and study mode

Campus availability

  • Brisbane (Multi-mode) - (Application not available)
  • Melbourne (Multi-mode) - (Application not available)
  • North Sydney (Multi-mode) - (Application not available)
  • Strathfield (Multi-mode)

Study mode definitions

Attendance: Face-to-face and/or via video conference, at an ACU campus or another location.

Multi-mode: A combination of Online and Attendance (including examinations, practicums, residentials, etc.).

Online: Fully online (including assessments).

Sample Course Map

Year – Study Period Unit 1 Unit 2 Unit 3 Unit 4
Year 1
Semester 1
Semester 2
Working with technology
Managing markets
Managing people and organisations
Money matters
Introduction to Accounting

'Pre:' – indicates a unit that must be completed before the next unit can be undertaken (prerequisite).
A blank cell indicates that there are no additional units required for that study period.
This is a sample program only and units will vary between states. Please refer to the handbook for the prerequisite units and the current listing.

Deferment, credit points & course units


No deferment available.

Credit Points


Course Units (Subjects)

Schedule of Unit Offerings

Start dates

  • Semester 1 - Applications closed
  • Semester 2 - To be advised
  • Semester 1 - Applications closed
  • Semester 2 - To be advised
North Sydney
  • Semester 1 - Applications closed
  • Semester 2 - To be advised
  • Semester 1 - Applications closed
  • Semester 2 - To be advised

Course costs

  • Average first year fee: $12904 Fee-Paying (indicative only)

Please note: This average first year fee applies when all 4 units are studied in the same year.

Important Note on Fees

All costs are calculated using current rates and are based on a full-time study load of 40 credit points (normally 4 units) per semester.

A student’s annual fee may vary in accordance with:

  • the number of units studied per semester;
  • the choice of major or specialisation; and
  • elective units.

The University reviews fees annually.

Note: Successful completion of two units in the Certificate in Commerce will provide entry into a Business bachelor degree. We usually ask you to study only two units in the Certificate in Commerce. On successful completion of two units, you can apply for transfer into a Bachelor degree program, and you will receive credit for these two units. The Bachelor degree program provides Commonwealth supported places for eligible students.

Essential requirements for admission

An applicant must also comply with the Admission to Coursework Programs Policy.

The application will be assessed on the basis of previous studies, work experience, community engagement activities and any other relevant information.


*Disclaimer: The Course entry requirements above are for 2020 Admission.

Inherent Requirements

There are essential components of a course or unit that demonstrate the capabilities, knowledge and skills to achieve the core learning outcomes of the course or unit. Learn more about inherent requirements and how they affect you, and explore the requirements for your course.

Applying for admission

Direct Applications

Pathways to further study

Students who have successfully completed two units in the Certificate in Commerce may apply for entry with credit into the Bachelor of Commerce degree.

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