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Diploma of Business

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Boost your business acumen with a broad-based foundation programme immersed in practical and realistic business skills. The Diploma of Business will equip you with the knowledge, skills, and understanding you need to make a real impact in the workforce. Finance, critical thinking, business planning, leadership, and digital strategy are some of the essential areas this qualification covers.


This qualification reflects the role of individuals in a variety of Business Services job roles. These individuals may have frontline management accountabilities. Individuals in these roles carry out moderately complex tasks in a specialist field of expertise that requires business operations skills. They may possess substantial experience in a range of settings, but seek to further develop their skills across a wide range of business functions.

To complete the qualification, participants will undertake twelve (12) units. Five (5) units are core or compulsory units that must be completed by all candidates. Of the seven (7) elective units, two (2) must be chosen from Group A. The other five (5) can be chosen from any group, including Group A.


Participants can complete a general qualification (Diploma of Business) or a specialist qualification in a discrete study area (for example, Diploma of Business (Leadership)). To achieve a specialisation, participants need to complete four (4) elective units from a specialisation (Group).


The specialisations available through the Australian Leadership Skills Centre are:

  • Diploma of Business (Operations), requiring four (4) elective units from Group A

  • Diploma of Business (Leadership), requiring four (4) elective units from Group B

  • Diploma of Business (Organisational Development), requiring four (4) elective units from Group C

  • Diploma of Business (Business Development), requiring four (4) elective units from Group E

CORE UNITS (Five (5) compulsory units)

BSBCRT511 Develop critical thinking in others

BSBFIN501 Manage budgets and financial plans

BSBOPS501 Manage business resources

BSBSUS511 Develop workplace policies and procedures for sustainability

BSBXCM501 Lead communication in the workplace


ELECTIVE UNITS (Two (2) units must be chosen from Group A; if a specialisation is being chosen, four (4) units must be chosen from the specialisation group).

Group A - Business Operations

BSBFIN601 Manage organisational finances

BSBOPS502 Manage business operational plans

BSBOPS504 Manage business risk

BSBOPS601 Develop and implement business plans

BSBPMG430 Undertake project work

BSBSTR503 Develop organisational policy

BSBSUS601 Lead corporate social responsibility


Group B - Leadership

BSBLDR522 Manage people performance

BSBLDR523 Lead and manage effective workplace relations

BSBPEF501 Manage personal and professional development

BSBTWK502 Manage team effectiveness


Group C - Organisational Development

BSBCRT611 Apply critical thinking for complex problem solving

BSBLDR601 Lead and manage organisational change

BSBPEF502 Develop and use emotional intelligence

BSBSTR601 Manage innovation and continuous improvement


Group E - Business Development

BSBMKG541 Identify and evaluate marketing opportunities

BSBMKG549 Profile and analyse consumer behaviour for international markets

BSBMKG550 Promote products and services to international markets

SIRXMKT006 Develop a social media strategy

Programme Overview

  • BSB50120 Diploma of Business

  • Duration: 1-3 years (part-time) 

  • Description: A guided programme of learning and development for those in business and those wanting to learn business skills.

  • Accreditation: Level 5 on the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF).

Who should attend?

  • Business owners;

  • Supervisors, leaders, managers;

  • Those in government and other sectors who wish to develop a business mindset.

Entry Requirements

There are no formal pre-requisites for studying this qualification, but candidates should have the literacy and numeracy skills required to study at a diploma level. In order to successfully complete the qualification we recommend that candidates should either:

  • hold a Certificate IV or Certificate III

  • have relevant vocational practice, without formal qualifications


  • have other educational qualifications and some vocational experience.

Benefits of the Programme

  • Candidates for the Diploma of  Business will benefit from a unique programme especially tailored to maximise benefits and learning for participants. 

  • Participants are provided with practical tools and guides that are directly applicable to real life and can easily be employed after the programme is completed.  

Learning tools and methodology

Blended delivery with a combination of online, face to face and distance training (as applicable). Methodologies include coaching and mentoring, workshops, learning activities, discussions, and social media. Learning is supported by independent research and a range of practical activities.



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