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If you’re not ready to commit to a degree upfront or are looking to up-skill, refresh or explore a new field, then an Undergraduate Certificate course is a great option. There are only four subjects you need to complete in order to achieve your qualification and you will also be eligible to continue into a related diploma or degree if you choose to continue your studies.


Unit Descriptions

Accounting Practice

This unit provides students with an introductory knowledge of financial and managerial accounting theory and practices. The unit covers financial procedures and reporting for business entities, analysis and interpretation of financial statements and planning, control and business decision-making. Students will learn how to use accounting techniques and processes, analyse information relevant to revenue and costs and they will learn to communicate accounting information by a written report.

Accounting for Decision Making

This unit develops students’ understanding of accounting techniques used for managerial decision-making. The unit focuses on budgeting and cost control accounting, and the analysis and interpretation of financial statements. These are the two essential accounting processes for business managers and leaders. Through their study in the unit, students will learn to make informed predictions, recommendations, and decisions toward the financial stability of a business.


This unit enhances the students’ knowledge of key economic concepts and develops their capacity for the practical application of economic concepts. At the microeconomics level, the unit includes demand and supply, elasticity, production and cost theory and market structure. At the macroeconomic level, the unit includes measuring GDP, inflation and unemployment, money and banking and monetary policy.

Commercial Law

This unit introduces students to the Australian legal system and to the laws regulating commercial activities in Australia. As most commercial exchanges of goods and services are based on contract, the unit will focus upon a detailed explanation of Australian contract law. Other topics covered in this unit include the origins of Australian law, the law of torts and negligence, consumer law and business structures. Coursework will assist students to familiarise themselves with these aspects of the law and to develop analytical and critical thinking skills in understanding the role of commercial law in the contemporary Australian business environment. Students will apply legal rules to solve simple legal problems in business and will be encouraged to think strategically about business opportunities and business risks.

Unit Descriptions

Introduction to Entrepreneurship and Innovation

This unit introduces students to the important role that innovation plays in society and the economy, along with the key principles underpinning the entrepreneurial deployment and commercial application of innovation. Establishing the foundation for the rest of the course, students will develop an understanding of the entrepreneurial mindset and entrepreneurial processes required for the conduct of entrepreneurial practice for both small business and large organisations. Topics include an introduction to planning, financing, team building, intellectual property issues, and the staged commercialisation process, as the primary activities of the entrepreneurial lifecycle process. Hence, this introductory unit establishes the key shifts in thinking necessary for entrepreneurial development and the deployment of innovation, which is the core capability developed throughout the course.

Creativity and Innovation for Business

This unit develops students’ understanding, appreciation of and capability in design thinking so that they will be well prepared to work creatively and develop innovation in business practice. This unit introduces students to theories of creativity and develops their creative skills and their problem-solving skills. The aim of the unit is to develop with students their capability (knowledge and skills) to work creatively to develop innovations for businesses. Students will examine closely frameworks and processes that develop cognitive and collaborative skills to move ideas into reality. They will also develop their capability for using digital technology to nurture creative thinking and to do this through supportive team networks.

Entrepreneurial Marketing

Entrepreneurial marketing is deployed by start-ups and emerging companies to help establish themselves in emerging industries. Although they start small, they are not small businesses because they aim to grow rapidly and to become major players in their industry. Growth is the primary goal of entrepreneurship, and marketing is the primary means for growth. Entrepreneurial marketers utilize a toolkit of new and unorthodox marketing practices to help emerging firms gain a foothold in crowded markets. Marketing in new and unusual ways has proven to be the most effective way to illustrate what makes a new business unique.

Management Principles

This unit will explore the concept of management in different business environments, providing you with a broad overview of management functions. It focuses on concepts and theories that inform practices in the field of management, such as planning, organising, leading and facilitating. Such practices are performed in both profit and non-profit organisations including commercial businesses, public services, and social clubs. With this knowledge, you will be equipped to apply these practices in any business field.

Unit Descriptions

Introduction to  Information Technology

In a dynamic world going global and digital, information technology plays an important role in every manager’s life.  Individuals, business, nations and societies use various types of systems to support their processes and adapt to changes in their environment.  Companies are using various means to attain competitive advantage using Information Technology.  This unit exposes students to this foundational role played by the information technology.  Aligning major concepts with the latest trends, the unit explores how the rise of mobile computing, cloud computing, social media, the Internet of Things, and Big Data affect information systems.


This unit introduces students to the basic skills of the modern computer programming language, algorithm development and problem-solving with no assumed programming knowledge and/or experience. Students will be exposed to the various topics of object-oriented programming, design, variables, statements, arrays and algorithms in sorting and searching. The unit covers a design process using multiple design strategies and demonstrates how to build a readable and reusable solution.


This unit provides students with a comprehensive introduction to computer networks by exploring important concepts relating to network components such as switches, routers, and wireless LAN controllers. This unit also covers much of the material in Cisco 200-301 CCNA certification, an internationally recognised and essential networking certification. While attaining this certification is encouraged, it is not a requirement to pass the unit.

Database Systems

This unit introduces fundamental concepts and principles of effective management, organisation, manipulation and use of data. Students will learn how to design a database using a set of business rules and applying data modelling techniques such as ER (Entity-Relationship) modelling and relational database design. Students will also learn how to query databases using SQL (Standard Query Language).  Other database concepts will also be examined such as database administration, concurrency, backup & recovery and security.


Undergraduate Certificate FAQs

When does the cause start 26 July, then continues for 14 weeks, including an exam week
What jobs will the Undergraduate certificate qualify me for? Information Technology is the fastest growing area of employment today. The Undergraduate Certificate in Information Technology will qualify you to enter the IT industry as: • Database Administrator • Network designer • Software developer • Systems Support Officer The Undergraduate Certificate in Accounting qualifies will qualify you to enter the accounting professionals for many accounting support roles including as: • Accounting Assistant • Accounts payable/receivable clerk • Payroll administrator The undergraduate Certificate in Entrepreneurship and Innovation will • Increase your natural creativity and focus it on product development; • Give you to tools to create your own start up.
Why would I do this course at CIHE rather than at a University? All CIHE lecturers have PhDs and have taught at Universities, but our classes are much smaller and more intimate. The lectures will know you well and have the time to give you extra support. At Uni, you are largely on your own.
Can I do the course part time? The course is full time only. You can work while you study but need to allocate all your spare time to study.
Are the lessons live and in house or online? Our normal model is face to face classes, but during the pandemic all classes are being delivered into your home/office via Zoom. This will be the case throughout your course.
Do I need to be on Zoom at the scheduled times? It is better if you are part of a class dynamic, but all classes are recorded, so you can experience the class in your own time if you miss it.
What subjects will I be studying (IT)? Introduction to IT Programming Networking and Database Systems
What subjects will I be studying (Accounting)? Accounting Practice Accounting for Decision Making Economics and Commercial Law
What subjects will I be studying (E and I)? Introduction to Entrepreneurship and Innovation Creativity and Innovation for Business Entrepreneurial Marketing and Management Principles
What are the costs? The Undergraduate Certificate in Information Technology is 100% Commonwealth Government subsidized and so is free of charge to students. This opportunity is only available in Semester 2 of 2021 The Undergraduate Certificate in Accounting is partially subsidized by the Commonwealth Government and the student contribution is $950 for the whole course. The Undergraduate Certificate in Entrepreneurship and Innovation is partially subsidized by the Commonwealth Government and the student contribution is $950 for the whole course.
Why is the Government subsidizing this training? These places are part of a Government initiative to help the economy adjust quickly to a post Covid situation. It has targeted courses that prepare students for emerging jobs. The Government began the program in the first semester of 2021 and then decided to extend it to the second semester of 2021. There is no guarantee that the funding will continue into 2022, but decisions seem to be being made on a semester-to-semester basis. Students should assume that this is a once only opportunity.
Can the fee be deferred through the HECS system? Yes. Most students will do this. They will only pay back the $950 fee once their salaries get to approximately average weekly earnings and then the $950 fee is paid back as a levy on the annual income taxes.
What would four units like these cost at a university? You can also get a Commonwealth Supported place at a university, but they charge substantial additional fees. Universities determine their own fees up to a limit set by the Commonwealth Government and these vary. For four units in these areas, charges to students vary from around $6000- $7000.
Can I get credit for these units into a larger credential? This is a matter for the receiving institution, but common practice across the Higher Education Sector and Government policy is to give full credit. You will certainly get full credit into one of CIHE’s higher Education Credentials
Is the Undergraduate Certificate a component of bigger credentials: If so, which? The Undergraduate Certificate in IT is made up of four units in the Eight-unit Diploma of IT and the 24 Unit Bachelor of IT The Undergraduate Certificate in Accounting is made up of four Units in the eight-unit Diploma of Accounting and the 24 Unit Bachelor of Accounting The Undergraduate Certificate in Entrepreneurship and Innovation is made up of four Units from the eight-unit Diploma of Entrepreneurship and Innovation and the 24 Unit Bachelor of Entrepreneurship and Innovation.
Can I finish my undergraduate certificate, work in the industry for a while, then come back to complete a larger credential? We regard this combination of fundamental training, work experience and further learning as the ideal way to develop an entry level position in a new career.
Will the Undergraduate Certificate make me an Accountant It is a significant first step but full professional status only occurs once you complete a Bachelor's degree that is accredited by either the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Australia and New Zealand (ICAANZ) or the Certified Practicing Accountants (CPA) and then complete their post graduate programs. The CIHE Bachelor of Accounting is fully accredited by these bodies.
Do I need to attend the scheduled classes? We recommended that you attend the scheduled sessions as there may be some practical components to the units. However, if you are unable to attend, copies of the recordings will be uploaded on our learning management system, and you will be able to access that any time.
Can I do the course for this price if I am an international student? You can either of the three coures if you are an international student, but the Commonwealth Supported Place, and therefore the pricing only applies to domestic students. To be a domestic student, you must be an Australian or New Zealand Citizen or permanent resident. International students pay our normal scheduled fee.


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