Advanced Certificate in Management (Business Professionals)

An intensive course of study for the discerning business person. It includes a full suite of studies designed to cater to the needs of business professionals. Learn operations and management skills to become a business executive or owner.

Course Code: VBS040
Fee Code: AC
Duration (approx) Duration (approx) 900 hours
Qualification Advanced Certificate
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Aim for Top Roles in Business

Working in business can be very challenging but it can also be remarkably rewarding. No-one can expect to walk into a demanding business role without some prior experience or a detailed knowledge of business operations. 

This course provides a strong platform from which to start your journey into the business world, whether as an employee or as an entrepreneur.

Learn about what it takes to succeed in business.


Are you a person with plans, a person who's going somewhere?


Are you someone who's looking ahead to the next opportunity, an exciting new business role, the chance to get noticed and fast-track your career?

Whether it’s about the rewards that come with success, or simply the satisfaction of doing the job right -  if you want to get to the head of the line, this course is for you.

What Will I Learn?

Our team of highly experienced Academics can help you to build a solid foundation in business and financial management and marketing. Then, you'll add the experience and insight gained from real-world investigation and reasearch. Next, develop specialist knowledge by choosing electives that suit you. Topics are as varied as sales, e-commerce, psychology and ethics. It's your choice.

Browse the module list below for more details.

Why Study With ACS?

This course would be close to two years of full time study at most colleges. Under our system however you have the ultimate in flexibility. Study where and when it suits you. Start whenever you like. Hit the course hard and fast, or take your time and study the modules you need when you need them and when you're ready. Our assignments are also designed to be relevant and flexible, to work in with your own workplace circumstances or career plans.



Core ModulesThese modules provide foundation knowledge for the Advanced Certificate in Management (Business Professionals) .
 Industry Project I BIP000
 Bookkeeping Foundations (Bookkeeping I) BBS103
 Business Studies BBS101
 Marketing Foundations VBS109
 Research Project I BGN102
Elective ModulesIn addition to the core modules, students study any 4 of the following 27 modules.
 E Commerce BIT100
 Financial (Money) Management BBS104
 Freelance Writing BWR102
 Industrial Psychology BPS103
 Legal Terminology BWR108
 Management VBS105
 Marketing Psychology BPS107
 Personal Energy Management VRE105
 Personnel Management VBS107
 Sales Management BBS102
 Sales Skills VBS108
 Supervision VBS104
 Advertising and Promotions BBS202
 Bookkeeping Applications (Bookkeeping II) BBS203
 Conflict Management BPS201
 Entrepreneurship BBS204
 Ethics BPS217
 Event Management BRE209
 Internet Marketing BIT204
 Managing Change BBS211
 Managing Innovation BBS209
 Managing Remote Work BBS210
 Operations Management VBS201
 Time Management BBS208
 Business Coaching BBS304
 Business Planning BBS302
 Professional Practice For Consultants BBS301

Note that each module in the Advanced Certificate in Management (Business Professionals) is a short course in its own right, and may be studied separately.


The business world is like a complicated machine where there are lots of different parts, all interacting, with each other and all dependent upon those parts they are interconnected to. To be successful in business requires an ability to see the broad picture, and to foresee the implications of developments in the broader marketplace. Changes in political leadership in one part of the world can eventually have repercussions on the other side of the globe. A downturn in the economy in one place, can eventually affect the marketplace somewhere else. Everything is interconnected in the business world, and the first step towards success is to begin to develop an awareness of the broader marketplace and an ability to foresee changes in your business before they occur



There are two ways to start out in a new business:

1. FAST. Starting with a bang! Try to get established quickly. This involves planning, then launching a new business with the aim of it quickly reaching a level of operation which provides you with full time employment.

2. SLOWLY. Starting small and building your business gradually. This involves starting as a small, part time venture, trying out different things, taking time to see what works, and gradually growing, perhaps over a period of years.

The two can be compared as follows:





Require much more risk


Less risky

Requires high capital investment


Can work on a shoestring budget.

Requires a big burst of initial promotion ‑you need to spend big on printing brochures, advertising etc.


Can take time to get known by word of mouth, and other inexpensive methods.

Requires heavy time commitment. You need to spend far more than a 40hr week, even if you are putting in a lot of still takes a lot to initially control the business.


Can be done with as little as a few hours a week.

Need to buy a lot more of the goods and services you are using (e.g. You might not have time to do your advertising and may have to employ an advertising agency).


May be able to provide a lot of your own needs (eg: You can take time to do your own advertising)

You will have to give up the security of an existing job.


You can retain your existing job


Choose carefully before commencing any new venture. Buying an existing business can be very worthwhile, but also dangerous:

  • You should be sure you know why it is being sold (The existing owners cannot be counted on to be telling you everything.)
  • Have an accountant take a close look at the financial records of the business before buying.
  • Be careful of any changes which might be imminent (Speak with people other businesses in the same industry; but from different localities.
  • Check with town planning authorities and neighbours).

Do not attempt to start a new business in a locality which is the same as something which is already existing and successful. You will only split the customers, and create two unsuccessful businesses.

Regardless of whether starting a business or buying, you should develop a forecast on what future business might be and systematically evaluate the financial viability of the operation. You should consider factors such as the following:

The Market

Know the demand for your product or service before you start:

  • Is the population increasing or decreasing in your target area?
  • What are salary and wage levels in the target area.
  • What are the other socio‑economic characteristics there?


Decide the location of the business carefully. Location is much more important for some businesses than others. Consider town planning regulations, where your market is and what is the likely attitude of neighbours. If you are buying or leasing property, it may be that it is available because businesses do not work in that position.


Some businesses require licenses, registration for sales tax, or other forms of registration with government departments. For example:

  • Liquor selling, firearms selling, Insurance agents,
  • Doctors, Roadside stalls, Electrical contractors etc.
  • Anything which attracts sales tax cannot be sold sales tax exempt to schools etc., until you first register with the taxation department.

The most successful businesses are usually identified by signs of creativity and innovation. To be slightly different distinguishes you from your competition, and often wins you a larger slice of the marketplace. To be too different, can put you out of favour with the general public.  

Risk Management

Risk can be unpredictable and unexpected – the impact of risk may be manageable, or it may end up closing a business. A flood for example can be mopped up and the consequences may not be too disastrous. A fire may wipe out a building, the building may be insured, but the company have not backed up their computer system (off-site), so they lose all your customer base, intellectual property and perhaps production systems. This could spell disaster for a business. An employee may injure themselves at work – the company did not have correct OH&S procedures in place. The courts find the business negligent and they are confronted with a huge payout that their insurance company will not pay (due to a clause in the policy that finds the business responsible for negligence). Or they are were uninsured. the business could close.
Risk is not just associated with the floods, fires and litigation though – there are many types of risk that you will face in a business: All business has risks and all business operators need to identify and minimize risk. The types of risk a business can face include:
  • Production Risks
  • Financial Risks
  • Marketing Risks
  • Management Risks
  • Personal Risks
  • Political Risk
Studying this Course Can Help You Minimize Risk Awareness and understanding are the keys to minimizing risks in business. When you know and understand the things that might go wrong; you can make better choices about the ventures you pursue and the ones you avoid. You can also decide on contingencies to put in place (eg. disaster plans, levels of liquidity, etc). When you have less experience and education in business; your ability to see risk is reduced, and in the extreme, that can make doing business more of a "gamble" and less of a "calculation". Change Can Be an Enemy to the Uneducated, but an Asset to the Educated

Today's world is changing faster than ever. For anyone with limited knowledge and experience; this situation will increase your level of risk in business. 

In the past you could establish (or buy) an existing, successful business, and if you kept doing things as they had previously been done, the business was almost certainly successful. Today though; you cannot depend on all the factors that drive a business remaining stable. Doing what was successful in the past, is likely to fail today and into the future.

For the uneducated; or anyone educated in "old school" ways of doing business; this can increase your business risk.

If you can see the risks and opportunities created by change; you will see opportunities that many others don't; and that can give you a distinct business advantage over others who can't see the same things.
A business education today needs to teach you to solve problems and adapt to change; within the context of a changing business world. This learning bundle will do that - but not all schools have the same focus as we do.

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How can I start this course?

You can enrol at anytime and start the course when you are ready. Enrolments are accepted all year - students can commence study at any time. All study is self paced and ACS does not set assignment deadlines.

Please note that if a student is being assisted by someone else (e.g. an employer or government subsidy), the body offering the assistance may set deadlines. Students in such situations are advised to check with their sponsor prior to enrolling. The nominal duration of a course is approximately how long a course takes to complete. A course with a nominal duration of 100 hours is expected to take roughly 100 hours of study time to complete. However, this will vary from student to student. Short courses (eg. 100 hrs duration) should be completed within 12 months of enrolment. Certificates, Advanced Certificates and Awards (eg. over 500 hours duration) would normally be completed within 3 -5 years of enrolment. Additional fees may apply if a student requires an extended period to complete.
If a student cannot submit their assignments for 6 months to ACS, they should advise the school to avoid cancellation of their student
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What do I need to know before I enrol?

There are no entry requirements that you need to meet to enrol in our courses, our courses are for everyone.
If you are under 18, we need written permission from your parent/ guardian for your enrolment to continue, we can arrange that after you have enrolled.

You don’t need to purchase any additional resources to complete our courses.

We aim to teach you the essentials without you having to purchase any specific computer program.
We recommend that you have access to a word processing program, such as Microsoft Word or Google Docs, so that you can easily complete and submit your assignments.

You sure can. We are here to help you learn whatever your abilities.

Yes, if you are enrolling in a Certificate or Advanced Certificate, you might be eligible for credits if you have evidence of your previous studies or relevant experience. More information is here.

We recommend that you are able to browse websites, send emails and conduct online research. You will need to be able to type and submit your assignments.
If you have limited computer skills, we can make special arrangements for you.

This is possible, it depends on the institution. We recommend that if you would like to use our courses that you contact the institution first. Our Course Handbook is a good resource for this.

Our courses are written in English and we only have English speaking academic staff. If you can read and complete your assignments in English, our courses are ideal for you.

Our courses are designed to build knowledge, hands on skills and industry connections to help prepare you to work in the area, running your own business, professional development or as a base for further study.

This course is aimed at providing you with a solid understanding of the subject. It has been designed to take 600 hours, which includes your course reading, assignment work, research, practical tasks, watching videos and more. When you complete the course, will have a good understanding of the area/ industry you want to work in.

It’s up to you. The study hours listed in the course are a rough guide, however if you were to study a short course (100 hours) at 10 hours per week, you could finish the course in 10 weeks (just an example). Our courses are self-paced, so you can work through the courses in your own time. We recommend that you wait for your tutor to mark and return your assignment before your start your next one, so you get the benefits of their feedback.

The course consists of course notes, videos, set tasks for your practical work, online quizzes, an assignment for each lesson (that you receive feedback from your tutor from) and ends in an exam (which is optional, if would like to receive the formal award at the end), using our custom built Learning Management System - Login.Training.

Our courses are designed for adults to gain professional development and skills to further their careers and start businesses.

Our custom online learning portal allows you to conduct your learning online. There may be practical tasks that you can do offline. You have the option of downloading your course notes or print them to read later.

There is also the option to pay an additional fee for printed course notes and or USB (availability limited to location and deliverability).

Yes, if you don’t have access to the internet, you can receive the course as paper notes or on a USB stick for an additional fee. We can also make alternative arrangements for you to send your assignments to us.

We offer printed notes for an additional fee. Also, you can request your course notes on a USB stick for an additional fee.

Yes, your tutor is here to help you. Simply post any questions you have in your portal or contact the office and we can pass on a message to your tutor.

We are more learning focussed, rather than assessment focussed. You have online quizzes to test your learning, written assignments and can complete an exam at the end of the course (if you want to receive your certificate). You will not receive a pass/ fail on your course work. If you need to add more details on your assignment, we will ask you to resubmit and direct you where you need to focus. If you need help, you can ask your tutor for advice in the student room.

Each module (short course) is completed with one exam.

Exams are optional, however you must sit an exam if you would like to receive a formal award. You will need to find someone who can supervise that you are sitting the exams under exams conditions. There is an additional cost of $60 incl. GST for each exam.
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There are practical components built into the course that have been designed to be achieved by anyone, anywhere. If you are unable to complete a task for any reason, you can ask your tutor for an alternative.

When you complete the course work and the exams (8-9 exams) and you will be able receive your course certificate- an Advanced Certificate. Otherwise, you can receive a Letter of Completion.

You can bundle the short courses to create your own customised learning bundle, Certificates or Advanced Certificates. More information is on this page.

Yes, our courses are built to be applicable for people living anywhere in any situation. We provide the fundamentals, and each student can apply their own unique flair for their own interests, region and circumstances with the one-on-one guidance of a tutor. There is also a bit of student directed research involved.

Employers value candidates with industry skills, knowledge, practical skills and formal learning. Our courses arm you with all of these things to help prepare you for a job or start your own business. The longer you study the more you will learn.

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We are established and safe- we have been in education for over 40 years.
We are focused on developing innovative courses that are relevant to you now and what you will need to know in the future.
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You can enrol at any time, you can work on your course when it suits you and at your own pace.
We are connected to many industry bodies and our staff participate in continuous improvement and learning activities to ensure that we are ahead of what learning is needed for the future.

Our courses are not accredited by the Australian Government. However many of our courses are recognised and held in high regard by many industry bodies.

Our courses are written by our staff, who all have many years experience and have qualifications in their speciality area. We have lots of academic staff who write and update our courses regularly.

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Course Contributors

The following academics were involved in the development and/or updating of this course.


Meet some of the tutors that guide the students through this course.

Julia Mayo-Ramsay

Dr Julia Mayo-Ramsay is a practicing environmental and agricultural lawyer. She holds a PhD in International Environmental Law, LLM, BLJS, GDLP, LLM (Environmental Law) and a Master of Applied Science (Agriculture).
Julia started out in agriculture working on various dairy farms in the 1980s before working as dairy manager / tutor at Hawkesbury Agricultural College Richmond NSW. Julia then went on to work at Riverina Artificial Breeders at Tabletop (Albury) NSW as an embryo transfer technician assisting vets with artificial breeding and embryo transfer in cattle, sheep and deer. This was followed by two years as a herd manager for a very large commercial dairy herd milking 3,000 cows over three dairies on the outskirts of Sydney before heading overseas. In 1994 Julia accepted a position in NE Thailand at the Sakhon Nakhon Institute of Technology (now a University) training farmers and students in cattle breeding and dairy farm management. On returning to Australia in late 1996 Julia completed a Master of Applied Science in Agriculture at Hawkesbury Agricultural College (UWS) as well as law degrees and maritime studies. Julia now works as a Lawyer in the area of environmental and rural law.
Currently Julia teaches a variety of maritime subjects for Marine Rescue NSW.
As well as teaching Julia is working on a number of environmental research projects.

Nicola Stewart

Nicola worked in publishing before changing direction to teach Anatomy, Physiology and various complementary therapies in the UK’s post-compulsory sector for 16 years. She is the published author of 10 books, plus a range of magazine articles and has also ghost-written across a number of genres. When she is not working for ACS, she provides specialist literacy tuition for children with dyslexia.

Tracey Jones

Tracey has over 20 years experience within the psychology and social work field, particularly working with people with learning disabilities. She is also qualified as a teacher and now teaches psychology and social work related subjects.

She is a book reviewer for the British Journal of Social Work. Tracey has also written a text book on Psychology and has had several short stories published.

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