Turn your drive and ambitions into skill, and learn how to grow ideas into an exciting and functioning new business.
The Certificate IV in Entrepreneurship and New Business has been designed to help entrepreneurs and budding founders set up and run a business, giving you the tools you need to develop a business plan and see it through to fruition.
You will build financial and marketing acumen, utilise social media to promote products or services, learn to understand your target market, and develop the communication tools required to be successful in your business endeavours.
This training is delivered with Victorian and Commonwealth Government funding.
Please note: this certificate is not available for international students intending to study on a student visa. If you are holding a temporary visa (other than a student visa) and your visa has a full study entitlement, you may be eligible to apply. For more information, see the international students with other temporary (non-student) visas.
This certificate is delivered via a blended learning model, with classes structured as a hybrid workshop/tutorials.
You will use collaborative, interactive, and enquiry-based learning methods. Teacher led seminars/workshops/classes will provide you with the opportunity to deconstruct and make meaning of the extensive array of information that is available that enables you to choose the best methodology for setting up and operating a business from the ideation stage through to marketing and promoting their product/service as a fully-fledged business entity.
Assessment in this certificate will depend on the subject, and may include observations of presentations, case studies and scenarios, work-simulated projects, group work, practical demonstrations, and more.
The types of classes you have will depend on the course you’re studying. Classes are offered in various formats designed to provide meaningful engagement with staff, industry and peers and provide for access and use of spaces where learning can be applied and active, including an array of specialised equipment.
Most RMIT courses do not include passive large-scale classes such as lectures, instead the content traditionally provided in lectures is made available online. This may be in the form of readings, videos or other on-demand learning materials. This content will also support the basis of interactive learning that takes place in on-campus classes.
An exciting part of your studies in this certificate is the opportunity to also work with real clients seeking to build and grow their business.
This gives you the opportunity to utilise the skills and knowledge you have gained throughout your studies to focus on solving an identified problem or potential new initiative for that organisation. You will be part of a small, fast team that will construct up a potential solution that you will showcase to the client who will look at what opportunities your solution would provide for their business.
Your classes, seminars or workshops will be conducted as a mixture of on campus in a blended learning format.
You can expect 15-19 contact hours per week supported by comprehensive online materials which will enable you to consolidate your understanding of the subjects and projects you will undertake.
This certificate comprises ten subjects total, including four core subjects and six elective subjects. Your subjects have been designed to enable you to acquire the necessary skills to become a successful entrepreneur or business founder.
Through your studies in this certificate, you will learn how to develop a business plan and proposal, plan and manage your business finances, explore marketing opportunities and methods, and manage legal compliance and risk management.
Choose a plan below to find out more about the subjects you will study and the course structure.
Upon successful completion of this certificate, you will have the skills required to pursue new business opportunities as an entrepreneur or business founder in the field of your interest.
Alternatively, you may opt to undertake further study in business, including the Diploma of Business.
You need to satisfy all of the following academic (entry) requirements to be considered for entry into this course.
Even though there are no formal pathways into this course, there are often other ways you can gain entry.
Credit may reduce the duration of your study by acknowledging your earlier, relevant study experience.
When you are submitting an application, please indicate that you want to be considered for credit and provide detailed course syllabus (also known as course outline), outlining volume of learning, course content and weekly topics, learning objectives/outcomes, assessment types and their weightings, and reference to the learning resources such as prescribed textbooks and recommended readings.
Successful completion of the Certificate IV in Entrepreneurship and New Business Practice guarantees entry into the following qualifications:
The tuition fees you will pay for this program will depend on whether you are offered a Victorian Government subsidised place or a full-fee place. To find out if you are eligible for a government subsidised place, follow the steps at How to check if you are eligible.
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In addition to tuition fees, you will be charged an annual student services and amenities fee (SSAF), which is used to maintain and enhance services and amenities that improve your experience as an RMIT student.
The SSAF is calculated based on your enrolment load and the maximum fee for 2024 is $351.
For more information about calculating your actual SSAF see Paying SSAF.
You may also be required to purchase other items related to your program, including field trips, textbooks and equipment. These additional fees and expenses vary from program to program.
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RMIT University acknowledges the people of the Woi wurrung and Boon wurrung language groups of the eastern Kulin Nation on whose unceded lands we conduct the business of the University. RMIT University respectfully acknowledges their Ancestors and Elders, past and present. RMIT also acknowledges the Traditional Custodians and their Ancestors of the lands and waters across Australia where we conduct our business - Artwork 'Luwaytini' by Mark Cleaver, Palawa.
Acknowledgement of Country
RMIT University acknowledges the people of the Woi wurrung and Boon wurrung language groups of the eastern Kulin Nation on whose unceded lands we conduct the business of the University. RMIT University respectfully acknowledges their Ancestors and Elders, past and present. RMIT also acknowledges the Traditional Custodians and their Ancestors of the lands and waters across Australia where we conduct our business.