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Your guide to studying a Diploma of Business Administration

Studying a Diploma of Business Administration (BSB50415) can greatly further your career prospects in the business services sector, a field that forecasts significant future growth in employment opportunities. Whether you’re already working as an office or administration manager and want to have your experience recognised, or you’re looking to enter the workforce with practical skills and knowledge to set you apart – here’s what you need to know about studying a Diploma of Business Administration.

What is a Diploma of Business Administration?

A nationally accredited Diploma of Business Administration will equip you with practical skills and theoretical knowledge required to coordinate efficient workflow in any business, fostering an organised, collaborative and innovative workplace. Through your coursework you will learn how to:

 Lead teams
 Develop business plans
 Manage stakeholders
 Monitor employee performance
 Operate payroll systems
 Implement administrative systems
 Coordinate staff

Your studies will help develop your communication skills, attention to detail, and interpersonal skills. Although there are no formal entry requirements for enrolling, it’s recommended that students hold a Certificate IV in Business Administration or other Certificate IV level of study. It also helps to have previous experience in an administrative role, computer literacy and familiarity with the Microsoft Office suite, possess strong time management and organisational skills, and an understanding of office systems and processes.

If you have relevant experience or international qualifications in the field, you may be eligible for Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL). RPL is an assessment process that considers an individual’s relevant prior learning – through life experience, work, or activities such as volunteering, in Australia or overseas – to determine if they meet the requirements for a unit of study.

RTOs consider these existing skills and knowledge to assess whether a person demonstrates the required competencies needed to meet the relevant Australian standards. They can provide a credit against units of competency, allowing an individual to gain eligibility for a formal qualification or reduce the amount of time required to achieve a formal qualification. 

Diploma of Business Administration job opportunities

Those with a Diploma of Business Administration have a number of job opportunities available to them as well as advancement to management and executive positions. Most work as administration managers, office managers, project administrators, or executive assistants.  With the qualification, you can also take your studies further through a Bachelor of Business. 

Where can you study a Diploma of Business Administration?

There is a range of different Registered Training Organisations (RTO) around the country that offer the course, with the majority of studies conducted online over 18 months. Studying a Diploma of Business Administration at TAFE is a popular option for many students.

It’s important to note that this course is being superseded by a Diploma of Business (BSB50120). You may start this course and you will be contacted if you need to transition into the next version when it is available.

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