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April 15, 2021


The Australian education system offers international students a whole series of study courses specialising in areas relating to precise business functions.
These courses, however, are not usually qualifications that are chosen for migration purposes: in fact, the professions corresponding to those courses, even if listed in the Skilled Occupation List, do not satisfy the prerequisite of the level of qualification if the only qualification completed is the vocational course and not a university one. In the field of business, in fact, the minimum level required is a Bachelor Degree. However, these courses are useful to add an additional qualification to the cv or to use the professional course to have some credits recognised when starting a university course. Generally, a vocational course in Business can help you to complete your profile with new skills. From the aspect of intensity, these courses are intended for those who have to fit in a full working life, so they give the student flexibility in terms of attendance, so that they can keep up with the assigned projects.
Generally, the courses relating to this sector are less costly, as there are many offered, thereby creating competition between schools.

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Qualification: Certificates I, II, III and IV in Business
Skill Level: 3
Course program: https://training.gov.au/training/details/bsb40215
Description: the more classic Business courses are generally multidisciplinary, and can vary a lot depending on the school. They consist of a selection of subjects that can be useful for a commercial business. The lower-level certificates cover general areas such as common customer service practices, principles of internal communication, drafting documents in a professional way. The higher levels look at the interpretation of relevant data for the business, writing reports on financial activity, using business databases such as Customer Management Systems.

Qualification: Certificate II in Customer Engagement
Skill Level
: 3
Course program: https://training.gov.au/training/details/BSB20215
Description: this type of course is rather basic and very similar to the lower-level courses in Business. The main difference lies in a more marked attention towards the final customer rather than the needs of the business. In fact, characteristic subjects are techniques for active inclusion and entertaining the customer during their experience and training aimed at professional dispute resolution between the Customer and the organisation.

Qualification: Certificate IV in International Trade
Skill Level: 3
Course program: https://training.gov.au/Training/Details/BSB41115
Description: this course alternates subjects typical of the business courses with subjects more specifically related to the importation and/or exportation of goods and services to and from Australia. In fact, preparing documentation for Australian customs requires specific protocols to be followed, as businesses would expect someone with this certificate to know the main laws on the subject and the current international conventions, such as the Vienna Convention of 1980 on the international sale of goods, ratified by almost all nations, including Italy and Australia.

Qualification: Diploma of Business and International Business
Skill Level: 2
Course program: https://training.gov.au/training/details/bsb50215
Description: the level of difficulty of the Diploma brings the Business subjects from an introductory level to a properly defined program that is useful in the labour market. Whereas in the certificate courses introductory concepts are taught regarding how a business functions, the Diploma course covers the main issues and the student develops a critical sense for tackling the challenges and adversities of contemporary competition.

Qualification: Diploma of Enterprise Resource Planning
Skill Level
: 2
Course program: https://training.gov.au/Training/Details/10656NAT
Description: this course is very specific and the specialisation in ‘Enterprise Resource Planning’ is now one of the trends the market seeks. To summarise bluntly, the ERP specialist is a key figure in the business, seeing to the integration of various departments and processes within a single efficient system. The course is demanding but at the same time represents a real added value even for CVs that are already fairly complete.

Diploma of Project Management 
Skill Level: 2
Course program: https://training.gov.au/Training/Details/BSB51415
Description: this qualification is entirely focussed on planning projects in various contexts and learning the software that is typically used for projects, such as Asana, Monday, Microsoft Project. Some courses are based on the AGILE or PRINCE2 method. Skills in planning budgets, costs, timing and issues for new business activities are sought after in contemporary businesses, and both its technical and other characteristics make it applicable for almost all types of industry.

Diploma of Leadership & Management 
Skill Level: 2
Course program: https://training.gov.au/training/details/bsb51915
Description: In contrast to a Business course, this Diploma focusses on the student’s professional growth rather than the growth of the business. In Business the student is taught (or should be) how to develop a business, but little is done regarding professional growth. The Diploma of Leadership & Management puts the future director or manager at the centre of the course. This course gives you the possibility to reflect on yourself, on identifying your points of strength and enabling you to work on your points of weakness. If we wanted to find a negative aspect, it could be said that the labour market tends to see this qualification as not so specialised compared with other more specific ones.

Diploma of Human Resource Management
Skill Level
: 2
Course program: https://training.gov.au/training/details/bsb50615
Description: the Human Resource Adviser is a figure who demonstrates a well-rounded background in the development and management of the human capital in a business. This course centres on developing the ability to use the available team as efficiently as possible in pursuing the business’s strategic objectives. Also very important is the part of course dedicated to selecting and training new recruits and the units on healthy cultivation of business talent are very interesting. It is useful to bear in mind that the professions relating to human resources in the Skilled Occupation List are all classified as Level 1. Therefore, a migration strategy in the field needs to include a university course rather than a vocational course.

Diploma of Accounting & Bookkeeping
Skill Level: 2
Course program: https://training.gov.au/training/details/FNS50217
Description: also available in lower-level and introductory certificates, the objective of a Diploma of Accounting is to train a professional who is able to plan all the administrative and accounting activities of a business. If you are looking for a course to add a specific skill, this course is very suitable for you: you will learn to use software such as MYOB, Xero, apply both general and analytical accounting techniques. Beware, however, a Diploma is not sufficient to qualify you as an Accountant, a position included amongst those that lead to permanent residence, but that requires a Bachelor degree and is also one of the most competitive positions. This course will qualify you as a Bookkeeper, only offering migration pathways by two DAMA Agreements (Northern Territory and Orana Region NSW).

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