Undergraduate Certificate in Climate Accounting
Explore climate change and learn how to measure carbon impact
Help businesses work out their greenhouse gas emissions. Referring to climate policies and agreements, you’ll work on recording and reporting carbon data. Build skills in accounting methods and preparing accounts. Contribute to emissions reduction.
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- 07 Jul 24
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What you'll learn
Upon completion of this program, the student will be able to:
- Describe the basis and impacts of human-induced climate change
- Apply climate policies and frameworks to inform internal and external stakeholder decisions
- Evaluate climate related data to inform sustainable business solutions
- Communicate climate-related information to aid sustainable business decision-making
The Australian Government has identified climate skills as one of five megatrends, in current, emerging and future workforce needs, specifically ‘the range of skills required to transition to a net zero carbon economy and respond to the impacts of climate change’ (Australian Government, 2022, p. 9). Given the new and emerging climate reporting standards being released globally, graduates with climate accounting will be in high demand for accounting firms, business consultation and advice, and for most larger businesses and organisations in Australia and globally. Graduates can use the skills and knowledge developed during this course to apply for roles such as climate accountant, carbon accountant, sustainability manager, climate advisor and ESG advisor.
Higher education via OUA
Successful completion of one OUA open access subject of study at the equivalent AQF level,(equivalent to 12.5 UTAS credit points), unless otherwise specified.
- Partially completed an undergraduate course at Diploma level or higher (or equivalent). You must have completed at least one subject of study (equivalent to 12.5 UTAS credit points) at 100 level or higher and which may include 100 level subjects completed in the UTAS Diploma of University Studies. If you have failed any subjects, your application may be subject to further review before an offer is made; OR
- Completed the UTAS University Preparation Program (or an equivalent qualification offered by an Australian University).
Completed the Tasmanian Certificate of Education (TCE) or an equivalent qualification.
Completed a Certificate III or higher (or equivalent) in any discipline.
Work and Life
Applicants without senior secondary, tertiary or VET / TAFE study can complete a personal competency statement. Applicants may be eligible for an offer if they have relevant work and / or life experiences which demonstrate a capacity to succeed in this course.
Information on Undergraduate Certificates beyond 2025
The Australian Government has currently determined that Undergraduate Certificate programs will not extend beyond 30 June 2025. If you are enrolled in an Undergraduate Certificate, this means that you will need to complete all required units in 2024 to graduate before this deadline.
Should you not be able to complete all required units in 2024, we can support you to continue your study with us in the Bachelor of Business, where you will receive full credit for all the Undergraduate Certificate units completed so far.
Credit for previous study or work
The University of Tasmania grants credit and recognition of prior learning that may include formal and/or informal prior learning. More information is available here.
Students completing the Undergraduate Certificate in Climate Accounting can receive advanced standing for up to 50 credit points of the UTas Bachelor of Business.
The Undergraduate Certificate in Climate Accounting is designed to equip you with the knowledge and practical skills needed to navigate the complex issues of accounting for climate change in businesses.
In this program, you’ll gain an understanding of the science of climate change and learn how to analyse the climate policy environment. You'll also learn about the emerging field of climate accounting, which is quickly becoming a key global response strategy for achieving the 2030 carbon emissions goals and net zero carbon by 2050.
You'll gain hands-on experience collecting and measuring carbon impact using data analytics. You'll learn how to use this information to inform business decisions-making and to report to internal and external stakeholders.
By the end of this program, you’ll be prepared to lead sustainable business practices that draw on contemporary accounting theory and practice.
Degree structure details
Recommended Study Pattern
For students undertaking full-time study, the following study pattern is recommended.
Completion of 4 Core Subjects from the Schedule:
- TAS-BFA110 Introduction to Carbon Accounting
- TAS-BFA111 Climate Reporting Frameworks and Policy
- TAS-BFA112 Preparing Carbon Accounts
- TAS-KGA104 Introduction to the Science of Climate Change
Satisfactory completion of 4 subjects, as required in the schedule, within 6 months from commencement.
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