Certificate IV in Marketing and Communication BSB40820

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Our nationally recognised BSB40820 Certificate IV in Marketing and Communication is designed to kickstart your marketing career and expand your skillset so you can move you into marketing roles in businesses of any size, across any sector.

Course Breakdown


BSB40820 Certificate IV in Marketing and Communication

Course duration: Self-paced - maximum of 24 months

Recommended hours per week: 17h

Delivery method: Online

Qualification level: Certificate IV

Awarded by: Open Colleges Pty Ltd (Provider number: 90796)


Industry Overview

There is strong demand for qualified marketing and communications professionals in Australia. In the five years to 2025, strong growth is expected in this sector, creating around 25,000 job opportunities. 

Source: Australian Government Job Outlook ( 

Is this course for you?

This course is perfect for you if you are creative, technologically savvy, and want to start a career in marketing and communication. Designed for beginners, this course will take you through the basics, before helping you master the more advanced practices of both traditional and digital marketing and communications. 

If you are an existing worker or have experience in the related industry, please inform our enrolment consultants during your enrolment conversation. You may be eligible to enrol as an existing worker and complete your studies faster. Please note - limitations do apply.

What you will learn

During the course, you will learn how to: 

  • Develop and apply knowledge of communication  
  • Apply digital solutions to work processes 
  • Write complex documents 
  • Articulate, present and debate ideas and make presentations 
  • Analyse consumer behaviour, assess marketing opportunities and undertake marketing activities 
  • Apply marketing communication across a convergent industry 
  • Develop a social media strategy  
  • Market new business ventures 
  • Build and maintain business relationships 

Learning Material

Your learning materials are accessed through our online platform OpenSpace. These learning materials include 

  • Learning content 
  • Media 
  • Additional resources 
  • Learning activities 
  • Self-checks 

Your trainer

Catherine Tumelty
Catherine Tumelty has been working in the Digital Marketing space for over 6 years, both in her former marketing role with a National Fitness Company as well as setting up and running many small online businesses of her own. She has a wealth of experience in setting up new businesses and promoting them in a way to ensure that they are a success from day one.
Tanya Galey
Tanya has many years of experience working in the Airline Industry through her role at World Aviation Systems who represent various airlines here in Sydney (Air Tahiti Nui and Hawaiian Airlines to name a few). She has extensive knowledge of Sales, marketing, reservations and the general business operations of an Airline.

Academic Information

Open Colleges may make changes to the course from time to time to reflect changes introduced to the relevant Training Package or other regulatory requirements.

Certificate IV in Marketing and Communication

Develop and apply knowledge of communications industry
  • Research and analyse communications information 
  • Develop communications deliverables 
  • Finalise communications deliverables
Apply digital solutions to work processes
  • Use digital workplace information
  • Integrate digital solutions into work processes
  • Comply with intellectual property rights
Write complex documents
  • Plan complex document 
  • Draft complex document 
  • Finalise complex document 
Articulate, present and debate ideas
  • Establish framework for communication 
  • Develop ideas for communication 
  • Debate and discuss ideas 
Make presentations
  • Prepare presentation 
  • Deliver presentation 
  • Review presentation 
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Assessment Details

  • Multiple choice Quiz
  • Projects
  • Role plays
  • Video
  • Work Placement
  • Written assignments

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)

We understand that you may already have many skills and areas of expertise that you have obtained in different ways and these are recognised through our Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) process.

Our Credit Transfer & Recognition of Prior Learning Policy, available in the Key Student Information section of our website, provides more information about our RPL process. Alternatively, you can contact an Enrolment Consultant to discuss your RPL options.

Course Duration

The duration for the course is self paced - maximum of 24 months. As a self-paced online course, the time it will take you to complete is flexible and dependent on ability and time available.



Open Colleges recommends that you consider the work placement options in your local area prior to enrolling in this course.


Study and pay, your way

Payment Options

Pay Upfront
Save 30%
$4,305.00 Save $1,845.00
was $6,150.00
Week to week
Pay as you go
Save 26%
Pay in 80 instalments over the length of your course.
$53.75 Weekly
Total course cost: $4,500.00
was $6,150.00
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Studying online with Open Colleges

Flexibility - study at your own pace

When you study online with Open Colleges you’re in control.

You can choose to complete your course quickly, or keep to a steady pace. Learning is fully flexible so you can fit your everyday commitments around your studies.

Everything you need to study is online so you can study wherever you like – but that doesn’t mean you’re on your own.

OpenSpace is our online learning platform. It’s where you’ll go to access your learning materials, contact your expert trainers and assessors and upload your assessments.

What is OpenSpace?

It’s important to us that we deliver a superior, online learning platform that meets our students’ needs. That’s why we have upgraded to our brand new, custom-designed learning platform, OpenSpace.

OpenSpace provides you with a user-friendly interface, that is mobile responsive. This means that you can complete your coursework using your laptop, iPad, or mobile device. All coursework is automatically saved, providing you with the flexibility you need to complete your studies anywhere, anytime.

How to get support?

Learning Support

The learning support team will be with you every step of the way, from enrolment to graduation. They’re here to help you get the most out of your online course. They can assist by providing non-academic support - like helping you craft an achievable study plan so that you can graduate in a realistic timeframe. If you’re finding it tough to stay motivated throughout your course, they’ll be there to help keep you on track.

Student support

The Student Support team is your one-stop service centre for all student administrative issues – including enrolment, change of contact details, OpenSpace support, assessment results and certification.

You can access the Student Support team by email or phone