Enrolments: 287,925

Master Degree and Graduate Certificate Course Enrolments: 7,138

The total number of Master degree and Graduate Certificate enrolments since Charles Sturt University and IT Masters launched our first qualification in 2003.

Short Course Enrolments: 280,787

The total number of enrolments in our free short courses that we offer as a ‘taster’ of what it is like to study via Distance Education with Charles Sturt University.

Employer Benefits

Our Masters degrees have been specifically designed to maximise the benefits realised by companies sponsoring their employees to undertake the Masters. These benefits include:

Improved productivity and staff loyalty

The Masters degree is unique because passing industry examinations and achieving industry certification is an integral and mandatory part of the assessment process.

A recent survey conducted by International Data Corp (IDC) found that:

  • 78 percent of companies experienced more productivity from their certified employees and 92 percent realised financial benefits by having certificate holders on staff.
  • Both internal and external customers benefited from certification because it provided evidence of IT support staff’s qualifications and ability to perform according to recognised industry standards. Non-technical clients found this especially reassuring and IT support companies would be well served to emphasise that they have certified employees on-staff.
  • Certified employees were found to display more loyalty, so employers experienced less turnover and saved money on training costs.

(http://www.certmag.com/issues/oct00/contrib_venator.cfm)

Demonstrated return on investment (ROI)

If companies are going to invest in the development of their staff, they are entitled to receive proof of what learning has occurred. Our Master degrees achieve this by ensuring all facets of the course are subject to a rigorous assessment process. In addition, the mandatory requirement that all students achieve industry certification serves as independent validation that an individual has demonstrated the skills and abilities required to complete the certification program.

Reduced costs

One of the major costs of training is the disruption is the disruption is causes to business operation. This results in a reduction of customer service, and lost opportunities for staff because they are away from the workplace undertaking training programs. This Masters Degree is designed to minimise employer costs; all study, including workshops, is completed after hours or on weekends.

Improved company performance

Investments in workforce training have long been tied to improvements in employee productivity, but the American Society for Training and Development (www.td.org) now states that training predicts a company’s financial performance. According to findings from a report of training outcomes at 575 publicly held companies that ASTD, firms that invested $680 more in training per employee than the average company in 1996, 1997 and 1998 improved their total stockholder return by six percentage points the following year.