Commercial Certificate Australia

Gain a vital grounding in a broad range of financial issues and build better client relations.

Get to grips with every aspect of agency finance at your own pace with this qualification written for advertising and marketing practitioners by the IPA Finance Policy Group and localized for the Australian market by The Communications Council.

You’ll gain a vital grounding in a broad range of financial issues and the qualification will help you to build better client relations, negotiate more effectively, and understand how best to maximise the link between creativity and profitability.

If you have made a booking for this qualification, you will be able to access your online learning in ‘Events & CPD – Training’ via the profile icon.

Who is this qualification for?

As an essential qualification, the learning is applicable to all agency staff, especially for anyone in a client-facing role who is keen to develop their commercial acumen. 

What are the benefits?

  • Gain a full understanding of the roles, responsibilities and processes in the finance department.
  • Get to grips with KPI’s and fee payment structures.
  • Understand by example the financial processes within different agency departments including media specific issues.
  • Discover a new found confidence when negotiating or complying with the terms of a contract
  • Build better relationship with your clients by understanding the financial terminology they use.

View the full IPA Commercial Certificate Australia syllabus.

How the learning is delivered and assessed

  • The 10-hours of online learning is examined via a 30-minute multiple-choice online exam and all candidates must pass two mid-module quizzes to unlock the final exam.
  • Non-members must book onto an intake and complete the online learning and final exam before their intake closes. Candidates can acess and download the learning through the IPA website on any device, or via the IPA Learning app.
  • Candidates who achieve a passing grade of 75% in the final exam will be awarded a digital certificate of completion and 1 MIPA star towards personal accreditation.

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View IPA Commercial Certificate Policies


  • Members: Free
  • Non-Members: £250 + VAT

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