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Australia is one of the world's most franchised nations

Franchising contributes more than $144 billion to Australia's economy. Whether you're already a franchise operator or seeking entry to the franchising sector, a franchising degree will improve your knowledge and give you an understanding of new franchising opportunities and strategies for managing, leading and expanding franchise operations.

In Australia alone there are 1,600 franchisors and more than 79,000 franchise outlets, with the sector employing 460,000 people. So you can see that there are plenty of opportunities and great need for franchising expertise.

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Study franchising at Griffith

Study the Asia Pacific’s only postgraduate franchising qualification

With a Griffith Graduate Certificate in Franchising you can upgrade your franchise skills, and your career. Designed specifically for franchise professionals this degree will give you a complete overview of franchising and set you on the path to achieving the internationally respected Certified Franchise Executive™ designation. You can study entirely online from anywhere in the world, or choose to study face-to-face on-campus at South Bank.

Industry recognition

Griffith is the leading franchise research and education institution in the Asia-Pacific region. We have been researching franchising for more than a decade, and through our research have formed strong links with the franchise sector. You will have access to the knowledge and expertise of Griffith’s Asia–Pacific Centre for Franchising Excellence, including Australia’s leading academic in the field, Professor Lorelle Frazer. Throughout the degree, you’ll hear from leading experts in the field, and benefit from their significant and relevant insights.

5-Star Rated

Griffith Business School is rated 5-stars for Educational Experience and Teaching Quality in Business and Management by the Good Universities Guide 2018, a leading independent provider of high-quality education and career information.

Get recognition for your experience

At Griffith, we recognise the value of professional experience as well as previous study. Even if you haven't studied at university before, our professional entry option recognises relevant work experience as qualification for entry to the Graduate Certificate in Franchising.

Neil Soares

After 25 years operating in the food industry, Neil Soares felt it important to build on this wealth of experience and progress his business knowledge. A promotion followed after he completed Griffith's Graduate Certificate in Franchising, and he is now CEO of Consolidated Food Holdings, which owns the Croissant Express chain. 'Studying the graduate certificate confirmed, strengthened and brought forward industry knowledge. I found the degree very valuable and I believe it should be mandatory for all professionals working in the franchise sector.' Neil says he found the unit on leadership challenging but ultimately the most beneficial. 'It was instrumental in changing my approach to managing my team and franchisees.'

Neil Soares

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Career outcomes

Almost any business can be franchised

Franchising is used by businesses globally in almost every industry, creating a world of career opportunities, both within Australia and across the globe.

Franchising is also increasing in popularity, particularly across the Asia -Pacific, so even if you're not intending on franchising your business or buying a franchise you can still apply your newly acquired skills in a franchise head office.

There are many different roles within a franchise head office which, depending on the franchise, may include franchisee field support, leasing and property, site and territory selection, marketing and communications, and legal.

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Life at Griffith

You can gain more than just a degree at Griffith. With plenty of opportunities to balance life and study, you can make memories and mates to last a lifetime.

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Monday 30 October — Saturday 17 February

Trimester 3

Our third trimester starts on Monday 30 October. Trimester 3 examinations run from Saturday 10 to Saturday 17 February 2018.

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Wednesday 22 November — Monday 20 November

Postgraduate Information Evening - Gold Coast

Join Griffith University for a postgraduate information evening and talk to our staff and students about how a postgraduate degree can help you achieve your career goals.

Saturday 16 December — Friday 22 December

Know Your Options

Chat online with our expert study advisers after you have received your entry score, to discuss your study options. Find out about pathways, entry requirements and program options, plus what you can do if your score was higher or lower than expected.