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New Zealand Certificate in Business (Introduction to Small Business)

CertificateFull time – 6 months, Part time available

Annual Fees(indicative 2018)

Programme code



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February, April, June, August, October


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Course related costs

Advised on enrolment



Domestic Applications due

Received all year

International Applications due

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Gain the skills and knowledge needed to establish and operate a successful small business.

This qualification, studied online, will equip you with the knowledge needed to establish a small business. It covers identifying relevant business opportunities; assessing the feasibility, viability and requirements of a small business; how to produce a plan for establishing a small business, and how to evaluate technology options to effectively operate a small business. You'll also learn about legislation relating to small businesses, and gain communication and people skills for building effective relationships with stakeholders.

* The online offering is available through TANZ eCampus .

Credit recognition

If you have work experience in this area, or a relevant prior qualification, you may be eligible for credit recognition towards this qualification.

Programme structure

To complete this Certificate you are required to complete a minimum total of 60 credits. Please browse the guide below to view the course options currently available within this qualification.

Core courses
Elective Courses

To be a full time student you need to maintain a workload of 120 credits per year. We recommend you talk with us to ensure you choose electives to benefit your future career.

Entry requirements

Academic requirements
  • This programme has open entry.

Alternative requirements
Additional requirements
English requirements
  • If English is not your first language you may also be required to provide evidence of your English language skills. If you have no evidence of your English language skills and are a New Zealand citizen or permanent resident, contact us for an assessment.

    Note : Students who have achieved NCEA Level 3 University Entrance requirements are not required to provide evidence of English Language Skills.










Acceptable Alternatives Chart

Next steps

To apply for this programme complete:

  • An Admission and Enrolment form

Application documents

Career opportunities

After completing this programme, you'll have the knowledge and skills needed to confidently and competently establish your own small business.

Study pathways

Further related study options at Ara include the New Zealand Certificate in Business (Small Business) Level 4, the New Zealand Certificate in Business (First Line Management) Level 4, or the New Zealand Certificate in Business (Administration and Technology) Level 4.

Recommended school subjects

  • Maths
  • English
  • Business Studies