Certificate in Business Ownership.xml Certificate in Business Ownership

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Certificate in Business Ownerships

CertificatePart time - 12 weeks

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Domestic Applications due

Received all year

International Applications due

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If you have a fantastic idea for starting your own business and would like some skills and knowledge to get going or explore its potential then the Certificate in Business Ownership is for you.

If you already own your own business then this qualification will extend your knowledge and give you the skills required to help it grow.

Depending on which delivery option you choose, you will be learning online with support through forums/chat sessions and tutor-facilitated workshops allowing you to continue working as you study.

This programme covers:

  • Marketing your business
  • The business plan
  • Employment options and processes
  • Financial management
  • Market research
  • Legal and insurance advice
  • Compliance - OSH, ACC, Taxation
  • Employing staff

Credit recognition

Credit recognition is available for this programme; if you have related skills, knowledge and/or experience, it may count towards part or even all of the qualification.

To learn more about credit recognition please see our Centre For Assessment of Prior Learning.

Programme structure

To complete this Certificate you are required to complete a minimum total of 42 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
  • NCEA Level 1 (80 credits at level 1, including 10 literacy credits and 10 numeracy credits).

Alternative requirements
  • Skills for tertiary study (including literacy and numeracy) may be acquired through study, work and/or life experience. Students who can demonstrate these skills may be approved for alternative entry. Literacy and numeracy assessments are available.

Additional requirements
English requirements
  • If English is not your first language you may also be required to provide evidence of your English language skills as listed below. 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: If you have achieved NCEA Level 3 University Entrance requirements you are not required to provide evidence of English Language Skills.










Acceptable Alternatives Chart

Next steps

To apply for this programme please complete an Admission and Enrolment form or an International Application form.

Alternatively, if you feel you have gained your learning through on the job experience talk to us about recognition or assessment of prior learning .

Please note: Programme delivery is conditional on enrolments reaching a minimum requirement.

Application documents

Career opportunities

Following successful completion of this programme you will have the knowledge and skills to own and manage your own business, be self-employed, work as a consultant, business planner or advisor.

Study pathways

Take your studies further with the Diploma in Applied Business (Level 5), the New Zealand Diploma in Business (Level 6) or a degree qualification.