New Zealand Certificate in Business (Small Business).xml New Zealand Certificate in Business (Small Business)

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New Zealand Certificate in Business (Introduction to Small Business) Level 4

CertificateFull time – 6 months, Part time available

Annual Fees(indicative 2018)

Programme code




February, April, June, August, October




Course related costs

Advised on enrolment



Domestic Applications due

Received all year

International Applications due

Please enquire


Online* (blended options may be available)


Equip yourself for successful small business ownership.

This qualification is studied online and covers all the essential skills required to be successful as a small business owner and operator. You'll learn about business finance, legislation and marketing, how to develop a business plan, how to implement a system for monitoring and improving business performance and you'll look at human resource processes and technology options for small businesses.

The programme also covers techniques for maximising customer satisfaction, how to maintain effective relationships with stakeholders, ethical behavour and personal and professional growth strategies.

* - The online offering is available through TANZ eCampus.

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 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
  • 40 credits NCEA Level 1, including 10 literacy credits and 10 numeracy credits


    New Zealand Certificate in Business (Introduction to Small Business) (Level 3)

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. Ara 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. 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, please:

  • Complete an application form

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

Application documents

Career opportunities

With this qualification you'll have the skills and knowledge to start, operate and grow a small business in New Zealand.

Study pathways

Programmes which can add further value to this qualification include the New Zealand Diploma in Business (with strands in accounting, administration and Technology, leadership and management, and project management).

Recommended school subjects

  • English
  • Maths
  • Business Studies