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New Zealand Certificate in Business (Small Business)

International Close Date: Please enquire

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.

This online offering is available through eCampus NZ.

Part-time up to 3 years.

Fees for 2022

Domestic Fee
$661 - $865 per year
Valid To
December 31, 2022

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

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

If you have undertaken examinations other than NCEA (e.g. International Baccalaureate, Cambridge Examination), Ara will assess your qualification for academic entry equivalency.

Still want to study but don't meet the Academic Requirements?

If you show that you have equivalent skills for tertiary study gained through study, work and/or life experience, you may be able to gain alternative entry.

Note: The number of courses you have to complete for this qualification may be reduced where you have relevant credits from previous study, or evidence of similar learning or experience in the workplace.

What if English is not my first Language?

If English is not your first language, we want to make sure that you will be successful in your chosen programme of study.

  • Please provide a result from a test or qualification on the acceptable alternatives English Proficiency Outcomes Chart.
  • If you are a New Zealand Citizen or Permanent Resident, complete an Admission and Enrolment form and Ara will contact you regarding a free assessment.
  • If you are not a New Zealand Citizen or Permanent resident, book an IELTS or other test through the Ara Examination Centre or in your home country.
  • IELTS scores used must be taken from a single IELTS Test Report Form and are valid for two years from the date of the test.
  • What if I have achieved NCEA Level 3 University Entrance?
  • You do not need to provide additional evidence of English Language skills.

Overall IELTS 5.5 Academic

  • 5.0 Listening
  • 5.0 Reading
  • 5.0 Writing
  • 5.0 Speaking

Funding assistance

If you face unexpected financial hardship during your studies, we have several funds that you can apply for. These are designed to enable you to continue your current course of study. We also have a wide range of scholarships and awards that can provide financial assistance.

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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

New Zealand Certificate in Business (Small Business)

FULL-TIME - 19 Weeks

Equip yourself for successful small business ownership.

Type Certificate
Code NZ2457
May be available for Study Visa? Yes
International application close date Please enquire
Credits 60
Level 4
Additional Equipment/Fees Advised on enrolment
May be eligible for Fees Free? Yes
Reference NZ2457-STRU

Fees for 2022

Domestic Fee
$661 - $865 per year
Valid To
December 31, 2022
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Credit Recognition

If you have prior relevant experience or previous related study credits, you may be eligible for credit recognition towards this qualification.

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