New Zealand Certificate in Business (Administration and Technology) (Level 3).xml New Zealand Certificate in Business (Administration and Technology) (Level 3)

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New Zealand Certificate in Business (Administration and Technology) (Level 3)

CertificateFull time, 6 months | Part-time up to 3 years

Annual Fees(indicative 2019)

Programme code



$3,160 -$3,460 or $528.00 per course


February, July





Course related costs

Advised on enrolment



Domestic Applications due

Received all year

International Applications due

22 January for February start; 23 June for July start


Christchurch - Madras Street, Ashburton, Timaru, Online*


Gain skills to become a competent business administrator.

On this programme you'll learn how to provide administrative and general office services to support everyday operational activities.

Specifically you'll also learn how to perform financial calculations, process data, produce information for business purposes, communicate effectively with stakeholders and work co-operatively within a team to achieve objectives. Other areas covered include selecting and applying customer service techniques, applying effective problem solving, decision making, ethical behaviour and self-management.

* The online offering is available through TANZ eCampus.

Career opportunities

With this qualification you'll possess the skills and knowledge to work in a wide range of supervised general office administration roles in a variety of sectors. Roles may include: receptionist, data entry operator, front line customer service roles, call or contact centre operator, secretary, office support worker.

Study pathways

You can pathway from this qualification to the New Zealand Certificate in Business (Administration and Technology) Level 4, or add to your business skills and expertise with a New Zealand Certificate in Business specialising in other areas, such as Accounting Support Services, First Line Management, Small Business, Team Leadership or Project Management.

Alternatively, you could pathway into relevant industry certifications or other level 3 and level 4 qualifications.

Recommended school subjects

  • English
  • Mathematics

Programme structure

To complete this Certificate you are required to complete 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
  • 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, Pearson 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.










Acceptable Alternatives Chart

Selection criteria

Applicants who meet the requirements for admission are accepted into the programme in the order their applications are received.

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 prior learning .

Application documents

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.