New Zealand Certificate in Business (Administration and Technology) (Level 4).xml New Zealand Certificate in Business (Administration and Technology) (Level 4)

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Short courses - business finance

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

Annual Fees(indicative 2019)

Programme code



$3,160 - $3,870







Course related costs

Advised on enrolment



Domestic Applications due

Received all year

International Applications due

Please enquire


Christchurch - Madras Street, Online*


Take a leading role in office administration.

The skills you gain on this programme will enable you to provide administrative services to meet the needs of a business entity. You'll learn how to perform financial calculations, process data, produce information for business purposes, maintain administrative systems and processes, and make recommendations for improvements.

You'll also learn how to communicate effectively with stakeholders, work collaboratively to contribute to the achievement of team objectives, select and apply customer service techniques, comply with policies and legislation, and consistently meet expectations.

* The online offering is also available through TANZ eCampus .

Career opportunities

This qualification will give you the skills and knowledge to work in a wide range of general office administration roles in a variety of sectors, under broad guidance.

These may include: a sole-charge role in a small business entity, senior receptionist, customer relationship roles, personal assistant or secretary, lead administrator, front line customer service, call or contact centre operator, office support worker, web administrator or service desk co-ordinator.

Study pathways

You can 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, project management or small business) or by studying the New Zealand Diploma in Business (with strands in accounting, administration and technology, leadership and management, and project management).

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
  • 40 credits NCEA Level 1, including 10 literacy credits and 10 numeracy credits
    New Zealand Certificate in Business (Administration and Technology) (Level 3).

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

Alternative requirements
  • 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. Contact Ara for advice.

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 your 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.