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

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NZ Certificate in Business (Introduction to Small Business) L3

CertificatePart-time up to 3 years

Annual Fees(indicative 2019)

Programme code



$652for entire Programme


Throughout the year


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Course related costs

Advised on enrolment



Domestic Applications due

Received all year

International Applications due

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Gain the skills and knowledge needed to establish and operate a successful small business.

This qualification, studied online, will equip you with the knowledge needed to establish a small business. It covers identifying relevant business opportunities; assessing the feasibility, viability and requirements of a small business; how to produce a plan for establishing a small business, and how to evaluate technology options to effectively operate a small business. You'll also learn about legislation relating to small businesses, and gain communication and people skills for building effective relationships with stakeholders.

* This online offering is available through TANZ eCampus .

Career opportunities

After completing this programme, you'll have the knowledge and skills needed to confidently and competently establish your own small business.

Study pathways

Further related study options at Ara include the New Zealand Certificate in Business (Small Business) Level 4, the New Zealand Certificate in Business (First Line Management) Level 4, or the New Zealand Certificate in Business (Administration and Technology) Level 4.

Recommended school subjects

  • Maths
  • English
  • Business Studies

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

Next steps

To apply for this programme complete:

  • An Admission and Enrolment form

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.