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 up to 3 years

Annual Fees(indicative 2019)

Programme code



$666 for the entire programme


Throughout the year




Course related costs

Advised on enrolment



Domestic Applications due

Received all year

International Applications due

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 TANZ eCampus.

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

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 (Introduction to Small Business) (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

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.