NZ Certificate in Business (Level 4, Small Business)

About the course

Looking to manage your own business? Already in a supervisory role, but need a nationally recognized qualification to back up your skills?

This free online course is your next step to business success.

Develop your expertise in personal, workplace and enterprise management and apply your new found knowledge to simulated and real business scenarios. You’ll graduate with renewed confidence, increased business smarts and a toolkit of essential managerial skills.

PLEASE NOTE: Part-Time studies are currently not available for this programme.


20 Weeks Full Time


60 NZQA Credits


Fees Free

Course Details

This NZQA recognised programme consists of 4 courses which are each worth 15 credits.

  • Introduction to Small Business
  • Resources for Small Business
  • Small Business Finance and Marketing Promotion
  • Small Business Project

Graduates of this qualification will be able to:

  • Develop a business plan for a small business, develop and implement a system for monitoring and improving  business  performance,  manage  the  finances  for  the  business,  manage  the marketing  activities  of  the  business,  implement  technology  options  for  the  business,  and manage staff and human resources for the business.
  • Select and apply customer service techniques to maximise customer satisfaction, develop and maintain effective relationships with stakeholders.
  • Demonstrate professional  and  ethical  behaviour  in  a  socially  and  culturally  appropriate manner, maintain personal and/or professional growth for the ongoing effectiveness of the business, work independently and show initiative for achieving goals.
  • Comply with internal policies, legislation, and other external requirements for the business.

Education Pathway

This qualification may build on from:

  • New Zealand Certificate in Business (Introduction to Small Business) (Level 3)[Ref: 2454].

Graduates of this qualification may progress to:

  • New Zealand Diploma in Business (with strands in Accounting, Administration and Technology, Leadership and Management, and Project Management) (Level 5) [Ref:2459]
  • Proposed New Zealand Certificate in Business (Māori Business and Management) (Level 5)[Ref: 2458]
  • Other relevant industry qualifications.

Employment Pathway

Graduates of this qualification will have the skills and knowledge to start, operate, and grow a small business in New Zealand.

  • Students must be over 16 years of age
  • Students will be required to have NCEA Level 2 or the equivalent
  • Recommended that students have a minimum of one years’ work experience

All of the necessary materials required to successfully complete assessments will be available through the learning platform.  For some assessments, you may like to do additional research through textbooks or the internet, however you won’t be required to purchase textbooks. You must have access to a computer, a reliable internet connection, and email (preferably with Microsoft Office or compatible programme).

Where transfer of credit for previous study is being applied for, the Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) Form must be submitted at least four weeks prior to the Semester start date.

See the Recognition of Prior Learning section for full RPL criteria and details on how to undertake an application.

  • 20 Weeks Full Time

Part-Time studies are not available for this programme.

The majority of your learning will be based from home, using online materials. Assessments will be a combination of online quizzes and written assessments.

Upcoming Intakes for 2022

16 May 2022

13 June 2022

18 July 2022

15 August 2022

There are no fees or hidden costs for this course.

Have a question? Call us on 0508 626 243

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