Small Business Essentials – Free Online Studies
(NZ Certificate in Business (Level 3, Introduction to Small Business)
Attention all small business owners, this FREE course is for you!
Learn about opportunities, operations and feasibility, and gain a nationally recognized business qualification.
Boost your confidence and build your expertise in personal, workplace and enterprise management – and apply this practical experience in simulated and real business settings. No prior workplace experience needed. So why wait? Gain the building blocks for small business success today.
These studies are delivered entire online, complete your qual from any location at any time that suits your lifestyle.
17 April 2023
22 May 2023 (PT only)
No fees for NZ Citizens and
No hidden costs
Level 3 Studies
Worth a total of 60 NZQA Credits
20 Weeks Full-Time
(35-40 hours weekly) or
40 Weeks Part-Time
(15-20 hours weekly)
This NZQA recognised programme consists of 4 courses which are each worth 15 credits. Below is a list of all modules covered:
SMALL BUSINESS OPPORTUNITIES
Business Values and Ethics
- Business Structures
- Competitive Analysis
SMALL BUSINESS OPERATIONS
- Evaluating Technology Options
- Problem Solving and Decision Making
- Legal, Regulatory and External Agencies
- Communicate Effectively with Stakeholders
SMALL BUSINESS FEASIBILITY
- Business Finance & External Stakeholders
- Business Finance & Internal Stakeholders
- Business Finance – Owner Perspective
SMALL BUSINESS ESTABLISHMENT PLAN
- Small Business Establishment
- Marketing & Competitor Analysis
- Financial Viability & Assets
Graduates of this qualification will be able to:
Technical knowledge and skills
- Identify relevant business opportunities.
- Assess the feasibility and viability of a small business.
- Produce an establishment plan for a small business.
- Evaluate technology options to effectively operate a small business
- Communicate effectively with stakeholders.
- Understand the importance of business relationships with stakeholders for a successful business.
- Apply interpersonal skills to contribute to the business’s effectiveness.
- Apply effective problem-solving and decision-making for small business purposes.
- Demonstrate professional and ethical behaviour, in a socially and culturally appropriate manner.-Manage self effectively to contribute to performance of a small business.
- Identify legislation and other external requirements for a small business
- Graduates of this qualification may progress to:
- New Zealand Certificate in Business (Small Business) (Level 4) [Ref: 2457]
- New Zealand Certificate in Business (First Line Management) (Level 4) [Ref: 2456]
- New Zealand Certificate in Business (Accounting Support Services) (Level 4) [Ref: 2455]
- New Zealand Certificate in Business (Administration and Technology) (Level 4) [Ref: 2461].
Graduates of this qualification will have the skills and knowledge that can be applied to identifying business opportunities and planning for a small business
- Students must be over 16 years of age
- Students will be required to have NCEA Level 2 or the equivalent
- Students must be residing in New Zealand for the duration of their studies
- This programme is only available to New Zealand and Australian Citizens and New Zealand Permanent Residents.
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 Intake start date.
See the Recognition of Prior Learning section for full RPL criteria and details on how to undertake an application.