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NZ Certificate in Business - Level 3


Tired of being just another office worker? Need a qualification that will activate your business career? Aspire to be more – become a leader!

This online Level 3 qualification is your first step to team leadership. It will equip you with the knowledge, skills and confidence to effectively manage a team, plus you’ll gain plenty of hands-on experience, with opportunities to apply learning to real and simulated business scenarios.

You’ll cover: 

  • Introduction to Team Leadership
  • Leadership Styles
  • Achieving Team Objectives
  • Team Performance

Study online, in your own time, and learn from experienced leaders and managers who know how to inspire and motivate. Whether you’re a school leaver, a job hunter, or an entry-level employee, this programme will lay the building blocks for your leadership success.

Breaking into junior management has never been so easy. There are no classes to attend, no exams, and your choice of full time (17 weeks) and part time (34 weeks) programmes.  Why follow, when you could lead?

8 Quick Facts

This is an e-learning programme which enables you to study from anywhere in NZ.

  • Gain an introduction to team leadership and different leadership styles
  • Learn how to achieve team objectives and maximise team performance
  • Study online at a time and place that suits you
  • Gain a 48 credit NZQA approved qualification
  • This programme consists of four courses at Level 3
  • Study part time (approximately 15 hours a week) or full time (approximately 30 hours a week)
  • A 17 week (full time) or 34 week (part time) study plan and assignment schedule will be set for you
  • We make your study journey fast and easy, with support via Canvas, email and free phone

Is this qualification for you?

  • YES, if you want to develop your team leadership skills and knowledge
  • YES, if you are looking to move into a team leadership role
  • YES, if you don’t want to stop work and need to upskill in your own time



Introduction to Team Leadership


Leadership Styles


Achieving Team Objectives


Team Performance


Introduction to Team Leadership (BTL301)

  • 7 credits
  • Level 3

Learn how to:

  • Describe the principles of team performance 
  • Identify the attributes that make a team effective, such as communication, professional and ethical behavior

Leadership Styles (BTL302)

  • 11 credits
  • Level 3

Learn how to:

  • Identify and describe different team leadership styles 
  • Understand how they contribute to the business and team diversity

Achieving Team Objectives (BTL303)

  • 15 credits
  • Level 3

Learn how to:

  • Develop and communicate SMART objectives for a team that effectively contributes to business performance 
  • Apply effective problem solving in a professional, ethical and proactive manner

Team Performance (BTL304)

  • 15 credits
  • Level 3

Learn how to:

  • Apply effective principles of team performance to achieve internal and external business objectives
  • Achieve quality outcomes through effective communication, problem solving and time management skills
  • Enhance team diversity through positive, professional and ethical engagement

Awards and Qualifications

This programme contains the following qualifications:

  • NZ Certificate in Business (Introduction to Team Leadership) - Level 3

Each course successfully completed will be recognised and recorded as individual achievements in your Aspire2 student record of learning. Upon successful completion of the programme, the NZ Certificate in Business (Introduction to Team Leadership) (Level 3) will be shown on your NZQA record of achievement.

Entry requirements

You need to be over 16 years old and have NCEA Level 2 or the equivalent.

If you are unsure if you meet these criteria, please contact us for clarification.

Student Fees & Allowances

This course is FREE if you are a New Zealand citizen or permanent resident. Citizens of Australia, Cook Islands, Niue and Tokelau are also eligible. Student Allowances may be available for both full time and part time study. We are unable to take enrolments from international students.


This qualification is assessed using competency based assessments.

Recognition of the Qualification

The NZ Certificate in Business (Introduction to Team Leadership) (Level 3) has been approved and accredited by NZQA.

Successfully complete this programme and you can staircase onto our:

  • NZ Certificate in Business (Small Business) (Level 4)
  • NZ Certificate in Business (First Line Management) (Level 4)
  • NZ Certificate in Business (Administration and Technology) (Level 4)


This online programme gives you the flexibility to study anywhere, anytime, full time or part time.

The full time programme takes 17 weeks to complete and requires approximately 30 hours of study per week. Those studying part time will complete their course in 34 weeks, with approximately 15 hours of study each week.

Course Start Dates

Business Management Programme has set start dates for this course which will be supplied. When you enrol you will get to choose which intake you wish to start on and your enrolment will be processed based on this.

Other Course Requirements

All the materials you need to successfully complete your assessments will be available through the online platform, Canvas. For some assessments, you may want to do additional research through textbooks or the internet, but you won’t be required to purchase textbooks. You’ll need access to a computer, a reliable internet connection, and email (preferably with Microsoft Office or compatible programme).

Enrolment process

Our enrolment process is quick and easy.

  • 1

    Once you have decided on a course and checked you meet the entry criteria fill in our online form.

  • 2
    Await Confirmation

    We will send you an email within 3 working days to let you know we are processing your application and to touch base if we need any further info.

  • 3

    We will send you an email of acceptance and your offer of placement which we need you to sign and send back to us.

  • 4
    After Approval

    You will receive an email with your course and login details so you can get started!

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