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New Zealand Diploma in Business (Accounting) (Level 5)

This course is available

Online, On-Campus

Level of Study



40 weeks

Next start date

Expected Feb 2024


Nelson Marlborough Institute of Technology


Build on your interest in numbers and business and gain the skills, knowledge and technical skills to provide accounting services and business advice to companies, organisations and individuals.

Accountants are in demand in Aotearoa New Zealand, and there are good prospects to advance in your career. But there is more to accounting than running the numbers. It means understanding the complexities of business processes, planning, and the New Zealand business environment.

This programme allows you to launch your career in accounting with the operational skills to manage a business's daily functions and provides a safe environment to develop essential employable skills, including effective communication, collaboration and teamwork across mediums, problem-solving and decision-making.

Career opportunities

This qualification will equip you with the skills and knowledge needed to work in various business entities in accounting roles such as finance administrator, inventory controller, and accounts receivable/payable officer. You may also be able to contribute to community groups in volunteer accounting functions.

Study opportunities

You can further your expertise with a Bachelor of Accounting. Credits from this diploma can be used towards the degree programme.

Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand (CAANZ) recognise those students who complete the Level 5 Diploma in Business with the Accounting Strand as having the academic requirements to become a provisional member and enter the Accounting Technician programme. To complete this process, you must apply via the CAANZ website to gain provisional membership upon completion of the qualification.

This programme is also delivered fully online by Open Polytechnic | Te P?kenga.

Entry criteria

To be admitted to this programme, all applicants must be at least 16 years of age on the date the programme starts and meet one of the following requirements:

NCEA Level 2 or equivalent
Successful completion of an approved qualification at Level 3 or above with a relevant pathway.

Special and Discretionary admission is also available.

English language requirements:

IELTS 5.5 Academic (no lower than 5.0 in any subtest)

TOEFL Internet-based test (iBT) - Score of 46 (with a writing score of 14)
Cambridge English Examinations - B2 First or B2 First for schools with a score of 162. No less than 154 in each skill
Pearson Test of English (Academic) - PTE (Academic) score of 42 with no band score lower than 36

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