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New Zealand Certificate in Business (Small Business) (Level 4)

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Level of Study



60 credit hours

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This qualification will give you the skills and knowledge to establish, operate and grow your small business. You will have the skills to do this in a bi- and multi-cultural environment.

What you will learn

When you achieve this qualification, you will know how to:

develop a business plan, and monitor your performance against plan
manage staff
manage your business's finances
manage your marketing activities
customer service
build effective relationships with your customers and other stakeholders
operate within the legal and regulatory environment
grow your business.

Career opportunities

This qualification will enable you to improve the performance of your own small business.

Entry criteria

You need to have NCEA Level 2, or equivalent, OR
If you are 20 years old or older, you provide evidence that your previous education, work or life experience demonstrates that you are likely to succeed in your studies.

IELTS test – a General or Academic score of 5.5, with no band score lower than 5 or equivalent.
Cambridge English Qualifications – B2 First or B2 First for Schools with a score of 162. No less than 154 in each skill.

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