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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, grow and sustain your small business in a bi- and multi-cultural environment. You’ll study business planning and monitoring your performance against the plan, customer service and managing the money, marketing, technology and staff side of your small business.

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 your 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.

You can study this programme part-time if you’re an international student living in New Zealand or overseas. If you’re living in New Zealand you will need to be in paid employment with a valid work permit.

Entry criteria

To enrol in this programme you need to have NCEA Level 2, or equivalent. 20 years old or over: If you are 20 years of age or over and do not hold the minimum entry requirements you will be eligible to be enrolled where your previous educational, work or life experience indicates you have a reasonable likelihood of success.

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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