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New Zealand Certificate in Business (Introduction to Small Business) (Level 3)

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Start date: 24-February-2020
Nelson Marlborough Institute of Technology
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Learn to assess small business opportunities, in bi- and multi-cultural environments.

This qualification is designed to prepare you with the skills for running a small business, including identifying and assessing the opportunities and requirements for small business.

This programme is currently only delivered online. You can make a small business hum!

New Zealand is a nation of small business owners – they contribute hugely to the economy and drive success. Small business is special. It occupies its own space in the corporate world and it provides opportunity for growth and learning. If you want to understand this sector better, work in this space or perhaps create your own small business, then you need to understand what drives it and how to contribute effectively.

Who is this for?

If you are currently working in a small business or perhaps looking for an opportunity to become involved in this sector, then this certificate will provide you with the knowledge you need to operate effectively in this specialised sector of the commercial world.


To complete the NZ Certificate in Business (Introduction to Small Business) (Level 3), the following courses are available. You can speak to one of our advisors to work out a study path.

The courses in this qualification are:

  • Small Business Operations
  • Small Business and Stakeholders
  • Small Business Planning
  • Small Business Opportunities

Benefits to you

Get to grips with drivers of small business success

Understanding how a small business drives and measures success is essential if you work in or own a small business. It’s not the same as a large corporate, it occupies its own space, so being able to assess and identify opportunities for growth and development is essential. Make sure that you have the skills to be effective.

Pick the right options!

Technology options are quite unique in the small business sector. Selecting and implementing the right options can spell the difference between success and mediocrity. Learn how to make sure you make the right choices to meet your business operations.

Learn about relationships

A small business can succeed or fail on its relationships. How you manage client and customer expectations and communicate with them is vitally important. If you need some guidance and direction to better understand this space and operate effectively, then this certificate course will help cement your skills.

Understand the legislative requirements

The rules might be different but they still apply! Just because it’s a small business doesn’t mean you can ignore the rules. You need to know the legislation that applies and the external commercial requirements and what they mean for your business.

Career and study pathways

On completion of this course you will have the skills to move on to study in other areas that complete your business knowledge and expertise or to identify and pursue opportunities as a small business owner or operator.

How long will it take?

This qualification is made up of four courses. Each course is delivered over 10 weeks. NZQA guidelines suggest up to 150 hours of total study time for a 15 credit course. So to complete one of the courses successfully in the 10 weeks you must be prepared to devote approximately 15 hours per week to your study. Depending on your previous academic online experience and course level this may vary to a certain degree.

Entry criteria

Students are required to complete international qualifications equivalent to

  • New Zealand NCEA Level 1 or
  • NZ Certificate in Retail (Level 2), or
  • A NZ Certificate in Foundation Studies (Level 1)

English Language Requirements:

  • IELTS test - General or Academic score of 5 with no band score lower than 5
  • TOEFL Paper based test (pBT) - Score of 500 (with an essay score of 4 TWE)
  • TOEFL Internet-based test (iBT) - Score of 35 (with a writing score of 20)
  • University of Cambridge English Examinations - FCE or FCE for schools with a score of 154. No less than 154 in each skill
  • Pearson Test of English (Academic) - PToE (Academic) score of 36
  • City & Guilds IESOL - B1 Communicator with a score of 43


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