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

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Start date: 24-February-2020
Nelson Marlborough Institute of Technology
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Learn to apply business skills and knowledge to manage a small business in bi- and multi-cultural environments.

This programme is designed to give you the skills to be an owner/operator with the capability to establish, operate, grow, and sustain a small business.

This programme is currently only delivered online. You can drive success in small business!

Successful small businesses are as complex and individual as a large corporate. There is no one size fits all and to be successful you need to cover off all the bases – from business planning to staff management. Gain an insight and expertise into effectively managing small business success and contributing to the growth of this sector.

Who is this for?

If you are currently working in a small business or looking for an opportunity to establish and grow your own small business, then this certificate will provide you with the knowledge and confidence to participate and manage effectively in this sector.


To complete the New Zealand Certificate in Business (Small Business) (Level 4) you are required to complete the following courses:

  • Small Business Environment
  • Business Resources
  • Marketing
  • Planning and Finance

Benefits to you

Understand the environment

Operating or managing a small business means complying with regulatory requirements. You need to know what the legislative rules are and what you need to do to conform. This certificate qualification will ensure you have knowledge of the full spectrum of requirements and how to meet your business obligations.

Drive a winner!

Technical knowledge and skill will ensure you enhance the viability, survival and growth of your small business. You need to understand about business planning, managing finances effectively, selecting technology options and managing staff. If you need to upskill in these areas then completion of this qualification will give you that knowledge to help drive a winner.

People skills

The people within a small business can make or break it. Ensure that your people “make” your business by understanding customer service techniques and maintaining excellent relationships with all your stakeholders. If you need some guidance and direction to better understand how to manage this area of the business more effectively, then this certificate course will help cement your skills.

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 2 or

  • NZ Certificate in Business (Introduction to Small Business) (Level 3), or
  • NZ Certificate in Retail (Level 3), or
  • NZ Certificate in Business (Administration and Technology) (Level 3), or
  • NZ Certificate in Foundation Studies (Level 2) or
  • Evidence of relevant knowledge and experience, including literacy and numeracy abilities equivalent to NCEA (Level 2)

English Language Requirements

  • General or Academic score of 5.5 with no band score lower than 5
  • TOEFL Paper based test (pBT) - Score of 530 (with an essay score of 4.5 TWE)
  • TOEFL Internet-based test (iBT) - Score of 46 (with a writing score of 20)
  • University of Cambridge English Examinations - FCE or FCE for schools with a score of 162. No less than 154 in each skill
  • Pearson Test of English (Academic) - PToE (Academic) score of 42
  • City & Guilds IESOL - B2 Communicator with a score of 42


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