New Zealand Certificate in Business (Accounting Support Services) (Level 4)

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You can understand business accounting support

Have you thought about working in an accounts role? Are you thinking about making a move from business administration into an accounts role but need more confidence and knowledge to take that step? Perhaps you are already working in an organisation and want more responsibility and challenge. It could be time to consider upskilling to make that move a reality.

This qualification will give you a sound understanding of the accounting functions that are required in a business. You will gain the knowledge to take on an entry level accounting support role within an organisation, contributing to performance and productivity. Make your move now!

Who is this for?

You may be working in an administration role and want to take the next step in your career. Perhaps you want a career in bookkeeping, but you don’t have the skills, knowledge or confidence to apply for a role. Or maybe you are looking to start your career training. Whatever your circumstances, the New Zealand Certificate in Business (Accounting Support Services) will provide you with the knowledge you need to show you are ready for a new challenge!

Career opportunities include Bookkeeper, Accounts officer, Payroll officer, Sole-charge administrator, Accounts payable/receivable or Accounts Assistant.

About eCampus NZ

The eCampus NZ online learning platform is a collaboration by New Zealand’s major tertiary providers to provide quality education to New Zealanders no matter where they live. The eCampus platform is easy to use, flexible and supportive. You will be able to access course material, upload assignments and chat to other students through our private online forum. Our portal also keeps you up to date with the latest course information including news, events and important details.

As an eCampus online student you can learn at your own pace and fit your study around your work, family and lifestyle. All study is completely online – with dedicated facilitators and advisors to help you along the way.

It is possible to study individual courses/papers from within eCampus programmes without completing the full qualification. If you are interested in only competing specific courses/papers please contact the eCampus team to find out more about how this works.

Click here to learn more about eCampus NZ.

Coaching support and study spaces

NorthTec offers study spaces where you will be able to meet new people, gain support from an experienced tutor in this field, put a face to the names on your forums and learn more about the course. We have free Wi-Fi, kitchenette, coffee, tea, snacks and milo.

Take advantage of highly skilled and experienced tutors accessible to answer questions and provide you the support to help, guide and direct you.

What you will learn

You will gain skills in:

  • Accounting roles and functions in a business environment - The New Zealand Certificate in Business (Accounting Support Services) (Level 4) covers Payroll and Accounting Software through to Accounting Taxation. If you want to work in an accounts role then you will need to know what functions are performed in managing a business’ accounts processing and who does what.

  • Technique and Technology - Technology in the sector is a fast-moving machine. While accounting basics will never change, the technology and software available to support the sector is changing at speed. You will learn how to use available software in your day to day accounts role.

  • Reducing Risk - Businesses must comply with financial controls. If you work in this area you need to know what those controls and your business compliance obligations are. Having this knowledge will reduce business risk.

  • Confidence - Completion of the programme will ensure you have the confidence to contribute effectively, and with sound knowledge, to your team or organisation outputs. Knowing that you have the expertise to respond to questions, issues, and requests for information appropriately will build your confidence, meaning your contribution is enhanced.


To gain a New Zealand Certificate in Business (Accounting Support Services) (Level 4) you are required to complete the following four courses.​​

Courses Level Credits
CBASS401 - Accrual Accounting 4 15
CBASS402 - Accounting for Taxation 4 10
CBASS403 - Accounting Software 4 15
CBASS404 - Payroll 4 10

Entry Requirements

Applicants must meet one of the following criteria:

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

  • New Zealand Certificate in Retail (Level 3), or

  • New Zealand Certificate in Business (Administration and Technology) (Level 3), or

  • NCEA (Level 2), or

  • A New Zealand Certificate in Foundation Studies (Level 2), or

  • A qualification at Level 2 or above, with evidence of literacy and numeracy abilities equivalent to NCEA (Level 1), or

  • Evidence of relevant knowledge and experience, including literacy and numeracy abilities equivalent to NCEA (Level 1).

All applicants must have a level of English sufficient to be able to study at this level. Applicants for whom English is not a first language must have an IELTS General or Academic score of 5.5 with no band score lower than 5; or an accepted international equivalence; or New Zealand Certificate in English Language (Applied) (Level 3).

Qualification Gained

New Zealand Certificate in Business (Accounting Support Services) (Level 4)

Courses and programmes may be cancelled, postponed or have their content or configuration changed from time to time (including during the academic year) at the discretion of NorthTec. Fees are an indication, include GST and apply to domestic students only. View terms and conditions

From 1 January 2023, all NorthTec learners will be part of Te Pūkenga. Please note that these programmes of study are currently under review as part of the reform of vocational education training and may be subject to change.

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Full time/Part time


18 weeks full time
32 weeks part time

Start Dates

Online (eCampus): Rolling intake

Cost Incl. GST (Approx):

Domestic: $581.06

International: Programme not open to international students

Programme Code


Phone 0800 162 100
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