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

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About this programme

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.

Coaching Support

Unsure about studying online? Face to face on-campus sessions are available for this programme in Kaitaia, Kerikeri, Kaikohe and Whangārei.  You will be able to get support for course related questions and assessment work.

What you will learn

Graduates of this programme will learn:

  • To identify relevant business opportunities

  • To assess the feasibility and viability of a small business

  • To produce an establishment plan for a small business

  • To evaluate technology options to effectively operate a small business

  • Technical knowledge and skills.

Entry requirements

All applicants must:

  • be at least 16 years old at the time the programme commences

  • be able to read, write, and communicate in English at a basic level

  • be physically able to complete the programme specific outcomes.

Courses in this programme

Courses Level Credits
SB3.01 - Small Business Opportunities 3 15
SB3.02 - Small Business Planning 3 15
SB3.03 - Small Business and Stakeholders 3 15
SB3.04 - Small Business Operations 3 15

Qualification gained

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

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.

Accord Trust Scholarship

This scholarship provides fee discounts to eCampus learners enrolled at NorthTec in 2022. Awards up to $4000 ($16,444 available in total) to students ineligible for any other fees-free options.  Students enrolled in an NorthTec programme through eCampus NZ.

To apply see Accord Trust Scholarship.

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


1 semester full-time

Start Dates

Online (eCampus): Rolling monthly intakes

Cost Incl. GST (Approx):

2022 Fees: See eCampus NZ

International: Programme not open to international students

Programme Code


Phone 0800 162 100
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