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

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About this programme

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

Courses in this programme

Courses Level Credits
SB4.01 - Planning and Finance 4 15
SB4.02 - Marketing 4 15
SB4.03 - Business Resources 4 15
SB4.04 - Business Environment 4 15

Entry requirements

All applicants must have:

  • 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

  • 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 2).

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; NZCEL Level 3; or an accepted international equivalence.

Qualification gained

New Zealand Certificate in Business (Small Business) (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


20 weeks full time
40 weeks part time

Start Dates

Online (eCampus): Rolling monthly intakes

Cost Incl. GST (Approx):

Domestic: $697.40

International: Programme not open to international students

Programme Code


Phone 0800 162 100
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