Diploma in Small Business & Project Management

NZ Diploma in Business

  • Level 5
  • 36 weeks
  • No fees

Programme overview:


  • Te Pōkairua i te Pakihi Iti me te Whakahaere Paemahi - Diploma in Small Business & Project Management Level 5
  • NZ Diploma in Business (Project Management)

If you’re ready to take your business to the next level, this diploma programme is for you.

Learn new skills and progress your business at the same time. You’ll carry out three different projects to grow your business – a marketing project, an operations project and a project of your choice – plus get 18 hours of free one-on-one business mentoring to help speed up your learning.

At the end of the programme, you may already notice positive changes in your business – but more importantly, you’ll be well prepared to grow your business.

You'll learn about:

  • project planning and delivery
  • budgeting and financial management
  • business risk analysis
  • sales and marketing
  • business operation
  • innovation and change
  • project presentation and review.

You'll know how to:

  • identify business goals
  • create detailed project plans
  • prioritise tasks
  • research and analyse information
  • achieve your project goals
  • identify business opportunities
  • review, evaluate and report on performance.

Where will this take me?

I want to keep studying

You might want to explore study options in Māori governance, or apply for the He Waka Hiringa - Master of Applied Indigenous Knowledge Level 9 programme. Further higher-level business studies at other institutions may be another option.

I want to use my qualification

You'll graduate with a NZQA-approved qualification showing your academic and practical knowledge to run a business. Plus you'll have three completed projects to show your ability to manage projects successfully.

How you'll study:

This is a full-time programme that consists of 120 credits delivered over 36 weeks. Throughout the programme you will be required to attend:

  • 1 x 3-hour class per week for 32 weeks
  • Workshops - as per delivery schedule (approximately 1 hour per week)
  • Mentoring (approximately 1 hour per week)
  • Case studies (approximately 1-2 hours per week)

It is important to note that additional learning (approximately 27-28 hours per week) will also need to be completed outside of class time.

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