Smart Steps to Business

NZ Certificate in Business

  • Level 3
  • 20 weeks
  • No fees

Programme overview:

Have you always wanted to work for yourself but don't know where to start? Before you launch your business, learn what many small business owners only figure out once they are in business.

Smart Steps to Business will help you to identify, evaluate and plan for the launch of your business. You'll learn everything required to build a business idea and assess its feasibility alongside launching your business in the market.

Upon successful completion of this programme, you will receive the following qualification:

  • NZ Certificate in Business (Introduction to Small Business) Level 3

You’ll learn about:

  • external analysis of a business opportunity
  • technology options for small businesses
  • social, cultural and environmental impacts of small businesses
  • effective communication with stakeholders.

Where will this take me?

I want to keep studying

Enrol in our Level 4 Small Business and Project Management programme.

I want to use my qualification

You'll be able to go into business for yourself or use your skills in a range of other employment pathways.


How you'll study:

This is a full-time programme that consists of 60 credits delivered over 20 weeks. Throughout the programme you will be required to attend:

  • 1 x 3-hour class per week
  • Workshops (approximately 2 hours per week)
  • 1 x 6-hour wānanga

In addition to these attendance hours, you’ll be expected to complete learning activities designed to enhance your learning for approximately 25 hours per week.

In some locations this programme may be provided by an approved sub-contract arrangement.


Entry criteria

To enrol in this programme, a potential student must:

  • be at least 16 years of age
  • be a New Zealand citizen (or citizen of Australia, Tokelau, Niue, Cook Islands) or permanent resident
  • be a graduate of a Level 2 business qualification (or higher) or demonstrate numeracy and literacy competence
  • attend an information session and an enrolment interview.
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