Certificate in Small Business

& Project Management

  • Level 4
  • 36 weeks - full-time
  • No fees

Programme overview:

Whether you’re in business or are just starting one, this programme will give you the skills and knowledge to build and run a business.

The Certificate in Small Business and Project Management is an in-depth programme that teaches you essential skills to start and run a business – from marketing, business planning and customer service, right through to accounting and project management.

When you pass this programme, you'll get these qualifications:

  • NZ Certificate in Business (Small Business) Level 4
  • NZ Certificate in Project Management Level 4


You'll learn about:

  • project planning, review and presentation
  • business planning and operations
  • accounting and finance
  • technology
  • marketing and research
  • staff management, leadership and teamwork
  • project management
  • sales and customer service.

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 
  • workshops (approximately 2 hours per week)
  • 1 x 6-hour wānanga - workshop in the final week

In addition to these attendance hours, you’ll be expected to complete learning activities designed to enhance your learning for:

  • approximately 28 hours per week
  • Tauira will need to engage in the Te Wānanga o Aotearoa digital platform I-Akoranga throughout the programme. Internet access and a digital device is needed to enhance the tauira learning experience.

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


    Entry criteria:

    To enrol in this programme, a potential ākonga must:

    • be at least 16 years of age
    • be a New Zealand citizen (or citizen of Australia, Tokelau, Niue, Cook Islands) or permanent resident
    • reside in New Zealand
    • be a graduate of a Level 3 business qualification (or higher) or demonstrate competence in a literacy exercise that reflects the comprehension and writing abilities for the programme
    • satisfy one of the following requirements:
      • have a business idea which they are ready to develop
      • be an existing business owner, or
      • be involved in the management of an existing small business for which they can develop a detailed business plan
    • attend an information session and an enrolment interview

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    Where will this take me?

    I want to keep studying

    Learn to grow your business with our next-level programme, the Diploma in Small Business and Project Management Level 5.

    I want to use my qualification

    You'll graduate with NZQA-approved qualifications to show your skills and knowledge to run your own business and manage a project within a business setting.

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