If you’ve always wanted to work for yourself but don’t know where to start – this programme can help you get your business goals off the ground.
Smart Steps to Business is for people wanting to start a business or those who already have a hobby business and want to know if it’s feasible to grow.
Learn how to identify business opportunities, evaluate your ideas, write an establishment plan and prepare to launch your business.
You’ll also gain a clear understanding of the steps required to take your business from an initial idea through to an actual business.
When you pass this programme, you'll get this qualification:
The purpose of this qualification is to provide Aotearoa with people who will be able to assess small business opportunities.
They will be able to explore and assess opportunities and understand requirements for establishing a small business, in accordance with ngā kaupapa o te Tiriti o Waitangi (the principles of the Treaty of Waitangi), and in a multi-cultural environment.
This is a full-time programme that consists of 60 credits delivered over 20 weeks. Throughout the programme you will be required to attend:
In addition to these attendance hours, you’ll be expected to complete learning activities designed to enhance your learning for approximately:
Some learning activities will need to be completed online. You’ll need to have access to an internet-connected device to participate in this programme.
In some locations this programme may be provided by an approved sub-contract arrangement.
To enrol in this programme, a potential student must:
Enrol in our Level 4 business 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.
He Kōwhiringa Pakihi - Business Opportunities | 9 Credits
In this kōnae ako, tauira (students) identify relevant business opportunities and evaluate business opportunity based on their current personal situation and skills. Tauira then develop a basic strategic overview for a business establishment plan.
Te Tātari Pakihi - Business Analysis | 12 Credits
This kōnae ako looks at analysing the feasibility of a business opportunity, given the external environment and existing competition. Tauira will develop the marketing aspect of their business and evaluate alternative strategies for developing a business, taking into account the results of an external analysis.
Te Whakahaere Pakihi - Business Operations | 18 Credits
This kōnae ako introduces tauira to the compliance requirements of a business. Tauira will also think about assets required for their business, premises, learn the importance of business relationships, demonstrate the kaupapa of Te Tiriti o Waitangi, and identify technology options for their business operations.
Te Mahere Whakatū Pakihi - Business Establishment Plan | 21 Credits
In this final kōnae ako, tauira will complete a basic financial analysis for their business opportunity. Tauira will produce and present a business establishment plan. A key component of this kōnae ako will involve presenting a business idea to potential internal and external stakeholders.