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Certificate in Business (Small Business)
Certificate in Business (Small Business)

Certificate in Business (Small Business)

  • ID:CPIT640056
  • Level:1-Year Post-Secondary Certificate
  • Duration:
  • Intake:
  • Type:Full-time

Fees (NZD)

  • TuitionFee/Month:$3,066.67
  • LivingFee/Month:$2,733.33
  • InsuranceFee/Month:$116.67
  • TuitionFee/Month:$3,066.67
  • LivingFee/Month:$2,733.33
  • InsuranceFee/Month:$116.67
Estimated Total/program:
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Admission Requirements

Entry requirements

  • 40 credits NCEA Level 1, including 10 literacy credits and 10 numeracy credits


  • New Zealand Certificate in Business (Introduction to Small Business) (Level 3)

Note: If you have undertaken examinations other than NCEA (e.g. International Baccalaureate, Cambridge Examination), Ara will assess your qualification for academic entry equivalency.

  • If you show that you have equivalent skills for tertiary study gained through study, work and/or life experience, you may be able to gain alternative entry.

Note: The number of courses you have to complete for this qualification may be reduced where you have relevant credits from previous study, or evidence of similar learning or experience in the workplace. Contact Ara for advice.

English requirements

  • If English is not your first language, we want to make sure that you will be successful in your chosen programme of study.
  • Please provide a result from a test or qualification on the acceptable alternatives English Proficiency Outcomes Chart.


  • If you are a New Zealand Citizen or Permanent Resident, complete an Admission and Enrolment form and Ara will contact you regarding a free assessment.
  • If you are not a New Zealand Citizen or Permanent resident, book an IELTS or other test through the AraExamination Centre or in your home country.
  • IELTS scores used must be taken from a single IELTS Test Report Form and are valid for two years from the date of the test.
  • Overall IELTS requirements 5.5 academic: speaking 5.0, reading 5.0, writing 5.0, listening 5.0.

Course Information

Equip yourself for successful small business ownership.

This qualification is studied online and covers all the essential skills required to be successful as a small business owner and operator. You'll learn about business finance, legislation and marketing, how to develop a business plan, how to implement a system for monitoring and improving business performance and you'll look at human resource processes and technology options for small businesses.

The programme also covers techniques for maximising customer satisfaction, how to maintain effective relationships with stakeholders, ethical behavour and personal and professional growth strategies.

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Pre Courses

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Pathway Courses

Programmes which can add further value to this qualification include the New Zealand Diploma in Business (with strands in accounting, administration and Technology, leadership and management, and project management).

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Career Opportunity

Career Opportunity

  • With this qualification you'll have the skills and knowledge to start, operate and grow a small business in New Zealand.

Ability to settle

Overseas Student Health Cover

Insurance/year: 700 NZD/ per year

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