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


This programme is delivered fully online. Watch our video to see what online study with Open Polytechnic is like.

This qualification will provide you with the skills necessary to assess small business opportunities.

You 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.   

Career opportunities

Graduates of this qualification will be prepared to start a small business which meets an identified need and/or opportunity in the community. 

What you will learn   

When you achieve this qualification, you will know how to:   

  • Identify and evaluate business opportunities that are relevant in terms of own abilities, interests, and preferences.  
  • Develop an establishment plan that assesses the feasibility and viability of a small business opportunity. 
  • Identify technology needs to effectively operate a small business.  
  • Assess the importance of business relationships with stakeholders for a small business.  
  • Behave professionally and ethically and in a socially and culturally responsible manner and apply personal and interpersonal skills to contribute to the assessment of small business opportunities. 

Maximum Programme Completion Time

To be awarded the qualification, the programme must be completed in no more than 4 years of first enrolment, unless there are exceptional circumstances.