New Zealand Certificate in Business (Accounting Support Services) (Level 4)


This qualification will give you the knowledge to carry out a broad range of accounting support services to work in a range of accounting support roles to support a business entity's objectives.

You will be able to provide accounting support services under broad guidance, in accordance with ngā kaupapa o te Tiriti o Waitangi (the principles of the Treaty of Waitangi), and in a multi-cultural environment. 

What you will learn 

When you achieve this qualification you will be able to: 

  • Operate the accounting cycle and produce and communicate financial information using dedicated accounting software, to support the entity's objectives 
  • Calculate and prepare PAYE, GST, and FBT returns, manage accounts payable and receivable, and prepare payroll and related administration records.  
  • Collaborate and contribute to the achievement of team objectives 
  • Behave professionally and ethically and in a socially and culturally responsible manner, and apply personal and interpersonal skills to provide accounting support services for the entity.

Update for re-enrolling learners

If you were already enrolled in NZ2455 New Zealand Certificate in Business (Accounting Support Services) (Level 4)  (Version 1) prior to 28 June 2023 you can continue to complete your qualification.

The following table shows the completed courses you will be able to cross credit into the new Te Pūkenga programme (Version 2):

Open Polytechnic Course Version 1

Te Pūkenga Equivalent Course Version 2

CBASS401 Accrual Accounting

ACCY4201 Accounting Principles

CBASS402 Accounting for Taxation

ACCY4204 Business Taxation

CBASS403 Accounting Software

ACCY4202 Accounting Software

CBASS404 Payroll

ACCY4203 Payroll for Accounting Support


Career opportunities 

You may be employed in a variety of accounting support roles in business entities. You will also be able to contribute to community groups in volunteer accounting functions. 


Study pathways  

Graduates of this qualification may progress to New Zealand Diploma in Business (Level 5) with strands in Accounting, Administration and Technology, Human Resource Management, Leadership and Management, Marketing and Sales, and Project Management, or other relevant industry qualifications at a higher level. 


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.