New Zealand Certificate in Business (Small Business) (Level 4)


This online qualification will give you the skills and knowledge to establish, operate and grow your small business.

Graduates of this qualification will be able to apply business skills and knowledge to 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. 

For more information watch the introduction video below.

What you will learn

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

  • Develop a business plan for a small business, which is suitable for external stakeholders, and which addresses management of finances, HR, marketing, technology; relationships with stakeholders, sources of information and support.
  • Operate and manage a small business to improve business performance and meet stakeholder requirements.
  • Behave professionally and ethically and in a socially and culturally responsible manner, and apply personal and interpersonal skills to manage a small business. 

Career opportunities

This qualification will enable you to improve the performance of your own small business.

Is this the right small business programme for your needs?

We also offer a Level 3 version of the NZ Certificate in Business . Please read the differences between the programmes below to ensure you enrol into the best one for your needs:

Level 3 programme (NZ2454)

  • You will be able to assess small business opportunities and understand the requirements for establishing the business.
  • You will develop a creative and cohesive ’toolbox that allows you to think thoroughly about the needs for opening a new business.
  • The focus will be about learning how to transform a business idea to become a business plan.

Go to the NZ Certificate in Business (Small Business) (Level 3) page

Level 4 programme (NZ2457)

  • You will have improved capability to establish, operate, grow, and sustain a small business.
  • You will be able to apply a deeper level of the skills and knowledge required to successfully achieve this.

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.