New Zealand Diploma in Business (Level 5) (Accounting) [Version 3]


Closed to new enrolments
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Kick start your business career with the New Zealand Diploma in Business (Level 5) (Accounting).

Qualification update

Closed to enrolments from new learners after the December 2022 intake for core courses and early 2023 intake for some strands.

We are no longer taking enrolments from new learners for NZ245901 New Zealand Diploma in Business (Level 5) (Accounting) (Version 3) following the December 2022 intake for core courses and early 2023 intake for some strands.  A new version of the programme will be available in February 2023, and Te Pūkenga is using this opportunity to develop a unified programme that will be offered online and in person at Te Pūkenga campuses.

Please check back on our website in 2023 for information on the new programme.

Re-enrolling learners

If you had already started studying NZ245901 New Zealand Diploma in Business (Level 5) (Accounting) (Version 3) up to and including December 2022, you can continue to re-enrol in your next course. Depending on how far along you are in your studies, you may be transitioned from Version 3 to Te Pūkenga’s version of this programme. Be assured that no learners will be disadvantaged in any transition arrangements.


When you study this qualification, you'll study four core courses and four compulsory courses in Accounting. 

Career opportunities 

This qualification will give you the skills and knowledge needed to work in a range of operational roles in New Zealand businesses. 

As a graduate of the accounting strand you will have the skills to work in a variety of accounting and business roles. You will also have met the academic requirements for becoming an accounting technician. 

Industry recognition 

The New Zealand Diploma in Business (Level 5) (Accounting) is a recognised qualification for the Accounting Technicians designation of Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand. 

What you will learn 

As well as knowledge in Accounting you will also learn how to: 

  • Record and process a wide range of financial transactions, including the use of appropriate dedicated accounting software. 
  • Apply tax rules for individuals and small businesses to ensure compliance. 
  • Apply accounting concepts and standards to prepare financial statements and reports. 
  • Interpret and communicate financial and non-financial information to a variety of internal and external stakeholders to assist them in making decisions. 
  • Prepare and communicate budgets to internal stakeholders and monitor the business's performance against them. 
  • Evaluate financial and business risk of an entity and identify the internal controls that could be applied to minimise or mitigate the risk. 
  • Act in accordance with the accounting profession's Code of Ethics. 

You will also learn about  

  • principles and practices of operations, accounting, sales and marketing, human resources and risk management 
  • innovation and organisational change 
  • communication skills and how to manage effective relationships 
  • problem solving and decision making skills 
  • how to manage learning and performance 
  • behaving ethically 
  • application of Treaty of Waitangi to business activities and relationships. 

Study pathways 

After you complete the New Zealand Diploma in Business (Level 5)  (Accounting) you can fast track to a Bachelor of Applied Management through our Advanced Standing programme. When you do, 120 credits from your New Zealand Diploma in Business (Level 5) will go towards your degree. 

Learn more about the Bachelor of Applied Management