New Zealand Diploma in Business (Level 5) (Leadership and Management) [Version 3]


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

Qualification update

Closed to enrolments from new learners after the December 2022 intake

We are no longer taking enrolments from new learners for NZ245904 New Zealand Diploma in Business (Level 5) (Leadership and Management) (Version 3) following the December 2022 intake. 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 NZ245904 New Zealand Diploma in Business (Level 5) (Leadership and Management) (Version 3) you can continue to enrol in the December 2022 intake for version 3 of this programme.

From February 2023 we will transition all learners who have not yet completed all courses that make up this programme into Te Pūkenga version.


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

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 leadership and management strand you will have the skills and knowledge for an operational manager or leader role. 

What you will learn 

As well as knowledge in Leadership and Management, you will also learn how to: 

  • Identify operational issues and challenges and apply techniques for continuous improvement to support the entity's performance. 
  • Contribute to business planning to support the entity's performance. 
  • Lead others to implement activities, including change processes, within the entity's plans to support its performance. 
  • Manage projects within scope, resources, and time. 
  • Develop strategies for a positive workplace culture and team engagement, to value diversity and to support the entity's performance. 
  • Monitor compliance to meet internal and external requirements. 

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) (Leadership and Management) 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