Graduate Certificate

Graduate Certificate in Business (Level 7)

Qualification code OP7411

The Graduate Certificate in Business is just the stepping stone if you want to go further in your career within business or management. All you need to get started is an undergraduate degree. You’ll study three courses from a wide variety of options to suit your career goals or interests. You can study accounting, marketing, leadership, strategic or project management, HR, and more. Specified papers that you need to complete for Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand membership can also be studied as part of the Graduate Certificate in Business.

  • Level 7  
    Credits 60 
  • Workload

    Approximately 10-12 hours study per week for each 20 credit course. This may be higher at assessment or exam time.

  • Study type Trimester  
  • Cost $2,190 NZ Domestic

    Approximate cost for the full qualification based on 2018 fee information, not including annual administration fees, fee increases, textbooks, course materials or external exam fees.

  • Student loan

    Eligible for student loans, if you meet the criteria. Student loans and eligibility

For information about selecting courses to study towards this qualification, check out the Choose courses tab.

What you will learn

When you achieve this qualification you will be able to:

  • understand a variety of business concepts, processes and procedures relevant to public and private organisations
  • identify opportunities, solve problems and achieve business objectives
  • select and apply appropriate qualitative and/or quantitative techniques.

Employment pathways

Graduates will have a better understanding of knowledge and skills for a business or management role. They will be able to apply those skills and knowledge directly in their workplace. Graduates who have done specified papers will have satisfied the academic component required for Chartered Accountants or Associate Chartered Accountants certification.

Academic pathways

The Graduate Certificate is the first step towards progression to the Open Polytechnic’s Graduate Diploma in Business. 

The Graduate Certificate in Business will provide students who have a degree with the pre-requisite knowledge required to undertake post graduate study in a business related discipline.


Key dates

Every course has an enrolment close-off date. Make sure you know when you need to enrol by.

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Assessment and exam

Every course is assessed differently - some require assignments and others exams. Check the individual course pages for more information.

Information about assessment and exams

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