NZ Certificate in Business (Introduction to Small Business) [Level 3]

Real Life, Real Learning, Real Business: Better Small Business

No face to face classes, this course is fully online and requires approximately 600 hours of learning.


Do you have a small business idea but don’t know where to start?

The NZ Certificate in Business (Introduction to Small Business) [Level 3] will provide you with the skills you need to prepare for a small business, including identifying and assessing the opportunities and requirements for small business.

Study Pathways

Your study pathway could progress onto:

NZ Certificate in Business (Small Business) (Level 4)


Courses commence monthly. Please ask the Programme Secretary for further details:

Wendy Nichol – Phone: 06 830 1116 Email


Career Opportunities & Outcomes

The purpose of this qualification is to provide New Zealand with people who can prepare for a small business, including identifying and assessing the opportunities and requirements for small business. In particular:

Technical knowledge and skills

  • Identify relevant business opportunities.
  • Assess the feasibility and viability of a small business.
  • Produce an establishment plan for a small business.
  • Evaluate technology options to effectively operate a small business.

People skills

  • Communicate effectively with stakeholders.
  • Understand the importance of business relationships with stakeholders for a successful business.
  • Apply interpersonal skills to contribute to the business’ effectiveness.

Cognitive skills

  • Apply effective problem-solving and decision-making for small business purposes.

Affective skills

  • Demonstrate professional and ethical behaviour, in a socially and culturally appropriate manner.
  • Manage self effectively to contribute to performance of a small business.

Business environment

  • Identify legislation and other external requirements for a small business.

Come in and have a chat about your study options with the staff at our Hawke’s Bay campus. Or, simply give us a call on 0800 22 55 348. And you’re most welcome to visit EIT to view our facilities at any time.



  • NCEA [Level 1], or
  • A NZ Certificate in Foundation Studies [Level 1], or
  • A qualification at Level 1 or above on the NZQF, with evidence of literacy and numeracy abilities equivalent to NCEA [Level 1], or
  • Evidence of relevant knowledge and experience, including literacy and numeracy abilities equivalent to NCEA [Level 1].

In the latter two situations the applicant is required to participate in an enrolment interview with the purpose of verifying the evidence.


Applicants whose first language is not English must have an acceptable level of English language fluency prior to enrolment in the programme. This may be demonstrated in a variety of ways, including schooling in New Zealand, completion of the relevant New Zealand Certificate in English Language, approved scores on IELTS tests or completion of accepted international equivalents. Specific scores for IELTS and New Zealand Certificates in English Language are as follows:

  • IELTS 5.0 General or Academic (no band score lower than 5).
  • NZCEL Level 3 with an endorsement of either General, Workplace, or Academic.

If you have no evidence of your English language skills and are a New Zealand citizen or permanent resident, contact us for an assessment.


  • Computer literacy is highly recommended in order to be able to cope with the digital components of the courses.

Academic Learning Services

Academic Learning Services is here to assist you on your journey towards the successful completion of your studies at EIT. Our aim is for you to become confident, competent and independent learners.

We have dedicated advisors who can assist with your learning.

Find out more:

Hawke’s Bay Campus
Tairawhiti Campus


EIT offers a variety of scholarships across various subjects and programme levels.  Some scholarships are based on your age, some are specific to the subject you want to study.  Not all scholarships are based on your academic ability and anyone wanting to study should investigate what scholarships are available to them.  

You can find a list of EIT scholarships here however there are many more scholarships offered nationally.  Information about these is on an database called “givME”. givME is accessible at EIT or at some public libraries. If you would like to come to EIT to look through the giveME database don’t hesitate to contact or call in for a chat.