FREE | NZ Certificate in Business (Accounting Support Services) [Level 4]

Study Options

Online, Full-time


6 months (on-campus) or 20 weeks (online)


Level 4

Real Life, Real Learning, Real Business: Setting the foundations for accounting support

The NZ Certificate in Business (Accounting Support Services) [Level 4] sets foundations of good practice and a solid understanding of common but necessary accounting functions.

The purpose of this qualification is to provide New Zealand business entities with people who can carry out a broad range of accounting support services to work in a range of accounting support roles in business entities.


Online Offering

There is a fully online option of this programme also available through our business partner eCampus NZ. There is a fee for this programme, it is not fees-free.


On-campus Study

There are two entry dates per year:

  • February
  • July

Online Study

For online study through eCampus NZ there are flexible monthly start dates.

Go to for details.



Career Opportunities and Outcomes

As a graduate of this qualification you will have the skills and knowledge to be employed in a variety of business entities in accounting support roles including: Accounts Officer, Payroll Officer, Sole-charge Administrator, Accounts Payable/Receivable, Accounts Assistant or Book Keeper.

You will also be able to contribute to community groups in volunteer accounting functions including: Club Treasurer, Marae Committee Member or within a not-for-profit organization.


The purpose of this qualification is to provide New Zealand business entities with people who can carry out a broad range of accounting support services, or for those who currently work in accounting support roles in business entities.

Subject Areas

  • Accrual Accounting
  • Accounting for Taxation
  • Accounting Software
  • Payroll



Entry Criteria

  • NZ Certificate in Business (Introduction to Small Business) [Level 3], OR
  • NZ Certificate in Retail [Level 3], OR
  • NZ Certificate in Business (Administration and Technology) [Level 3], OR
  • NCEA Level 2, OR
  • A NZ Certificate in Foundation Studies [Level 2], OR
  • A qualification at Level 2 or above, 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.

Other Requirements

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

English Language Entry Requirement

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 5.5 General or Academic (no band score lower than 5)
  • NZCEL Level 3 with an endorsement of either General, Workplace, or Academic
  • For acceptable alternatives refer to the English Proficiency Outcomes Chart

Study Pathways

Graduates can go on to study the NZ Diploma in Business [Level 5] with strands in Accounting, Leadership and Management and Administration and Technology.


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.

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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.