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

Study Options

Online, Evening, Full-time, Part-time


20 weeks full-time or part-time options available


Level 4

Real Life, Real Learning, Real Business: Establish, Operate, Grow and Sustain Your Small Business

TANZ eCampus LogoDo you have a small business idea but don’t know where to start?

The NZ Certificate in Business (Small Business) [Level 4] will provide you with the improved skills and capability you need to establish, operate, grow, and sustain a small business.

This course is run fully online.


For online study through TANZ there are flexible monthly start dates.  Go to for details.




Real life, real learning, real business: learn how to establish, operate, grow and sustain your small business.


Career Opportunities and Outcomes

Graduates of this programme will be able to:

Technical knowledge and skills

  • Develop a business plan for small business.
  • Develop and implement a system for monitoring and improving business performance.
  • Manage the finances for the business.
  • Manage the marketing activities of the business.
  • Implement technology options for the business.
  • Manage staff and human resource processes for the business.

People skills

  • Select and apply customer service techniques, to maximise customer satisfaction.
  • Develop and maintain effective business relationships with stakeholders.
  • Develop and use affective skills.
  • Demonstrate professional and ethical behaviour, in a socially and culturally appropriate manner.
  • Maintain personal and/or professional growth for the ongoing effectiveness of the business.
  • Work independently and show initiative for achieving goals.

Business environment

  • Comply with internal policies and legislation and other external requirements for business.

You may also move onto further learning in the fields of business streams (accountancy, banking, management, human resource management, marketing and self-employment).



Academic Requirements

  • NCEA [Level 2], or
  • 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
  • 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 2].

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

There are no mandatory prerequisites to meet regulatory body or legislative requirements for this course.

Other Requirements

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.