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4626 Certificate in Business - Invercargill

Qualification: Certificate
Level: 4

Semester 1: 13 February to 23 June 2017



19 weeks full time, part time study is also available

Location: Invercargill
Credits: 60

Get your teeth into the business world with this 17 week course that introduces you to a selection of business topics. In a casual and welcoming classroom become familiar with a selection of basic functions of a business in a way that suits you.

This is an ideal programme if you are preparing to enter/re-enter the workforce, seeking new employment opportunities or thinking of starting your own business. It also prepares you for further study towards more advanced business qualifications such as New Zealand Diploma in Business. Each programme comprises six or more papers when studying full time.

Six or more of the following papers:

NZIM801 Employment Relations
Introduction and framework of employment relations in New Zealand, the roles of the parties, the contract of employment, formation of the contract, interpreting and enforcing the contract, personal grievances, equity issues, work organisation and industrial democracy.

NZIM802 Introduction to Marketing
Introduction to marketing concepts, environmental factors affecting marketing decisions, the nature of the marketing process, the marketing mix, the product, requirements of a marketing plan and preparation of a plan.

NZIM805 Introduction to Management
Definition of management roles, principles of management theory, characteristics of effective managers, five management functions, planning function, organising function, leadership function, control function.

NZIM808 Introduction to Accounting
Accounting terms and concepts, the accounting environment and accounting systems, introduction to financial accounting, basic records, the accounting equation, revenue statements and balance sheets, interpretation of financial statements, developing budgets for non-complex situations.

NZIM810 Introduction to Law
Legal terms and concepts, functions of parliament, government and legal agencies, personal and workplace responsibilities, legal entities, legal contracts, courses of action relating to specific issues, Treaty of Waitangi.

NZIM811 Introduction to Computing
Structure and function of computer systems, file management and networking functions, word processing software functions, databases, spreadsheet, use of email and internet.

NZIM812 Workplace Communications
Communication in personal and workplace situations, appropriate forms of communication, variety of verbal and non verbal techniques, appropriate formats and protocols, communication strategies.

NZIM836 Enterprise Research Project
Forming work teams, defining goals, defining operating procedures, identifying product, developing a business plan, developing a marketing plan, self assessment, accounting, putting plans into practice, winding up the enterprise, reporting on progress, evaluating performance.

This programme is eligible for the Zero Fees Scheme.

  • NO tuition fees
  • 2017 direct material costs of $50 per paper (GST inclusive).

International Fees can be found here.

Suitable for people working in or aspiring to work in frontline management positions or developing their own business ideas.

All applicants should demonstrate a keen interest in business and have academic attributes which demonstrate that applicants have a reasonable likelihood of successful completion of the programme.

Language Requirements

Applicants whose first language is not English or who come from a country where the language of instruction in schools is not English must provide evidence of having successfully completed English instruction  in accordance with NZQA guidelines, or have successfully completed an appropriate NZQA approved English proficiency test.

For students to be considered to have satisfactorily completed this programme, and be eligible for award of the qualification Certificate in Business they must have: Attended for not less than 80% of the timetabled class hours and other scheduled learning activities relating to the programme. Completed all scheduled course work requirements and assessments. Successfully completed assessment requirements for all NZIM papers, and achieved a total of 60 credits.

For those interested in progressing into further study in Business, options at SIT include:


801 Employment Relations 
Monday 9-12noon

810 Introduction to Law
Monday 1-4pm


812 Workplace Communications
Tuesday 9-12 noon

811 Introduction to Computing
Tuesday 1 - 4pm


802 Introduction to Marketing
Wednesday 9-12 noon

808 Introduction to Accounting
Wednesday 1-4pm


805 Introduction to Management 
Thursday 12:30 - 3:30pm

836 Enterprise Reseach Project 
Thursday 12:30 - 3:30pm