Intake 1: 13/02/2017 to 09/06/2017 - Applications close 23/01/2017
Intake 2: 10/04/2017 to 04/08/2017 - Applications close 20/03/2017
Intake 3: 26/06/2017 to 20/10/2017 - Applications close 05/06/2017
Intake 4: 14/08/2017 to 08/12/2017 - Applications close 24/07/2017
17 weeks fulltime
Intakes are 17 weeks long.
The National Certificate in Business (Small Business Management) is expiring at the end of 2017 and has been replaced with the New Zealand Certificate in Business (Small Business). In 2017 the National Certificate in Business (Small Business Management) is only available to returning students to enable them to complete the qualification. All other applicants should go to the New Zealand Certifcate in Business (Small Business) webpage and complete the online application form found there.
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Learners in this programme will acquire a core of small business competencies and be able to recognise personal skills and apply business skills in areas relevant to the development of their own small business or within a small business that they are associated.
All papers are compulsory and must be completed in the order listed below.
US1989 Research small business operations (Level 4) 5 credits
This unit standard is for people who wish to investigate and assess small business opportunities and operations for establishing or participating in small business ventures.
People credited with this unit standard are able to: analyse options for self-employment; identify characteristics of small business enterprises; identify and assess new business opportunities; and evaluate assistance programmes and identify specialist services available for small business development.
US1990 Assess small business ownership options and business structures (Level 4) 5 credits
This unit standard is for people who wish to assess ownership options and business structures for owning or participating in small business ventures.
People who complete this unit standard are able to: analyse ownership options and business structures; assess options for acquiring a small business; evaluate small business financing options; and interpret legal requirements for small business operations.
US6404 Develop marketing options for small business operations (Level 4) 5 credits
This unit standard is relevant for assessing and recommending options for the marketing and promotion of small business products and/or services.
People credited with this unit standard are able to: analyse the potential market for products and/or services and confirm market demand; determine the mix of products and/or services to be provided; and develop options for effective marketing of business products and/or services.
US1991 Produce establishment plans for small business ventures (Level 5) 5 credits
This unit standard is for people who need to produce establishment plans for small business ventures.
People credited with this unit standard are able to: explore and articulate business vision concepts; formulate and communicate an ethical framework for business operations; identify means of fostering entrepreneurship and innovation; and establish business goals and objectives and formulate strategic plans for specific small business ventures.
US1992 Control and evaluate small business operations (Level 4) 5 credits
This unit standard is for people who own, seek to own, or participate in small business ventures and need to select and implement control techniques and evaluate business performance against business goals.
People credited with this unit standard are able to: select and implement control techniques; interpret financial and accounting information; evaluate operating results against business plans and objectives; and manage business risks.
US6408 Determine profit projections for an entity (Level 4) 5 credits
This unit standard is relevant for determining product and/or service costs, and assessing the profit potential of an entity.
People credited with this unit standard are able to, for an entity: identify costs; use calculations to determine profit projections; and explain assumptions and limitations in calculating profit projections.
US6406 Establish and maintain quality customer relations for a small business enterprise (Level 4) 5 credits
This unit standard is relevant for assessing customer needs and preferences, and fostering quality customer relations with the small business enterprise.
People credited with this unit standard are able to: research customer needs and preferences; customise products and/or services to meet requirements; monitor customer satisfaction with products and services provided; and develop customer service strategies for maintaining quality customer relations.
US6407 Establish human resource needs of the small business operation (Level 5) 5 credits
People credited with this unit standard are able to: assess human resource requirements to establish the business operation; identify potential sources of personnel; evaluate human resource management options; identify employment obligations and responsibilities; plan how work will be allocated and evaluated; and identify staff development needs and establish staff development policies.
US26367 Demonstrate and apply knowledge of costing for an activity within an entity (Level 5) 6 credits
People credited with this unit standard are able to, for an activity within an entity: explain and classify costs; determine and allocate costs; and make recommendations based on cost information.
US2926 Demonstrate knowledge of the principles of marketing (Level 4) 10 credits
This unit standard is for people who seek a broad understanding of marketing principles for application to enterprise activities.
People credited with this unit standard are able to describe: the marketing environment and determine variables for marketing activities; the role of marketing research and marketing information systems in the marketplace; the different characteristics of major markets; the concepts of segmentation and targeting; influences on consumer behaviour in relation to marketing activities; and the relationship between marketing mix development and the achievement of marketing objectives.
US19025 Demonstrate knowledge of quality assurance in a business operation (Level 4) 7 credits
People credited with this unit standard are able to: explain concepts, systems, and principles of quality and quality assurance; identify the quality assurance requirements for a business operation; and assess the quality assurance system of a business operation.
The Zero Fees Scheme applies to this course, so there are no tuition fees as long as you are a New Zealand citizen, resident/permanent resident (residing in NZ), BUT there is a student direct material cost per credit of study undertaken, plus a non-refundable administration fee of $50.00 for each application processed, and the required textbook/s listed below. You must maintain satisfactory academic progress to retain your Zero Fees Scheme entitlement.
Zero Fees Scheme – applies to NZ citizens and residents/permanent residents (residing in NZ). 2017 Cost (NZ$) $7.00 per credit + admin fee $50.00 per application (e.g. $800.00 for 100 credit course) - includes GST
International Students $100.00 per credit
Fees must be paid by the due date shown on the invoice.
Withdrawals & Transfers
- Early withdrawals within the first week of the intake starting are entitled to a full refund of the Student Direct Material Costs but not the non-refundable administration fee of $50.
- Withdrawals have to be requested within 75% of the intake, withdrawals after the early withdrawal date are not eligible for a refund.
- Transfer requests have to be within the first two weeks of the intake starting and will incur a $50 transfer fee. Transfers can only occur to a subsequence intake within the same calendar year.
All SIT2LRN courses are approved by Studylink. Any queries regarding Studylink allowances, loans, and terms and conditions should be made directly to Studylink on 0800 88 99 00 or www.studylink.govt.nz.
Graduates will have acquired a core of small business competence and be able to recognise personal skills, and apply business skills, in areas relevant to the development of their own small business, or within small businesses with which they are associated.
All applicants should demonstrate a keen interest in small business management.
Mature students should be over 20 years of age at commencement of programme. Applicants should demonstrate interest and aptitudes in the field of small business management which demonstrate potential for success. Examples may include a history of successful employment for 2 or more years and/or membership of organisations related to business.
School leavers should be a minimum of 18 years of age, with a minimum of 4 years secondary education. Attained a minimum of 12 credits in each of four subjects at NCEA Level 2.
- Students are required to have a small business idea on which to base their study and to provide details of the business idea they wish to pursue.
Applicants from countries with an annual student visa approval rate of at least 80 per cent, whose first language is not English, or who come from a country where the language of instruction in schools is not English, are required to provide evidence of having achieved an NZQA approved English Proficiency Assessment, or achieved the required score in one of the following internationally recognised English Proficiency tests within the preceding two years:
- IELTS test - Academic score of 5.5 with no band score lower than 5
- TOEFL Paper based test (pBT) – Score of 530 (with an essay score 4.5 TWE)
- TOEFL Internet- based test (iBT) – Score of 46 (with a writing score of 20)
- University of Cambridge ESOL Examinations – FCE, or FCE for schools, with a score of 162. No less than 154 in each skill.
- NZCEL – Level 3 with an endorsement of either General, Workplace, or Academic
- Pearson Test of English (Academic) – PToE (Academic) score of 42
- City and Guilds IESOL – B2 Communicator with a score of 42
Applicants from countries with an annual student visa approval rate below 80 per cent, 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 that they:
- Have gained NCEA Level 3 and met New Zealand University Entrance requirements or
- Hold a bachelor’s degree of at least 3 years from New Zealand, Australia, Canada, The Republic of Ireland, South Africa, United Kingdom or United States of America or
- Have achieved a Certificate in English Language Teaching to Adults, CELTA or
- Have achieved the required score in one of the internationally recognised English Proficiency tests (specified above) within the preceding two years.
Suggested study path / combinations
Part time study
The number of credits selected per intake should depend on work, family, and other commitments. The recommended maximum number of credits per intake compared to working hours are:
- 37 + hours per week = maximum of 25 credits per intake
- 20 – 37 hours per week = maximum of 40 credits per intake
- Fewer than 20 hours per week = maximum of 63 credits per intake (full time study)
Students must complete the papers in the order they are listed on the fact sheet. The following part time study paths are guides only. Students may do fewer or more papers, time permitting.
Part time (2 years to complete)
Part time (1 year to complete)
Full time study
Full time study is completing all papers (63 credits) in one intake. Full time acceptance into the programme is at the Programme Manager’s discretion.
If you started the programme prior to 2014, please let your administrator know, as you may not need to complete all of the listed unit standards.
- As a guideline, one credit equates to approximately 10 hours study within an intake period. Click HERE to download a Study Load Calculator (spreadsheet).
- All papers selected within a particular intake must be completed within that intake unless a transfer is requested (conditions apply; see FAQs).
- Online enrolments are on a year by year basis and students are welcome to apply for multiple intakes in one enrolment. Further enrolment is the responsibility of individual students. There is no automatic enrolment rollover.
Students who have previously completed any of the above units at SIT or another learning institution can apply to have the unit(s) cross credited to their record of learning at SIT. This is done by filling in a cross credit application form and attaching proof of achievement. The cross credit application form is available on MySIT or from the Programme Administrator. If you wish to apply for a cross credit, please attach the completed form to your application. Forms can be found at: http://www.sit.ac.nz/Students/Academic-Support
Unspecified Cross Credits
If you have completed unit standards in any of the Business domains, which are not listed on the application form, you may be eligible for an unspecified cross credit. Ten credits from anywhere on the National Qualifications Framework (NQF) can also count towards this qualification. Please refer to the National Programme Document (http://www.nzqa.govt.nz/nqfdocs/quals/pdf/0172.pdf) or contact your administrator for more details. Granting of unspecified cross credits is at the discretion of the Programme Manager.
All SIT2LRN courses require you to have a computer and internet access. Students are required to use their SIT webmail only for all SIT2LRN communications. All course materials and information, including assessments and due dates, are located on the online Blackboard system. Once you have been accepted into a programme you will receive an Important Information Booklet which includes information that you can use to familiarise yourself with our online Blackboard learning environment. From the intake start date you will have access to the online course materials to work through.
Facilitator Assistance: During the enrolled intake period, students have email access to Facilitators, who endeavour to respond to emails within 48 hours (week days only). All students are required, within the first two weeks of an intake, to send an email to their Facilitator confirming their start on the programme of study. Students who have not emailed their facilitator or embarked upon their course of study by the end of the 2nd week of an intake, will be Faculty Withdrawn from the programme. Such withdrawals may impact on future access to SIT Zero Fees Scheme and Student Direct Material Costs are still liable for payment.
Progress reports are sent out 6-8 weeks after the end of each intake.
We recommend students new to SIT2LRN read through the Frequently Asked Questions section of our website for further study and enrolment information.
Please use the following checklist to ensure that all relevant information and documentation has been included. Remember, your application will be assessed based on the information that you provide us with. Processing of your application will be delayed if we need to Please use the following checklist to ensure that all relevant information and documentation has been included. Remember, your application will be assessed based on the information that you provide us with. Processing of your application will be delayed if we need to come back to you for missing information.
- I have read all sections of the Programme Information on this page
- I have read the SIT2LRN Frequently Asked Questions section
- I have met all admission criteria for the programme (found under Application Criteria)
- I have met all the criteria for individual papers (found under Course Content).
- I have selected the paper(s) I wish to study
- I have selected intake(s) (I have selected alternate intakes rather than overlapping intakes)
- I know my intended payment method
- If my organisation/company is paying for my studies, I have a completed and approved purchase order to attach to my online application. I am aware that should my organisation or company not pay my fees, these will become my responsibility.
- I have completed and attached a cross credit form (if applying for a cross credit)
- New students – I have provided an active NSN in the name I am enrolling in or I have verified ID and will attach it to my online application.
- New students – I will attach academic documentation (NZQA record of achievement/academic transcripts/certificates). These do not need to be verified. (If you do not have any academic documentation to support your application, please attach a comprehensive CV outlining your education and work experience).
- I confirm that I have a small business idea on which to base my study
- I have computer access, an Internet connection and access to software to create electronic documents e.g. Microsoft Word or Open Office
What is the Zero Fees Scheme?
The Zero Fees Scheme means we do not charge tuition fees. However, there is a Student Direct Material Cost that you need to pay and a non-refundable administration fee. The administration fee is for processing your application and the Student Direct Material Cost gives you secure access to Blackboard® our online learning environment and to student support services throughout your study with us.
Who qualifies for the Zero Fees Scheme?
- A New Zealand citizen completing the full qualification or
- An Australian citizen/New Zealand Resident or Permanent Resident who will be residing in New Zealand for the duration of your enrolment.
Instructions to help you with your application:
- Read the Programme Information on this page and the SIT2LRN Frequently Asked Questions and find out if you meet the application criteria for both the programme and the unit/s you wish to study.
- Check your eligibility for Zero Fees. If you are not eligible to study under this scheme, please call
0800 748 257 for further options.
- Complete your online enrolment checking that:
If you are a new student …
- Provide an active NSN number in the name you are enrolling in (contact NZQA on 0800 697 296 to get your NSN number if you do not know it);
- And you do not have an active NSN, then attach a copy of your verified ID in the name you are enrolling in.
- And you are a Resident or Permanent resident of NZ, please provide a copy of proof of residency;
- Attach all academic documentation to support your applicationincluding copies of any certificates of courses you have undertaken / NZQA record of achievement / transcripts / CV;
Attach supporting documents as required and outlined on the previous page.
- Please check that you have included all the required information and supporting documents. Your application will be assessed based on the information that you provide. Missing information will delay the processing of your application.
- Please scan and email all additional documentation to firstname.lastname@example.org.
What happens next?
- You will receive an automatic email confirmation when we receive your online application. Processing may take up to three weeks. However, we will get in touch with you sooner if we require further documentation.
- Once your application has been accepted you will be sent a conditional offer of acceptance with an invoice and instructions on how to make payment.
- Once we have received your payment (or if you have opted to pay by Credit Card, Student Loan or Purchase Order) you will be sent an Enrolment Confirmation Letter and Important Information Booklet. Closer to the start of the intake you will receive a Time To Get Started Letter which will give you all the necessary information, tools and guidance to start your study with us.
For students to be considered to have satisfactorily completed this programme and be eligible for the award of the qualification National Certificate in Small Business Management they must have completed all scheduled course work requirements and assessments successfully, completed assessment requirements for all unit standards, and achieved a minimum of 60 credits as specified in the programme schedule. The timeframe for competion of this programme is two years.
For those interested in progressing into further study in Business, options at SIT include:
Assessments for this programme typically include essays, analytical business reports, question and answer assessments and practical assessments. There are no exams for this programme.
All papers in the National Certificate in Business (Small Business Management) require the following textbook:
Oliver, L., & English, J. W. (2012). The small business book: A New Zealand guide for the 21st century (6th ed.). Sydney, Australia: Allen & Unwin.
For information and advice about purchasing textbooks, see www.sit.ac.nz/Bookshop.