Course details

Certificate in Small Business and Project Management (L4)

About the course

Whether you’re in business or are just starting one, this programme will give you the skills and knowledge to build a successful business. 

The Certificate in Small Business and Project Management is a comprehensive programme that teaches you everything to start and run a business – from business planning, marketing, and operations, right through to employing staff, small business accounting and financing the business. 

This programme has a strong focus on project management. You'll learn project management processes and techniques, and will have the opportunity to apply these in a variety of business situations. Furthermore, on completion of the programme you will have used these skills to develop a comprehensive business plan for your own business. 

Upon successful completion of this programme, you will receive the following qualifications:

  • NZ Certificate in Business (Small Business) Level 4
  • NZ Certificate in Project Management Level 4.

You'll learn about:

  • project management techniques
  • business planning and operations
  • industry and market analysis
  • accounting and finance
  • marketing and market research
  • human resource management
  • sales and customer service
  • complying with business law.


Entry requirements

To enrol in this programme, a potential ākonga must:

  • be at least 16 years of age 
  • be a New Zealand citizen (or citizen of Australia, Tokelau, Niue, Cook Islands) or permanent resident 
  • be a graduate of a Level 3 business qualification (or higher) or demonstrate competence in a literacy exercise that reflects the comprehension and writing abilities for the programme satisfy one of the following requirements: have a business idea which they are ready to develop be an existing business owner, or be involved in the management of an existing small business for which they can develop a detailed business plan. 
  • attend an information session and an enrolment interview.

About the provider

Established in 1984, Te Wānanga o Aotearoa will provide holistic education opportunities of the highest quality for Māori, peoples of Aotearoa and the world.

Te Wānanga o Aotearoa is one of New Zealand's largest tertiary education providers. We offer a comprehensive range of certificate to degree level qualifications to New Zealanders of all ages and walks of life.

Operating from over 80 locations throughout the country, we provide a unique learning environment. We aim to overcome barriers to learning, and to meet the needs of all within the communities we serve.

Guided by Māori principles and values, we take great pride in this nurturing and inclusive learning environment, as well as the depth and diversity of our courses in small business, computing, social work, teaching, Māori performing arts and te reo Māori.