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New Zealand Certificate in Business (First Line Management)

International Close Date: Please enquire

Acquire the skills to manage staff and workflows effectively.

This programme is ideal if you're new to first line management, and/or you'd like to prepare to take on such a role.

It covers managing workflows, motivating and involving a team to achieve team objectives, communicating with team members and stakeholders, sustaining a productive workplace, leadership styles for effectiveness in different environments, and professional and ethical behaviour.

You'll also learn about complying with internal policies, legislation and other external requirements, and how to promote an inclusive environment to value diversity.

* The online offering is available through Open Polytechnic | Te Pūkenga. Full-time and part-time to suit your needs.

40 credits NCEA Level 1, including 10 literacy credits and 10 numeracy credits

OR New Zealand Certificate in Business (Introduction to Team Leadership) (Level 3)

If you have undertaken examinations other than NCEA (e.g. International Baccalaureate, Cambridge Examination), Ara will assess your qualification for academic entry equivalency.

Still want to study but don't meet the Academic Requirements?

If you show that you have equivalent skills for tertiary study gained through study, work and/or life experience, you may be able to gain alternative entry.

Note: The number of courses you have to complete for this qualification may be reduced where you have relevant credits from previous study, or evidence of similar learning or experience in the workplace.

If English is not your first language, we want to make sure that you will be successful in your chosen programme of study.

  • Please provide a result from a test or qualification on the acceptable alternatives English Proficiency Outcomes Chart.
  • If you are a New Zealand Citizen or Permanent Resident, complete an Admission and Enrolment form and Ara will contact you regarding a free assessment.
  • If you are not a New Zealand Citizen or Permanent resident, book an IELTS or other test through the Ara Examination Centre or in your home country.
  • IELTS scores used must be taken from a single IELTS Test Report Form and are valid for two years from the date of the test.
  • What if I have achieved NCEA Level 3 University Entrance?
  • You do not need to provide additional evidence of English Language skills.

Overall IELTS 5.5 Academic

  • 5.0 Listening
  • 5.0 Reading
  • 5.0 Writing
  • 5.0 Speaking

Funding assistance

If you face unexpected financial hardship during your studies, we have several funds that you can apply for. These are designed to enable you to continue your current course of study. We also have a wide range of scholarships and awards that can provide financial assistance.

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Core courses
Elective courses

Career opportunities

With this qualification you'll possess the skills and knowledge to work as a first line manager in a business entity, with responsibility for the performance of others.

Study pathways

Further study options include the New Zealand Diploma in Business Level 5 (with strands in accounting, administration and technology, leadership and management).

Recommended school subjects

  • English
  • Maths

New Zealand Certificate in Business (First Line Management)

FULL-TIME - 19 Weeks

Acquire the skills to manage staff and workflows effectively.

Type Certificate
Code NZ2456
May be available for Study Visa? Yes
International application close date Please enquire
Credits 60
Level 4
Additional Equipment/Fees Please Enquire
May be eligible for Fees Free? Yes
Reference NZ2456-STRU
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Credit Recognition

If you have prior relevant experience or previous related study credits, you may be eligible for credit recognition towards this qualification.

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