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New Zealand Certificate in Business (First Line Management)

International Close Date: Please enquire

Empower your workforce with essential leadership skills.

This programme is designed to equip employees with the capabilities to effectively manage teams and workflows, enhance productivity and foster success in any organisational setting.

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; professional and ethical behaviour; legislation and other external requirements; promoting an inclusive environment that values diversity.

The programme comprises four, eight-week courses: Business Environment; Team Leadership; Managing Teams; Setting and Meeting Objectives. It’s delivered part-time over 32 weeks, so it can be studied while working. Delivery is via a blend of self-directed study and face-to-face classes (1 x 4-hour workshop per fortnight).

For corporate groups of 10 to 20 people, workshops can be held either in the workplace (if in Christchurch, Timaru, Ashburton or Oamaru) or at one of our campuses. Dates and time can be tailored to suit the needs of your group.

The full programme can be studied for $897, or you can select individual courses ($224.25 each) to suit your professional development needs. Fees-free may apply (find out here).

Please note: this programme requires a minimum of 10 students to proceed.

Fees for 2024

Domestic Fee
$224 - $900 per year
Valid To
December 31, 2024

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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Career opportunities

This qualification will enable you to work as a first line manager or supervisor with responsibility for the performance of others.

Study pathways

Further study options include the Level 5 New Zealand Diploma in Business (which has a strand in leadership and management) and the Bachelor of Applied Management.

Recommended school subjects

  • English
  • Maths

New Zealand Certificate in Business (First Line Management)

PART-TIME - 19 Weeks

Empower your workforce with essential leadership skills.

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
Available Part time Yes
May be eligible for Fees Free? Yes
Reference NZ2456-STRU

Fees for 2024

Domestic Fee
$224 - $900 per year
Valid To
December 31, 2024
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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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