New Zealand Certificate in Business (Accounting Support Services) (Level 4)
Gain understanding of the fundamentals of accounting and enhance your career opportunities with this flexible course that’s tailored to you. You'll gain the knowledge to take on an entry-level accounting support role within an organisation, enhance your existing knowledge, or to continue studying towards a higher qualification.
About the programme
Working in administration and keen to move into an accounts role but need the knowledge and confidence to take that step? Want a career in bookkeeping but don’t yet have the skills to apply for a role? Or simply looking to start your career training?
Whatever your circumstances, this qualification will give you a sound understanding of the accounting functions required in a business, and equip you with the skills to take on a new challenge.
You will gain an understanding of financial documents, using accounting software and managing an organisation’s account processing, and graduate with the ability to contribute more effectively to your organisation.
Study your way
This course is delivered flexibly outside core working hours, so you can get qualified at a time that suits you and your whānau. You’ll learn by studying online and in person at workshops delivered outside the standard 9am-5pm.
Study this course online, offered by Open Polytechnic | Te Pūkenga.
What You Study
|Accrual accounting||Develop an understanding of the fundamentals and principles of accounting and apply these in a basic business context.||15|
|Accounting for taxation||Learn how to calculate and report tax for a business entity.||10|
|Accounting software||Understand how to set up and use accounting software, with an established Chart of Accounts, to process transactions and a range of financial reports for a GST registered entity.||15|
|Payroll||To collate and maintain payroll administration records and prepare a PAYE return in an ethical and culturally appropriate manner.||10|
Further study options
This programme provides the perfect pathway into our New Zealand Diploma in Business (Level 5) (Accounting) or (Leadership and Management) and the Bachelor of Applied Management (Accounting), which is certified by both Chartered Accountants ANZ and CPA Australia.
This course will require approximately 12 hours of work per week, both in directed and self-directed learning.
You’ll have access to lunchtime, evening and optional weekend sessions, as well as on-campus drop-in tutorials for additional tailored support.
Need more information about how you could structure your learning? Email Emma Hogg at Emma.Hogg@op.ac.nz.
- New Zealand Certificate in Business (Introduction to Small Business) (Level 3), or
- New Zealand Certificate in Retail (Level 3), or
- New Zealand Certificate in Business (Administration and Technology) (Level 3), or
- NCEA (Level 2), or
- New Zealand Certificate in Foundation Skills (Level 2), or
- A qualification at Level 2 or above, with evidence of literacy and numeracy abilities equivalent to NCEA (Level 1), or
- Evidence of relevant knowledge and experience, including literacy and numeracy abilities equivalent to NCEA (Level 1).
In the latter two instances, the applicant is required to participate in an enrolment interview with the purpose of verifying the evidence.
Several of the above courses are available online via eCampus.
English language requirements
Applicants whose first language is not English must have an acceptable level of English language fluency prior to enrolment in the programme. This may be demonstrated in a variety of ways, including schooling in New Zealand, completion of the relevant New Zealand Certificate in English Language, approved scores on IELTS tests or completion of accepted international equivalents.
Specific scores for IELTS and New Zealand Certificates in English Language are as follows:
- IELTS 5.5 General or Academic (no band score lower than 5)
- NZCEL Level 3 with an endorsement of either General, Workplace, or Academic.
For acceptable alternatives refer to the NZQA English Proficiency Outcomes Chart.
Computer literacy is highly recommended in order to be able to cope with the digital components of this course.
If you’re a domestic student and this is your first time doing tertiary study in New Zealand (over 60 credits at Level 3 or higher), you may be able to get free tuition fees for this programme.
All the details and criteria are on the Fees Free website and you can check whether you’re going to be able to access funding by entering your National Student Number.
If you can access it, we’ll organise your fees with the Tertiary Education Commission when you’re enrolled to study with us. This funding doesn’t include additional costs or living costs.
There are no additional costs for this course.
Student Services Fee
For most students, your tuition fee shown above includes a Student Services Fee - also known as the Student Levy. This compulsory fee covers your access to the student services we offer. This cost is tailored depending on how you're studying.
The tuition fee shown above are approximate only. There may be a slight fee increase per year once Tertiary Education Commission (TEC) rules and guidelines are applied. These fees also don't include additional costs or living costs.
Domestic full-time students can apply for a student loan through Studylink. Some support may be available for domestic part-time students. Apply at the same time as you apply for your course (you can withdraw your application anytime).
A change for 2023 enrolments
When you apply to study with Otago Polytechnic in 2023, you will be enrolled with Te Pūkenga, the new national network of vocational and applied education in Aotearoa New Zealand. You will learn in the same way, in the same place, and with the same people. The great news is that this enables us to share skills and knowledge across a network of passionate education providers, to better help you succeed. Enrolling in programmes that start in 2023, means that you will graduate with a Te Pūkenga qualification.
While every effort is made to ensure that this sheet is accurate, Otago Polytechnic reserves the right to amend, alter or withdraw any of the contained information. The fees shown in this document are indicative only. Both domestic and international fees are subject to change and are dependent on the development and implementation of Government policies. Please note that additional fees may from time to time be required for external examination, NZQA fees and/or additional material fees.