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

Dunedin campus

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. 

Your courses
Course Description Credits
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
Total   50

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.

We are part of Te Pūkenga

When you apply to study with Otago Polytechnic, 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, and 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.