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Business 3

New Zealand Certificate in Business (Administration and Technology) (Level 3)


Course details

  • Feb 2020 - Hamilton
    Jul 2020 - Hamilton
    Apr 2020 - Otorohanga
    Oct 2020 - Otorohanga
  • One semester
  • Full-time or Part-time
  • Fee Free
  • You may qualify for fee free study under Youth Guarantee
  • Level 3
  • Hamilton City Campus or Ōtorohanga


Students will learn to create business documents such as reports and spreadsheets, and gain an understanding of MYOB software. At the end of the semester students will have the opportunity to put their learning into practice through work experience in a local business.

What you'll learn

Students will learn about:

  • Working with people
  • Performing financial transactions
  • Spreadsheets and technologies
  • Word and administration support

Study topics:

  • Technical skills
  • Written communication, including business correspondence and emails
  • Reception skills, including customer service techniques, telephone skills
  • MYOB accounting
  • Business technologies including computers, laptops, tablets, printers, Outlook, Word, Excel
  • Administrative systems including meeting preparation, filing, scanning, copying

Soft skills taught:

  • Professional and ethical behaviour
  • Problem-solving
  • Decision-making
  • Team work
  • Self-management

​View programme modules

Module codeModule titleLevelCreditsPre-requisitesCo-requisites
BUAD301Working with people​

BUAD302Performing financial transactions​

BUAD303Spreadsheets and technologies​

BUAD304Word and administration support​​

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Learning that’s relevant

The difference at Wintec is that students learn from tutors who have extensive experience as practicing professionals in their field. At Wintec, we ensure that students develop the skills that they need to actually do the job!

Students will spend most of their time on a computer using the latest version of Microsoft Office to learn advanced techniques in creating business documents such as reports and spreadsheets. They will also learn MYOB software, which is widely used by small businesses.

The final week of the programme is spent in a real office environment where students will be able to put their new skills into practice.

Scheduling and workload

As a general guideline the expectation is that students will be required to be at Wintec up to five days per week (as a full-time student). This can be from Monday – Friday anytime between 8am and 7pm. The maximum in-class time would be 16 hours per week plus self-directed study or work placement.

Career/further opportunities

This programme could lead to a variety of office-related jobs such as receptionist, office junior, administrator, records officer or data processor.

Entry criteria

You can apply for this programme if you meet one of the below options.

Based on your school achievement (secondary school study)

  • 20 credits at NCEA Level 1; including 10 literacy credits and 10 numeracy credits;
  • Or a recognised equivalent.

Based on study completed after school (tertiary study)

  • A relevant qualification at NZQF Level 2;
  • Or a recognised equivalent.

Based on discretionary entrance

If you don’t meet any of the above options, and you think you have what it takes to complete this programme, you can apply for discretionary entrance. Your application may be accepted if you can demonstrate a good chance of success. Approval of discretionary entrance applications is decided by the relevant manager. If your application is approved, your acceptance into further programmes relies on you demonstrating success in this programme.

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Business pathway diagram

Your first day

Are you ready for your first day of class? Check out your start date and where you need to be. You can also find useful information about studying at Wintec on our Welcome page.

Hamilton Intake 902, starting July 2019

Date: 11 July 2019
Time: 9am - 11.30am
Venue: City Campus, Gallagher Hub, Event Room 1


Otorohanga Intake 963, starting July 2019

Date:  Monday 15th July
Time:  9am-1pm
Venue: Otorohanga Regional Hub 128/130 Maniapoto Street, Otorohanga Seminar Room OT.11

Parking is at rear of building (Lawrence street). 
Direct contact number for Otorohanga is 0800 68687233


Otorohanga Intake 964, starting September 2019

Date:  Monday 23rd September
Time:  9am-1pm
Venue: Otorohanga Regional Hub 128/130 Maniapoto Street, Otorohanga Seminar Room OT.11

Parking is at rear of building (Lawrence street). 
Direct contact number for Otorohanga is 0800 68687233

What you will need

Timetable information book and equipment list will be available at programme induction. 
Please bring pen and paper with you on your first day.

Timetable information

All timetables are available via Timetable Net on our website.

How to find your way around

Parking and bus information

Both the Rotokauri and City campuses have parking available - permits are required. Learn more about parking. Find out about discounted bus services here.

Wintec pōwhiri/nau mai, haere mai

Wintec extends a warm invitation to all new students to attend a Pōwhiri to welcome the semester ahead. After formalities, light refreshments will be served in the marae dining room, Te Kōpū Mānia o Kirikiriroa, Wintec City Campus.

Click here to find out where and when the next Pōwhiri will be.

Paying for your study

Course related costs

Additional information


Recommended text for BUAD304 - Microsoft Word 2016 in 90 Pages, Brown, Beth. $16.00

Purchasing textbooks

If your programme requires you to have access to textbooks, these can be purchased through a range of suppliers listed below:

Hamilton-based supplier

  • Bennetts (Bennetts has a store operating on campus at the University of Waikato, Hamilton)

New Zealand-based suppliers

General book suppliers

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Clinical placement

Course guide

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