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New Zealand Certificate in Business (Administration and Technology) (Level 4)


Course details

  • One semester
  • Full-time or Part-time
  • $3,670*
  • You may qualify for fee-free study under Fees Free Policy
  • Level 4
  • Hamilton City Campus

Course details may change 
As part of our move into Te Pūkenga, we are excited to be part of a large-scale review of courses. This is ongoing, meaning some course details may change, including fees and entry requirements. In the meantime, applications are open, and we welcome you to apply. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Please note this programme is not currently being offered. For expressions of interest, please contact us by email.


This programme covers advanced business administration and computing skills for clerical, administrative or secretarial roles. Throughout the semester students will have the opportunity to put their learning into practice through work experience in a local business.

What you will learn

In this course, you will learn the skills and knowledge to: 

  • Produce complex business documents
  • Select, apply, and review appropriate business technologies and digital applications
  • Use business financial applications, tools, and technologies
  • Use systems to manage, maintain, and administrate processes and services
  • Provide excellent customer service
  • Work collaboratively as part of a team
  • Solve challenges through problem-solving
  • Communicate effectively with stakeholders

View programme modules

Module code Module name Level Credits Pre-requisites Co-requisites
BSNS4201Administrative Systems415  
BSNS4202Specialist Documents415  
BSNS4203Workplace Knowledge415  
BSNS4204Business Information415  


Learn within a workplace environment 

The Wintec Centre for Business and Enterprise provides a simulated office setting, which means you learn skills and knowledge within an environment that reflects a real-life office setting.

Our highly qualified, industry-experienced tutors will guide you through the latest versions of software such as Microsoft Office as well as introducing you to a range of relevant web-based tools and applications.

As part of the course, you will undertake a work placement in an organisation.

Scheduling and workload

As a general guideline, you are expected to attend classes up to 16 hours per week (as a full-time student). Scheduled classes are usually between 8am to 5pm. In addition, you are expected to complete some self-directed study and/or work placement hours.

Career/further opportunities

By completing this programme will be ready to work in office-related jobs such as a receptionist, office junior, administrator, records officer or data processor.


Entry criteria

Applicants can gain entry to this programme by meeting one of the following criteria:

General admission
  • 40 credits at NCEA Level 1; including 10 Literacy credits and 10 Numeracy credits;
  • Or a recognised equivalent; a relevant qualification at NZQF Level 2 or above.

Special admission
Applicants who are at least 20 years of age or older who do not meet the general admission requirements above is eligible for special admission. We work to ensure they are prepared for their intended programme. 

Discretionary admission
Applicants who are not yet 20 years of age and do not meet the general admission requirements stated above may be eligible for discretionary admission. In assessing whether to grant discretionary admission the primary focus will be on the applicant’s ability to demonstrate a likelihood to succeed in the programme.

English language requirements
International applicants are required to have an International English Language Test System (IELTS) score of 5.5, with no individual band score lower than 5 from one test taken in the last two years, or equivalent described in NZQA Rules.

Don't meet the entry criteria?


Business administration pathway diagram

To check what you need to gain direct entry to a course, review the entry criteria available on each programme page. These assist you in understanding what qualifications or experience are typically required to gain entry. You can contact our team at or 0800 2 Wintec at any time for further guidance.

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.

Students starting Semester 1 2024

Date: To be confirmed
Time: 9am-12pm
Venue: Events Room 1, City Campus

Returning students

Please check your timetable for your first day.

If you are a new student, it is compulsory for you to attend your first day (induction) and we welcome you to bring whānau and friends to support you. You will be introduced to your tutors and new classmates, be given an overview of this programme, and receive a personalised timetable.

What you will need

Please bring a pen and paper with you on your first day. There are no required textbooks, and workbooks will be provided to you during class.

You have the option of bringing your own device (laptop or tablet). We strongly encourage this as you will be able to follow along more closely in some lectures and classes. All students also have access to computer labs and computers in the hub.

Do you have any questions or need help? Please send us an email.

Timetable information

All Wintec timetables are available online here.

How to find your way around

Campus maps can be found here.

Parking and bus information

Both the Rotokauri and City campuses have parking available - payment and permits may be required. The Gardens Campus has free parking available. Learn more about parking and find out about bus services here.

He reo pōwhiri, your official welcome to Wintec

Tēnei te mihi mahana ki a koe e piki nei, e kake nei ki te Kuratini o Waikato.

You are warmly invited to attend the official welcome to Wintec for all new students, staff and whānau (family) at either our marae, Te Kōpū Mānia o Kirikiriroa or Rotokauri campus. The pōwhiri is a welcoming ceremony involving mihimihi (speeches), waiata (singing), and will conclude with kai timotimo (light refreshments). Please gather at the campus hubs, and a staff member will guide you through our pōwhiri.

Click here to find out when the next pōwhiri will be.

Paying for your study

Course-related costs

Additional information


Compulsory text for BUAD401: From Pen and Paper to MYOB.

Recommended text BUAD402 and BUAD404: Administrative Assistants and Secretary's Handbook 5th Edition.

Purchasing textbooks

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

    New Zealand-based suppliers

    General book suppliers

    First aid certificate

    Health status



    Clinical placement

    Prospectus (course guide)

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