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Business 4

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


Course details

  • Feb 2023
    Jul 2023
  • One semester
  • Full-time or Part-time
  • $3,570*
  • 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.


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
BUAD401Business Financial Administration415  
BUAD402Business Documents415  
BUAD403Business Technologies415  
BUAD404Business Administration415  

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 the Business 4 programme will be ready to work in office-related jobs such as a receptionist, office junior, administrator, records officer or data processor.


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Entry criteria

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

Based on your school achievement (secondary school study)

  • 40 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)

  • Completed the New Zealand Certificate in Business (Administration and Technology) Level 3;
  • Or a relevant qualification at NZQF Level 2;
  • Or a recognised equivalent qualification

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.

English language requirements

Candidates who have English as a second language are required to have an International English Language Test System (IELTS) score of 5.5, with no individual band score lower than 5; or equivalent.

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To check what you need to gain 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 2023

Date: Thursday 9 February 2023
Time: 9am-12pm
Venue: Events Room 1, City Campus

Students starting Semester 2 2023

Date: Thursday 13 July 2023
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 - permits are required. Learn more about parking and find out about discounted 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

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    Clinical placement

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