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

Level 3

Immerse yourself in the world of business and gain the skills employers need in UCOL’s New Zealand Certificate in Business (Administration and Technology).

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Quick info

Level: 3

Locations: Palmerston North, Wairarapa, Whanganui, HLC Levin**

Duration: 19 weeks

Palmerston North
20 Feb 2017 – 30 Jun 2017
24 Jul 2017 – 1 Dec 2017

20 Feb 2017 – 30 Jun 2017

20 Feb 2017 – 30 Jun 2017

20 Feb 2017 - 30 Jun 2017

Domestic Fees:*
$3,287.50Scholarship info

International Fees:*

* Fees are indicative only, and are inclusive of the student services levy and GST (goods and services tax). Fees for multi-year programmes are for one year of study.

Gain the skills and knowledge you need to contribute to the productivity and efficiency of an office in UCOL’s New Zealand Certificate in Business (Administration and Technology).

You’ll develop technical and administrative skills that can contribute to improving performance and productivity.

**Note to Levin students: You can take this course at HLC Levin.

Career & Study Outcomes

Successful graduates of this qualification will be able to:
  • Provide administrative support
  • Perform financial calculations, process data and produce information for business purposes
  • Communicate effectively with stakeholders
  • Work cooperatively within a team
  • Contribute to organisational objectives
  • Provide excellent customer service
  • Contribute to problem-solving and decision-making
  • Demonstrate professional and ethical behaviour
  • Self manage
  • Comply with internal policies, and legislation and other external requirements

Employment opportunities include supervised general administrative roles, such as:

  • Administrator
  • Receptionist
  • Data entry operator
  • Front line customer service role
  • Contact centre operator
  • Secretary 
  • Office support worker

Education pathway

Graduates who wish to further specialise can enrol in:

Industry Connections

The New Zealand Association for Administrative Professionals (AAPNZ) provide an award each year at graduation for the highest achieving student.

Domestic Entry Requirements

NCEA Level 1 (including Literacy 10 credits and Numeracy 10 credits)


Equivalent academic achievement


On a case-by-case basis at the discretion of the Executive Dean*

*Pending NZQA approval

International Entry Requirements

In addition to the Domestic Entry Requirements, the following applies to international student applicants.

English language proficiency
International student applicants whose first language is not English must have an IELTS (or equivalent including TOEFL) score of 5 with no band score lower than 5. UCOL is a TOEFL iBT testing centre. The English Proficiency test is accepted for English language entry into all UCOL programmes.

Under 20 years of age

For international applicants under 20 years of age who do not hold NCEA, International Academic Qualifications Entry Criteria apply.

Advice & Guidance

UCOL's New Zealand Certificate in Business (Administration and Technology) (Level 3) comprises 60 credits.

This qualification may build on from:
  • National Certificate of Educational Achievement (NCEA) Level 1, 2 or 3, or
  • foundation qualifications including in computing
Recognition of prior learning
Applications for Recognition of Prior Learning, including Cross Credit, Credit Transfer and Assessment of Prior Learning may be made on the Recognition of Prior Learning Form where a student believes all learning outcomes for a course or unit standards have already been met.

Students at HLC Levin
Programme requirements may vary. Please contact your tutor for details.

Course Information

  • Customer relations
  • Administration and finance
  • Business organisation
  • Business communication
  • Business data solutions
  • Operational essentials

Previous Related Programmes

The New Zealand Certificate in Business (Administration and Technology) (Level 3) supersedes and takes the best from the following programme of study, which is no longer offered:

  • National Certificate in Business Administration and Computing (Level 3)


The programme is approved by the New Zealand Qualifications Authority under the provisions of the Education Act 1989, and Universal College of Learning (UCOL) Trading as Universal College of Learning (UCOL) is accredited to teach it