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New Zealand Certificate in Business (Accounting Support Services) - Online

New Zealand Certificate in Business (Accounting Support Services) - Online

Level 4

Are you looking for a career in bookkeeping? UCOL’s New Zealand Certificate in Business (Accounting Support Services) (Level 4) Online will help you understand the accounting functions of a business and, equip you for an entry-level role.

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Quick info

Level: 4

Locations: Online

Duration: Part time: 32 Weeks | Full time: 18 Weeks

Monthly intakes

Domestic Fees: *
$565.16 Scholarship info

International Fees:*
Not applicable.

Additional Fees
Compulsory course costs may apply.

* Fees are indicative only, and are inclusive of the student services levy and GST (goods and services tax). The fee shown is for one year of study.

Whether you are working in an administration role or aspiring to start a career in accounting our level 4 certificate programme will give you a sound knowledge of the basics, and confidence to take up accounting roles. The programme covers a range of accounting topics - accrual accounting, accounting for taxation, accounting software and payroll.

Study this qualification online with eCampus NZ.

 Course Hours & Duration

This programme runs for 19 weeks each year, including 2 holiday weeks.

Per week, your learning will include approximately:

Class Time
11 hrs

Lectures, tutorials and/or online recordings.
Study Time
18 hrs

Study in your own time.

You can also choose to study part-time, or possibly by paper. Talk to us about your options with this programme.

 Career & Study Outcomes

On successful completion of this course the student will be able to:

  • Understand accounting functions in business.
  • Learn the skills and technology involved.
  • Gain confidence to take up a range of accounting roles.

With the necessary skills and confidence, you may start an entry level job or pursue further studies by enrolling to New Zealand Diploma in Business (with strands in Accounting, Administration and Technology, Leadership and Management, and Project Management) (Level 5) or other relevant industry qualifications.

 Course Information

Note: As a business division of Te Pūkenga - New Zealand Institute of Skills and Technology, UCOL is committed to providing the best learning outcome for you. As part of this, all programmes are currently being reviewed to make them portable, consistent, and closely aligned with the needs of the industry. When published, this course information is correct, but the courses offered may change over time. If you have any questions call an Enrolment Advisor on 0800 468 265.

From 2023, UCOL and the programme you have enrolled in will become part of Te Pūkenga. So, if you join UCOL in 2023, you will be awarded Te Pūkenga certification. And, if you are a current learner graduating in 2023, you will be awarded a co-branded certificate.

This programme consist of 50 credits. The courses includes:

Accrual Accounting (15 Credits)
Understand the fundamentals and principles of accounting and apply these in a basic business context.

Accounting for taxation (10 Credits)
Learn to calculate and report tax for a business entity.

Accounting Software (15 Credits)
Learn 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.

Payroll (10 Credits)
Learn to collate and maintain payroll administration records and prepare a PAYE return in an ethical and culturally appropriate manner.

 Domestic Entry Requirements

NCEA (Level 2), or

A New Zealand Certificate in Foundation Studies (Level 2), or

A qualification at Level 2 or above, with evidence of literacy and numeracy abilities equivalent to NCEA (Level 1), or

New Zealand Certificate in Business (Introduction to Small Business) (Level 3), or

New Zealand Certificate in Retail (Level 3), or

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

Evidence of relevant knowledge and experience, including literacy and numeracy abilities equivalent to NCEA (Level 1)


At the discretion of the Executive Dean.


For more information about NCEA Credits see UCOL's NCEA explained page.

 International Entry Requirements

The minimum entry requirement for international students is IELTS General or Academic score of 5.5, with no band score lower than 5, (or equivalent including TOEFL).   UCOL is a TOEFL iBT testing centre.


NZCEL Level 3 with an endorsement of either General, Workplace, or Academic.

IELTS scores used must be taken from a single IELTS Test Report Form (ie combining scores from more than one test is not permissible).

In addition to this international applications under the age of 20 must have NCEA equivalency (refer to guide held by Business Development International).

 Advice & Guidance

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 have already been met. Applications will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis in accordance with the UCOL Academic Statute and other relavant policies and procedures.

Application checklist
It will make the process easier if you prepare the following before you apply:

  • National Student Number (NSN) (If you don't have a NSN, you may request one from NZQA, or you can supply a verified copy of your birth certificate, passport or Whakapapa statement.)
  • Evidence of your highest level of academic achievement (and evidence of prior learning, if applicable)
  • Evidence that you meet the entry requirements of the programme
  • Check if you're eligible for additional support or a scholarship. If you're 19 years or younger, you may be eligible to enrol in one of our free Youth Transition programmes.

Note that you will need to provide any verified documents in person, via post or email (not via the online application form).


The programme is approved by the New Zealand Qualifications Authority under the provisions of the Education and Training Act 2020, and Universal College of Learning Limited, a business division of Te Pūkenga is accredited to teach it.