FSB - Certificate in First Steps to Business

Programme Name: Certificate in First Steps to Business
FSB is a part-time, level 2 Certificate which is delivered over 24 weeks.

This is a level 2 programme. If you have not been in a learning environment for some time or want to learn business and life skills basics, then this programme could be for you. You will meet new people, and learn and practice new skills. On successful completion of this programme, you will receive a certificate in recognition of the time and effort you have put in.

The programme is facilitated by an experienced kaiako (facilitator) and all resources are provided at NO COST to participants.

Times of classes/workshops can be scheduled to suit work and life schedules.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicants must be 16 years or older at the commencement of the programme, and a NZ resident. They must also attend an information session and be committed to the hours required by the programme and complete the enrolment process.

Open to all NZ citizens and permanent residents, and Australian citizens, aged over 16, who are not already enrolled in a government sponsored training programme.

Entry Requirements

Basic literacy and numeracy skills are required. You do not need to hold any other educational qualifications to enrol in this programme.

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What will I get from this programme?

The First Steps programme is designed for learners looking for a practically based introductory qualification to help them make decisions about going into business or develop practical business and numeracy skills to assist them in gaining or improving employment opportunities. The aim of the programme is to offer practical assistance rather than an academic approach to learning.

What will I learn?

The programme consists of four modules:

Module 1
Taking the first steps
Introduction to the business environment and techniques to analyse what skills you will need in business. Time management, self-care, communication and basic business literacy to assist in both study and business.
Module 2
The planning toolkit
Understanding the business planning cycle.
Opportunity to trial some of the techniques and planning tools used in the initial stages of a business plan. Including the formation of a vision statement, business goals and an internal analysis.
Module 3
Crunching the numbers
Financial concepts including budgeting, taxes and simple business calculations. Prepare a basic business budget from a
given set of assumptions (instructions), based on a case study provided
Module 4
Marketing matters
The practical side of marketing, particularly advertising. What works, what doesn’t, and how to effectively advertise a business on a limited

How much will the course cost me?

There are NO FEES. There are no charges for students. This is a fully funded government programme offered through Te Wānanga o Aotearoa. You will also receive a range of quality resources required to complete the programme, also at no cost.

What resources and equipment will I get?

You will receive a range of quality resources. 

How and when will I be able to study the course?

The programme is part-time and class based. You will be part of a unique learning environment that is supportive, inclusive and interactive. Classes are held weekly for the duration of the 24 weeks.


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Length: 24 weeks
Format: Part-time and class-based. Each module will be delivered by a Kaiako (Facilitator), one session per week (3 hours, usually an evening) and 10 hours of scheduled workshop time per module.

Where can I do this programme?

Classes are currently held in Auckland, North Shore.

What further study opportunities are there?

From the Certificate in First Steps to Business you could progress through to the Certificate in Money Management and/or the Certificate in Small Business Management.

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