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New Zealand Certificate in Business (Accounting Support Services) (Level 4)

If you’re good with numbers and ready to take your first step into the accounting or bookkeeping world, then this programme will get you headed in the right direction. Within six months, you’ll have everything you need to start an entry-level job in accounting support services.

50 (0.417 EFTS)
Mt Albert
Start dates
February, July
Full-time for six months. Part-time options available.

Programme overview

This certificate programme is your ticket to kickstarting a career in accounting support services. With the right mix of technical knowledge and people skills, you’ll be able to work in a range of accounting support roles for New Zealand businesses and community organisations. You’ll also be able to continue your studies at a higher level to acquire more skills and reach your full potential.

Here are the skills you’ll learn over six months:

  • A basic introduction to Xero and Payroll.
  • Produce financial and human resources information using accounting software.
  • The core accounting principles to operate within the accounting cycle of a business.
  • Calculate tax for PAYE, GST and FBT, and prepare tax returns.
  • Manage accounts payable and receivable.

You’ll also develop the following people skills:

  • How to collaborate with your peers and contribute to the achievement of team objectives.
  • Communicate financial information clearly to stakeholders and clients.
  • Work professionally and ethically in a socially and culturally appropriate manner.
  • Comply with internal policies, legislation, and other external requirements.

Whether you’re looking to get your first job, return to the workforce or build on your skills, when you graduate you’ll be able to contribute to the performance and productivity of a business – a skill set that can lead to well-paid job opportunities.


  • Current work practices. Focus on learning and developing best practice skills so you graduate work ready.
  • Flexible learning. Classroom-based sessions supplemented by full online resources and additional individual support when needed.
  • Progress into further undergraduate study. Graduates of this programme will be eligible to move into the New Zealand Diploma in Business – Accounting.
  • Small classes. Facilitated by experienced lecturers who will be there to guide you every step along your learning journey.
  • Student support services. As a student, you’ll be able to take advantage of our on-campus Student Support Services.
  • Supportive learning environment. Become part of a close-knit group of students and staff who care about your success.


Admission requirements

For this programme, you’ll need:

For applicants 20 years or older

  • Provide sufficient evidence of aptitude or appropriate work or other life experience that would indicate a successful outcome in the qualification.

For applicants under 20 years 

  • 4 years’ secondary education
  • 12 credits at NCEA Level 1 in two subjects; one subject must be English

English Language Requirements

If English is not your first language, you’ll need one or more of the following:

  • Achieved 12 credits at NCEA Level 1 in English; or
  • Provide evidence you satisfy our criteria for existing English proficiency; or 
  • Achieved at least one English proficiency outcome in the last two years such as IELTS 

If you don’t meet the English criteria above, we have a range of English Language programmes available.

For more information download the programme regulations:

Programme Regulations

Courses and timetables

For more details on the courses including timetables, please click on the course names below.

Courses Credits Aim
Accounting Principles (BEBP4601) 10.0 credits (0.083 EFTS) This course enables students to apply elements of accounting within the accounting cycle when producing financial information.
Computerised Accounting (BEBP4602) 10.0 credits (0.083 EFTS) This course enables students to produce financial information and manage accounts payable and receivable.
Payroll (BEBP4603) 15.0 credits (0.125 EFTS) This course enables students to prepare payroll for a business entity.
Business Tax Returns (BEBP4604) 15.0 credits (0.125 EFTS) This course enables students to calculate tax and prepare tax returns.

Moving to Te Pūkenga

Vocational education in Aotearoa (New Zealand) is changing to better meet the needs of learners like you.

As part of this transformational change, in 2023 Unitec will become fully part of Te Pūkenga, a national network delivering skills training in a wide range of locations throughout Aotearoa.

This means that while you are enrolling with Unitec now, from Semester 1, 2023 you will become a Te Pūkenga learner.

Te Pūkenga has the success and wellbeing of learners at its heart, and a review of all programmes is currently underway to help support this, including this programme. The aim is to make qualifications more portable, consistent and closely aligned with the needs of industry, and more in tune with where the world is headed.

The information contained here is correct at the time of publishing, but as the programme review is ongoing, the courses outlined may be liable to change over time.

Rest assured that we will notify you of any material changes to delivery that might impact what you study, where you study or the ways you learn.