Post-school VET – Business

A Certificate III in Business is highly regarded throughout the industry and will increase your chances of gaining employment in the sector. It is also a great building block for further study enabling you with greater access to higher level courses as well as increased access to additional education and training institutions.

This Business course will equip you with up to date business and computing skills. You’ll learn how to improve your efficiency in daily business operations and enhance your understanding of business regulations. It will help you develop an array of computer, office and business skills in addition to gaining knowledge about working effectively in the workplace.

The course is available to students who have completed the 240 hour course and achieved Certificate II in Business as part of their HSC studies.


BSB30115 – Certificate III in Business

Course Duration and Attendance

This is a 120 hour course that runs over six weeks after the HSC exams have finished and prior to the end of the school year. To meet the requirements of the course you will need to:

  • Participate in face to face workshops which will be held from 8.30am to 3.30pm at Southern Cross Catholic Vocational College, 17 Comer St Burwood. Workshop dates are as follows:
    • Orientation Workshop. Thursday 8 November 8.30am – 12.30pm
    • Week 1: Monday 12 November and Wednesday 14 November
    • Week 2: Monday 19 November and Wednesday 21 November
    • Week 3: Monday 26 November and Wednesday 28 November
    • Week 4: Monday 3 December and 5 December
    • Week 5: Monday 10 December and 12 December
    • Week 6: Monday 17 December and 19 December
  • Complete 60 hours of online course work in your own time (approx. 10 hours per week).
Entry Requirements, Credit Transfer (CT) and Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)

To enrol in this course you must have successfully completed the 240 hour Business Services course for the Higher School Certificate and achieved Certificate II in Business. You will be given Credit Transfer and/or RPL for these units.

If you have completed other training, either through your part-time work, TAFE or other school VET courses, or through experience gained in other ways you can also apply for RPL.

You will need to provide evidence of your achievement prior to commencing the course so that it can be considered in developing your training plan.

Units of Competency

To be eligible for this qualification you must successfully complete 12 Units of Competency: 1 core unit and 11 electives. These units will be delivered as follows:

Post-school VET course:

  • BSBWOR301 Organise personal work priorities
  • BSBINM301 Organise workplace information
  • BSBWRT301 Write simple documents
  • BSBDIV301 Work effectively with diversity
  • BSBFLM303 Contribute to effective workplace relationships
  • BSBFLM312 Contribute to team effectiveness
  • BSBWHS302 Apply knowledge of WHS legislation in the workplace (CORE)
  • BSBFLM311 Support a workplace learning environment
  • BSBCUS301 Deliver and monitor a service to customers
  • BSBSUS401 Implement and monitor environmentally sustainable work practices

Credit transfer for units completed while at school for the HSC:

  • One level 2 unit
  • One level 3 unit

RPL for units completed while at school for the HSC:

The following units provide partial RPL and reduced hours for the relevant units listed above:

  • BSBWOR202 Organise and complete daily work activities
  • BSBINM201 Process and maintain workplace information
  • BSBWHS201 Contribute to health and safety of self and others
  • BSBCUS201 Deliver a service to customers
  • BSBSUS201 Participate in environmentally sustainable work practices

A Personal Training Plan will be developed for each student based on competencies achieved. This will be available prior to course commencement.


This course is competency based and the student’s performance is recognised against a prescribed industry standard. Assessment strategies may include:

  • Observation
  • Student demonstration
  • Questioning
  • Written tasks
  • Tests

Students are given a number of opportunities to demonstrate competence across the range of competency standards covered by this course.


The fee for this course is $995. For students who are eligible for Smart and Skilled funding the estimated fee is about 20% lower (see notes below). School Based Trainees, ATSI students, students with a disability and students on welfare benefits are exempt from paying the fee.

Smart and Skilled funding:

  • As the student fee is set by the NSW Government the actual fee for individual students depends on a number of circumstances and will be confirmed after you apply.
  • The estimated fee may be less if you have completed further Units of Competency that count for Credit Transfer or RPL under this program.
  • Depending on evidence provided, some students are exempt from paying the fee or may receive further reductions. This includes Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders, students with a disability and students who are welfare recipients.
  • It’s important to note also, that this will count as your first Certificate III qualification completed post-school. If you then decide to do another qualification that is subsidised under Smart and Skilled you will pay a slightly higher student fee. However, if you enrol in a Diploma, an Advanced Diploma or, in some cases, a Certificate IV qualification, you may be eligible for a VET FEE-HELP loan.
Other Course Requirements / Equipment / What to Wear

Equipment: All students must have a fully charged laptop in good working order (not a tablet). It is recommended that students also bring a charger. Students in the Business course should preferably have MS Office installed on their laptop.

What to Wear: Students should wear clothing that is appropriate to working in the industry. School uniform is not required.

Further Study

Certificate IV, Diploma, Advanced Diploma or Degree qualifications, for example:

  • Administration
  • Marketing
  • Human Resources
  • Business Sales
Career Information

Job Roles

Individuals with this qualification are able to perform roles, such as:

  • Administration Assistant
  • Clerical Worker
  • Data Entry Operator
  • Information Desk Clerk
  • Office Junior
  • Receptionist
  • Duties and Tasks
  • Personal Attributes

Duties and tasks

  • Administrative assistants may perform the following tasks:
  • Sort and distribute incoming mail to areas and staff within the organisation and dispatch outgoing mail
  • Write business letters, reports or office memos using word processing programmes
  • Answer telephone enquiries from customers, attend to visitors and assist other staff in the organisation with their enquiries
  • Operate a range of office machines such as photocopiers, computers and faxes
  • File papers and documents
  • Undertake other duties such as banking, credit control or payroll functions

Personal Attributes

  • Able to work methodically, accurately and neatly
  • Good oral and written communication skills
  • Able to work as part of a team
  • Neat personal appearance.

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