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 Workshop Dates

This is a 125 hour course that, in 2021, will commence in the October school holidays and conclude after the HSC exams have finished. There will be a break during Term 4, from Week 3 to Week 9, to allow students to prepare for and undertake their HSC exams.

To meet the requirements of the course students need to:

  • Participate in 9 workshops which will be held from 8.30am to 3.00pm
    • Online workshops by Zoom
      • Monday 27 September and Wednesday 29 September
      • Tuesday 5 October and Wednesday 6 October
      • Tuesday 12 October and Wednesday 13 October
    • Face-to-face workshops at Southern Cross Catholic College, 17 Comer St Burwood (if possible – depending on NSW Health regulations)
      • Tuesday 7 December and Wednesday 8 December
      • Tuesday 14 December
  • Complete 60 hours of online course work in your own time (approx. 12 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:

  • BSBWRT301 Write simple documents
  • BSBDIV301 Work effectively with diversity
  • BSBFLM312 Contribute to team effectiveness
  • BSBFLM303 Contribute to effective workplace relationships
  • BSBFLM311 Support a workplace learning environment
  • BSBWHS302 Apply knowledge of WHS legislation in the workplace (CORE) (Partial RPL for BSBWHS201)
  • BSBWOR301 Organise personal work priorities (Partial RPL for BSBWOR202)
  • BSBINM301 Organise workplace information (Partial RPL for BSBINM201)
  • BSBCUS301 Deliver and monitor a service to customers (Partial RPL for BSBCUS201)
  • BSBSUS401 Implement and monitor environmentally sustainable work practices (Partial RPL for BSBSUS201)

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

  • One level 2 unit (eg BSBITU212 Create and use spreadsheets)
  • One level 3 unit (eg BSBITU307 Develop keyboarding speed and accuracy)

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.


***In 2021, Sydney Catholic Schools is able to access the NSW Government’s Skilling for Recovery program which provides fee-free training for school leavers. This means that the course is free for students who apply by 20 August and fully complete their enrolment by 15 September 2021. The following information is for students who apply after these dates.***

There are three cost categories for this course:

  1. Full fee. The full fee for the course is $1020. This applies to students who are not eligible for either of Categories 2 or 3.
  2. Smart and Skilled subsidised. (See further information below.) The estimated fee for students who are eligible for Smart and Skilled funding is approximately $840. This can only be confirmed once the students have been entered on the Smart and Skilled database and may vary slightly. The fee may be less if you have completed further Units of Competency that count for Credit Transfer or RPL under this program.
  3. Fee exemption. Depending on evidence provided, some students are exempt from paying the fee or may receive further reductions. This includes students who:
    • identify as having Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander background;
    • have a confirmed disability, or
    • are welfare recipients or a dependent of welfare recipients.

Smart and Skilled funding:

  • As places for Smart and Skilled funding are limited, they will be issued to students on a first come first served basis.
  • Students must meet the eligibility criteria set by the NSW Government. (see the Post-school VET page).
  • 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 fee is compulsory and cannot be varied.
  • 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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This page was last updated on 31 August 2021.