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/Hours

This is a 120 hour course that runs over 5 weeks after the HSC exams have finished and prior to the end of the school year. The course will involve:

  • course work to be completed online
  • participation in face to face workshops at Southern Cross Catholic Vocational College, Burwood – dates will be advised before final confirmation of enrolment
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

It is anticipated that most students will undertake the following 5 units once RPL and Credit Transfer from their Certificate II course has been determined:

  • BSBWRT301 Write simple documents
  • BSBDIV301 Work effectively with diversity
  • BSBFLM303 Contribute to effective workplace relationships
  • BSBFLM312 Contribute to team effectiveness
  • BSBFLM311 Support a workplace learning environment

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 $980. For students who are eligible for Smart and Skilled funding the estimated fee is $820 (see notes below). School Based Trainees, ATSI students or 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.
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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