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New Zealand Certificate in Business (First Line Management) - Online

Level 4

Gain the skills and knowledge you need to effectively lead your teams as a First Line Manager with the New Zealand Certificate in Business (First Line Management).

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Quick info

Level: 4

Locations: Online via the TANZ eCampus platform

Duration: 19 weeks, full-time or go at your own pace.

Monthly intakes. Please enquire for the next start date.

Domestic Fees:*
$640Scholarship info

Find out if you're eligible for fees-free study

International Fees:*

Additional Fees
Compulsory course costs may apply.

* Fees are indicative only, and are inclusive of the student services levy and GST (goods and services tax). The fee shown is for one year of study.

If you have recently been appointed to a management role or are looking for a career in management, the New Zealand Certificate in Business (First Line Management) is ideal.  

The online business course will give you the skills and knowledge required as a first line manager to work with your teams to achieve organisational goals.

 Career & Study Outcomes

Graduates of the New Zealand Certificate in Business (First Line Management) will have a range of transferrable, work-ready skills for the industry, including:

  • Confident communication
  • Workflow management
  • Operational objective prioritisation
  • Team motivation
  • Stakeholder relationship development
  • Cultivating a productive workplace environment
  • Professionalism and ethical business practices
  • Team leadership
To find out more about possible job prospects and salaries, see Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment's Occupation Outlook for Managers.

Education pathway

New Zealand Certificate in Business (First Line Management) graduates gain automatic entry and can pathway directly into the following programmes:

 Course Information

  • Effective Leadership
  • Team Management and Motivation
  • Achieving Team Objectives
  • Performance and Variance Management


 Learning Facilities

 Domestic Entry Requirements

NCEA Level 2


Equivalent academic achievement, such as:


On a case-by-case basis at the discretion of the Executive Dean


For more information about NCEA Credits see UCOL's NCEA explained page.

 International Entry Requirements

Not applicable.



 Advice & Guidance

UCOL's New Zealand Certificate in Business (First Line Management) comprises 60 credits. 

Application checklist
It will make the process easier if you prepare the following before you apply:

  • National Student Number (NSN) (If you don't have a NSN, you may request one from NZQA, or you can supply a verified copy of your birth certificate, passport or Whakapapa statement.)
  • Evidence of your highest level of academic achievement (and evidence of prior learning, if applicable)
  • Evidence that you meet the entry requirements of the programme
  • Check if you're eligible for additional support or a scholarship. If you're 19 years or younger, you may be eligible to enrol in one of our free Youth Transition programmes.

Note that you will need to provide any verified documents in person, via post or email.

Recognition of prior learning
Applications for Recognition of Prior Learning, including Cross Credit, Credit Transfer and Assessment of Prior Learning may be made on the Recognition of Prior Learning Form where a student believes all learning outcomes for a course or unit standards have already been met.


The programme is approved by the New Zealand Qualifications Authority under the provisions of the Education Act 1989, and Universal College of Learning (UCOL) Trading as Universal College of Learning (UCOL) is accredited to teach it.