0.5 years full time equivalent or longer for part time
Delivery mode:
Face to Face with eLearning
Start dates:
7 February 2022
26 April 2022
18 July 2022

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Study off-campus:
Available for Traineeship.
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Application due dates:
Applications for this course are currently being accepted.


Gain practical skills for the business sector and beyond with a Certificate IV in Business at Victoria University Polytechnic. You will learn to effectively manage the office administration aspects of a business and gain a focused understanding of today’s business world.

On completion of this course you will have gained knowledge and skills in:

  • developing personal work priorities
  • creating presentations
  • advanced word processing and spreadsheets
  • producing business documents
  • organising meetings
  • completing project work
  • carrying out safe workplace practices.

When you graduate, you’ll have the ability and confidence to work in the industry, directing a range of administration tasks. You can take various career paths with these skills, including:

  • office administrator
  • personal assistant
  • project officer
  • customer service officer
  • receptionist (legal or medical)
  • student services officer.

This course is delivered through a combination of face-to-face and remote digital (Zoom) workshops as timetabled, and through student self-paced access to eLearning activities in the Learning Management System.

This course is ideal for anyone looking to take a step into the business sector and gain skills in business administration.

VU’s Learning Hubs are welcoming spaces where you can improve your study and employability skills.

Our students can attend Learning Hubs at one of five VU campuses.

We offer maths, writing, careers and English-language advice, and show you effective ways to study and manage your time.

Our programs include:

  • workshops
  • drop-in sessions
  • peer mentoring
  • maths and writing resources
  • resume and career guidance.

We also have accessibility support services and counselling services available for all students.

Our campus libraries have photocopying, computing and printing facilities as well as electronic and print resources.

You'll also have access to a rich collection of online resources at any time of the day or night, including:

  • databases
  • e-learning content for courses
  • student email
  • student software packages
  • social networking tools.

On campus, we make sure that all of our students have access to digital resources. We offer:

  • excellent WiFi networks
  • more than 4000 computers (PCs and Apple Macs) across our campuses
  • a central IT helpdesk for technical help.

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Careers in business

Graduating with a qualification in business from VU Polytechnic will put you ahead of the game. You’ll learn fundamental skills you can apply in any sector, preparing you for a range of careers, including:

  • administrative roles in various business areas
  • student services officer
  • word processing operator
  • receptionist
  • customer service officer
  • personal assistant.

Course structure

The course structure is made up of following core and elective units. These electives have been selected based on industry needs, graduate pathways and/or student and teacher feedback.
To be awarded the BSB40120 Certificate IV in Business, a student must successfully complete a total of twelve (12) units of competency, comprising of:

  • Six (6) core units, and;
  • Six (6) elective units, of which
  • 2 elective units must be selected from Group A
  • up to 4 units may be selected from Groups A – J. 
  • if not listed, up to 2 units may be selected from a Certificate III, Certificate IV or Diploma from this or any other currently endorsed Training Package qualification or accredited course.

Elective units must be relevant to the work environment and the qualification, maintain the integrity of the AQF alignment and contribute to a valid, industry-supported vocational outcome.

VU Polytechnic currently offers the following specialisations:

  • Business Administration
  • Leadership

To be awarded the BSB40120 Certificate IV in Business (Administration), a student must successfully complete a total of twelve (12) units of competency, comprising of:
*Six (6) core units, and;
*Six (6) elective units, of which

  • two (2) elective units must be selected from Group A
  • four (4) units must be from Group C. 

To be awarded the BSB40120 Certificate IV in Business (Leadership), a student must successfully complete a total of twelve (12) units of competency, comprising of:
*Six (6) core units, and;
*Six (6) elective units, of which

  • two (2) elective units must be selected from Group A
  • four (4) units must be from Group B. 

VU Polytechnic delivers the electives listed in the ‘course structure and units’ below. These electives have been selected based on industry needs, graduate pathways and/or student and teacher feedback. Alternative suitable electives are only available via Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) and Credit Transfer (CT).

Core Units

For Domestic students - Specialisation Administration

Electives Group A - Self-development

Electives Group C - Business Administration

For Traineeship students - Specialisation Leadership

Electives Group A - Self-development  

Electives Group B - Leadership

Electives Group D, E, F, G, H I, J - Not available

Electives of these groups are not currently offered by VU Polytechnic.

Recognition of Prior Learning and/or Credit Transfers

Previous completion of units at the VU Polytechnic or any other Registered Training Organisation and/or previous attainment of skills and knowledge may be credited towards this course. Units must satisfy the completion rules of the qualification and be assessed as appropriate by the Polytechnic.

This course BSB40120 Certificate IV in Business supports participants to develop the skills required for a range of business services job roles.
Individuals undertaking this course will be able to carry out a mix of specialist and moderately complex administrative or operational tasks that require self-development skills, such as:

- well-developed skills and a broad knowledge base to apply solutions to a defined range of unpredictable problems and analyse information from a variety of sources.
- provide leadership and guidance to others with some limited responsibility for the output of others; and may have supervisory performance accountabilities.Through case studies, projects and group-based activities the course seeks to ensure that students develop the practical skills they need to commence work in a business environment.

Fees & scholarships

Fee type for this course: VET

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Students who enrol in a:

  • government subsidised place pay subsidised tuition fees (the government contributes the rest), and may be required to pay a Student Services and Amenities Fee along with any material fees
  • full fee-paying place pay the full fee tuition rate (which includes Student Services and Amenities Fee and any material fees).

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Admission & pathways

Meeting the minimum admission requirements does not guarantee you entry into this course. Some courses receive more applications than the number of places available. In this situation we will also assess your education, work and other relevant experience.

If you do not meet the minimum requirements you may be eligible for one of our special admission programs.

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Entry requirements

There are no formal entry requirements for this course.As part of the application process, applicants must complete a Pre-training Review (PTR) and undertake a literacy and numeracy (LN) assessment to determine suitability for admission.

There are many ways you can start your education journey at VU. Pathways offer an easy transition between courses at different levels, so that you can start with a certificate and progress right through to postgraduate study.

Find out more about pathways and credits.

Use our credit calculator to find out how much credit you can receive toward Victoria University higher education courses based on your previous studies.

You may be able to complete your qualification sooner through formal recognition of your existing skills. This is known as Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL).

To receive RPL, we assess your previous work, education and life experiences against recognised qualifications. Applications for RPL can be made prior to enrolling.

Call us on 1300 TAFE VP (1300 823 387) to discuss RPL options with the course manager.

How to apply

Prior to enrolment, all applicants will be required to complete a literacy and numeracy assessment to assist with determining eligibility and to identify learning support needs.

Available start dates:

  • 7 February 2022
  • 26 April 2022
  • 18 July 2022
  • 3 October 2022

Before you apply

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