0.5 years full time equivalent or longer for part time
Delivery mode:
Face to Face, Face to Face with eLearning
Start date:
1 February 2021
Application due dates:
Applications for this course are currently being accepted.

This course has limited government-subsidised commencements in 2020. Applications for the next intake available for Footscray Nicholson only. 


Gain practical skills for the business sector and beyond with a Certificate IV in Business at Victoria University Polytechnic.

You’ll learn to effectively manage the office administration aspects of a business, and gain a focused understanding of today’s business world.

This well-rounded course will give you skills in:

  • creating presentations
  • advanced word processing, spreadsheets and databases
  • producing business documents
  • organising travel and meetings
  • analysing and presenting research
  • people management
  • safe workplace practices.

You’ll also gain insight into the various possible career paths that you could take with these skills. When you graduate, you’ll have the ability and confidence to work in the industry, directing a range of administration tasks.

Location: this course is offered at Footscray Nicholson campus. If you choose to study this course as a complement to the Diploma of Remedial Massage or Beauty Therapy, you may study at another of our campuses.

This course has limited government-subsidised commencements in 2020.

This course is delivered through Victoria University Polytechnic’s award-winning Blended Learning model that combines face-to-face workshops with flexible, user-friendly eLearning activities.

Everything you learn at Victoria University Polytechnic has direct links to the real world. You’ll complete some of your studies in a virtual enterprise. This simulated office will give you the chance to practice your skills in a safe and supportive learning environment. Learning with us means you’ll get the hands-on learning to be job-ready when you graduate.

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:

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Careers in business

This industry-relevant course will prepare you with skills and knowledge to work in administrative roles in the business sector. Our graduates also find roles in government departments, non-profit organisations and more. Business skills are highly transferrable and sought after in almost every industry.

Example job titles include:

  • administrator
  • project officer
  • accounts clerk
  • customer service advisor
  • e-business practitioner
  • legal receptionist
  • medical receptionist
  • office administration assistant
  • student services officer
  • word processing operator.

Course structure

To be awarded BSB40215 Certificate IV in Business, a student must complete a total of ten (10) units of competency, consisting of:

  • one (1) core unit, and;

  • nine (9) elective units of which:

  • five (5) elective units must be selected from the elective units listed in the BSB40215 Certificate IV in Business qualification;

  • four (4) elective units may be selected from the elective units listed in the BSB40215 Certificate IV in Business qualification, or any currently endorsed training package or accredited course at the same qualification level;

  • if not listed in BSB40215 Certificate IV in Business, one (1) unit may be selected from either a Certificate III or Diploma qualification.

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

STREAM: General

Core units

Elective units

Imported - Certificate IV Level

Imported - Diploma Level

STREAM: Hair, Make-up and Beauty

Core units

Elective units

Imported - Certificate III level

Imported - Certificate IV level

Imported - Diploma level

STREAM: Sport and Massage

Core units

Elective units

Imported - Certificate IV level

Units in Transition

This unit is only available for current/continuing students. It is not available for prospective students.

Recognition of Prior Learning and/or Credit Transfers

For the above streams, previous completion of units at the 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 training package and be assessed as appropriate by the Polytechnic.

This qualification is suited to those working as administrators and project officers. In this role, individuals use 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. They may provide leadership and guidance to others with some limited responsibility for the output of others.

What's a unit?

A unit or 'subject' is the actual class you'll attend in the process of completing a course.

Most courses have a mixture of compulsory 'core' units that you need to take and optional elective units that you can choose to take based on your area of interest, expertise or experience.

Fees & scholarships

Fee type for this course: VET

Fee type definitions

The amount you pay for your course depends on whether you’re offered a government subsidised place or a full-fee paying place.

Students who enrol in a:

  • Government subsidised place pay a VET tuition fee and may be required to pay a Student Services and Amenities Fee and course materials contribution. This training is delivered with Victorian and Commonwealth Government funding.
  • 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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Scholarships & assistance

Apply for a scholarship to help with your study costs.

We can help with fee assistance and advice.

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. We also encourage you to explore our study pathways to help you reach your goal.

Find out more about how to apply for our courses, and our commitment to admissions transparency.

Entry requirements

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.

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.

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.

Before you apply

Before applying, you should consider whether you also want to apply for:

  • Special admission programs: Depending on your life circumstances you may be eligible for special consideration of your application.
  • Advanced standing: If you have significant experience or studies elsewhere you may be eligible for credit for some units of your course and not have to undertake them.

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