Certificate III in Business

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12 months




A career in the big world of business!

Virtual Course
Certificate III in Business 2022

Why You Need Certificate III in Business

Develop real-world business skills to get ahead

Every industry requires business skills. The good news is that you can start your career in business even without a degree.

Whether you are planning to work in the business sector or looking for a change in your career path, this course can help you!

You can graduate with this nationally recognised training and develop real-world skills that you can use to get ahead.

The ‘PRESTIGE-ous’ Certificate III in Business invites you into life after school, well-equipped with the confidence to take on your career goals.

Learn and practice transferable skills, such as:

  • applying critical thinking
  • supporting your personal wellbeing in the workplace
  • improving inclusive and sustainable work practices
  • applying communications skills

Our qualified trainers, with current industry experience, will mentor you through our ‘After School’ program in virtual classroom delivery. That means it’s not impacting your timetable at school. We also provide extra tutorial support if needed.

Upon successfully completing the program, you will earn a nationally recognised qualification—a Certificate III in Business.

What is the Certificate III in Business?

Certificate III is a level 3 qualification that allows people to qualify for skilled work. 

Certificate III in Business also sets the foundation for further learning, such as a Certificate IV or Diploma in Business.

In this course, you will learn foundational skills and knowledge that will help you kick off your career in business. This involves developing communication skills and critical thinking.

You will learn basic administrative skills required in business, such as using spreadsheets to manage records, writing simple business documents, organizing schedules, providing customer service, doing operational tasks, and providing support in various work contexts. 

The Certificate III program incorporates existing practice and emerging trends in business, so you will earn readily transferable professional skills and knowledge.

Course details

  • Qualification code: BSB30120
  • Qualification name: Certificate III in Business
  • Nationally recognised qualification: Yes
  • Duration: 12 months
  • Delivery: 2-hour weekly virtual class + extra classes
  • Units of competency: 13 (6 core units + 7 electives)
  • Work integrated learning and placement? Not applicable to this course 
  • Can contribute to your ATAR? Yes (school students only) 
  • Can contribute to your QCE? Yes (school students only) 
  • For more information on contribution to ATAR and QCE, visit https://www.qtac.edu.au/

Course structure

BSB30120 Certificate III in Business consists of six (6) core units and seven (7) electives tailored based on your target outcomes.

Here are the core units:

BSBCRT311 – Apply critical thinking skills in a team environment

When working in a team environment setting, you may face some obstacles and problems. This core unit teaches you critical thinking skills and how you can apply them to come up with solutions to workplace challenges.

You will also learn how to think critically and creatively in a team environment in varying issues and situations. Likewise, this unit enhances your problem-solving, evaluation, and analytical skills.

BSBPEF201 – Support personal wellbeing in the workplace

In this core unit, you will learn how to advocate for your personal wellbeing and feel empowered in the workplace. You will gain basic knowledge of factors that can affect personal wellbeing in the workplace. This unit applies directly to people working under direct supervision, as well as those who are joining the workforce for the first time.

BSBSUS211 – Participate in sustainable work practices

Businesses need to have sustainability of work practices. In this core unit, you will gain skills and knowledge needed to allow you to measure, support, and find opportunities for that. You will also develop a better sense of competency, authority, and responsibility, especially when you work under direct supervision.

BSBTWK301 – Use inclusive work practices

Inclusion and diversity in the workplace is an ongoing advocacy across industries. So, the workplace consists of diverse groups of individuals with varying qualities and personalities. This core unit teaches you how to thrive in that setting and interact with your colleagues productively.

You will learn inclusive work practices and how to navigate through your individual differences and work effectively. Furthermore, this core touches on how you can lead and guide others, especially when your role requires you to have limited responsibility for your team’s output.

BSBWHS311 – Assist with maintaining workplace safety

In this core unit, you will develop the required knowledge and skills to assist businesses in implementing and monitoring work health and safety (WHS). It covers workplace safety policies, procedures, and WHS programs that you need to follow and participate in as a team member. Moreover, this unit involves the safe delivery of products and services. 

BSBXCM301 – Engage in workplace communication

Communication skills are crucial in any business, particularly in fulfilling business administration tasks. This core unit teaches you the skills and knowledge required to communicate in the workplace, whether that’s written, oral, or nonverbal. You can apply such skills and knowledge in any industry. Furthermore, this unit focuses on communication skills that you need when you work with limited responsibility for others.

For the Elective units, we have various units to choose from to suit the desired outcome, which may include the following:

  • BSBPEF402 – Develop personal work priorities
  • BSBOPS405 – Organise business meetings
  • BSBTEC404 – Use digital technologies to collaborate in a work environment
  • BSBTEC201 – Use business software applications
  • BSBTEC202 – Use digital technologies to communicate in a work environment
  • BSBOPS302 – Identify business risk
  • BSBOPS304 – Deliver and monitor a service to customers
  • BSBDAT201 – Collect and record data
  • BSBOPS306 – Record stakeholder interactions
  • BSBESB302 – Develop and present business proposals
  • BSBESB401 – Research and develop business plans
  • SIRXCEG002 – Assist with customer difficulties
  • SIRXCEG005 – Maintain business-to-business relationships
  • SIRXMKT001 – Support marketing and promotional activities
  • BSBFIN301 – Process financial transactions

It is best to choose electives that are relevant to your work environment and can boost your qualifications for job roles that you aim to achieve.

Contact our operations team for a detailed list of units.

Fees and payment plans


Flexible student tuition fees payment plans available: 

  • 2 equal installments 
  • 10 monthly payments 
  • 20 fortnightly payments 

Entry requirements and eligibility

In School:

  • Access to a laptop and internet.
  • Students must be aged 15 years or above.
  • Currently studying at an Australian school.
  • An Australian or New Zealand citizen.

Beyond School: 

  • Access to a laptop and internet.
  • Students must be aged 15 years or above.
  • Currently studying at an Australian school.
  • An Australian or New Zealand citizen.

Available campuses, locations, and upcoming intakes

Contact us for information. 

Work Outcomes

A Certificate III in Business will equip and prepare you to pursue a career that you love.

Career opportunities may include:

  • Accounting
  • Business Administration
  • Banking 
  • Finance 
  • Hotels and resorts
  • Human Resources 
  • Marketing
  • Retail

Career occupations may include:

  • Medical Receptionist
  • Records Clerk
  • Administrative Assistant
  • Customer Service Representative
  • Medical Secretary

Further Learning Pathways

With a Certificate III qualification, you can move your career development to more advanced courses and qualifications.

Recognition of Prior Learning

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) is available on most Prestige Service Training qualifications.

If you have completed formal or informal training and have knowledge, skills, and employment experience in this area, you may apply for RPL.

You will be asked to provide evidence to support your application, and our Operations team will assist you through the RPL assessment process.

Credit is also available for this qualification. If you have completed a previous study in this qualification or an equivalent, you can provide a copy of your transcript from your earlier study and we will conduct a credit assessment.

Get started right away

You’ve made a great choice, and we’re excited to have you on board! The next step is to apply, and we’re here to help every step of the way. Before you apply, you will need the following:

  • Student ID (for current high school students)
  • Photo of a Green Medicare Card, Passport, or Birth Certificate in colour
  • Evidence of QLD residency dated within 6 months (Driver’s license, concession card or utility bill, or bank statement with your address on it)
  • YOU WILL NEED a USI number – please visit www.usi.gov.au to look up or create your USI number
  • A parent close by to also sign if under the age of 18

Certificate III in Business FAQs

Is Certificate 3 in Business worth it?

Definitely. This certification provides you with an excellent foundation that can open up opportunities in the business industry. You can also start earning while pursuing further studies.

The skills and knowledge you learn in this qualification are quite valuable at any level of an organization. Whether you are a workforce newbie or seeking promotions, this course can help you.

What’s the difference between a Certificate I, II, III, IV, and a diploma?

Australia has different levels of certification to standardize qualifications in the country. Certificates I and II provide basic vocational skills and knowledge and allow people to qualify for mainly routine work.

Certificates III and IV provide more advanced skills and knowledge. As discussed above, Certificate III allows you to undertake skilled work. It is also equivalent to Year 12.

Meanwhile, Certificate IV allows you to pursue specialized knowledge and skills in particular contexts. You can also have this qualification credited towards university studies. Universities generally equate Certificate IV to 6 to 12 months of a bachelor’s degree.

Finally, a Diploma in Business is a level 5 qualification that allows people to undertake advanced skilled or paraprofessional work. It covers integrated technical and theoretical concepts in a broad range of contexts. Moreover, it lays down the foundation for advanced studies:

  • Level 6 – Advanced diploma or associate degree
  • Level 7 – Bachelor degree
  • Level 8 – Bachelor honours degree, graduate certificate, or graduate diploma
  • Level 9 – Masters degree
  • Level 10 – Doctoral degree

Which qualification is right for you depends on the career you want to pursue, your experience, and the existing certifications you have. Choose the best that works for you!

Certificates usually take 6 to 12 months to complete, while a Diploma may take a year, and Bachelor’s degree can take at least 3 years. Graduate diploma, masters, and doctoral degrees may also take at least a year to finish.

Are certificates enough to get a job?

Yes, certificates can land you a job and allow you to kick off your career in any industry. They can teach you basic to advanced skills to secure business services job roles. They also lay down the foundation for further studies to advance your career or supplement your current degree. Some jobs actually require you to have certain certifications to enter the field.

Taking certifications also makes you a subject-matter expert, consequently making you more hirable. If you want to focus on a niche or certain industry to advance in your career, you can find more opportunities when you successfully complete nationally recognised training courses.

How long does it take to finish a certification?

Prestige Service Training’s Certificate III in Business is designed as a 12-month study. It is ideal for individuals who cannot commit to full-time classroom studies, such as when you have existing work or you’re taking a traineeship or apprenticeship. This allows you to fit this course into your schedule conveniently.

Some certification training programs can be shorter, particularly online courses. You can finish them in as fast as six months, depending on how much time you can commit every week. You can also manage your pacing, whatever is most convenient to your schedule.

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