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Certificate IV in Business Administration (BSB40515)

Course summary

This course is for students who want to develop supervisory and administrative skills and a broad knowledge base in a variety of administrative contexts. They will apply solutions to a defined range of unpredictable problems and analyse and evaluate information from a variety of sources.  They may provide leadership and guidance to others with some limited responsibility for the output of others. Competencies will include computing units, team skills, prioritising, report and business writing skills, organising meetings and business travel, work health and safety and administrative skills.

Course details

Course Type Qualification
Student Availability
  • - Domestic
Application Mode
  • Direct To University
How to Apply Please Enquire
Study Area
  • - Business, Accounting and Law
Skill Area
  • - Business Services
AQF Level Level 4: Certificate IV

Entry Requirements

There are no entry requirements for this qualification however completion of Year 12 is desirable, Certificate III in Business Administration or other industry specific qualification is recommended. 

Student Outcomes, Career Opportunities and Occupations

Career possibilities may include: 

  • Administration supervisor
  • Executive personal assistant
  • Office administrator
  • Project administrator 

Course Structures

Please select a Course Structure from the options below:

Standard Course Structure


To successfully complete this course, students must complete 10 units, consisting of:

5 units from Group A and 5 units from Group B or Other Electives.

Elective Units - Group A
BSBADM405 Organise meetings
BSBADM406 Organise business travel
BSBINM401 Implement workplace information system
BSBITU401 Design and develop complex text documents
BSBITU402 Develop and use complex spreadsheets
BSBITU404 Produce complex desktop published documents
BSBWRT401 Write complex documents
Elective Units - Group B
BSBADM407 Administer projects
BSBADM409 Coordinate business resources
BSBCUS402 Address customer needs
BSBMGT401 Show leadership in the workplace
BSBMKG413 Promote products and services
BSBMKG414 Undertake marketing activities
BSBREL401 Establish networks
BSBRSK401 Identify risk and apply risk management processes
BSBWHS401 Implement and monitor WHS policies, procedures and programs to meet legislative requirements
Other Electives
BSBWOR404 Develop work priorities
2018 Study Sequence
Online - enrol into one unit at a time as per the following order:
  1. BSBWOR404
  2. BSBADM405
  3. BSBADM406
  4. BSBITU401
  5. BSBITU402
  6. BSBWRT401
  7. BSBADM407
  8. BSBADM409
  9. BSBCUS402
  10. BSBREL401
2017 Study Sequence

It is recommended that students study in the following sequence

  1. BSBWOR404
  2. BSBADM405
  3. BSBADM406
  4. BSBITU401
  5. BSBWRT401
  6. BSBITU402
  7. BSBADM409
  8. BSBCUS402
  9. BSBMGT401
  10. BSBREL401

The units from Other Electives can be selected in lieu of recommended units - this can be discussed further with the teacher.

Course Assessment Information

Assessment Types
Written/Electronic Assessment
Third Party Verification

Course Availabilities

Distance Education

Enrolments are taken throughout the year on a continuous basis.

Duration and dates
12 - 18 months

Ten (10) units must be successfully completed - Five (5) are to be selected from Group A and the remaining units to be selected from Group B or other electives.


Distance students require strong self motivation and must have 4-6 hours per week available for study for each unit. This course is self paced so students must have sound literacy, numeracy skills and technology skills to read and follow textbooks and online course material. This course is delivered by distance education so students must have access to a computer and the internet. Students are allocated 10 weeks from enrolment to complete each unit.

2018 Unit Availabilities

Unit availabilities have not yet been finalised for this course.

Please check this page regularly for updates.

Related Courses

Course code Course name Short Course
BSB50215 Diploma of Business No

Is what I already know taken into account?

Yes. Your history of study, skills and experience does matter. Consideration is given to your prior life and work experiences as well as formal and informal training. This may be applied using the national standard for Mutual Recognition or through Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL). Documentary evidence will be requested.

Resources Requirements

The following textbooks are required:

  • The Business Communication Handbook (10th Ed), Judith Dwyer,  2016, Cengage, ISBN 978-0170354172
  • Management theory and practice (6th ed), Kris Cole,  2015,  Cengage, ISBN 978-0170354059

Textbooks can be purchased as hard copy or electronic versions.

What else might I find useful?

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