Course Description

Highly practical, this course can be completed in a few short months and may be studied in parallel to beauty, wellness, fitness, design and other courses offered by Open Colleges.

With up to 53% of small business failures in Australia occurring within the first three years of start-up (source: ABS), the importance of sound management and planning cannot be overstated. Successful completion of the Statement of Attainment: Small Business Management Essentials provides students with four nationally recognised units of competency from the BSB42615 Certificate IV in New Small Business, which is part of the Business Services Training Package. These cover planning, finance, marketing, and monitoring and managing within the context of a small business operation. Students will also receive a Statement of Attainment.

Potential career outcomes

  • Small Business Manager
  • Small Business Owner
Course number E1189
Qualification name Statement of Attainment: Small Business Management Essentials
Course duration Maximum 4 months
Delivery Method Online
Recognition Nationally Recognised Nationally Recognised Training
Assessments Audio/video recording of role plays, Case studies, Portfolio of evidence, Questions, Written reports
Awarded by
  • Open Colleges (Provider number: 90796)

Education

You will need to have completed year 10, or equivalent. Equivalency can be demonstrated by one of the following:

  • A qualification at Certificate II level or higher OR
  • 2 years of industry experience in a role that requires the use of written documentation and communication.

Minimum age

You will need to be at least 18 years old.

English

This course requires you to read learner workbooks, undertake a range of written assessments and engage in online discussions. Furthermore, the delivery mode relies on the extensive use of written communication. As such, entry to the course requires the successful completion of English to Year 12 level.

If you have not successfully completed English at Year 12 level, you can demonstrate equivalency with one of the following:

  • Successful completion of a Nationally Recognised Training qualification at Certificate III level or higher; OR
  • 2 years’ relevant industry experience in a role that requires the use of written documentation and communication.

Open Colleges recognises that not all people are able to read, write and perform calculations to the same standard. To help give you an idea of the language, literacy and numeracy skills required to study this course, you can undertake the online Language, Literacy and Numeracy tool available on the Open Colleges website. This assessment tool can also help you determine your learning level and plan your future studies.

Computing

You will need access to a computer and the internet and have basic computing skills. Minimum specifications for your computer are:

All users:

  • Microsoft Office 2010 or equivalent
  • Broadband internet connection
  • 2GB of RAM
  • CD-ROM or DVD drive
  • Adobe Reader XI or equivalent
  • Adobe Flash Player 10 or higher.
  • Access to printer and associated software
  • Access to scanner and associated software
  • Digital imaging software
  • File compression software.

Windows users:

  • Microsoft Windows 7 or higher (Windows 8 recommended)
  • 1 Ghz or faster processer (2GHz recommended)

Mac OS users:

  • Mac OSX v10.5 or higher (Mac OSX v10.6 recommended)
  • 1 Ghz or faster processer (2GHz recommended)

Equipment

You will need access to a digital video recording device and/or a digital camera and associated software to save and upload video, audio and image files to OpenSpace. Many mobile phones and smart phones include this technology.

You will also need access to software to view online videos and images. Software such as Adobe Reader, Windows Media Player, Windows Photo Viewer etc are available as a download from the internet.

Some assessments include a component for you to record an audio or video. The requirements for these vary depending on the assessment. If you are unable to conduct these in the workplace and this is a requirement of the assessment, you have the option of engaging with friends, family and other students to record this via other means, such as Skype.

Skills

To successfully complete this course, you will require basic computing skills. This includes:

  • Creating, saving and editing Microsoft Office documents
  • Accessing and searching the internet
  • Downloading and saving documents from websites
  • Uploading documents through websites
  • Participating in online discussions
  • Connecting digital cameras and downloading and storing images and audio files
  • Connecting digital video devices and downloading and storing videos
  • Compressing image files.

Language, Literacy and Numeracy

Our free online assessment tool can help give you an idea of the language, literacy and numeracy skills needed to study a VET course. This tool can also help you determine your learning level and help you plan your future studies. You can access the Language, Literacy and Numeracy tool here.

Open Colleges may make changes to the course from time to time to reflect changes introduced to the relevant Training Package or other regulatory requirements. Please download the course guide for current information about the course and its status.

Module 1: Getting started

Module 2: Marketing your new small business

  • Develop marketing strategies
  • Determine a marketing mix for the business
  • Implement marketing strategies
  • Monitor and improve marketing performance

Module 3: Finance essentials for your new small business

  • Identify costs, calculate prices and prepare profit statement
  • Develop a financial plan
  • Acquire finance

Module 4: Operating and planning for success

  • Identify elements of the business plan
  • Develop a business plan
  • Develop strategies for minimising risks
  • Develop operational strategies and procedures
  • Implement operational strategies and procedures
  • Monitor business performance
  • Maintain networks
  • Review business operations

 

 

What are my payment options?

Pay in full

If you pay your course fees up-front in full, you’ll benefit from a discount. When you pay in full, we don’t have to spend extra money on administration for tasks such as payment plan processing. Instead, we get to pass this saving onto you in the form of a discount.

Payment Plan

Pay for you course in weekly or fortnightly instalments. By paying in instalments, you can schedule your payments around your regular outgoings and get ahead without breaking the bank. Open Colleges payment plans are interest-free.

ZipMoney Payment Plan

If you need a little more flexibility in your finances, and want to pay off your course fees over a longer period of time, you can switch to a zipMoney payment plan. Essentially, zipMoney pays your course fees for you, and you pay this loan back over 24, 36 or 48 months. As long as you are eligible, you can switch to a zipMoney plan at any time.


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