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Online Business Courses - Which course is best for you?

by Lisa Matlin
Posted: February 20, 2022

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               In the highly competitive world of business, upskilling is particularly important. That’s why Open Colleges has recently launched two new business courses designed to help you become your own boss or guide you up the corporate ladder. We’re pleased to announce the new Certificate III in Business (Records & Information Management) and Certificate III in Business (Customer Engagement.) 

We also offer a range of nationally recognised Business courses online. But which one is best for you? Keep reading to find out!

What to study if you want to specialise in: 

Accounting and Finance

Accounting is one of the fastest growing sectors in Australia – with rapid growth over the past five years and further growth to continue for the next five. As commercial businesses grow, there is a stronger demand for professionals with analytical and commercial expertise. At OC, we’ve partnered with reputable and established industry associations to ensure our students learn from the best minds in the financial sector.

Launch your career in accounting, or step into a more senior role with the popular and nationally recognised FNS50217 Diploma of Accounting. You’ll be guided by course Trainers and Assessors who are experts in their field and have a wealth of industry knowledge. Accounting is a stable career with strong job growth expected over the next five years. Your weekly pay estimate is an enviable $1, 660. Hit the ground running with the Diploma of Accounting!

We also offer the Accounting and Pathway Program. The Accounting Skill Set Pathway Program has been specially developed to teach you the skills and knowledge to launch a career in finance. This program incorporates the FNSSS00014 Accounting Principles Skill Set as well as the FNS50217 Diploma of Accounting.

Please note - In order to enrol in the FNS50217 Diploma of Accounting you must have already completed the FNSSS00014 Accounting Principles Skill Set.

This pathway program has been developed by industry experts to help you obtain both qualifications and give you the skills needed to launch or accelerate your career in finance. Equip yourself with an expert level of accounting knowledge as well as practical, in-demand skills that will prepare you for a career in the finance industry. You’ll also receive 24 months of free access to Reckon One accounting software, so you can practice your skills and become an expert in online accounting.


Combine accounting and bookkeeping in this qualification and become a financial all-rounder with the FNS40217 Certificate IV in Accounting and Bookkeeping. You’ll learn the skills you need to start your own business, take the next step in your accounting or bookkeeping career, or register as a Business Activity Statement (BAS) Agent.

Accounting and Bookkeeping Pathway Program This qualification ticks all the boxes. If you’ve already completed the FNS40217 Certificate IV in Accounting and Bookkeeping and are looking to launch your career in accounting and bookkeeping, this is the best place to start. Incorporating the FNS40217 Certificate IV in Accounting and Bookkeeping and FNS50217 Diploma of Accounting, you’ll learn the fundamentals of finance as well as more advanced skills to launch or accelerate your career in finance.

We also offer two skill sets: Accounting Principals and the BAS Agent Registration. For small business owners and professionals check out our Certificate in Xero: Participating in this course means that you don’t need to hire a professional to manage your accounts – you can do it all yourself. Plus – it looks great on your resume!

Business Administration

Introducing! The BSB30120 Certificate III in Business (Customer Engagement). A specialisation in customer engagement will give you an edge over the competition. Develop practical office skills and start a career as a professional clerical/administrative.

Also introducing: Excel in record and information management with the specialised course BSB30120 Certificate III in Business (Records & Information Management). Graduate with the skills needed to perform a range of routine administrative, procedural, and clerical tasks.

Gain a broad foundation across core business and administrative functions with the BSB40515 Certificate IV in Business Administration. Graduate with a nationally recognised qualification that can open the doors to a range of business administration roles.

The BSB40515 Certificate IV in Business Administration is all-rounder qualification with a core focus on financial skills and will prepare you for a variety of administration roles. Learn advanced office and financial administration skills and open career opportunities as an Accounts Supervisor, Office Manager or Executive PA across the business, finance and administration sectors.

Human Resources

Gain the skills you need to launch a successful career in HR support with the BSB41015 Certificate IV in Human Resources. Learn how to improve human resource functions and performance management within large, medium, and small organisations. Electives in this course allow you to tailor your learning experience to the HR career path you want to pursue. 

Want to step into a senior HR role? The BSB50618 Diploma of Human Resources Management will equip you with the advanced skills and industry knowledge you need to work in roles including, Change Manager, Human Resources Advisor, Human Resources Consultant, Human Resources Manager, and Talent Management Consultant.

Leadership and Business Management

Get the skills required to lead a team of people with the BSB51918 Diploma of Leadership and Management. Learn how to become a professional manager, working to inspire, motivate and get the very best out of employees, while at the same time meeting and exceeding business expectations.

Move into a management position and choose specialist electives to hone your abilities with the BSB50215 Diploma of Business. You'll future-proof your career by getting a skillset that can be used across many industries, including logistics, marketing, administration and finance.

This BSB42015 Certificate IV in Leadership and Management will teach you how to communicate with team members to build effective working relationships and get the best out of a team. Upon completion, step into a Leading Hand, Team Leader or Supervisor role.

Turn your big ideas into reality with the BSB40320 Certificate IV in Entrepreneurship and New Business. Learn foundational skills across key areas; including small business strategic planning, financial management, marketing, and operations.


Become an invaluable member of any team with the BSB42415 Certificate IV in Marketing and Communication. Potential career outcomes: Digital Marketing Assistant, Digital Marketing Coordinator, Marketing and Communications Coordinator.

Go from social media beginner to expert with the 10904NAT Diploma of Social Media Marketing. Created in consultation with a number of Forbes’ Top 50 global social media experts, you can be confident you're learning the very latest, first-class industry knowledge and expertise.

For more information on our business courses, feel free to give our friendly enrolment consultants a call. Or if you want to try before you buy – we also offer a 7-day free course trial. You can experience the first module of your chosen course and get a feel for online study at Open Colleges. No payment details required.


Lisa Matlin

Lisa Matlin is the Content and Copywriter Specialist for Open Colleges. She’s worked as a freelance writer, proofreader, and is signed to a literary agency as an author. When Lisa isn’t writing for OC, she’s probably reading, or patting other people’s dogs.

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