Get the skills, knowledge and practical experience you need to start a career in the Business sector, with Open Colleges’ BSB30120 Certificate III in Business (Records & Information Management).

Why study this course?

  • Many organisations have sophisticated records management systems, and this nationally recognised qualification will teach you the essential aspects of such systems, including how to control, maintain and retrieve records.
  • You’ll also gain a strong set of practical office skills around communication, teamwork, and critical thinking, which are valued by employers and that you can put to work immediately in a large variety of roles and businesses.
  • Studying with Open Colleges is fully flexible. You don’t have to give up your job or sacrifice your lifestyle to study. You simply login to the online campus to access all your learning materials, whenever and wherever you like, and make your way through the course at a pace that suits you. 
  • You will be supported through your studies by a team of experienced Trainers and Assessors, who are there to answer any questions you have and provide feedback on your progress.
Course number E1409
Course name BSB30120 Certificate III in Business (Records & Information Management)
Course duration Self paced - maximum of 12 months
Recommended hours per week 18.0
Course level Certificate III
Delivery method Online (via OpenSpaceX)
Assessments Multiple choice questions, Projects, Role plays, Video, Written assessments
Awarded by Open Colleges Pty Ltd (Provider number: 90796)

About the course

The industry

The business industry is one of Australia's largest service industries. Job growth is strong across the sector with 309,800 people employed as a General Clerk in 2020. Approximately 80,000 people are employed in information/ records focused roles in 2020, with stable to strong future growth predicted for the sector.

Source: Australian Government Job Outlook (

Who this course is for

This course is suited to people who have no experience and are looking to launch their career in records and information management. The Certificate III in Business (Records and Information Management) is also a good option if you are already working in business and want to advance into a specialised area or improve your skills to boost your job performance and prospects.

If you are an existing worker or have experience in the related industry, please inform our enrolment consultants during your enrolment conversation. You may be eligible to enrol as an existing worker and complete your studies faster. Please note - limitations do apply.

Potential career outcomes

  • Administration Officer
  • Assistant Registry Officer
  • Human Resources Administrator
  • Information Officer
  • Records Assistant

What you'll learn

During the course, you will learn how to:

  • Organise workplace information
  • Control and maintain records
  • Retrieve information from records
  • Assist with WHS
  • Participate in sustainable work practices
  • Communicate in the workplace
  • Apply critical thinking
  • Support personal wellbeing at work
  • Use business software
  • Design and produce business documents

Learning materials

Your learning materials are access through our online platform OpenSpaceX. These learning materials include

  • Learning content 
  • Media
  • Additional resources 
  • Self-checks

Course trainers

Holly Radford

Holly is an enthusiastic and dedicated professional with over 20 years experience in business administration, account management, marketing and print. She has also been working within the education and training industry since 2013, in both a face-to-face and online capacity and is passionate about the power of education. Holly runs a small online business and holds a position on the Australian Institute of Office Professionals (AIOP) WA Division Committee.

Holly holds a Bachelor of Commerce, Diploma of Business Administration, Diploma of Business, Diploma of Marketing Communication, Diploma of Social Media Marketing, Certificate IV in Training & Assessment and a Certificate III in Printing & Graphic Arts.


Academic information

Module 1

  • Assist with incorporating WHS policies and procedures into work team processes
  • Contribute to consultative arrangements for managing WHS
  • Contribute to organisational procedures for providing WHS training
  • Participate in identifying hazards, and assessing and controlling risks for the work area

Module 2

  • Measure sustainable work practices
  • Support sustainable work practices
  • Seek opportunities to improve sustainable work practices

Module 3

  • Establish practices that support individual differences in the workplace
  • Work effectively with individual differences
  • Assess use of inclusive practices

Module 4

  • Plan workplace communication
  • Undertake routine communication
  • Participate in workplace communication

Module 5

  • Prepare to address workplace problem
  • Evaluate solutions for workplace problem
  • Finalise and review solution development process

Module 6

  • Recognise factors that impact personal wellbeing
  • Plan communication with supervisor
  • Communicate with supervisor
  • Investigate available wellbeing resources

Module 7

  • Organise and complete own work schedule
  • Evaluate own work performance
  • Coordinate personal skill development and learning

Module 8

  • Select and prepare resources
  • Design document
  • Produce document
  • Finalise document

Module 9

  • Select and prepare resources
  • Plan spreadsheet design
  • Create spreadsheet
  • Produce charts
  • Finalise and present spreadsheets

Module 10

  • Receive, acquire and assess information.
  • Organise information
  • Review information needs

Module 11

  • Identify records for capture
  • Classify records
  • Register records
  • Track records
  • Audit records

Module 12

  • Locate and retrieve records required
  • Ensure security of records
  • Provide required information or records

Module 13

  • Collate business records
  • Update business or records system
  • Prepare and distribute reports from the business or records system

Assessment details

  • Multiple choice questions
  • Projects
  • Role plays
  • Video
  • Written assessments

Recognition of Prior Learning

We understand that you may already have many skills and areas of expertise that you have obtained in different ways and these are recognised through our Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) process.

Our Credit Transfer & Recognition of Prior Learning Policy, available in the Key Student Information section of our website, provides more information about our RPL process. Alternatively, you can contact an Enrolment Consultant to discuss your RPL options. 

Course duration

The duration for the course is self paced - maximum of 12 months. As a self-paced online course, the time it will take you to complete is flexible and dependent on ability and time available.


Entry Requirements

There are no mandated education entry requirements for this qualification, per the BSB Business Services Training Package.


Mandatory Entry Requirements

Access to a modern computer with high-speed internet

Access to Microsoft office or equivalent

Access to a device with audio & video capabilities

Access to people to participate in role plays & assessments


Recommended Local Entry Requirements

  • Are 18 years old (note - students under 18 will need permission from a parent or guardian to enrol)
  • Have language, literacy and numeracy skills that ensure the ability to read and comprehend technical terms and communicate effectively through email. These skills are equivalent to those that would be required to successfully complete Year 10 or ACSF Level 2.
  • Basic computing skills

Minimum age

You will need to be at least 18 years old.

Equipment and tools

This course includes a requirement to record video and/ or audio roleplays.  These will require participation by 1-3 other people sourced by you.

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.

Payment options

Pay in Full

You can choose to pay your course fees in full upon enrolment and benefit from a 10% discount (unless otherwise advertised).

Pay 50% & Payment Plan Combo

You can also choose to pay 50% of your total course fees upon enrolment and the balance on a Payment Plan.  When you do, you’ll benefit from 50% of the standard Pay in Full discount (unless otherwise advertised).

Payment Plan

You can choose to pay for your 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.


With BPAY®, you’re able to pay quickly and securely, 24/7 through your internet, mobile or phone banking service. You can choose when, how much and from which account to pay from - whatever works for you. BPAY® is only available when paying in full. Call an Enrolment Consultant to find out more. 

BPAY® is a trademark of BPAY Pty Ltd ABN 69 079 137 518. Check if BPAY® is right for you by reading the terms and conditions available from your Financial Institution.

Studying online with Open Colleges

Flexibility - study at your own pace

When you study online with Open Colleges you’re in control.

You can choose to complete your course quickly, or keep to a steady pace. Learning is fully flexible so you can fit your everyday commitments around your studies.

Everything you need to study is online so you can study wherever you like – but that doesn’t mean you’re on your own.

OpenSpaceX is our online learning platform. It’s where you’ll go to access your learning materials, contact your expert trainers and assessors and upload your assessments.

Your online community

What is OpenSpaceX?

Open Colleges offers you a custom-designed online-learning platform called OpenSpaceX.

Your learning platform is the heart of your study experience. This is where you'll navigate through your course materials, contact your trainers and assessors, and connect with other online students.

How to get support

Learning Support

The learning support team will be with you every step of the way, from enrolment to graduation. They’re here to help you get the most out of your online course. They can assist by providing non-academic support - like helping you craft an achievable study plan so that you can graduate in a realistic timeframe. If you’re finding it tough to stay motivated throughout your course, they’ll be there to help keep you on track.

Academic support

Your experienced trainers are available to answer any questions you may have regarding the learning materials or assessments.

Your education manager can also provide you with advice and support regarding the overall course.

Student support

The Student Support team is your one-stop service centre for all student administrative issues – including enrolment, change of contact details, OpenSpaceX support, assessment results and certification.

You can access the Student Support team by email or phone

Work Placement Support

If your course contains work placement, the work placement support team can provide you with support, advice, and resources if you encounter difficulties in securing a workplace for your work placement.

You can access the work placement support team via your trainer and assessor or the student support team.

About Open Colleges

Our history and heritage

Open Colleges has been delivering quality education for over 125 years. During this time, we have honed our unique learning model to become one of Australia’s leaders in online learning.

We’ve achieved this by continuously evolving our approach to meet the needs of our learners by offering flexible, accessible, affordable and supportive courses.

We have helped over 450,000 people in the last decade alone gain the skills to launch, change or take the next step in their careers.

All of us at Open Colleges put the student at the centre of everything we do, whether that’s helping you find the right course, designing a new course, making improvements to our online campus or giving the support you need to reach your goals.

Commitment to quality

With Open Colleges you can:

  • Study nationally recognised qualifications
  • Choose from a wide variety online courses
  • Fit study around your family or work commitments
  • Enrol 365 days of the year
  • Find a payment option that works for you
  • Get academic and student support – online or over the phone
  • Join a community of thousands of like-minded students

Get in touch

Still got a question?

Call an Education Advisor on 1300 161 345 for more details about this course and the enrolment process.

It’s our priority to ensure you enrol in the right course so an Education Advisor will be in touch shortly to discuss your specific goals and what you want to achieve through studying online. They’ll clearly explain the course options that would suit you best and why they would work for you and talk you through how online learning with Open Colleges works.