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Course Description

Set yourself up for career success with advanced business administration skills and the professional qualification you need to stand out from the pack.

This online business administration course will build out your current administration skillset, and will give you a more advanced understanding of the business world.

Please note that on 18th of October 2020, this course was superseded and replaced by BSB40120 Certificate IV in Business. You can still enrol, however at the moment, the new course is not yet available. Open Colleges will communicate with you in due course once the new course is available.

What you'll learn

You will gain a broad foundation across core business and administrative functions, including: operations management, project management, information systems, complex business documentation and financial reporting.

You will learn to be highly adaptable to changes in business systems, office procedures and technology.

Why study this course?

  • This business administration course will build on your existing knowledge, to give you a broad, advanced understanding across numerous core business and administration functions.

  • You will graduate with a nationally recognised qualification that can open the doors to a range of business administration roles, including: Executive Personal Assistant, Office Administrator, Office Manager, Accounts Supervisor, Project Assistant, Project and Program Administrator.

  • Students will receive a free 12-month student membership to the Australian Institute of Office Professionals (AIOP), the peak industry association for office professionals, giving you access to networking events, professional development opportunities and seminars. 

  • Fit study around your work and home life. With Open Colleges, you access your course content through OpenSpace, your online campus. Study whenever and wherever you like, and make your way through the course at a pace that suits you.

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

Potential career outcomes

  • Accounts Supervisor
  • Executive Personal Assistant
  • Office Administrator
  • Office Manager
  • Project and Program Administrator in a Business Administration role
  • Project Assistant

Course Details

Course number E1063
Qualification name BSB40515 Certificate IV in Business Administration
Course duration Maximum 18 months
Delivery Method Online
Recognition Nationally Recognised Nationally Recognised Training
Assessments Case studies, Knowledge tests, Portfolio of evidence, Projects, Video/Audio recording
Awarded by
  • Open Colleges Pty Ltd (Provider number: 90796)

Requirements

Education

There are no formal education entry requirements for this course.

Minimum age

You will need to be at least 18 years old.

English

This course requires you to read comprehensive learner workbooks, undertake a range of written assessments and engage in online discussion forums. Furthermore, the delivery mode relies on the extensive use of written communication.
As such, entry to the course requires English proficiency to Year 11 level or equivalent:

  • A qualification at the Certificate III level or higher; or
  • 2 years of work 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. See the Language, Literacy and Numeracy Considerations section for more information on tools, resources and support services provided to by Open Colleges.

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.
  • Compressing image files.
  • Connecting digital cameras and downloading and storing images.

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.

Subjects

Once you are enrolled in this course, you will receive access to the first Module, which contains the first set of units for the course. When you have successfully completed those units, you'll be given access to the next Module.

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

  • Organise business itinerary for domestic and overseas travel
  • Make travel arrangements
  • Arrange credit facilities
  • Make meeting arrangements
  • Prepare and distribute documentation for meetings
  • Record and produce minutes of meeting

Module 2

  • Plan project administration
  • Coordinate project administration
  • Finalise and review project administration

Module 3

  • Determine resource requirements
  • Acquire and allocate resources
  • Monitor and report on resource allocation and usage

Module 4

  • Investigate current practices in relation to resource usage
  • Set targets for improvements
  • Implement performance improvement strategies
  • Monitor performance

Module 5

  • Identify and source information needs
  • Collect, analyse and report information
  • Implement information systems
  • Prepare for information system changes

Module 6

  • Prepare to develop spreadsheet
  • Develop a linked spreadsheet solution
  • Automate and standardise spreadsheet operation
  • Use spreadsheets
  • Represent numerical data in graphic form

Module 7

  • Plan documents
  • Draft text
  • Prepare final text
  • Produce document

Module 8

  • Compile and analyse financial data
  • Prepare reports
  • Provide financial business recommendations
  • Maintain asset register
  • Record general journal entries for balance day adjustments
  • Prepare final general ledger accounts
  • Prepare end of period financial reports

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.

zipMoney Payment Plan

If you need a little more flexibility with your finances and would like to pay off your course fees over a longer period of time, we can assist by organising zipMoney to pay your course fees directly to us on your behalf, and you pay this loan back to zipMoney over an agreed period of time. zipMoney provides you flexible options of selecting a 24, 36 or 48 months interest-free, payment plan (dependant on which course you’re enrolling into) to suit your lifestyle, giving you more flexibility than ever before.

BPAY®

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.

Trainers

Holly Radford

Holly is an enthusiastic and dedicated professional with close to 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 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.

Peter McClatchey

Peter McClatchey has spent 23 years as a chartered accountant for PricewaterhouseCoopers. He has specialised in the financial services industry, providing accounting, audit and consulting services to a wide variety of industry leading superannuation, funds management and insurance clients. He has also been heavily involved in the development and delivery of accounting and audit training programs for all levels of staff. He has lived and worked in a variety of countries, including Australia, Singapore, Hong Kong, India and Fiji, providing accounting and audit services.

Rosalie Pellew

Rosalie Pellew has over 30 years' experience in customer engagement; workplace training and assessment; facilitating adult education; leading and coaching customer contact teams; and supporting on-line learning students.

Rosalie’s experience spans various industries from retail and telecommunications to food production. Rosalie has been in Vocational Education and Training (VET) sector for over 14 years.

Pursuing her passion for adult education, Rosalie refocused into student services to assist students through their learning journey and beyond to training and assessing. She holds a Certificate IV in Training & Assessment, Diplomas in Teaching, Adult Education, Business Administration, Business and Leadership & Management.

Suellen Freeman

Suellen has a broad range of experience in both auditing and accounting, including managing her own business and co-authoring two accounting text books in introductory accounting and financial accounting.

Suellen has been in education for over 30 years, working with students nationally and internationally. Currently, she is self-employed as Treasurer of her Body Corporate and is actively involved in the accounting process of her building management. 

Tanya Galey

Tanya has many years of experience working in the Airline Industry through her role at World Aviation Systems who represent various airlines here in Sydney (Air Tahiti Nui and Hawaiian Airlines to name a few).  She has extensive knowledge of Sales, marketing, reservations and the general business operations of an Airline. Through her role at World Aviation she travelled extensively and gained knowledge on various destinations first hand. Tanya has been teaching Certificate III and Diploma of Tourism for the past 10 years to pass on her passion/knowledge for the Tourism Industry to her students. Recently Tanya has received her Certificate IV in Business Administration to supplement her current role as Operations Manager of a financial planning firm. While still consulting with the travel industry she has been in the financial Industry for the past 5 years developing relevant policies/procedures and complying with regulatory practices.

Tanya’s qualifications are Diploma of Tourism, Certificate IV in Tourism, Certificate III in Tourism , Certificate IV in Training & Assessment and Certificate IV in Business Administration.

Industry Connections

Membership

Students of this course will receive a membership to these organisation(s)

Students will receive a 12-month student membership to the Australian Institute of Office Professionals (AIOP). AIOP is the only national professional body for office professionals in Australia and current members include EAs, PAs, office managers, administrators and virtual assistants. AIOP membership offers students access to:

• Professional Development Opportunities and Seminars
• Networking Opportunities and Events
• An online network of like-minded professionals through various social media platforms such as LinkedIn and Facebook
• Enhancement of the profession and the ability to use post nominal's
• Webinars (quarterly)
• National Conference

SAVE 30% OFF

* Use voucher code - SEPOFF21

selected course fees when you pay upfront.

Offer ends on Sunday 26th September 2021 at 11:59pm AEST.

*Terms & conditions

Course at a Glance

Take the next step up in your career with the BSB40515 Certificate IV in Business Administration. Gain an advanced understanding of how the business world works, and learn the skills necessary to get ahead in your administration career.

Career Outcomes

  • checkAccounts Supervisor
  • checkExecutive Personal Assistant
  • checkOffice Administrator
  • checkOffice Manager
  • checkProject and Program Administrator in a Business Administration role
  • checkProject Assistant
computer

Delivery Method

Online

credit_score

Payment

Flexible payment options available

Recognition

Nationally recognised

Nationally Recognised Training

Course at a Glance

Take the next step up in your career with the BSB40515 Certificate IV in Business Administration. Gain an advanced understanding of how the business world works, and learn the skills necessary to get ahead in your administration career.

Career Outcomes

  • checkAccounts Supervisor
  • checkExecutive Personal Assistant
  • checkOffice Administrator
  • checkOffice Manager
  • checkProject and Program Administrator in a Business Administration role
  • checkProject Assistant
computer

Delivery Method

Online

credit_score

Payment

Flexible payment options available

Recognition

Nationally recognised

Nationally Recognised Training

SAVE 30% OFF

* Use voucher code - SEPOFF21

selected course fees when you pay upfront.

Offer ends on Sunday 26th September 2021 at 11:59pm AEST.

*Terms & conditions

Set yourself up for career success with advanced business administration skills and the professional qualification you need to stand out from the pack.

This online business administration course will build out your current administration skillset, and will give you a more advanced understanding of the business world.

Please note that on 18th of October 2020, this course was superseded and replaced by BSB40120 Certificate IV in Business. You can still enrol, however at the moment, the new course is not yet available. Open Colleges will communicate with you in due course once the new course is available.

What you'll learn

You will gain a broad foundation across core business and administrative functions, including: operations management, project management, information systems, complex business documentation and financial reporting.

You will learn to be highly adaptable to changes in business systems, office procedures and technology.

Why study this course?

  • This business administration course will build on your existing knowledge, to give you a broad, advanced understanding across numerous core business and administration functions.

  • You will graduate with a nationally recognised qualification that can open the doors to a range of business administration roles, including: Executive Personal Assistant, Office Administrator, Office Manager, Accounts Supervisor, Project Assistant, Project and Program Administrator.

  • Students will receive a free 12-month student membership to the Australian Institute of Office Professionals (AIOP), the peak industry association for office professionals, giving you access to networking events, professional development opportunities and seminars. 

  • Fit study around your work and home life. With Open Colleges, you access your course content through OpenSpace, your online campus. Study whenever and wherever you like, and make your way through the course at a pace that suits you.

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

Potential career outcomes

  • Accounts Supervisor
  • Executive Personal Assistant
  • Office Administrator
  • Office Manager
  • Project and Program Administrator in a Business Administration role
  • Project Assistant
Course number E1063
Qualification name BSB40515 Certificate IV in Business Administration
Course duration Maximum 18 months
Delivery Method Online
Recognition Nationally Recognised Nationally Recognised Training
Assessments Case studies, Knowledge tests, Portfolio of evidence, Projects, Video/Audio recording
Awarded by
  • Open Colleges Pty Ltd (Provider number: 90796)

Education

There are no formal education entry requirements for this course.

Minimum age

You will need to be at least 18 years old.

English

This course requires you to read comprehensive learner workbooks, undertake a range of written assessments and engage in online discussion forums. Furthermore, the delivery mode relies on the extensive use of written communication.
As such, entry to the course requires English proficiency to Year 11 level or equivalent:

  • A qualification at the Certificate III level or higher; or
  • 2 years of work 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. See the Language, Literacy and Numeracy Considerations section for more information on tools, resources and support services provided to by Open Colleges.

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.
  • Compressing image files.
  • Connecting digital cameras and downloading and storing images.

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.

Once you are enrolled in this course, you will receive access to the first Module, which contains the first set of units for the course. When you have successfully completed those units, you'll be given access to the next Module.

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

  • Organise business itinerary for domestic and overseas travel
  • Make travel arrangements
  • Arrange credit facilities
  • Make meeting arrangements
  • Prepare and distribute documentation for meetings
  • Record and produce minutes of meeting

Module 2

  • Plan project administration
  • Coordinate project administration
  • Finalise and review project administration

Module 3

  • Determine resource requirements
  • Acquire and allocate resources
  • Monitor and report on resource allocation and usage

Module 4

  • Investigate current practices in relation to resource usage
  • Set targets for improvements
  • Implement performance improvement strategies
  • Monitor performance

Module 5

  • Identify and source information needs
  • Collect, analyse and report information
  • Implement information systems
  • Prepare for information system changes

Module 6

  • Prepare to develop spreadsheet
  • Develop a linked spreadsheet solution
  • Automate and standardise spreadsheet operation
  • Use spreadsheets
  • Represent numerical data in graphic form

Module 7

  • Plan documents
  • Draft text
  • Prepare final text
  • Produce document

Module 8

  • Compile and analyse financial data
  • Prepare reports
  • Provide financial business recommendations
  • Maintain asset register
  • Record general journal entries for balance day adjustments
  • Prepare final general ledger accounts
  • Prepare end of period financial reports

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.

zipMoney Payment Plan

If you need a little more flexibility with your finances and would like to pay off your course fees over a longer period of time, we can assist by organising zipMoney to pay your course fees directly to us on your behalf, and you pay this loan back to zipMoney over an agreed period of time. zipMoney provides you flexible options of selecting a 24, 36 or 48 months interest-free, payment plan (dependant on which course you’re enrolling into) to suit your lifestyle, giving you more flexibility than ever before.

BPAY®

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.

Holly Radford

Holly is an enthusiastic and dedicated professional with close to 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 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.

Peter McClatchey

Peter McClatchey has spent 23 years as a chartered accountant for PricewaterhouseCoopers. He has specialised in the financial services industry, providing accounting, audit and consulting services to a wide variety of industry leading superannuation, funds management and insurance clients. He has also been heavily involved in the development and delivery of accounting and audit training programs for all levels of staff. He has lived and worked in a variety of countries, including Australia, Singapore, Hong Kong, India and Fiji, providing accounting and audit services.

Rosalie Pellew

Rosalie Pellew has over 30 years' experience in customer engagement; workplace training and assessment; facilitating adult education; leading and coaching customer contact teams; and supporting on-line learning students.

Rosalie’s experience spans various industries from retail and telecommunications to food production. Rosalie has been in Vocational Education and Training (VET) sector for over 14 years.

Pursuing her passion for adult education, Rosalie refocused into student services to assist students through their learning journey and beyond to training and assessing. She holds a Certificate IV in Training & Assessment, Diplomas in Teaching, Adult Education, Business Administration, Business and Leadership & Management.

Suellen Freeman

Suellen has a broad range of experience in both auditing and accounting, including managing her own business and co-authoring two accounting text books in introductory accounting and financial accounting.

Suellen has been in education for over 30 years, working with students nationally and internationally. Currently, she is self-employed as Treasurer of her Body Corporate and is actively involved in the accounting process of her building management. 

Tanya Galey

Tanya has many years of experience working in the Airline Industry through her role at World Aviation Systems who represent various airlines here in Sydney (Air Tahiti Nui and Hawaiian Airlines to name a few).  She has extensive knowledge of Sales, marketing, reservations and the general business operations of an Airline. Through her role at World Aviation she travelled extensively and gained knowledge on various destinations first hand. Tanya has been teaching Certificate III and Diploma of Tourism for the past 10 years to pass on her passion/knowledge for the Tourism Industry to her students. Recently Tanya has received her Certificate IV in Business Administration to supplement her current role as Operations Manager of a financial planning firm. While still consulting with the travel industry she has been in the financial Industry for the past 5 years developing relevant policies/procedures and complying with regulatory practices.

Tanya’s qualifications are Diploma of Tourism, Certificate IV in Tourism, Certificate III in Tourism , Certificate IV in Training & Assessment and Certificate IV in Business Administration.

Membership

Students of this course will receive a membership to these organisation(s)

Students will receive a 12-month student membership to the Australian Institute of Office Professionals (AIOP). AIOP is the only national professional body for office professionals in Australia and current members include EAs, PAs, office managers, administrators and virtual assistants. AIOP membership offers students access to:

• Professional Development Opportunities and Seminars
• Networking Opportunities and Events
• An online network of like-minded professionals through various social media platforms such as LinkedIn and Facebook
• Enhancement of the profession and the ability to use post nominal's
• Webinars (quarterly)
• National Conference

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