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Certificate IV in Business

Qualification Overview

General Information

Name of RTO Vocational Skills Australia(VSA)
RTO Code 45121
CRICOS Codes 03818M
Training Package BSB – Business Services Training Package
Version (Release of Training Package) 3.0 – Released 27 September 2018
Qualification Title Certificate IV in Business
Qualification Code BSB40215
Delivery Period 12 Months (One year)
Contact Person Amir Salim
Contact Details 0413 106 113
Authorized By Amir Salim (Managing Director)

Qualification Description

This qualification is suited to those working as administrators and project officers. In this role, individuals use well developed skills and a broad knowledge base to apply solutions to a defined range of unpredictable problems and analyse information from a variety of sources. They may provide leadership and guidance to others with some limited responsibility for the output of others.

Packaging Rules

The BSB40215 Certificate IV in Business comprises of ten (10) units, including (1) core unit plus nine (9) elective units. The elective units consist of:

  • 5 elective units must be selected from the elective units listed in the qualification
  • 4 elective units may be selected from the elective units listed in the qualification, or any currently endorsed Training Package or accredited course at the same qualification level
  • If not listed in the qualification units listed, 1 unit may be selected from either a Certificate III or Diploma qualification.

Elective units must be relevant to the work environment and the qualification, maintain the integrity of Australian Qualification Framework (AQF) and contribute to a valid, industry supported vocational outcome.

The elective units contained within this Training and Assessment Strategy have been selected through industry consultation as being most appropriate for international students and industry.

Student Cohort

The target cohort for this qualification are international students who want to gain a business qualification as a pathway for further learning. This qualification will assist students to gain knowledge and skills required for administrative and project officer roles.

Our student cohort will be the recent graduates from high school and have competed 12 years of formal school study.

Mode of Delivery

All students must attend 20 hours per week face-to-face supervised training, which include Workshops / Lectures, Tutorials for activities and Project Tutorials;

Training Type (face-to-face) Session per week Hours per session Hours per week
Workshop / Lectures 2 8 16
Tutorials for learning activities - workbook 1 4 4
Total 3   20

All student attend a compulsory one-day orientation prior to commencement of the course.

Course Structure & Delivery

Training Outline with Delivery Method

Total number of units required for the qualification will be ten (10) including one (1) core units plus nine (9) elective units. The units that VSA will be delivering and assessing are provided below:

Amount of Training and Volume of Learning

Volume of Learning - Type Weeks No. of sessions Hours per session Total Contact Hours
Supervised Training (Face-to-Face)
Workshop / Lectures 38 76 8 608
Tutorials for learning activities - workbook 38 38 4 152
Total Contact Hours (38 weeks @ 20 hours per week) - A 760
Total Assessment Hours 10 units @ 20 hours - B 200
Pre-reading and Self- Learning / Activities (4 hour for 52 weeks) – C 208


There will be individual assessments for each unit of competency.

All students must satisfactorily all assessments to reach competency and receive a full qualification certificate. Where only individual units are successfully completed, a Statement of Attainment will be issued for the units of competencies completed.

Course Schedule

It is noted that Vocational Skills Australia operates a system of rolling enrolments, this means that students may commence at the beginning of any unit. Therefore depending on when the students enrol, you may have up to 14 weeks holiday.

January to December Course No. of Weeks
Term 1 Study Period 10
Break / Holidays 3
Term 2 Study Period 9
Break / Holidays 4
Term 3 Study Period 9
Break / Holidays 4
Term 4 Study Period 10
Break / Holidays 3
Delivery Weeks 38
Holidays 14
Total Weeks 52
July to June Course No. of Weeks
Term 1 Study Period 9
Break / Holidays 4
Term 2 Study Period 10
Break / Holidays 3
Term 3 Study Period 10
Break / Holidays 3
Term 4 Study Period 9
Break / Holidays 4
Delivery Weeks 38
Holidays 14
Total Weeks 52

Regulatory or Licensing Authority

There is no direct link between this qualification and licensing, legislative and/or regulatory requirements. However, where required, a unit of competency will specify relevant licensing, legislative and/or regulatory requirements that impact on the unit.

Qualification and Statement of Attainment

Student/s will be required to achieve competency in Ten (10) units of competency (UOC) to successfully achieve qualification of BSB40215 Certificate IV in Business. A completion that is less than ten (10) successful UOC will result in the issuance of a Statement of Attainment.

Fees for the Qualification

The total fee for the qualification includes:

  • Enrolment fee: $250 (non-refundable)
  • Tuition fees: $9,750 (this includes all course materials)

Vocational Skills Australia does not require international students to pay more than 50% of course fees prior to course commencement. However, Vocation Education Training Australia provides students with the opportunity to pay more than 50% of their tuition fees prior to course commencement if they wish. Generally fees are payable in equal instalments and the dates and amounts are included in the Course Acceptance Agreement.

Non-tuiton fee/additional charges may apply and include:

National Recognition (Credit Transfer) No charge / Nil
Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL):
  • Application Fee; and
  • Assessment Fee per unit of competency
Reassessment (per Unit of Competency assessment) $200.00, applicable if “Not Satisfactory” Outcome after two consecutive attempts
Reprint of Statement of Attainment $50.00
Reprint of Testamur $50.00
Photocopying No charge / Nil
Printing: Black and White. No charge/ Nil
Reissue of Student Card $50.00
Issue of Letter for Immigration $25.00
Interim Record of Results $25.00
Cancellation Fees $250.00
Bank dishonour fee $100.00
Debt collection $500.00

Entry Requirements

Entry requirements include:

  • Students must be aged 18 years or above
  • Completed Year 12 or equivalent
  • LLN test CSPA (Core Skills Profile for Adults) from ACER
  • Evidence of acceptable English language test course:
Type of Test Minimum test score
International English International English Language Testing System (IELTS) 5.5
Test of English as a Foreign Language(TOEFL) internet-based test 46
Cambridge English: Advanced (Certificate in Advanced English) 162
Pearson Test of English Academic 42
Occupational English Test taken no more than two years before the student visa application is made.  Pass
(A or B)

All students must bring laptop in all classes, workshops and orientation with MS office 2013 or newer version.

All students are informed of the entry requirements prior to commencing a course through comprehensive brochures and marketing information. VSA’s enrolment procedure ensures students meet this requirement.

Language, Literacy, and Numeracy

Students will complete an LLN assessment Core Skills Profile for Adults (CSPA) using the ACER test as part of the enrolment process. This ensures that the course is at an appropriate level for students and educational support is provided. The following levels provide a guidance of acceptable levels to ensure that the course is at an appropriate level for the student:

If the above review determines the applicant score are less than the desired levels, VSA staff will discuss further options with the applicant for LLN requirements.

Pathways into the qualification

Students may choose to complete BSB30115 Certificate III in Business or other relevant qualification/s prior to commencing BSB40215 Certificate IV in Business.

Pathways from Qualification

After successful completion of BSB40215 Certificate IV in Business, candidate may consider undertaking

  • BSB50215 Diploma of Business
  • BSB50415 Diploma of Business Administration

The candidate may also undertake any other qualification of Diploma level in the Business Services Training Package.

Suggested Job Roles

Graduates at this level will have theoretical and practical knowledge and skills for specialized and/or skilled work and/or further learning. Example job roles include Administrator and Project Officer.

Recognition of Prior Learning

Students are able to have their competency from prior learning and work experience recognised in this qualification through the following arrangements:

If a student has previously completed training or has course-related skills and experience, he or she may be eligible for RPL.

VSA will provide RPL guides and documentation to Students that explains the entire process. RPL is the acknowledgement of skills and knowledge obtained through formal or informal training, Work and life experiences.

Applications for RPL will be assessed on an individual basis. Each applicant will need to provide the necessary evidence documentation to demonstrate their competency in accordance with the competency requirement of the relevant qualification for which they are applying for RPL.

Documentation of prior learning is the most common form of evidence. Forms of RPL evidence may include: observations, third party reports, self-assessment reviews, verbal questioning, phone interviews and real work samples such as business documents, spreadsheets, financial documents, meeting documents, presentations that the candidate has prepared.

It is up to the student to compile the evidence, in consultation with a trainer once they have enrolled.

All evidence documents will be assessed against the following rules of evidence:

  • Validity
  • Authenticity
  • Currency
  • Sufficiency

Students are provided with communication about RPL process through the student handbook and enrolment process. RPL and course credit may reduce the duration of a student’s enrolment. RPL applications must be assessed as early as possible.

Credit Transfer

Students may also apply for a credit transfer upon enrolment and this may reduce their course duration, refer VSA recognition of prior learning and credit transfer policy and procedure.

Facilities and Equipment Required

Students will have access to adequate training facilities such as the following:

  • Classrooms that are spacious, well-lit with air-conditioning for temperature control;
  • Easy student access to bathroom facilities, parking, meal and drink facilities and transport;
  • Classroom layout that facilitates student learning (display systems, data projectors);
  • Wi-Fi connection with at least ADSL speed;
  • Simulated workplace equipment such as tables and chairs, meeting rooms, telephones, computers and associated software, printers and scanners.
  • The use of BYOD is acceptable within premises.
  • Tea & Coffee facilities

All students must bring laptop in all classes, workshops and orientation with MS office 2013 or newer version.

Course location

Our campus is located at Innovation House 50 Mawson Lakes Boulevard, Mawson Lakes SA 5095. Students have access to printer and wi-fi connection.

During orientation, students have a structured visit to the Mawson Lakes library to become familiar with its borrowing services and to get a library card. Mawson Lakes Library is a short walk from the college located at 208 Main Street, Mawson Lakes.

Learning Resources

The following Learning resources will be available at no cost to students to ensure students are able to obtain and absorb the required skills and knowledge required prior to assessment:

  • Learning Resources from Australian Training Products
  • Supplementary resources including articles / web references / workplace policies, procedures and sample documents (material provided as handout / link / reference)
  • Reference books such as Leadership and Management: Theory and practice 7th edition by Kris Cole
  • PowerPoint handouts

About Us

Education Investors Pty Ltd Trading as Vocational Skills Australia

ABN: 24 611 927 792
RTO Code: 45121
CRICOS Code: 03818M

Contact Us

  • Innovation House 50 Mawson Lakes Boulevard Mawson Lakes South Australia 5095 Australia
  • 0061 413 106 113
  • info@vsa.sa.edu.au

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