Level 4

Study business accounting support

Interested in numbers? Kick-start your career in accounting support services. Graduate ready to find a job in business and accounting support, such as an accounts or payroll officer.

Programme highlights

Interested in numbers? Kick-start your career in accounting support services.

Whether you are starting out in the business world or looking to build your skills, study accounting support services and get the core skills in accounting that can lead to well-paid job opportunities.

Study in class or online. You will learn how to produce the financial information needed for tax returns and payroll, as well as a combination of technical and people skills.

You will also develop communication skills that will help you work well in a team and with clients.

Graduate ready to find a job in business and accounting support, such as an accounts officer or payroll officer.

    Entry requirements

    Entry requirements


    Open entry for domestic students

    There are no academic requirements that need to be met to enter this programme.

    International students: English language entry requirements

    For the minimum English language requirements refer to the requirements set out in the NZQF Programme and Accreditation Rules https://www.nzqa.govt.nz/providers-partners/qa-system-for-teos/english-international-students/

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    Programme structure

    Programme structure

    You will need to complete the below four courses (50 credits):

    311.426 Payroll (15 credits)

    Prepare payroll for a business entity.

    311.427 Business tax returns (15 credits)

    Calculate tax and prepare tax returns.

    311.432 Accounting principles (10 credits)

    Apply elements of accounting within the accounting cycle when producing financial information.

    311.433 Computerised accounting (10 credits)

    Produce financial information and manage accounts payable and receivable.

    Do you want to study a single course, without enrolling into the full programme?

    Courses within some of our programmes may be offered as an individual Certificate of Proficiency (COP). Programme entry requirements and course fees apply. For more information, please speak to our friendly Ask Me! team.

    Careers and pathways

    Future pathways

    The New Zealand Certificate in Business (Accounting Support Services) (Level 4) can lead on to study:

    Career opportunities

    Graduates of this qualification will have the skills and knowledge to be employed in a variety of business entities in accounting support roles including:

    • Accounts officer
    • Payroll officer
    • Sole-charge administrator
    • Accounts payable/receivable
    • Credit controller or accounts assistant.

    Graduates will also be able to contribute to community groups in volunteer accounting functions. For potential salaries visit careers.govt.nz.

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    Free study for the first year of your Level 3 or above qualification may be available under the government’s fees-free study scheme. Visit feesfree.govt.nz for eligibility criteria and more information. Students must be eligible to study as a domestic student. All free study is subject to funding confirmation. Proof of residency status required. Entry criteria, and some costs, may also apply. Eligibility for student allowances or student loans may vary. Contact StudyLink for more information.

    Information is correct as at 6 September 2023. Programme fees are based on a full-time student and may vary depending on your final selection of courses that make up your programme. To provide you with an indication of costs, the approximate fees quoted in this publication are based on the indicative 2023 fee structure. The indicative programme fees for 2023 do not include the Compulsory Student Services Fee (CSSF). The CSSF is an additional levy to your 2023 programme or course fees. Further information about the CSSF can be found here www.manukau.ac.nz/cssf. Programmes stated as eligible for free study in 2023 are based on the 2022 fee structure and subject to funding confirmation for 2023. All fees are in New Zealand Dollars. You will be advised of the current fees at the time of enrolment. All courses and programmes will proceed subject to numbers and academic approval. Manukau Institute of Technology is part of Te Pūkenga – New Zealand Institute of Skills and Technology. Te Pukenga is accredited under the provisions of the Education and Training Act 2020. International students must study in class and will not be able to enrol for online study options.