The complexities of running a small business should not be underestimated and the knowledge and processes involved require an array of skills. The Northern Beaches Community College offers courses that can help organise and develop small businesses and ensure they have all the structures they need in place.


You may already be running your own business or plan to do so. The courses at Northern Beaches Community College (NBCC) delve into how to start a business, develop a business plan and manage marketing, accounting and HR.

“There are so many small businesses on the Northern Beaches and they have to be across their HR responsibilities and accounting requirements. There are many areas to cover and the courses are designed to simplify these and help staff cover all the necessary areas,” explains Fran Butterworth, Executive Director at NBCC.

The courses include:

  • BSB30115 Certificate III in Business

  • BSB42618 Certificate IV in New Small Business

  • BSB41015 Certificate IV in Human Resources

  • FNS40217 Certificate IV in Accounting & Bookkeeping

They offer a mix of classroom and self-study hours and can be combined with work. The Cert III in Business teaches basic computer and bookkeeping skills that include Word, Excel and PowerPoint, using MYOB for daily transactions and payroll, as well as managing workplace information, customer service delivery and organisation, and also delves into business initiative.

The year long Certificate IV in New Small Business can guide students through setting up a business or ensure an existing business is properly structured. Held one evening a week in term time plus one full Saturday, it can be a pathway to the Diploma of Leadership and Management.

The Certificate IV in Human Resources is held in class one evening a week plus self-study over 12 months and covers the skills and knowledge to take on jobs such as human resources assistants, co-ordinators and administrators, as well as payroll officers. Further study towards a diploma level can be undertaken on successful completion of the course.

The one-year Certificate IV in Accounting & Bookkeeping is the ideal way to launch a career as a contract bookkeeper or help you manage the financial operations of a small business. This qualification is recognised by the Institute of Certified Bookkeepers and the Tax Practitioners Board and meets the educational requirements for registered BAS agents.

The skills covered include payroll, general ledger, the preparation of BAS and other financial statements through face-to-face training sessions once a week in term time, plus six Saturdays and self-study. People need some MYOB skills to enroll but the college has some funded MYOB courses available to assist students getting to the required level. 

With certain courses there is the ability to adjust electives to ensure they cover the most relevant areas of study for those taking part and small class sizes mean students are guided through the courses with on-going support from trainers.

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Mention... COVERED. when you enquire about any courses. For more info on courses and careers contact NBCC on 9970 1000 or visit www.nbcc.nsw.edu.au 

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