Business Management Courses - Small Business Owners - Protea College
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Certificate IV in Small Business Management – BSB42518


This course consists of 10 units:

Core Units

  • BSBSMB404 Undertake small business planning
  • BSBSMB421 Manage small business finances
  • BSBSMB423 Create a digital technology plan for small business
  • BSBSMB415 Refine and strengthen a small business

Elective Units

  • BSBSUS401 Implement and monitor environmentally sustainable work practices
  • BSBSMB403 Market the small business OR BSBCUS402 Address customer needs
  • BSBLED401 Develop teams and individuals
  • BSBWRT301 Write simple documents OR BSBITU3015 Conduct online transactions
  • BSBCMM401 Make a presentation
  • BSBLDR401 Communicate effectively as a workplace leader
Course Description / Overview

The Certificate IV in Small Business Management teaches the skills needed to manage your own small business or a small department or team within a larger business. You’ll learn how to develop small business plans, including financial plans, as well as how to effectively lead, monitor and manage a small team.

Career Opportunities
  • Small Business Owner
  • Small Business Manager
  • Department Manager
  • Team Leader
Pathways into the qualification
Candidates may enter the qualification through a number of entry points including:

·         BSB30415 Certificate III in Business Administration, OR

·         with vocational experience in a range of work environments in senior support roles but without a qualification.


Please also refer to the Entry Requirements below.

Pathways from the qualification

After achieving this qualification candidates may choose to undertake  or a range of other qualifications.

Entry Requirements
  • 18+years of age
  • Language, Literacy and Numeracy (LLN) skills equivalent to at least Year 12
Qualification and Recognition

Students who successfully complete this qualification will be awarded the nationally recognised BSB42518 Certificate IV in Small Business Management.

No licensing, legislative or certification requirements apply to this qualification at the time of publication.

What you'll learn
  • Planning for small businesses: risk and legal requirements, general business planning, financial plans and digital action plans
  • Networking and building client relationships
  • Marketing for small businesses
  • Managing time, staff and business operations
Study Mode, Course Duration and Delivery

Face to Face Delivery Location     CBD  ; L1, 344 Queen St Brisbane QLD 4000

Number of study weeks : 20

Holiday weeks : 8 weeks

Total Course Duration : 28 weeks

Class timetable: Classes may be held between 8:30am-9pm, Monday- Saturday (excluding public holidays).  Students are advised of their class timetables during orientation.

This course can also be studied online over up to 52 weeks.

Support Services

Please refer to the International Student Handbook

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)/ Credit Transfer

Students can apply for RPL/ Credit transfer based on prior work experience and/or education/training.  Please note that the course duration may be reduced if RPL/ Credits are granted and the ‘Confirmation of Enrolment’ will be adjusted accordingly.

Teaching/Learning Resources

Students will have access to the following course materials:

  1. Study Guides
  2. Assessment packs
  3. Power-point presentations
  4. Online course content
  5. Computers
  6. Internet access
  7. Links to external resources
  8. Overhead projectors
  9. Library resources
Assessment Methods

Assessments/ Evidence-gathering techniques may include:

  1. Role Play / Video recordings/ Presentation / Discussion Forums
  2. Oral – Questioning
  3. Case study
  4. Written assessments/Report/Essay/Research/Group Project


Students may be required to submit video presentations. They may also be required to participate in an oral interview at their course end of the course.

Term Calendar

Please refer to the College Term Calendar


Please refer to the College Fee Schedule.

Funding via the Queensland Government’s Higher Level Skills program is available to eligible students. Please see the ‘Funding and Support‘ page for more details.

NOTE: To be eligible, students must be an owner or employee of a Queensland-based small business (less than 20 employees).