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Certificate IV in Business (BSB40215)


Course duration

26 weeks (22 weeks of tuition + 4 weeks of holiday breaks)

Scheduled delivery will occur over a 22 week period with 20 contact hours per week. To allow for school holidays and breaks this will occur over a period of 26 weeks (6 months).

  • Student contact hours = 20 hrs per week x 22 weeks = 440 hours
  • Breaks/public holidays = 4 weeks




Donald Street Campus


This qualification reflects the role of individuals who use well-developed skills and a broad knowledge base in a wide variety of contexts. They apply solutions to a defined range of unpredictable problems, and analyse and evaluate information from a variety of sources. They may provide leadership and guidance to others with some limited responsibility for the output of others.

All prospective learners prior to enrolment will be assessed to determine the competency(s) that they may have acquired through formal, non-formal and informal learning to determine the extent to which that individual meets the requirements specified in the training package.

This assessment will help ACE determine the amount of training it will provide to each learner with regard to their existing skills, knowledge and the experience of the learner

Learner Cohorts with Formal learning:

Where an Assessment determines the learner has formal learning through a structured program of instruction and is linked to the attainment of an AQF qualification or statement of attainment (for example, a certificate, diploma or university degree), ACE will grant credit for the unit of competency completed at another RTO. ACE will authenticate the information in the document provided by contacting the organisation that issued the document and confirming the content is valid. This course credit may reduce the length of a student’s course there by recognising the equivalence of studies previously undertaken and completed successfully.

Learner Cohorts with Non- Formal or Informal learning:

Where an Assessment determines the learner has non-formal learning or informal learning through a structured program of instruction or through experience of work-related, social, family, hobby or leisure activities that did not lead to the attainment of an AQF qualification or statement of attainment; ACE will offer the learner Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL). Where any RPL is granted this will reduce the length of a student’s course.

Learner Cohorts with No Prior learning:

Where a learner has no prior learning ACE will give them the opportunity to fully absorb the required knowledge, and to develop skills over time in the different contexts they would experience in the workplace. This will require a longer timeframe than for those learners with formal learning or significant industry experience.

Entry Requirements

There are no specific entry requirements for this qualification; however students must meet the minimum entry requirements as follows:

  1. Minimum Age - Applicants must be 18 years of age at the commencement of their course (refer to the Student Engagement Prior to Enrolment and Marketing policies and procedures).
  2. English Proficiency - International students are required to possess an IELTS 5.5 (or equivalent*) in order to be accepted into this program. Applicants who do not possess the required IELTS score or equivalent are advised to enrol in an ELICOS program with another approved RTO/provider to facilitate achieving the English language entry requirements. An applicant must satisfactorily complete the EAL course / English language course or satisfactory completion of 5-10 weeks ELICOS from a National ELT Accreditation Scheme (NEAS) Accredited English Institution with an IELTS score of 5.0
    Exemptions apply, including:
    • Equivalent qualifications [Certificate III EAL (Access), Certificate IV EAL (Access), Certificate III EAL (Further Study), Certificate IV EAL (Further Study), Certificate III EAL (Professional), Certificate IV EAL (Professional/Employment)] demonstrating English proficiency.
    • The student was educated for 5 years in an English speaking country.
    • The student has completed a Certificate IV level course in an Australian Registered Training Organisation (RTO).
    • The student has successfully completed a foundation course in Australia.

    NB: Tests results/ certificates and other evidence demonstrating English proficiency older than two years are not accepted unless they have completed two years of study in Australia. When assessing overseas qualification against AQF requirements refer to the equivalencies table for each country (refer to Appendix A in the Student Engagement Prior to Enrolment policy and procedure). Where there is insufficient or unclear information with regards to IELTS level or its equivalent the application is forwarded to the CEO for assessment.

    International Students from Assessment Level 1 and 2 countries will be exempt from this requirement; however they will be required to demonstrate English level proficiency as indicated below:

    • Successful completion of ACE’s Language, Literacy and Numeracy test.
    • Successful completion of a foundation course at an RTO in Australia.
    • The student has completed a Certificate IV level course in an Australian Registered Training Organisation (RTO).

    (For further information on assessment levels refer to: http://www.immi.gov.au/Study/Pages/student-visa-assessment-levels.aspx)

    *Equivalent English Proficiency Tests accepted include:
    • Test of English as a Foreign Language Internet-Based Test (TOEFL IBT) – Certificate TOEFL IBT score of 46 or above for direct entry into a course; or 35 with an ELICOS course to be taken before your main course.
    • Pearson Test of English (PTE) Academic Certificate – PTE Academic score of 42 or above for direct entry into a course; or 36 with an ELICOS course to be taken before your main course.
    • Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE) Certificate – CAE test score of 47 or above for direct entry into a course; or 41 with an ELICOS course to be taken before your main course.
    • Occupational English Test (OET) Certificate OET score of 'pass'.
    • TOEFL Paper-Based Test (PBT) Certificate (This test is only acceptable if taken in one of the following countries where IELTS is not available: Belarus, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Kyrgyzstan, Mali, Moldova, Solomon Islands, Suriname, Tajikistan, Tanzania, Uganda and Uzbekistan.) - TOEFL PBT test score of 527 or above for direct entry into a course; or 500 with an ELICOS course to be taken before your main course.
  3. Academic Requirements – Students must have satisfactorily completed a minimum of year 12 or equivalent; OR completed studies equivalent to an Australian Year 12 qualification from an English language speaking country.
  4. Student Visa – Students must satisfy DIBP’s requirements for a student visa.

Modes of Delivery

This program is to be delivered in a simulated classroom based environment. As a requirement of this course students will also have access to all the required equipment and facilities that are appropriate to the contexts and conditions of assessment (which may include considering whether the assessment reflects real work-based contexts and meets industry requirements).

Each unit is delivered in a combination of face to face theory, demonstration/observation/role play sessions in the classroom and supported by practical group development and individual activities within the classroom and e-learning support.

Each unit is delivered and assessed as a standalone unit.

The participants in each program group will be provided with detailed learning materials to support the activities. These materials will include learning, assessment and other reference material relevant to the unit of competence being delivered.

Assessment Method

The following assessment methods will be used during this qualification: Formative Activities, Projects, Observations / Role Plays and Written Assessments.

Pathways Information

Training Pathway

A possible training pathway for a student completing this qualification could be the following:

Certificate IV Diploma
BSB40215 Certificate IV in Business BSB50215 – Diploma of Business; OR Alternate Diploma level qualification within the BSB07 Business Services Training Package, or other Training Packages

Examples of indicative job roles for candidates seeking entry based upon their vocational experience include:

  • Accounts Clerk
  • Customer Service Advisor
  • Clerk
  • E-business Practitioner
  • Legal Receptionist
  • Medical Receptionist
  • Office Administration Assistant
  • Student Services Officer
  • Word Processing Operator.

This breadth of expertise would equate to the competencies required to undertake this qualification.

The above listed qualifications represent a logical pathway regardless of whether ACE offers the qualifications.

Employment Pathway

This qualification provides a pathway to work as

  • Administrator
  • Project Officer

Students may exit the program at any point and be awarded a Statement of Attainment for any of the units completed.

Training Package Rules

To attain the BSB40215 - Certificate IV in Business, 10 units must be achieved, consisting of:

  • 1 core units and
  • 9 elective units (5 elective units must be selected from the elective units listed below. The remaining 4 elective units may be selected from the elective units listed below, or any currently endorsed Training Package or accredited course at the same qualification level. If not listed, 1 unit may be selected from either a Certificate III or Diploma qualification).

The full list of units can be found within the BSB07–Business Services Training Package (Release 9.0) as made available on the TGA website. The units offered by ACE are listed in the section below:

Note: There are no pre-requisite units for this qualification.

Table 4: Units of Competency – BSB40215 – Certificate IV in Business
Unit Code Unit name Nominal Hours Delivery Hours e-Learning hours
Core Unit
BSBWHS401 Implement and monitor WHS policies, procedures and programs to meet legislative requirements 50 48 15
Electives Units
BSBADM405 Organise Meetings 20 32 10
BSBLED401 Develop teams and individuals 40 40 10
BSBMKG401 Profile the market 50 48 10
BSBRES401 Analyze and present research information 40 40 10
BSBHRM405 Support the recruitment, selection and induction of staff 50 48 10
BSBWRT401 Write complex documents 50 48 10
BSBSMB404 Undertake small business planning 50 56 10
BSBSMB402 Plan small business finances 50 40 10
BSBCMM401 Make a presentation 30 40 15
Total Student Contact Hours 430 440 110

Course Fees*

Enrolment Fee : AUD $200 (Non Refundable)
Textbooks/Materials Fee : AUD $200
Tuition Fee AUD $5,600
Total Course Fee AUD $6,000

*Please note that ACE may change these fees at any time throughout the year.
*The assessment methods will include Assignments, written assessment and Workbook activities.

To enrol for the above course, please complete the attached enrolment form and email or post us a copy with relevant documentation. Alternatively, you may elect to enrol via an Education Agent. ACE has engaged several Education Agents to recruit on our behalf. For a list of our agents, please visit: http://www.ace.vic.edu.au/ace-agents.php.


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