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Certificate III in Business (Business Administration)

Enhance your organisational and administrative skills to become a highly sought-after bookkeeper, receptionist, records clerk, payroll officer, or administrative assistant.

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Launch your business admin career with a Certificate III in Business

Do you have a knack for keeping all your possessions in order and all your digital documents sorted neatly in folders? Do your friends marvel at how well-organised your calendar is and how good you are at planning things? You could turn your natural administrative talents into a fulfilling career with a BSB31020 Certificate III in Business (Business Administration). 

By taking this online business course, you can hone your organisational abilities into professional skills that will serve you well in any admin role. From organising workplace schedules to processing payrolls, a business administration course can equip you with the knowledge and knowhow for a variety of essential business tasks. You will graduate with the confidence and qualification to apply for positions including administration officer, records clerk, receptionist, payroll officer, and more. 

All the course components for this business administration certificate are delivered online with Foundation Education, giving you the flexibility to study whenever and wherever suits you. You can graduate from this online business course within 12 months and step confidently into the job market with a nationally recognised qualification, or you can take your existing career to new heights (e.g. promotions and senior roles) with this formal recognition of your skills. 

Looking to study business online but not specifically interested in administration? We also offer a more generalised BSB30120 Certificate III in Business, or you can specialise in customer engagement instead. For higher business qualifications, consider the BSB40120 Certificate IV in Business or the BSB50120 Diploma of Business. 

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The BSB30120 Certificate III in Business (Business Administration) is a Nationally Recognised course. 

Course Outcomes

This business course will prepare you for success as an administrative professional in any business. You will have the skills to work productively in a team, support and work inclusively with colleagues, communicate with others in the workplace, write documents, create presentations, complete projects, organise schedules, maintain financial records and business resources, and process payroll. 

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Administration Officer

From scheduling important meetings to putting together weekly reports, administration officers are often the glue that holds an office together. You will also be responsible for tasks such as managing office supplies, updating databases, organising documents and policies, and printing/photocopying.

Administrative Assistant

Administrative Assistant

Everything in its place and a place for everything. As an administrative assistant or secretary, you will be tasked with filing and sorting documents. You will also be a key person in the organisation with responsibilities including scheduling appointments and supporting your colleagues with clerical jobs.

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As a receptionist, you will be the face of the business – the first person to welcome and guide customers or clients when they arrive on the premises. You may also act as the repository for all general information about the business in order to best answer enquiries in person, via email, and over the phone.

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Records Clerk

Records clerks are responsible for managing, organising and retrieving files as required. Other tasks may include preparing documents for storage, verifying documents prior to archiving, and destroying records when needed.

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Payroll Officer / Accounts Clerk

This administrative role specialises in managing all things related to money. You will work with financial spreadsheets, invoices, and payroll software to ensure all bookkeeping and general accounting for your business is handled correctly.

Course snapshot

Certificate III in Business (Business Administration)

Delivery structure

Theoretical Elements:

Study the theoretical elements of this course, anywhere and anytime through our online learning platform.


Up to 12 months

Study load
  • 13 course units to complete.
  • Complete one course unit every 2.5 weeks to graduate in 12 months.
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Delivery Structure

Studying the Certificate III in Business (Business Administration) with Foundation Education is flexible and can be tailored to suit your needs.

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1. Theoretical

Study the theoretical elements of this course, anywhere and anytime through our online learning platform.


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13 course units to complete. 
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Completed online, at your own pace. 

Resources Required

For the online part of the course, you’ll need regular access to:

Computer: Laptop or desktop computer with working speakers or headphone points.

Internet: High-speed internet such as Broadband or ADSL, T1/T2, fibre optic (Dial-up access is not recommended).

Windows: Operating system – Windows 8 or above.

MAC: Operating system - OS X 10.14 Mojave or later.

Internet Browser: Google Chrome, or Microsoft Internet Explorer 11.

Software: Flash, Adobe Reader, Microsoft Word (or Open Office which is free to download).

Office Equipment:  Printer and scanner to print and upload some of your assessments.

Mobile Phone with Video Capability or Video Camera: Some assessments in your course may require you to take and submit videos of you undertaking tasks for assessment.


Achieve your qualification by completing the following units of competency:

Certificate III in Business (Business Administration)

Cost and payment

You can pay for your course upfront via VISA/MasterCard or a bank deposit. Alternatively, we offer instalment plans that can be paid over several weeks or fortnights.

Your course fee includes

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Delivery and assessment of your qualification

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Study materials (including all resources)

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Ongoing support from our Education Team

We offer two payment methods

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Full fee upfront

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Instalment plans

For more information about the course costs, please call us on 1300 616 197.

Discover our funding options

Explore our government funding programs on offer and find out whether you're eligible. Learn more.

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