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Certificate IV in Business (Business Administration)

Advance your business career by updating your administrative skills and getting formal recognition of your capabilities.

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Take your professional career to the next level with a Certificate IV in Business

The BSB40120 Certificate IV in Business can help you gain a competitive edge when applying for a promotion or senior role in a business. This specialised business administration qualification will prepare you for admin roles, allowing you to take on more responsibility in your existing company or with a new employer.

Completing this business admin course will prepare you for a wide range of roles across any industry. After graduating with your business administration certificate, you could find work as an executive assistant, a senior administrative manager, or an office coordinator. Whichever path you take, you will have the organisational skills and critical thinking abilities to thrive in a business environment.

Key business roles like these typically provide secure and stable employment. Plus, business admin training can put you on a high-potential career path in human resources. This is only one example of where your business administration course could take you.

By completing the BSB40120 Certificate IV in Business online with Foundation Education, you will add a nationally recognised and respected business qualification to your CV, demonstrating to prospective employers that you have the knowledge and know-how to make a valuable contribution to their company.

Not ready for the Certificate IV yet? Consider studying the BSB30120 Certificate III in Business first. Alternatively, if you would like business training with a focus on moving into leadership roles, our BSB40120 Certificate IV in Business is also available with a specialisation in leadership.


The BSB40120 Certificate IV in Business (Business Administration) is a Nationally Recognised course.

Course Outcomes

This business certificate will prepare you for several roles in a wide range of workplaces with a niche focus on administrative tasks. You will have the skills to organise business meetings, complete projects, manage workplace information systems, support HR processes, apply critical thinking and use digital technologies in the workplace, build business relationships, write complex documents, use emotional intelligence, and more.

Senior Administration Officer

Senior Administration Officer

Senior administration officers are key leaders within any organisation, ensuring the company as a whole reaches its objectives and follows best-practice processes. In this position, you will hire, oversee, train, coordinate and monitor staff in your team. This role handles a range of administrative and management jobs, effectively enabling your colleagues to focus on getting their work done.

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Assistant Records Manager

Working directly with a records manager, you will assist with creating and managing the business’s recordkeeping system, provide appropriate access to documents for other staff, organise files, and delete/destroy documents when required.

Office Coordinator

Office Coordinator

Keep everything running smoothly in a professional workplace as an office coordinator. This is a key supporting role that ensures every other member of the office has the resources to complete their work effectively. In this position, you’ll handle everyday administrative jobs including answering phone calls, undertaking reception duties, coordinating team calendars, updating the office’s inventory, and communicating with colleagues via email.

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Executive Assistant

Working closely with an executive or other high-level member of staff, you will play an essential role in ensuring all emails, phone calls, meetings, travel plans, and appointments are scheduled appropriately and run smoothly.

Course snapshot

Certificate IV 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
  • 12 course units to complete.
  • Submit 1 course unit every 4 weeks to graduate in 12 months.
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Delivery Structure

Studying the Certificate IV 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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12 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 IV in Business (Business Administration)

Cost & 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.

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