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Certificate IV in Business (Leadership)

Progress into a leadership role by developing your business skills and getting formal recognition of your capabilities.

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Become a business leader with a nationally recognised qualification

The BSB40120 Certificate IV in Business (Leadership) can help you gain the formal certification and practical skills to step up into leadership roles in your existing workplace or with a new employer. This specialised business leadership course will prepare you for roles where you directly manage and supervise other staff.

With this business leadership certificate under your belt, you will be ready to apply for administrative and supervisor roles in just about any industry – the skills gained through this business qualification are highly transferable from field to field. The positions you could potentially apply for include line manager, team leader/supervisor, senior administrative manager, and business operations coordinator.

By studying the BSB40120 Certificate IV in Business online with Foundation Education, you can ensure your CV shows potential employers that you have the leadership skills to step immediately into key roles in their business.

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 admin tasks, our BSB40120 Certificate IV in Business is also available with a specialisation in business administration.


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

Course Outcomes

This business certificate will prepare you for several business and leadership roles in a wide range of workplaces. You will have the skills to create opportunities for personal and professional development, lead a work team, demonstrate leadership and set strong examples for other staff, encourage innovation within a team environment, apply critical thinking and use digital technologies in the workplace, and build business relationships, write complex documents, use emotional intelligence, and more.

Business Operations Coordinator

Business Operations Coordinator

As an operations coordinator, you will be responsible for ensuring all day-to-day functions run smoothly, enabling all other staff members to complete their duties efficiently. You will need to track projects, organise schedules, manage timetables, and communicate effectively with both internal and external stakeholders of the business.

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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Line Manager

Line managers work alongside front-line workers; however, they take on the extra responsibility of being accountable for their department. You will be in charge of overseeing and evaluating the staff members under your supervision, helping them to improve and develop in their own roles.

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Team Leader / Supervisor

As a team leader, you will supervise and manage a team of other staff members. This will typically involve motivating the team, assessing and evaluating employees, assisting management with recruitment and training programs, and updating the team on deadlines and company goals.

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.

Course snapshot

Certificate IV in Business (Leadership)

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.
  • Complete one course unit every 4 weeks to graduate in 12 months.
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Delivery Structure

Studying the Certificate IV in Business (Leadership) 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 (Leadership)

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.

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