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NZ Diploma in Business (Project Management Level 5)

Manage Projects with Confidence

Take advantage of this fees free opportunity to fast track your project management career.

Build your skills through a dynamic mix of compulsory and optional papers and practical business scenarios.

Enhance your business acumen, strengthen your leadership knowledge and gain a nationally recognized NZ Diploma in Business (Project Management) qualification.

Enrol now, all you need is a computer and internet access, we even supply you with Office365 for your studies.

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*All of our programmes are available fees free to New Zealand Residents, New Zealand citizens and Australian Citizens residing in New Zealand for the duration of their studies.

online course information

Duration: 66 Weeks Part-Time (15 hours weekly) or 34 Weeks Full-Time (35 hours weekly)

Fees: Zero fees, no hidden costs or textbooks

Intake Dates:
19th August 2024 (PT only)
16 September 2024 (PT and FT) TBC

Programme Content

This NZQA recognised programme is worth 120 NZQA credits.

The six courses below completed during this programme are each worth 20 credits.


Courses covered:


  • Business Operations
  • Accounting
  • Marketing
  • Sales
  • Human Resources
  • Risk Management


  • Internal Business Environment
  • External Business Environments
  • Problem Solving Techniques
  • Solving Problems Creatively
  • Organisational Change
  • Innovation and Change Management


  • Business Communication
  • Barriers to Business Communication
  • Communicating with Business Stakeholders
  • Cross-cultural Communication
  • Professional Business Communication
  • Ethical Communication


  • Project Management Principles
  • Key Project Management Methodologies
  • Project Scoping
  • Project Planning
  • Work Breakdown Structure / Schedule (WBS)
  • Project Budgets


  • Project Management Software
  • Agile
  • Gantt Charts and Flowcharts
  • Project Network Diagrams
  • Traceability Matrices


  • Reviewing the Project Management Life Cycle
  • Reviewing Scheduling
  • Monitoring Project Outcomes
  • Quality Control Checks
  • Project Evaluation

Download our brochure here to view detailed course content

Further Information

All studies are completed online in your own environment. Studies are conducted using the Canvas eLearning platform along with regular virtual tutor support. Students require a computer and internet access. All of the necessary materials required to successfully complete assessments will be available through the learning platform.

Students must be 16 years of age and residing in New Zealand for the duration of their studies. This programme is only available to New Zealand & Australian Citizens and Residents.

Students will be required to have NCEA Level 2 or the equivalent. This includes a minimum of 10 numeracy and 10 literacy credits at Level one or higher on the Directory of Assessment Standards; and 60 credits at Level two or above with at least 12 credits in each of three subjects including a minimum of 8 credits at Level 2 or higher in English or Te Reo Māori;

Provisional Entry

Students aged 20 or older that do not hold the minimum entry requirements for a programme will be eligible to be enrolled as a student where their previous educational, work or life experience indicates they have a reasonable likelihood of success. Should you not hold the required minimum entry requirements for a programme, you may also be eligible to enrol in exceptional circumstances. Such decisions will be made by the School of Business Manager.

Graduates will be able to contribute to the achievement of business operational objectives, through the application of knowledge and skills, in an ethical and inclusive manner, in accordance with ngā kaupapa o te Tiriti o Waitangi (the principles of the Treaty of Waitangi), and in a multi-cultural environment.

Upon graduation, you will be able to:

  • Analyze internal and external environments impacting business entities, facilitating informed decision-making.

  • Apply broad knowledge of operations, accounting, sales/marketing, HR, and risk management to enhance business performance.
  • Contribute to innovation and organizational change within business entities.
  • Develop and maintain operational relationships with stakeholders, supporting business performance.
  • Apply principles of Te Tiriti o Waitangi to foster cultural competence within business activities.
  • Apply professional and ethical practices, ensuring integrity and alignment with operational requirements.
  • Manage projects throughout their life cycle, utilizing project management methodologies and tools effectively.
  • Manage stakeholder engagement throughout the project life cycle.

Education Pathway

Graduates of this qualification may progress to:

  • New Zealand Diploma in Business (Level 6) with strands in Accounting, Administration and Technology, Human Resource Management, Leadership and Management, Māori Business and Management, Marketing and Sales, and Real Estate
  • Relevant business qualifications at Level 6 or above
  • Relevant industry or professional qualifications at Level 6 or above

Employment Pathway

Graduates of this qualification may be employed in a managerial/leadership operational roles within New Zealand business entities.

Where transfer of credit for previous study is being applied for, the Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) Form must be submitted at least four weeks prior to the Intake start date.

See the Recognition of Prior Learning section for full RPL criteria and details on how to undertake an application.

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