Certificate III in Micro Business Operations


Working in a trade and want to start your own small business? Or looking to take a business idea from concept to reality? This nationally recognised qualification will teach you how to investigate and assess small business opportunities to get you started towards realising your dream.

You’ll develop the knowledge to create proposals, arrange finances and develop a digital action plan. Through the course you’ll also build “real world” skills to establish business networks, and apply critical thinking skills to common challenges in establishing a viable business.

The qualification is designed for both those looking to launch a new micro business venture, and current business owners who want to formalise their practical knowledge.

Delivery Mode
Fully Online
You’ll be supported by a dedicated trainer with access learning resources at your fingertips, and connect with other students working through the same course.
Study Load
Part Time
Enrol in up to two units per intake.
Course Fees
Flexible, interest free payment plans are available for this course.

Course Structure

Subject Name Unit Code Unit Name Core/Elective Duration
Develop a Business Idea Investigate micro business opportunities Core 8 weeks
Develop a Business Idea Develop a micro business proposal Core 8 weeks
Web and Social Media for Business Use social media tools for collaboration and engagement Elective 8 weeks
Web and Social Media for Business Review and maintain a website Elective 8 weeks
Business Finances and Resources Determine resource requirements for the micro business Core 8 weeks
Business Finances and Resources Organise finances for the micro business Core 8 weeks
Business Compliance and Risk Comply with regulatory, taxation and insurance requirements for the micro business Core 8 weeks
Business Compliance and Risk Identify risk and apply risk management processes Elective 8 weeks
Digital Plans and Customer Service Design a digital action plan for small business Elective 8 weeks
Digital Plans and Customer Service Deliver and monitor a service to customers Elective 8 weeks

Course Intakes

  • Monday 5 Feb 2018

  • Monday 5 Mar 2018

  • Monday 9 Apr 2018

  • Monday 7 May 2018

Course Duration

Complete this course in 6 to 12 months.

There’s a maximum of up to 18 months allowed to complete all units and assessments in the qualification.

The total time it takes to complete the course usually depends on your previous experience, how much time you have available between work commitments, and the pace you prefer to study at.

Entry Requirements

To support you to successfully complete your chosen course you must meet the following entry requirements:

  • Aged 18 at the time of enrolment, or turning 18 within 6 months of commencing the course. Applicants under the age of 18 must have their enrolment paper work witnessed by a parent or guardian.

  • Course delivery and materials are in English. If English is your second language talk to us about the required English Language Proficiency level for this course.

  • Minimum computer literacy standards as well as unrestricted access to the internet.

View the Student Handbook for more information.


You may choose to undertake assessment, with the aim of obtaining a Statement of Attainment or Qualification. Assessments have been designed with a focus on workplace outputs.

A variety of assessment methods are used:

1. Assessing required knowledge

2. Assessing the application of skills in the workplace

3. The submission of Third Party Reports

Each assessment method provides a different type of evidence. Taken together, the complete assessment provides a holistic view of your ability to perform competently and confidently in the workplace to the level set down in the Competency Standards.