Qualification Overview

Qualification Title 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
Qualification Type Diploma
Level 6
Credits 120
Subject Area
  • Management and Commerce » Business and Management » Business Management
Strategic Purpose Statement
The purpose of this qualification is to provide New Zealand business entities with people who have general and specialised business knowledge and skills than can be applied in a range of strategic roles.

Graduates will benefit New Zealand business entities by contributing to the achievement of entities' strategic objectives, through the application of knowledge and skills, in an ethical manner, in a bi- and multi-cultural environment.

In addition, graduates will have specialised knowledge and skills for application in strategic roles in New Zealand business entities, depending on which strand is achieved.
Graduate profile
Graduates of this qualification will be able to:

- Core knowledge and skills: Determine and develop the business entity's strategic objectives.
- Core knowledge and skills: Apply knowledge of the principles and practices of operations, management accounting, sales/marketing, HR, and risk management, for the strategic objectives of the entity.
- Core knowledge and skills: Contribute at strategic levels to innovation and organisational change.
- Core people skills: Research, evaluate, and communicate information for entity's performance.
- Core people skills: Develop and maintain strategic business relationships with stakeholders for efficient and effective performance of the entity.
- Core cognitive skills: Apply analytical and problem-solving skills to resolve complex situations and challenges for efficient and effective performance of the entity.
- Core affective skills: Model professional, ethical, and socially and culturally appropriate behaviour.
- Core affective skills: Motivate and develop self and others to improve employee engagement and productivity.
- Core business environment: Develop strategies for managing the impact of external environments on the entity and the effect on the entity's performance.
- Core business environment: Analyse how the origin and nature of the bi-cultural partnership (as embedded in the Treaty of Waitangi) can be applied to business activities and relationships.

Graduates of the Accounting strand will also be able to:
- Technical knowledge and skills: Prepare and present general or special purpose financial reports for companies, including accounting policies and notes, with reference to accounting standards or the Special Purpose Framework for For-Profit Entities.
- Technical knowledge and skills: Evaluate and use management accounting information for decision-making and problem-solving within a broad range of contexts.
- Technical knowledge and skills: Integrate business finance techniques for strategic planning, measuring, and controlling business operations.
- Technical knowledge and skills: Evaluate and use accounting information systems to solve business problems.
- Technical knowledge and skills: Apply tax rules to a range of NZ entities in a range of situations, including tax planning considerations.
- Technical knowledge and skills: Review critically, analyse and interpret financial and non-financial information to inform strategic decision making.
- Technical knowledge and skills: Model behaviour in accordance with the accounting profession's Code of Ethics.
- People skills: Research, evaluate, and communicate complex financial information for the entity's performance.

Graduates of the Administration and Technology strand will also be able to:
- Technical knowledge and skills: Manage and co-ordinate the internal business administrative systems, processes and technologies, to support operational needs.
- Technical knowledge and skills: Evaluate emerging technologies and make recommendations to improve performance and productivity of the business entity.
- Technical knowledge and skills: Apply techniques to manage change and lead people to enable them to achieve personal and entity goals in administration and/or technology contexts.

Graduates of the Human Resource Management strand will also be able to:
- Technical knowledge and skills: Analyse principles and practices of HR functions to improve performance-linked employee behaviours.
- Technical knowledge and skills: Contribute evidence-based HR research into strategic organisational decision-making.
- Technical knowledge and skills: Analyse trends, including technological, to identify and implement actions in a specialist HR area.
- People skills: Communicate HR principles and practices effectively to influence stakeholders within a recognised industry ethical framework.

Graduates of the Leadership and Management strand will also be able to:
- Technical knowledge and skills: Manage and lead people to enable them to achieve personal and entity goals for efficient and effective performance of the entity.
- Technical knowledge and skills: Lead and implement change within the entity for efficient and effective performance of the entity.
- Technical knowledge and skills: Lead and manage projects and/or entity initiatives.
- Technical knowledge and skills: Access and manage resources to improve entity performance.
- Technical knowledge and skills: Analyse and apply financial information to make informed decisions and forecasts for efficient and effective performance of the entity.
- People skills: Communicate with stakeholders to engage them with the strategic vision of the entity.
- People skills: Lead and model an entity culture and/or values that support success for efficient and effective performance of the entity.
- Business environment: Manage compliance with internal and external requirements.
- Business environment: Analyse the impact of operating in a global context on entity goals and on modern business practice.

Graduates of the Māori Business and Management strand will also be able to:
- Technical knowledge and skills: Apply management and leadership models predicated on a Māori worldview to develop innovative and sustainable business practices, in a range of environments.
- Technical knowledge and skills: Analyse a business entity that contributes towards the business outcomes of whānau, hapū, iwi, and hapori, to evaluate their operational performance.
- Technical knowledge and skills: Research business innovation and/or potential to identify current and emerging business opportunities for Māori/brand Māori, and present findings.
- Technical knowledge and skills: Research a business entity operating in a global context to analyse the impact on entity goals and on modern business practice, and present findings.
- Technical knowledge and skills: Develop business strategies to manage the impact of external environments on a business entity, and the effect on performance.
- People skills: Use te reo Māori and apply tikanga Māori, to engage effectively with whānau, hapū, iwi, and/or hapori, in a business context.
- People skills: Advance and foster relationships with key stakeholders to deliver business solutions in collaboration with whānau, hapū, iwi, and/or hapori.
- Affective skills: Analyse and apply concepts of ako, in a business context, to manage learning and performance of self and others for the development of inter-generational leadership.

Graduates of the Marketing and Sales strand will also be able to:
- Technical knowledge and skills: Develop and apply the business entity's strategic objectives for marketing and sales, including position, brand, internationalisation, and evaluation.
- Technical knowledge and skills: Develop and justify strategic marketing plans for the entity including sources of competitive advantage, digital marketing analytics, and evaluation.
- Technical knowledge and skills: Develop and justify strategic sales plans for the entity, including business to business marketing.
- Technical knowledge and skills: Develop marketing and sales principles and processes to improve the strategic efficiency and effectiveness of the entity.
- People skills: Create and implement actual and potential engagement strategies with stakeholders, including digital marketing, consumer behaviour and evaluation.
- People skills: Apply creativity using integrated marketing communication for effective marketing and sales outcomes.

Graduates of the Real Estate strand will also be able to:
- Technical knowledge and skills: Operate strategically as a real estate Agent with current broad and in-depth compliance knowledge of New Zealand law relevant to operating a real estate business.
- Technical knowledge and skills: Apply an in-depth knowledge and understanding of the operation of a real estate trust account in the current regulatory environment.
- Technical knowledge and skills: Apply a broad knowledge and understanding of inspections and appraisals.
- Technical knowledge and skills: Apply a broad and in-depth knowledge and understanding of, and provide supervision for, agency authority, preparation and administration of complex sale and purchase agreements, complex lease agreements, and the process of discharging contracts in all real estate situations.
- People skills: Lead, manage, and supervise licensees by modelling culture that promotes success through efficient, effective, and ethical performance in a changing environment in accordance with the Real Estate Agents Act 2008.
- People skills: Engage, support, and communicate with internal stakeholders to enable them to develop and achieve agreed personal and entity goals.
Education pathways
This qualification may build on from the New Zealand Diploma in Business (with strands in Accounting; Administration and Technology; Leadership and Management, and Project Management) (Level 5) [Ref: 2459].
The Māori Business and Management strand may build on from the proposed New Zealand Certificate in Business (Māori Business and Management) (Level 5) [Ref: 2458].

Graduates may progress to:
- business qualifications at degree level
- relevant industry or professional qualifications at Level 6 or above.

Award of this qualification with the Accounting strand may equip graduates towards achievement of the academic requirements for NZICA's Accounting Technicians College.

Award of this qualification with the Administration and Technology strand may equip graduates towards achievement of Association of Administrative Professionals New Zealand's (AAPNZ) Certification.

The Real Estate strand may build on from the New Zealand Certificate in Real Estate (Salesperson) (Level 4) [Ref: 3111] and/or the New Zealand Certificate in Real Estate (Specialist) (Level 5) with strands in Business Broking; Commercial and Industrial; Residential; and Rural [Ref: 3112].
Employment pathways
Graduates of this qualification with the Accounting strand will have the skills and knowledge to apply in-depth accounting and finance knowledge and skills to inform strategic business decisions in a variety of business entities in accounting technician roles, for example: finance manager/administrator, credit controller, payroll manager. Graduates will also be able to contribute to community groups in volunteer accounting functions.

Graduates of this qualification with the Administration and Technology strand will have the skills and knowledge to manage administrative systems and operational processes, to evaluate emerging technologies, and to lead others in senior administrative positions within a wide range of business entities requiring managerial and leadership responsibilities. These may include: senior executive assistant, senior office manager, practice manager, event manager, project coordinator, senior administrator, private secretary.

Graduates of the Human Resource Management strand will have the skills and knowledge to be employed in a variety of business entities in supervised roles in a specialist HR functional area such as a HR junior or intermediate advisor or business partner. The skills and knowledge can also be applied to supervisory or first line management roles.

Graduates of this qualification with the Leadership and Management strand will have the skills and knowledge to work as a manager/leader in a range of strategic roles within New Zealand business entities.

Graduates of this qualification with the Māori Business and Management strand will have the skills and knowledge to operate at a senior management level in a range of Māori organisations, iwi corporations, or organisations who wish to engage with Māori, including: decision-makers of government agencies, local territorial authorities, financial organisations, and the health and education sectors.

Graduates of the Marketing and Sales strand will have the skills and knowledge to be employed in a variety of business entities in marketing/sales roles such as: account manager, new business acquisition, customer engagement advisor, brand manager, marketing coordinator, area representative, sales manager, digital marketing coordinator. Graduates may also be able to contribute to community groups in volunteer marketing/sales functions.

Graduates of this qualification with the Real Estate strand will have the skills and knowledge to apply for a license with the Real Estate Agents Authority to operate as an agent or branch manager in the real estate industry.To find out more about employment opportunities click on the CareersNZ logo, then the provider who offers this qualification.
Entry Requirements
To gain entry onto programmes leading to this qualification, International students must meet the English Proficiency Outcomes for International Students for whom English is not their First Language as set out in Appendix 2 of the NZQF Programme Approval and Accreditation Rules 2013 (Version 2). These can be accessed at: www.nzqa.govt.nz.
Education Organisation 29 Organisations can assist in gaining this qualification
Developed By New Zealand Qualifications Authority
Quality Assured By New Zealand Qualifications Authority
Number 2460
Status Current
Created January 2015
Next Review November 2019
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