New Zealand Diploma in Business (Level 6)

This New Zealand Diploma in Business is a 12 paper qualification that provides you with a wide range of business skills and knowledge for a diverse range of industries. It offers further opportunities for you to study accounting, commercial law, economics, organisational management, marketing, computing and communication.

You can choose to complete a ‘general’ NZDipBus. or specialise in a variety of disciplines to gain a specialised qualification. You also have the option of crediting your papers to a number of University of Waikato degrees. You can start or complete your degree without having the expense and inconvenience of having to move from Tauranga.

If you already have a degree but want to enhance your employability, then a Graduate Diploma in Accounting, Finance or Marketing could be perfect for you.

Content Details

The NZDipBus is made up of 12 papers, 6 of which are compulsory. Papers are offered on a semester basis, i.e. February to June, and July to November. We also have summer schools from January to February, and November to December.

Compulsory Papers

You must complete 6 of the following 7 papers.

500 Accounting Principles
510 Introduction to Commercial Law
520 The Economic Environment
530 Organisation and Management
541 Fundamentals of Marketing
550 Business Computing
560 Business Communication

You must complete another 6 papers, of which at least 4 must be Level 6. View the list of papers available here.


If you plan to pathway to a business degree, you may choose to specialise in one of the following areas:

  • Accounting
  • Marketing
  • Finance
  • Public Relations
  • Strategic Management

Accounting and Accounting Technician
To qualify for membership of the College of Accounting Technicians you need to complete one year of professional work experience, register as a professional member of the NZ Institute of Chartered Accountants (NZICA) and attend a one day induction course.

Chartered Accountant
To become a chartered accountant you can complete the NZDipBus and then the BMS or BBA(Fin) majoring in Accounting. On completion of the academic study required for admission, you are required to register as a professional member of NZICA and complete the required work experience.



  • Bongard Centre, 200 Cameron Road, Tauranga
  • Online - your choice of venue

Papers are offered on a semester basis - 15 study weeks. Each paper has five hours of class-time per week. You can attend day or evening classes.

In addition to class time, you're expected to undertake 10 hours of self-directed study per week per paper. For the days and time of classes refer to the NZDipBus. timetable available from the Information Centre or School of Business.

Full-time study is three or more papers in a semester, or five or more papers over a full year. Part-time study is one or two papers a semester.

If you're commencing study in the first semester we encourage you to enrol for the full year at the time of enrolment. This avoids having to repeat enrolment again mid-year.

2017 Semester 1: 27 February-23 June 2017

2017 Semester 2: 10 July-27 October 2017 (Study break 21 Aug - 25 Aug 2017)

2017 Summer School: Papers are taught over six study weeks. You're required to attend 10 hours of classes per week and undertake 20 hours of self-directed study per week. 

  • 4 Jan-10 Feb 2017
  • 6 Nov-15 Dec 2017

JanuaryPart-timeTauranga (Bongard Centre) (Summer School)
JanuaryFull-timeTauranga (Bongard Centre) (Summer School)Two years
FebruaryFull-timeTauranga (Bongard Centre)Two years
FebruaryPart-timeTauranga (Bongard Centre)
JulyFull-timeTauranga (Bongard Centre)Two years
JulyPart-timeTauranga (Bongard Centre)
NovemberFull-timeTauranga (Bongard Centre) (Summer School)Two years
NovemberPart-timeTauranga (Bongard Centre) (Summer School)

Indicative Fees

2017 domestic students $897.00 per paper

2017 international students $31,950.00 if studied both years at Toi Ohomai Institute of Technology

The fee shown for domestic students is applicable to New Zealand citizens and permanent residents. If an international fee is not listed above please refer to the international fees page. All fees are indicative only and subject to change.

You MAY be eligible for a StudyLink Student Loan for your tuition fees.

Find out if your programme qualifies by visiting the Studylink website.

If you also need to pay course related costs, i.e. if outlined in programme costs above, you need to apply separately to StudyLink (up to $1,000/academic year for eligible students). Note course related costs are paid directly into your bank account by StudyLink and you will be required to pay this to Toi Ohomai Institute of Technology.

Qualifications Gained

Upon successful completion of the required number and mix of papers you will receive the internationally recognised:

  • New Zealand Diploma in Business (Level 6)

and/or the level 5 qualifications:

  • Toi Ohomai Institute of Technology Diploma in Business (Level 5)
  • Toi Ohomai Institute of Technology Diploma in Business (endorsed) (Level 5)
  • New Zealand Institute of Management (NZIM) Diploma in Management

Career Opportunities

Business career opportunities include:

  • Supervisor
  • Office manager
  • Marketing executive
  • Accounting technician
  • Business banker
  • Sales executive

Study Pathways

Toi Ohomai Institute of Technology Pathways

Bachelor of Business Analysis - Financial (BBA (Fin))
Bachelor of Management Studies (BMS)
Bachelor of Social Sciences (BSocSc)

Entry Criteria

To gain entry into this programme, you must have:

  • a minimum of 14 numeracy credits at level 1 or higher in Mathematics or Pangarau on the Directory of Assessment Standards; and
  • fifty credits at level 2 or above with at least 12 credits in each of three subjects including a minimum of 8 literacy credits at level 2 or higher in English or Te Reo Maori; of which 4 credits must be in reading and 4 credits must be in writing; and
  • the literacy credits will be selected from a schedule of approved achievement standards and unit standards found on the NZQA website at: Literacy requirements for University Entrance.
  • or equivalent to the above
  • or New Zealand University Entrance

Special Admission

Students who do not satisfy the standard academic entry requirements of a programme will be considered for special admission if, in the opinion of the Programme Coordinator, they are capable of achieving the programme outcomes.

Information Meeting/Interview

We may require you to attend an information meeting prior to offering you a place on the course. This is your opportunity to find out more about the course to see if it fits your career aspirations and for us to ensure you meet our entry requirements.

English Competency

Level 6 certificate or diploma IELTS Academic score of 6 with no band score lower than 5.5 or completed NZ Certificate in English Language L4 with the Academic Endorsement or meets a relevant English Proficiency Outcome as outlined in Rule 18 and Appendix 2 of the NZQF Programme and Accreditation Rules 2013.

For domestic applicants for whom English is not their first language, evidence of language competency may be required.