New Zealand Diploma in Business (Level 5)

Business is an essential and diverse profession. Whether you’re aiming at entry level or top level, local or international, self-employment or working for a corporation – this broad business course will help you get there.

Start studying towards your future career in business and set yourself up with plenty of pathway options towards becoming a business executive or chartered accountant.

Whether you’re aiming at entry level or top level, local or international, self-employment or working for a corporation, you’ll learn a wide range of business skills and knowledge that can apply to any industry.

Your learning covers the essential fundamentals of business, such as basic accounting principles, how to interpret financial performance, economic theory, fundamentals of commercial law, organisational management, communication and business computing.

Employers are looking for skilled, adaptable students who can keep up with technological developments and always be on the look-out for ways to improve and innovate. With this diploma you could work as an accounting technician, analyst, business banker, event manager, marketing executive, office manager or sales executive, depending on the courses you choose.

Through the KPMG Junior Accountant Programme, you could apply for a junior accounting role with KPMG and study through Toi Ohomai, starting with the NZ Diploma in Business (Level 5).

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Content Details

The New Zealand Diploma in Business (Level 5) is an eight paper, one year long diploma with strands in accounting, leadership and management, and marketing and sales.

You'll enrol in four core papers and then choose a strand; either Accounting, Marketing*, or Leadership Management). The compulsory papers are:

  1. Organisations in a New Zealand Context
  2. Business Fundamentals
  3. Business Environments
  4. Change Management

If you choose to go on to a second year of study you'll choose from:

The second year study options are only available in Tauranga, Rotorua and Hamilton (BBus) at this stage. We plan to bring options to Whakatane in 2019; please contact us for more information.

*Pending NZQA approval.

CAANZ Accounting Technician Information
Once you’ve completed the New Zealand Diploma in Business (Level 5) with an accounting strand, you’ll need to complete two years of professional work experience and register as a professional member of CAANZ (Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand) before qualifying for membership of the College of Accounting Technicians.

To become a chartered accountant you can complete the New Zealand Diploma in Business (Level 5) with an accounting strand and then the Bachelor of Applied Management (Toi Ohomai) or the Bachelor of Business with an accounting major (University of Waikato).

* pending approval


Planned intakes*: February, July, November
Delivery modes: Full-time/part-time
Locations*: Online, Rotorua (Mokoia Campus), Rotorua (Waipa Campus), Tauranga (Bongard Centre), Whakatane
Duration: One year

* subject to change. Intakes may vary between locations.

New Zealand Diploma in Business (Level 5) papers are available to study part-time. Please talk to us for more information.

To see full details of the next available intake please visit the application form.

Indicative Fees

2018 domestic students $686.00 per paper ($2,744 for four papers)

2018 international students $2,494.00 per paper ($9,976.00 for four papers)

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 successfully completing the requirements you will receive:

New Zealand Diploma in Business (Level 5)

Career Opportunities

Graduates can work as accounting technicians, analysts, business bankers, event managers, marketing executives, office managers, sales executives or supervisors – depending on the papers chosen.

Study Pathways

  • New Zealand Diploma in Business (Level 6)* (one year in duration)
  • Bachelor of Applied Management (Toi Ohomai) (2 years in duration)
  • Bachelor of Business (University of Waikato) (2 years in duration)

*Pending NZQA approval.

Entry Criteria

  • 50 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 Māori, of which 4 credits must be in reading and 4 credits must be in writing; (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); and
  • a minimum of 14 numeracy credits at level 1 or higher in mathematics or pangarau on the Directory of Assessment Standards; or equivalent to the above; or New Zealand University Entrance

Special Admission
If you are a domestic applicant aged 20 years or above, but do not meet the entry requirements, you may be eligible for special admission if your skills, education or work experience indicate that you have a reasonable chance of success.

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


International applicants for whom English is not their first language will be required to show evidence of language competency, issued within the last two years, before being eligible to enrol in any non-English programme. The level of competency required is outlined in Rule 18 and Appendix 2 of the NZQF Programme and Accreditation Rules 2013. And below under the title English Competency.

English Competency

Level 5 certificate or diploma IELTS Academic score of 5.5 with no band score lower than 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.