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AE617 Operate A Small Business Skill Set

Government Funded Small Business Courses
FREE training (WA residents only) for the freedom to run your own business

Ready to be your own boss?

Whether you are thinking of starting your own business or working in a small business, this FEE-FREE course will prepare you with the skills and knowledge to get you job-ready or to improve how you operate a business of your own.

AE617 Operate A Small Business Skill Set is suitable for anyone working in a small business or thinking of starting their own small business. The units in the skill set are nationally recognised and may be used as credit toward further qualifications.

This course is 100% free for everyone living and working in Western Australia including all learning material, access to student support and class training.


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Operate A Small Business Skill Set Course

Face-to-face Learning

  • Next intake starts Tuesday, 30 July 2024
  • Monday, 10 June 2024 now full
  • 10 weekly classes
  • Plus classroom recordings
  • Nationally recognised units
  • Full online access for 6 months

AE617 Operate A Small Business Skill Set (WA only)

The course is conducted via a combination of face-to-face and online learning with 10 weekly face-to-face classes. Each class runs from 8.30 am to 4.30pm and are held at Applied Education, Level 1, 524 Hay Street, WA 6000. Located close to Perth Train Station.

Fully funded by WA Government Department of Training and Workforce Development, see jobsandskills.wa.gov.au.

The next intake starts on 30 July 2024 (every Tuesday). This popular, fee-free course fills out fast. Places are limited! Check your eligibility now.

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Not from WA but interested in this course? Learn more about the Online Small Business Course.

Not sure which course is right for you? Completed prior units and may be eligible for credits? Call us on 1800 678 073 for a consultation with a course coordinator or book an enrolment consultation.

Expert Trainers and Assessors

Applied Education love Bookkeeping and Business, we have been delivering training courses since 1999.

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Gain credits towards further nationally recognised qualifications

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Accounting is our passion, all our trainers and assesors have qualifications and experience in accounting and education

Course Information

WA Government subsidies are available for this course. To be eligible under the Jobs and Skills WA - Skill Ready program, you must be:

  1. living and working in Western Australia;
  2. have left school;
  3. be one of the following:
    • Australian citizen;
    • New Zealand citizen;
    • Permanent Resident; or
    • Holder of a temporary resident visa approved by the Government of Western Australia Department of Training and Workforce Development. For more details on visa categories, please contact us on 1800 678 073.

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AE617 Operate a Small Business Skill Set consists of 5 units of study:

  • BSBTEC301 Design and produce business documents
  • BSBTEC302 Design and produce spreadsheets
  • BSBWHS307 Apply knowledge of WHS laws in the workplace
  • BSBESB403 Plan finances for new business ventures
  • ICTWEB306 Develop web presence using social media

The units in the Skill Set are nationally recognised and may be used as credit towards further qualifications. On completion you will receive a Statement of Attainment.

This Skill Set is delivered via a combination of face-to-face classes and online study.

This is a very effective way to learn, offering students hands-on learning with expert trainers along with the opportunity to complete studies at their own pace, in their own time and environment. Class attendance is required for this course, there are 10 weekly face-to-face classes held in Perth CBD covering all learning concepts for the units of competency.

We provide you with the following:

  • Quality materials
  • Amazing Support from our assessors and student support team
  • Assessments
  • Student Facebook group

You will have up to 6 months to complete AE617 Operating a Small Business Skill Set.

As an online course, the time it will take to complete is flexible and dependent on your ability, knowledge and time available.

It is expected that the students may need up to 155 hours of study and assessment time, particularly for those who are new to business operations, students familiar with the learning concepts may complete the course faster. It is important that you choose a pace that suits your needs.

Class Dates

Next intake starts Tuesday, 30 July 2024.

Students attend 10 weekly classes and are required to allocate additional online study towards completing course assessments.

To complete this course, you will need access to:

  • a laptop to bring to face-to-face classes.
  • Microsoft Word and Excel - full desktop versions/apps.
  • A reliable internet connection at home to complete assessments as all data files and learning activities are available via our student platform.

You will also need to have basic computer skills e.g. know how to download files, open and save documents.

Applied Education will provide free WIFI during face-to-face classes.

Digital (non-printable and non-editable) training manuals are included as part of the course.

The course content is accessed via our online student portal extra learning materials and classroom recordings also available.


Before starting this course, you will be required to complete a Language, Literacy and Numeracy (LLN) questionnaire. This quick questionnaire is used to determine your LLN skill level so that we can best support you in your studies.


The Unit assessments are completed using a variety of methods and comprise of theoretical and practical exercises. Some assessments will be conducted during the classroom sessions under the supervision of your trainer, the remainder will need to be completed by students during their own time.

The Units of Competency in Operate a Small Business Skill Set are nationally recognised and may be used as credit toward further study including:

Certificate III in Business
Certificate IV in Business

Accreditation & Industry Partners

As a Registered Training Organisation (ID 52240), we comply with the government’s strict quality and consistency standards. We conduct regular audits to ensure we keep this accreditation and deliver the level of training you deserve.

The Units of Competency in this Skill Set are recognised in all states and territories of Australia and may be used as credit toward further qualifications.

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