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BSB30120 Certificate III in Business

Learn the essential business skills to launch your career

Start your career in business

The BSB30120 Certificate III in Business is an excellent foundation course for anyone looking to start a career in business services or become a business administrator. Gain the skills and knowledge for today’s standards and practices in a range of business settings.

Applied Education offers two course options to suit your career pathway. You can choose to study the general qualification or achieve a specialisation in business administration. Study the units designed for entry-level administrative roles. Learn more here.

  • Learn to carry out a variety of routine procedural, clerical, administrative or operational
    tasks that require technology and business skills.
  • Study online at your own pace with comprehensive learning material and easy access to assessor support.
  • Learn practical business skills that can be applied to a broad range of industries.

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Course Options

Certificate III in Business

Enrol any time and study at your own pace

Learn how to undertake projects and use accounting software

Includes digital learning material,
bonus upskill courses & dedicated support

13 Units

Payment Plans Available

$1521 RRP $1690

BSB30120 Certificate
III in Business (Administration)

 Specialisation in Business Administration

Enrol any time and study at your own pace

Includes digital learning material,
bonus upskill courses & dedicated support

13 Units

Payment Plans Available

$1521 RRP $1690

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.

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BSB30120 Certificate III in Business

Let's take a look at what you are going to learn and important course information to know before you enrol.

BSB30120 Certificate III in Business is an excellent foundation course for anyone looking to start their career in business or returning to the workforce. You will gain the skills and knowledge for today’s standards and expectations in a variety of business settings.

Learn to apply critical thinking and excel in collaborative communication and engagement in the workplace. On completion of this course, you will be able to set up, design and document business documents, and complete simple bookkeeping tasks and financial calculations. You will also learn the latest practice in using social media tools to drive business engagement.

Applied Education provides a supportive and friendly learning environment, with access to email support, phone support, student forums and a Facebook study group. We also provide additional short courses to support your skill development. Choose your free fundamentals bundle to suit your needs.

This qualification is assessed under the Principles of Competency-based training, students have to demonstrate their ability to do all activities in each Unit of Competency. There are 13 Units of Competency, 6 core and 7 electives.

Core Units

  • BSBCRT311 Apply critical thinking skills in a team environment
  • BSBPEF201 Support personal wellbeing in the workplace
  • BSBSUS211 Participate in sustainable work practices
  • BSBTWK301 Use inclusive work practices
  • BSBWHS311 Assist with maintaining workplace safety
  • BSBXCM301 Engage in workplace communication

Electives for BSB30120 Certificate III in Business

  • BSBWRT311 Write simple documents
  • BSBTEC301 Design and produce business documents
  • BSBTEC302 Design and produce spreadsheets
  • BSBPMG430 Undertake project work
  • FNSACC323 Perform financial calculations
  • FNSACC314 Conduct business activities using a computerised accounting system
  • ICTWEB306 Develop web presence using social media

Electives for BSB30120 Certificate III in Business (Administration)

  • BSBWRT311 Write simple documents
  • BSBTEC301 Design and produce business documents
  • BSBPMG430 Undertake project work
  • BSBFIN301 Process financial transactions
  • BSBHRM416 Process payroll
  • BSBOPS303 Organise schedules
  • BSBPUR301 Purchase goods and services

Recognised Prior Learning (RPL)

RPL is available to all students. With this option you will be required to put together a portfolio of your work to demonstrate a good understanding of the learning outcomes in the course. The portfolio of previous or superseded qualifications and on the job experience, will contain

  • Full list of evidence criteria
  • Detailed templates
  • Checklists

We find that for many students, RPL is a more complex process than completing the self paced study and doing the activities which is more straight forward process than RPL, unless you have sound experience in all the units of study and are able to provide a portfolio of evidence.

You will have up to 12 months to complete BSB30120 Certificate III in Business.

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 students may need up to 840* hours of study and assessment time, particularly those who are new to business administration, students familiar with the learning concepts may complete the course faster. It is important that you choose a pace that suits your needs.

*Does not take into account credit transfers.

To complete all units in this course, you will need:

  • A reliable internet connection as all data files and learning activities are available via our student platform.
  • A computer with a Microsoft Windows operating system.#
  • Microsoft Word and Excel - full desktop versions/apps.

We will provide links and instructions to download MYOB Student Edition Software.

# Mac Users, Tablets and MYOB
MYOB software cannot be downloaded to tablets including Chromebooks and since 2020, MYOB is not compatible with Apple’s operating system.

If you only have access to a Mac computer, we recommend you first contact Apple to confirm if the following options are feasible on your computer:

  • purchase and install on your mac a windows emulator such as "parallels" to run windows on a Mac at your own cost; or
  • use the free inbuilt Mac Boot Camp Assistant on your Mac computer and purchase a Windows OS software licence. 

Note: Applied Education and MYOB are unable to support issues relating to a Mac computer.

We understand that students study in different ways. For the Certificate III in Business, we provide the following learning material and resources at no additional cost:

  • Digital course training manuals for each unit of competency
  • Video tutorials for some units covering key learning concepts
  • Reference resources
  • Case studies
  • Practice exercises
  • Interactive learning material

All course content, including assessments, is accessed via our online student portal.

Currently, hard copy manuals are not available for this course. Please note the digital manuals are non-printable and non-editable.


Your learning journey is about becoming "competent" in the subject matter. Our in-house training and assessment team have business and accounting experience or are currently working in the industry. With this in mind, we aim to make the tasks relevant to what you will experience in the real world. The purpose is not to pass or fail, rather to become competent using these skills which you can then apply in the real world.

As BSB30120 Certificate III in Business is a nationally recognised course, there are some mandatory requirements* that must be completed by all RTO students.


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.

Introductory Requirements & Units

The Introductory requirements include an Oral Communication Skills Assessment* and a Work Health and Safety Assessment*.

The Unit assessments and examinations are completed using a variety of methods and are submitted via our online student portal. They are open book, from either your home, office or classroom, and comprise theoretical and practical exercises.

Accounting unit assessment FNSACC304 uses MYOB software, we provide the Student Edition of MYOB.

If you require supervision of assessments by Applied Education, additional costs may apply. Refer to Student Handbook.

Course Fees and Payment Plans

We understand not everyone has the financial resources upfront to invest in training, so we offer a 6-month payment plan to get you moving faster towards your future for the Certificate III in Business course.

  • An administration fee of $100 is added for this option
  • All you need is a valid credit or debit card
  • Pay a $250 deposit at commencement of course
  • Remainder to be paid over six equal monthly instalments

Concessions on Courses

Concession pricing is available for eligible students as per the Student Handbook. Proof of concession must be provided at the time of enrolment; please contact us to apply for a concession rate before enrolling.

Refund Policy

Refer to the Student Handbook for our refund policy. This course includes a non-refundable administration fee of $250.

Job Opportunities

The Cert III in Business is ideal for anyone starting a career or returning to the workforce in an office environment, roles may include:

  • Receptionist
  • Office Support
  • General Clerk
  • Administration Assistant
  • Customer Services
  • Junior Personal Assistant
  • Business Services

Further Study

Attain BSB30120 and you can use some of the course units as a credit transfer to

  • FNS40222 Certificate IV in Accounting and Bookkeeping; or
  • BSB40120 Certificate IV in Business

At Applied Education, we believe in equipping our students with the tools they need to succeed. That's why we're proud to offer a complimentary Office 365 A1 subscription to all of our students. This includes access to Microsoft's web-version of Outlook, Word, PowerPoint, Excel, and OneNote, as well as your very own student email address. Not only will you be able to create and collaborate on amazing content with the 365 Office app, but your student email address also comes with exclusive discounts and special student pricing at many popular businesses and online stores. Start taking advantage of this as soon as you enrol.

BSB30120 Certificate III in Business 1

Government Funding Available

Jobs and Skills WA traineeship coursesStudents in Western Australia may be eligible to apply for Traineeship funding. Note there are strict eligibility requirements and additional student activities required. More information can be found here

BSB30120 Certificate III in Business 2

Students in South Australia may be eligible to apply for Traineeship funding. Note there are strict eligibility requirements and additional student activities required. More information can be found here

Free Short Course Bundle Included

Choose 1 FREE Fundamentals bundle or 2 for $295, or all 3 for $495 when you enrol.
Perfect to meet CPE/CPD requirements and upskill


5 Online Courses
Excel Introductory & Intermediate
Word Introductory & Intermediate
Microsoft Outlook

(Bundle value $495)

Xero & MYOB
Fundamentals (Popular)

3 Online Courses
Certificate in Xero Accounting
Certificate in Xero Payroll
Certificate in MYOB Bookkeeping

(Bundle value $685)


4 Online Courses
Payroll Administration
Salary Packaging

(Bundle value $695)

* If you are applying for funding for this course, there may be restrictions on Free Bundles depending on government funding eligibility requirements.

Student Support - The Applied Education Difference

  • Amazing Support

    Every student receives help getting started
    and can book a welcome call

  • Online Support

    Dedicated Support Team and Ticket Lodgement

  • Facebook & Student Forums

    Dedicated Facebook Study Group and Online Forums

  • Phone Support

    Talk to Assessors & Student Services Team

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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.

Nationally Recognised Training - BSB30120 Certificate III in Business is recognised in all states and territories of Australia.

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