SA Government Funding Available
Course fees only $263 for concession or $851 for non-concession!

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South Australian Government Funding for Certificate III in Business Trainees

Begin your career in business

BSB30120 Certificate III in Business is an approved training course under South Australia government funding initiative. This course 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. In this course, you will:

  • Learn practical business skills that can be applied to a broad range of industries.
  • Study online at your own pace with comprehensive learning material and easy access to assessor support.
  • Be ready to work in a range of areas including administration, marketing, finance and customer service.

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SA Gov Funding Certificate III in Business Trainees

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$850.50 for non-concession

$262.50 for concession

RRP $1650

Trainee Eligibility

You must meet the following

  • Live or work in South Australia;
  • Australian or New Zealand citizen, or an Australian Permanent Resident or an eligible visa holder
  • be aged 16 years or older; and
  • not enrolled in school
  • have an employer willing to offer you a traineeship

See below for full details *


For the student (trainee)

  • Reduced course fee.
  • Attain a Nationally Recognised qualification.

For the employer:

  • Increase your skilled workforce
  • Australian Government financial incentives to eligible employers of trainees including the Boosting Apprenticeship Wage Subsidy of up to 50% (to a maximum of $7,00 per quarter) of the gross wage paid.**

See below for full details **

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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.

A traineeship is a practical hands-on training program combining paid work with structured training aimed at achieving a nationally recognised qualification. If you would like to do a traineeship and study Accounts Administration, there are Participant Eligibility Criteria in order to receive funding. You must

School-enrolled students are subject to separate eligibility criteria.

If you do not meet the eligibility criteria, please click here for full course details  or call us on 1800 678 073 for a consultation with a course adviser.

For full eligibility refer to:

For the trainee:

  • Reduced course fee.
  • Opportunity to gain a Nationally Recognised Certificate III qualification.
  • Access to one-on-one support via Microsoft Teams with a qualified Trainer/Assessor.
  • Plan for your future and help your employer develop the skills of their workforce.

For the employer:

  • Building a skilled workforce with the latest professional development opportunities.
  • The Australian Government provides a number of financial incentives to eligible employers of trainees including the Boosting Apprenticeship Wage Subsidy of up to 50% (to a maximum of $7,000 per quarter) of the gross wage paid. (source:

BSB30120 Certificate III in Business 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 in this course:

BSBWRT311 Write simple documents
BSBTEC301 Design and produce business documents
BSBTEC302 Design and produce spreadsheets
FNSACC313 Perform financial calculations
FNSACC314 Conduct business activities using a computerised accounting system
ICTWEB306 Develop web presence using social media
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
BSBPMG430 Undertake project work

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.

Course Fees

For South Australia approved trainees the course fees are:

  • $850.50 for non-concession
  • $262.50 for concession*

(RRP $1690)

Applied Education sales and discounts do not apply to students enrolled via a government funding initiative.
* Proof of concession (a current Commonwealth Government Concession Card) must be provided before enrolling. This is in addition to the eligibility criteria for Traineeships.

Payment Plans

We understand not everyone has the financial resources upfront to invest in training, so we offer flexible payment options to get you moving faster towards your future. To discuss Cluster Payment options, please contact Student Support on enrolment.

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.

The maximum duration that you will have to complete BSB30120 Certificate III in Business course, will be a the same as the duration of your traineeship contract. There is no minimum time frame, students familiar with bookkeeping and accounting concepts may complete the course much faster.

As an online course, the time it will take to complete is flexible and dependent on your ability, knowledge and time available. It is important that you choose a pace that suits your needs.

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.

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

All Short Courses Bundles Included - 12 Bonus Courses

Receive all 3 bundles for FREE!
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.

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  • Online Support

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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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