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BSB30120 Certificate III in Business

Learn the essential business skills to launch your career

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Begin your career in business with this new qualification

The Certificate III in Business is ideal for anyone looking to start their career in business. 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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Certificate III in Business
Online Course

$1521 RRP $1690
  • Start any time. Instant access.
  • Study at your own pace
  • Payment plan available
  • 12 months duration

Studying with Applied Education

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.

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 Adviser.

Course Information

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

This course comprises 13 Units of Competency that are studied in the following order:

BSBWRT311 Write simple documents
BSBTEC301 Design and produce business documents
BSBTEC302 Design and produce spreadsheets
FNSACC313 Perform financial calculations
FNSACC304 Conduct business activities using a computerised accounting system
ICTWEB306 Use social media tools for collaboration and engagement
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.

You will have up to 12 months to complete BSB30120 Certificate III in Business. There is no minimum time frame, students familiar with business 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.

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.

Microsoft Windows is the required operating system for the study of this course as all student data files are supplied in Windows format. 

Internet access – a reliable internet connection is required. All data files and learning activities are available via our student platform.

Software - You will also need Microsoft Word and Excel. MYOB accounting software for FNSACC304, we provide on a link and detailed instructions to download MYOB Student Edition to your computer.

Mac Users:
If you only have access to a Mac computer then you need to either purchase and install on your mac a windows emulator such as "parallels" to run windows on a Mac at your own cost, or if you have a Windows OS software licence use the free in built Mac Boot Camp assistant on your Mac Computer.

Applied Education uses the Microsoft Windows operating system and we are unable to support issues relating to a Mac computer.

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.

Online study is a convenient, effective and affordable way to learn when and where you want. We always aim to provide a high level of support on your learning journey.

We provide:

  • Every student receives help getting started and can book a welcome call
  • Quality learning material
  • Dedicated online support ticket system that keeps track of all support requests
  • Phone support Monday to Friday because sometimes a quick chat is easier. Talk with our friendly Student Service or Assessor teams.
  • Student Facebook group and Student Forums

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

  • FNS40217 Certificate IV in Accounting and Bookkeeping; or
  • BSB40120 Certificate IV in Business

Free Fundamentals Bundle Included

Choose 1 FREE 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. Contact a Course Adviser on 1800 678 073 before you enrol.

Student Support - The Applied Education Difference

  • Amazing Support

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

  • Online Support

    Dedicated Student Support Team and
    Ticket Lodgement to track support

  • Facebook & Student Forums

    Dedicated Facebook Support Group - Over 2,000 student only members. Dedicated Forums

  • Phone Support

    Assessors & Student Services Team available

Nationally Recognised Training

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.

BSB30120 Certificate III in Business is recognised in all states and territories of Australia.

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