New Zealand Diploma in Business (Accounting)
Level 5

New Zealand Diploma in Business (Level 5) (Accounting)

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  • Locations and dates


    21 February 2022
    18 July 2022


    21 February 2022
    18 July 2022
  • Length

    40 weeks full-time: 34 teaching weeks plus 6 holiday weeks

  • Total credits


  • Fees


    Compulsory Student Services Fee also applies ($240 for fulltime students).
    Fees listed are for each year of the programme, indicative only and may vary with course selection. View course details for individual fees.

  • National qualification code


Online programme.

You can be the numbers guru!


Find out how you can
study this programme online
through eCampus NZ

The New Zealand Diploma in Business Level 5 Accounting strand allows you to launch your career in accounting with the operational skills to manage a business’s daily functions. The completion of the New Zealand Diploma in Business Level 5 in Accounting meets the competency requirements for the designation of Accounting Technician with CA ANZ.

You will learn the fundamentals of accounting covering, financial statements, taxation, business law, Treaty of Waitangi and more. In addition the applied teaching method will provide a safe environment to develop essential employable skills including effective communication, collaboration and team work across mediums, problem solving and decision making. This programme has been developed in collaboration with industry to ensure graduates have employable skills for the New Zealand business environment.

Study face-to-face or completely online through the eCampus NZ's online learning platform (find out more).

Accounting strand

Turn your love of numbers into a career.

There is more to accounting than running the numbers. It means having an understanding of the complexities of business processes, planning, and the New Zealand business environment.

Develop your skills in accounting with our accounting courses:

  • BAC501 Introduction to Accounting and Taxation
  • BAC502 Applied Accounting
  • BAC503 Analysis of Financial Information
  • BAC504 Budgets for Planning and Control

Alongside these accounting focused courses, gain a deeper understanding of New Zealand business through general business courses:

  • NZB501 Organisations in New Zealand Context
  • NZB502 Business Environments
  • NZB503 Business Functions
  • NZB504 Understanding Change

Aims of Programme

This Programme aims to prepare students with a general and specialised business and accounting knowledge and skills that can be applied in a range of operational roles.

Graduates will be prepared to contribute to the achievement of business operational objectives, through the application of knowledge and skills, in an ethical manner and in a bi- and multi-cultural environment. In addition, graduates will have specialised knowledge and skills for application in operational roles in New Zealand business entities.

Key Features

  • One year full time or longer part time
  • Open entry for any person over 20 years
  • Recognised as the first year of the Bachelor of Commerce (Accounting major)
  • Recognised as meeting competency requirements for Accounting Technician designation with CAANZ (If students choose the academic pathway towards the Accounting Technician designation they will also need to satisfy practical experience requirements. All candidates are also required to complete the CA ANZ professional ethics course. Information about the Accounting Technician qualification is available from the CA ANZ website: link))
  • Use recognition of prior undergraduate study, or extensive work experience, to skip courses you already hold the necessary skills and knowledge in (see 'Recognition of Academic Credit’ below)
  • Study face-to-face on our Nelson or Marlborough campus, or study completely online through the TANZ eCampus online learning platform (find out more).
  • Be awarded additional an strand by completing the four specialist courses in Leadership and Management, Administration and Technology*, Marketing and Sales*, Human Resource Management*, Project Management*

(* Delivered via TANZ only)


Study full time over one year (two semesters plus study breaks), or part-time. Courses are run on our Nelson and Marlborough campus. Alternatively study full time over one year online via TANZ eCampus (four terms plus study breaks).

See Classes and Study hours for more information.

Marlborough campus via video link

The majority of classes will be video linked from our Nelson campus for students studying on our Marlborough campus. Video link students meet and study together on the Marlborough campus then interact with their fellow students, and the lecturer, in Nelson via the video linking software.

Marlborough students have full access to Library Learner Services and one on one tutor sessions as required.

Key information for students

Entry requirements

Minimum requirements Learn more

Academic requirements for applicants under 20 years old, 14 numeracy credits at level 1 or higher in Mathematics or Pangarau on the Directory of Assessment Standards, 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 Maori, of which 4 credits must be in reading and 4 credits must be in writing, OR equivalent to the above. Applicants 20 years or over, no minimum academic requirements, however, applicants will need to provide their curriculum vitae detailing any relevant work experience and academic achievements. The Head of Department will use this information to assess whether the applicant is likely to successfully complete the NZ Diploma in Business Programme. If English is not the applicant's first language they may be required to provide evidence of English language proficiency as set out in Appendix 2 of the NZQF Programme Approval and Accreditation Rules 2013, Version 2, available at All applicants may be required to attend an interview. In exceptional circumstances an applicant who does not meet the academic entry requirements may be accepted at the discretion of the Academic Committee.

Detailed requirements
More information about entry to this qualification

Duration Learn more

1 Year

Tuition fees

Annual Total qualification
Student fees Learn more $5,098 $5,098
Government tuition subsidy Learn more $6,512 $6,512
TOTAL Learn more $11,611 $11,611
Compulsory Student Services Fee
Student loan information Learn more StudyLink

Student success Learn more

Successful course completions 77%

National Graduate Outcomes Learn more

3 years after completion
Median earnings Learn more $39,003
Earnings range Learn more $28,689 - $46,694
In employment Learn more 59%
In further study Learn more 28%
On a benefit Learn more 7%

Note: All KIS information is the most recent available relating to domestic students only. Learn more about Key Information for Students







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