Certificate IV in Business Administration


If you love the buzz of getting stuff done, taking on some higher responsibilities, and working towards a collective goal, then this is for you. This is a more challenging course, designed for those who already have some work experience in business and/or admin, who may now prefer to concentrate more on the back office experience. 

Your Investment:

From $2950

The course investment starts from $2950. With amazingly affordable pricing, we offer two options to allow you to spread out your investment.

Entry Requirements
Pre Req's:


There are no ATAR or other entry requirements to start studying this course. Just a desire to learn! 



On average these courses can take 8 months to complete. If you have the time and can apply yourself, it is possible to complete it in a much faster timeframe. 


100% online

Our courses are delivered 100% online using some of the most innovative and engaging learning materials available with full mentor support every step of the way.

Start Dates


This course is available to start now or whenever you are ready to go. Just use the Enrol Now button at the top of the page to get started and enrol online.  

Nationally Recognised Training

Recognised Training

This is course is a nationally recognised training programme that can lead to vocational qualifications and credentials that are recognised across Australia.

Need some advice on finding the right course for you?

Watch our short explainer video to find out more about the Certificate IV in Business Administration including:

  • What roles you can expect to get out of the course
  • What you will learn in the course
  • Your average salary and career expectations
  • What level of study is the right level for you
  • What to expect when you study this course including times, costs and how to get started!


Your Investment

We have two plans to help fit your chosen course in with your budget. Decide which investment plan suits you best from the options below. When you are ready to apply, click the ENROL NOW button and select your choice in the online enrolment form

Step 1 - Free Business Course
(save 20% off the full fee)

Fast Track me

On enrolling: $1475
After 3 months: $1475

Total =$2,950

Step 2 - Free Business Course
(get started for just $125)

Start Me Up

On enrolling: $125
52 weeks @$65.67pw
*Payments can be structured weekly, fortnightly or monthly
Total =$3,540

Nothing else to pay!

All the learning materials, tuition, assessments, student support and issuing of your Certificate are provided in the fee.

The fineprint: 

  • your Certificate can only be issued once all payments have been made in full. 
  • if you want us to send you a second Certificate, this can be done at a cost of $55 each time.
  • If for any reason, you are not 100% happy with your course, Edmund Barton College offers you a 30-day money-back guarantee.  That is, if you choose to cancel, Edmund Barton College will refund anything you have paid in excess of our admin fee. The conditions are;
    • You have not completed more than 1 unit through to assessment stage, and
    • You let us know in writing that you wish to cancel within 30 days of enrolling, and
    • The admin fee is equal to one month’s payment under your chosen course’s “Start Me Up” plan.
    • If you would like to dispute a payment or claim a refund, please contact us at [email protected]
  • if you cancel, then you could be eligible for an Academic Transcript, which will entitle you to credit for the units you have successfully completed. Feel free to request this.


The Certificate IV in Business Administration could be the right course for you if you are looking for a more demanding/rewarding entry-level course that better reflects your abilities. You will develop great administrative skills and a broad knowledge base in a wide variety of administrative contexts. As this is the next level up from the entry-level, your expected answers to assessments should match the increased depth and breadth of the content.  It’s obviously more respected - and looks better on your resume - and it tells an employer that they can be confident you’ve got their Admin back!

You will be gaining confidence and skills. You’ll apply solutions to a defined range of unpredictable problems, and analyse information from a variety of sources. You’ll get to know the theory and understanding of what you can expect in a real-world situation. You’ll then submit your work for assessment with our Mentors, who will give you valuable feedback. This will give you the confidence to do whatever your boss asks in the Admin area.  And, you’ll do this effortlessly, calmly, with control and with professionalism... at least, it’ll look like that!

You’ll also get a lot of confidence to prepare you for this style of work. You can learn how to lead a team, try a few things, get some more feedback from our Mentors, and then become really good at this before you take on the role. Or, if you have the experience, but not the qualification, then this is a perfect way to get the recognition you deserve.  Then, you can talk to your Manager - confident in your new, recognised abilities from your Certificate IV in Business Administration qualification - and ask for that promotion/pay rise/or both!

The Certificate IV in Business Administration is a development level course, which means you can step up towards management, once you’ve got some good experience and you've shown how good you are! Some of our graduates head down these paths;

  • Admin Manager
  • Team Leader
  • Senior Customer Service
  • Executive Assistant
  • Human Resources Assistant
  • Marketing Assistant
  • Real Estate

You’ll naturally get credit for what you do in this course. Upon completing a Certificate IV in Business Administration, you can continue your studies through the Certificate IV in Customer Engagement and/or Diploma of Leadership & Management or Diploma of Business. The credits you earn in this course can count towards further qualifications, which means it’s quicker and cheaper to advance to higher qualifications.


The average dedicated student should expect to do 1 unit every 2-3 weeks. In a Certificate IV in Business Administration, there are 13 units to complete. So, you should expect around 8 months to complete. It’s OK to take longer, but there is a maximum time frame of 12 months.

There is no minimum time period, meaning if you have the time now to apply yourself, you can complete this course as fast as want.

Build your own course

With a Certificate IV in Business Administration, your future roles could get you a job leading a group of people in an Admin context. Or, in a smaller organisation, you could be the expert Admin person who knows how to run the place!

Use the units below to build your own course around your desired outcomes and that will help you reach your career goals.

You need to choose 10 Electives altogether, based on the packaging rules;

Elective Units - Group A:  Choose all 5 from Group A 

BSBADM405 Organise meetings 

BSBITU401 Design and develop complex text documents  

BSBITU402 Develop and use complex spreadsheets  

BSBITU404 Produce complex desktop published documents  

BSBWRT401 Write complex documents  

Elective Units - Group B: Choose up to 5 from Group B 

BSBCMM401 Make a presentation 

BSBCUS401 Coordinate implementation of customer service strategies 

BSBCUS402 Address customer needs 

BSBINN301 Promote innovation in a team environment 

BSBMKG413 Promote products and services 

BSBREL401 Establish networks 

BSBRSK401 Identify risk and apply risk management processes 

BSBWHS401 Implement and monitor WHS policies, procedures and programs to meet legislative requirements 

Elective Units - Group C: Choose up to 1 from Group C

BSBADM311 Maintain business resources 

BSBITU306 Design and produce business documents

BSBADM502 Manage meetings

BSBPMG522 Undertake project work 

Make the choice to study with a college that has been delivering accredited courses for over 17 years.

We focus only on delivering our business courses 100% online to allow our students to study a course that suits them in the timeframes that suit them.

We have industry-leading mentors ready to help you every step of the way and we pride ourselves on supporting our students through every step of their studies.

Don't get lost in the system and study at a college that truly cares about each individual.

Fun and engaging learning methods

Our courses are the future of online education! All of our courses are made up of engaging content, quizzes and interactive media designed to make learning fun!

Interactive assessments

Assessments are all made up of quizzes, and long and short answer questions. There is no pass or fail results, we work with you to make sure you understand the topic before moving to the next. 


Design the course around your requirements. You can select the units from each course that best fits your needs and requirements. 

Don't just take our word for it

Listen to one of our previous students, Tarek, talk about the 3 main reasons why he thinks you should study at Edmund Barton College.

1) Affordable courses that are all AQF (Australian Qualification Framework) certified.

2) An amazing system that allows you to study in your own time. The harder you study- the faster you complete your course.

3) An excellent support system that gives you the help you need.

Tarek I. - A previous student in Diploma of Business

Try a business course for free!

Did you know we offer free trials on all our courses? 

Try a unit to see if it is the right course and the right level of study for you. 

And if you don't like it .... try another one!

Essential Information

Students who choose us get more than just a great education and a great start to a career - they get a fully integrated experience that will resonate for years to come. Anyone can go the conventional route, but our students choose us because they want an amazing start and the full support that our engaged and involved faculty and staff can offer.

Entry Requirements

Entry Requirements

There are no prerequisites or licensing, legislative or certification requirements required to undertake this qualification.



  • We’ll supply you with all the learning materials you’ll need.
  • You will need to have access to a computer, the internet and an email address.

You will also need to get yourself a USI number (https://www.usi.gov.au) which is free and records your results with the government for future security. More on this later.

Assessment Methods


There are a variety of assessment methods, and we can be flexible in how we receive your assessment, including;

  • Online
  • Paper
  • Video
  • Q&A
  • Demonstration
  • Short written answers
  • Longer written answers
  • Third party observation

RPL and Credit Transfer

RPL & Credit Transfer

If you have done some of this course before, or you have done some units that appear in this course, or you have good experience in this type of work, then you can apply for Recognition of Prior Learning or Credit Transfer. You don’t have to take up this option, but it’s available upon request. Evidence will be required.

Yep. All over Australia. It’s endorsed by all State and Commonwealth governments and recognised by other RTO’s. Validation on the course we’re delivering to you can be found at  https://training.gov.au/Training/Details/BSB40515

Edmund Barton College is an RTO (our number is 90768 … you can find us at https://training.gov.au/Organisation/Details/90768) and we’re registered with ASQA (that’s the Commonwealth Government’s department who regulate and authorise Training Organisations like us (see https://www.asqa.gov.au/). It’s under ASQA’s rules that we operate and, if we don’t play by their rules, they can kick us out! We’ve been audited multiple times and are registered through to 2025.

Since 2003. We’ve been delivering training and graduating thousands of people under our parent company, Maddisson Employment. Now, we’re delivering the same courses but under a new trading name, Edmund Barton College.

What others have to say

The course was very educational and at the same time very fun. I loved (my Mentor) Michelle's comments. She made me feel very special (and smart!!). I enjoyed every moment of it! 

Mariela R

Graduate - Certificate III and IV in Business Administration

I learned a lot through my course. The information was relevant to my job and the delivery was really fun and engaging. The Mentors were excellent in helping me with my studies. I can highly recommend these guys!

Simon C

Graduate - Certificate IV in Customer Engagement

I would like to say thank you to the team at Edmund Barton College, I know every time I have contacted the college the employees have been amazing with their customer service

Ashley G

Graduate - Certificate IV in Business Administration

I would like to say thank you to the team at Edmund Barton College, I know every time I have contacted the college the employees have been amazing with their customer service

Amanda H

Graduate - Diploma of Leadership & Management