Certificate III in Business


If you love the buzz of doing business and getting things done, then this is for you. It’s an easier, entry-level course, designed for those starting their first course after leaving Year 12. It’s also the first course you’ll want to do before getting into a business type job.

Your Investment:


This course is valued at $5250 but thanks to funding from the NSW government, it is FREE to you. (if you are eligible)

Start Dates


This course is available to start now. You must commence within 5 days of course access and complete the course by 1st December, 2023 (or earlier!). Just use the Enrol Now button to get started.



This course has 13 units and you should expect to take around 6 hours per unit. 
You can study at your own pace and complete each unit in your own time. 

Who is eligible for our Fee-Free courses?

Edmund Barton College fee-free courses are funded by the New South Wales government.
To be eligible for these courses you must meet the following criteria:

  • Be an Australian or New Zealand citizen, permanent Australian resident or a humanitarian visa holder.
  • Be aged 15 years or over, and not enrolled at any school.

Additionally, you must also live, or work, in one of the areas as follows:

  • Sydney,
  • Capital Region
  • Central West

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.

Entry Requirements
Pre Req's:


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

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.

Frequently Asked Questions

Have more questions? Get in touch.

Select your own units!

Select from a wide range of units that you can combine into any combination to allow you to study the course that interests you, built around your desired outcomes and that will help you reach your career goals.

CORE UNITS: The following 6 units are compulsory.

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


You need to choose 7 units altogether, according to the Group options.

(You will select these when you enrol)

Group A: must choose minimum 2 units … and up to 6 units

BSBDAT201         Collect and record data

BSBTEC202         Use digital technologies to communicate in a work environment

BSBTEC301          Design and produce business documents

BSBTEC302         Design and produce spreadsheets

BSBTEC303         Create electronic presentations

BSBTEC404        Use digital technologies to collaborate in a work environment

BSBWRT311        Write simple documents

BSBXCS303         Securely manage personally identifiable information and workplace information

Group B: must choose minimum 1 units … and up to 2 units

BSBPEF301          Organise personal work priorities

BSBPMG430       Undertake project work

Group C: can choose 0-3 units

BSBLDR301          Support effective workplace relationships

BSBPEF302         Develop self-awareness

BSBXTW301         Work in a team

Group D: can choose 0-2 units

BSBOPS304         Deliver and monitor a service to customers

BSBOPS305         Process customer complaints

Group E: can choose 0-3 units

BSBINS202          Handle receipt and dispatch of information

BSBOPS301         Maintain business resources

BSBOPS303         Organise schedules

BSBPUR301         Purchase goods and services

Group F: can choose 0-1 unit

BSBINS302          Organise workplace information


In the Certificate III in Business, you’ll learn about how a business operates and what is the best thing to do in a business environment.  You could be starting in and Admin Assistant role in a larger organisation, or a Team Leader or even an Office Manager for a smaller business.

Some of the things you’ll do in your job at this level would include using some discretion in business practices, judgment and responsibility for the admin of the business, and applying relevant theoretical knowledge. You may even provide technical advice and support to a team. You’ll work with outside suppliers to purchase the right equipment, make sure they arrive on time and work properly. You might work under supervision, and may have some authority to delegate.

We’re pretty sure you’ll also get a lot of confidence to prepare you for work. You can learn how to do business stuff in a business environment, try a few things, get some feedback from our Mentors, and then become really good at this. You can slap your resume - complete with your new Certificate III in Business qualification - onto the desk of the job interviewer knowing you’ve got what they want!

The Certificate III in Business is an entry-level course, which means you can go almost anywhere once you’ve got some experience and shown how good you are! Some of our graduates head down these paths;

  • Admin Assistant
  • Office Junior/Support
  • Customer Service
  • Internal Sales/Admin
  • Receptionist
  • Hospitality
  • Retail

You’ll naturally get credit for what you do in this course. Upon completing a Certificate III in Business, you can continue your studies through the Certificate IV in Business and/or Diplomas of Business

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

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/BSB30115

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 have thoroughly enjoyed completely this Diploma, it was something that I thought was out of my reach. My Mentor’s kind words every step of the way has been encouraging and motivating. I certainly found the last two topics the hardest to get motivated to do, as life certainly got busier and procrastination kicked in. I have finished just in time for the festive season.”

Amanda H

Graduate - Diploma of Leadership & Management

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