IPS Institute’s BSB40520 Certificate IV in Business provides you with an introduction to core business management principles. Stand out from the pack with this advanced business administration skill set and set yourself up for career success.

You will gain a broad foundation across core business and administrative functions, including successful strategies for implementing workplace information systems, operations management, project management writing complex business documents.

Successful completion of this qualification will allow you to apply for positions such as:

 Office Supervisor               Secretary

 Office Administrator         Office Administrative Assistant

 Executive Assistant             Customer Service Representative

To obtain the BSB40120 Certificate IV in Business you must achieve competency in twelve (12) units of competency, of which:

  • two (2) elective units must be selected from Group A

For the remaining four (4) elective units:
• up to four (4) may be selected from Groups A – J

  • if not listed, two (2) elective unit may be selected from either a Certificate III or Diploma qualification from any currently endorsed Training Package or accredited course offered by IPS Institute.

Elective units must be relevant to the work environment and the qualification, maintain the integrity of the AQF alignment and contribute to a valid, industry-supported vocational outcome.




This qualification can provide for specialisations. To achieve a specialisation, the following additional packaging rules must be adhered to:

  • For specialisation in Leadership, 4 elective units must be selected from Group B
  • For specialisation in Business Administration, 4 elective units must be selected from Group C
  • For specialisation in Business Operations, 4 elective units must be selected from Group D
  • For specialisation in Sustainability, 4 elective units must be selected from Group E
  • For specialisation in Financial Administration, 4 elective units must be selected from Group H
  • For specialisation in Records and Information Management, 4 elective units must be selected from Group I


  • BSBCRT411 Apply critical thinking to work practices
  • BSBTEC404 Use digital technologies to collaborate in a work environment
  • BSBTWK401 Build and maintain business relationships
  • BSBWHS411 Implement and monitor WHS policies, procedures and programs
  • BSBWRT411 Write complex documents
  • BSBXCM401 Apply communication strategies in the workplace

GROUP A (Self-development)

  • BSBPEF401 Manage personal health and wellbeing
  • BSBPEF402 Develop personal work priorities
  • BSBPEF403 Lead personal development
  • BSBPEF502 Develop and use emotional intelligence

GROUP B (Leadership)

  • BSBATSIM421 Support a positive and culturally appropriate workforce culture
  • BSBCMM411 Make presentations
  • BSBCMM412 Lead difficult conversations
  • BSBCRT412 Articulate, present and debate ideas
  • BSBCRT413 Collaborate in creative processes
  • BSBHRM413 Support the learning and development of teams and individuals
  • BSBLDR411 Demonstrate leadership in the workplace
  • BSBPEF501 Manage personal and professional development
  • BSBSTR401 Promote innovation in team environments
  • BSBXDB501 Support staff members with disability in the workplace
  • BSBXTW401 Lead and facilitate a team

GROUP C (Business Administration)

  • BSBAUD412 Work within compliance frameworks
  • BSBHRM417 Support human resources functions and processes
  • BSBINS402 Coordinate workplace information systems
  • BSBOPS306 Record stakeholder interactions
  • BSBOPS401 Coordinate business resources
  • BSBOPS405 Organise business meetings
  • BSBPMG430 Undertake project work
  • BSBTEC401 Design and produce complex text documents
  • BSBTEC402 Design and produce complex spreadsheets
  • BSBTEC403 Apply digital solutions to work processes

GROUP D (Business Operations)

  • BSBESB401 Research and develop business plans
  • BSBHRM415 Coordinate recruitment and onboarding
  • BSBINS401 Analyse and present research information
  • BSBMKG431 Assess marketing opportunities
  • BSBMKG433 Undertake marketing activities
  • BSBMKG434 Promote products and services
  • BSBOPS402 Coordinate business operational plans
  • BSBOPS403 Apply business risk management processes
  • BSBOPS404 Implement customer service strategies
  • BSBOPS406 Participate in organisational governance
  • BSBPRC402 Negotiate contracts
  • BSBSTR402 Implement continuous improvement
  • BSBSTR503 Develop organisational policy
  • BSBTEC405 Review and maintain organisation’s digital presence
  • SIRXMKT002 Use social media to engage customers
  • SIRXOSM005 Develop a basic website for customer engagement
  • SIRXSLS003 Achieve sales results

GROUP E (Sustainability)

  • BSBSUS411 Implement and monitor environmentally sustainable work practices
  • BSBSUS412 Develop and implement workplace sustainability plans
  • BSBSUS413 Evaluate and report on workplace sustainability
  • BSBSUS511 Develop workplace policies and procedures for sustainability
  • CPPCMN4009 Develop team understanding of and commitment to sustainability
  • MSS015025 Develop a business case for sustainability improvements

GROUP F (Financial Administration)

  • BSBFIN301 Process financial transactions
  • BSBFIN302 Maintain financial records
  • BSBFIN401 Report on financial activity
  • BSBHRM416 Process payroll
  • BSBPRC406 Conduct e-procurement
  • FNSACC312 Administer subsidiary accounts and ledgers
  • FNSACC411 Process business tax requirements
  • FNSACC412 Prepare operational budgets
  • FNSTPB402 Establish and maintain payroll systems


  • BSBINS402 Coordinate workplace information systems
  • BSBINS408 Provide information from and about records
  • BSBINS409 Maintain and monitor digital information and records
  • BSBINS410 Implement records systems for small business
  • BSBINS502 Coordinate data management
  • BSBINS504 Maintain digital repositories

Our students are required to be 18 years or older at the time of registration and demonstrate the required level of competency in English language, literacy and numeracy skills, and computer skills. If English isn’t your first language, you may be required to sit an LLN test to ensure you are suitable to undertake the course. Please refer to the relevant IPS Policies and the Student Handbook for full details.

If you have extensive experience in the industry with a high level of knowledge, competency and ability you may be eligible for IPS Institute to conduct RPL.  The process may enable you to get unit credits allowing you to fast-track this qualification.  Contact us for information about your eligibility.

Our courses are designed for adult learners with busy lives. We know life can be unpredictable and circumstances change, that’s why we make our study options as flexible as we can to cater to your lifestyle. We offer transparent payment plans as well as discounted upfront payment options plus our administrative fees are simple. You will see your complete schedule of fees before you make any payments.

We offer you:
RPL Applications Cost = $0
6-Month Extension Cost = $0

Upon enrolment you will receive and IPS Institute Induction which includes:
• Complimentary profile test to determine your strengths so that we can tailor your elective selections to meet your specific needs
• Short course on-line explaining your profile
• Career Alignment Pathway Session (30 mins) to guide you on your path to career success
• Access to our private IPS Institute Facebook Group where you can interact with other students and faculty
• Monthly webinars for professional and personal development with our CEO Victoria Jennings

Free Deferral
You can pause your studies, then pick them back up when you’re ready*.

Free Extension
If you require additional study time, we can help*.

*Terms and conditions apply


You will need regular access to a laptop, desktop computer or another device with an adequate and reliable Internet connection, at least the equivalent of Microsoft Office or Office for Mac, with word- processing capabilities and spreadsheets and a PDF reader installed.

All support is provided by IPS. You can book in coaching calls when you need them as well as send through support requests to be answered by our Learning Coaches.

Skill and knowledge assessments are an essential step in progressing through your course. You may be assessed in a number of ways while you are studying, including observation, written assessment, questioning, portfolios, work samples and developing work-ready strategies and or action plans.

Our coaches work late on selected nights and are happy to book in after-hours calls. We have students across all time zones, so our Learning Coaches are conscious of accounting for time differences.


The course is delivered 100% online through our student portal. You’ll complete written activities and practical assessment tasks to demonstrate what you’ve learned throughout the unit. You will have access to a Learning Coach for any questions or clarifications you may need. You will also have access to webinars from our CEO and Learning Coaches.


We have no restrictive intake periods, so you can start as soon as we’ve processed your course registration
and official enrolment form. This is typically done in as little as two business days. We also have options to start your payment plan while delaying your course commencement date until you’re ready to begin studying within three months.


Our courses are completely self-paced, meaning you can study around your lifestyle. No strict deadlines, no inflexible classes to work around, no pressure to work to someone else’s schedule. Depending on the time you commit and your learning style, studying part-time you could see you complete the course in approximately 12 months full time, part-time up to 24 months.


This course is competency-based so you can progress at your own pace. Depending on your level of experience and eligibility for Recognition of Prior Learning and Credit Transfer it may take you from 6 – 36 months.


The IPS educational program delivers an advanced set of teaching and learning experiences for our staff and students. To ensure our students are provided with a world-class environment, we have committed to four fundamental guarantees.


Our courses are designed to give students the tools they need to boost their prospects in their given field, providing great flexibility and choice.


The courses we offer are crafted to not only match but exceed industry expectations, upskilling students in the process for the workforce of tomorrow.


Driven by our dedicated mentors and support team, IPS champions individual learning goals by providing personalised and flexible learning solutions.


Our Learning Coaches have vast expertise in their industries with a wealth of knowledge and experience, committed to helping you achieve your goals.


IPS Institute is like no other educational system – our proven method of teaching and learning has seen thousands of students graduate,
ready to take on the challenges of the world. Begin your journey with us today!