BSB42518 Certificate IV in Small Business Management

The Certificate IV in Small Business Management is designed for convenient digital delivery via our online Student Portal.  This course will help you to develop your skills as a workplace leader, how to manage a small team, and market a small business.

Online access enables you to study at your pace, from your own home, and includes a generous 24-month enrolment period.

This qualification provides you with the skills necessary to support your current and future employment in business administration roles.  You will learn successful strategies for implementing small business planning, how to strengthen a small business, and small business finances.


There are no formal prerequisite study requirements.  However, our students are required to be 18 years or older at the time of registration and demonstrate the minimum 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.


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

Product manager

Operations manager

Office manager

Purchasing manager

Office controller

Continued Study includes:

Recognition of Prior Learning

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.

Course Structure and Units

To obtain the Certificate IV in Small Business Management you must achieve competency in 10 units of competency which is made up of (4) core units as well as (6) elective units.



  • BSBSMB404Undertake small business planning
  • BSBSMB415Refine and strengthen a small business
  • BSBSMB421Manage small business finances
  • BSBSMB423Create a digital technology plan for small business

Sample Elective Units

  • BSBPMG522Undertake project work
  • BSBLDR401Communicate effectively as a workplace leader
  • BSBLDR402Lead effective workplace relationships
  • BSBSMB407Manage a small team
  • BSBREL402Build client relationships and business networks
  • BSBSMB403Market the small business


The Certificate 3 Guarantee, funded by the Queensland Government, is available to eligible individuals to gain their first post school Certificate III or Certificate IV qualification.


Flexible plans and upfront discounts are available.


Part-Time – approx. 16-18 months
Full-Time – approx. 12 months