BSB40120 Certificate IV in business

BSB40120 Certificate IV in Business

This qualification is suited to those working as administrators and project officers.

In this role, individuals use well-developed skills and a broad knowledge base to apply solutions to a defined range of unpredictable problems and analyse information from a variety of sources. They may provide leadership and guidance to others with some limited responsibility for the output of others requirements.

The course will be delivered in a variety of delivery and assessment modes. The time taken to complete is the notional time that an RTO expects a learner to formally engage with learning resources provided by the RTO and managed by the RTO in order to meet the requirements of a unit of competency or a cluster of units of competency.

This includes all supervised and/or prescribed activities specified in the RTO’s strategy such as:

  • lectures or tutorials, 
  • online tasks and forums;
  • may include assessments; 
  • structured workplace experience (if it contributes to the learner meeting the requirements of the units); 
  • workshop activities;
  • projects, assignments;
  • structured prescribed reading;  
  • prescribed follow-up activities.

These activities are all pre-arranged and managed by the RTO, and learners are informed of these requirements through course materials. These are also specified in unit delivery and assessment plans.

The amount of training required by a learner to achieve a qualification (or a specific unit) depends on:

  • the starting point of the learner; 
  • their learning skills; 
  • the mode of delivery by the RTO; and
  • the breadth and complexity of the skills and knowledge to be acquired.

If the learner has a significant amount of relevant prior experience, it may be that the learner can proceed directly to the assessment process (RPL or assessment only) for some or all of the units, so the amount of training will be reduced. Similarly, if the learner has already achieved some of the units of competency required for the qualification at another RTO, only a proportion of the qualification will need to be delivered and the amount of training will be reduced.

Alternatively, if the learner is facing challenges, such as the need for substantial preparation, learning support, reasonable adjustments and/or personal coaching the amount of training will need to be increased to meet their needs. The skill of the trainer is to identify the best path for each learner or group of learners to get them to their target competency to ensure that there is an adequate amount of training for them to meet their goals.

Learning materials in the form of Guide Notes have been designed and developed by Training Worx (Aust) Pty Ltd for all units in this qualification. Where contextualisation is required those needs will be identified during specific industry consultation or provided by the course facilitator.

Assessment tools have been developed and will be continually improved based on validation outcomes and learner feedback.

Enrolling students are offered a Recognition of Prior Learning Pathway (RPL) Assessment only.

Pathway and a Learning Assessment option.  A Self-Assessment Instrument is contained within the Pre-enrolment information kit, which allows the student to identify any previous learning towards the RPL or Assessment Only pathway option.

Pathways into the qualification:

Preferred pathways for candidates considering this qualification include:

  • BSB30115 Certificate III in Business or other relevant qualifications


  • with vocational experience but without formal supervision or management qualification.

Pathways from the qualification:

BSB50215 Diploma of Business or other Diploma qualifications.

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