About the course

About the course

Do you want to be self employed?  Do you have a business idea?  Start your own business with confidence whilst studying this free and high quality NEIS business course. 

This course will provide you with business advice and support, free business management support, and a fortnightly allowance in addition to your business profits (if eligible). 

You will complete 8 weeks of training and graduate with a nationally recognised qualification. The course covers the following topics:

  • introduction to small business
  • business planning
  • legal and administrative requirements
  • marketing
  • financial planning
  • operations planning
  • record keeping

One of the key benefits of this course is that you will develop a thorough Business Plan. This is the most important step for your business. We will review your Business Plan and if approved as a viable business, you will be ready to begin Stage 2 of the NEIS program.


The NEIS training in the Melbourne metropolitan region will be mainly based at the Box Hill Institute City Campus at 253 Flinders Lane as well as the Elgar Campus in Box Hill. 

The NEIS training in regional Victoria for the Goulburn-Murray region, is delivered through a flexible, blended learning model that is responsive to regional needs.


There are no fees applicable to this course.

Course Details


Intake Dates & Course Length

The next course starts 27 April 2020 but we do have rolling enrolments, so you can enrol throughout the year 

Part time: 8 weeks (Monday, Wednesday and Friday 9.00am - 3.30pm)

For information regarding dates such as enrolment, orientation and study breaks please visit the Academic Calendars page

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Career Outcomes

After successful completion, this course will allow you to be self employed in your chosen field

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Entry Requirements

There are no entry requirements for this course, but you should have a viable business idea


To assist prospective students to determine whether a course is suitable and appropriate for the individual needs, Box Hill Institute will assess all students’ language, literacy and numeracy and digital literacy by asking you to undertake a self-assessment review prior to the enrolment.

A course advisor will discuss the outcomes of the review and make recommendations about whether the course is suitable for you, and identify additional support where required.


Direct entry - you'll need to watch an information session and complete an application form

Recognition of Prior Learning is available.

Pathways & Accreditation

You may wish to add further skills to your knowledge after this course, by applying for entry into any number of our other courses (or university degree)

This course is government accredited and has national recognition

The qualification is aligned with the Australian Qualification Framework (AQF) level 3

Fees & Finance Options

This training is provided to eligible individuals with funds made available by the Commonwealth and Victorian Governments

Government Subsidised Standard
Tuition Fee$0
Service Fee$160
Core Skills Support Fee$80
Material Fee$0
Retain Course Items$0
Total Course Estimate$240
Payable Estimate (at commencement)$240

Retain Course Items are purchased once by the student prior to commencing. Those items then become the property of the student. Fees listed are at 2020 rates and may increase annually over the duration of delivery. The student tuition fees listed are subject to change given individual circumstances at enrolment. For more information please contact our Course Advisors on 1300 BOX HILL.

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Course Structure

You will complete 10 units and receive the Certificate III in Micro Business Operations upon completion

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