Key Benefits

Highly targeted

You’ll complete the course with a comprehensive business plan you can put in to action right away. From start to finish, you’ll be guided by successful small business founders.

Government funded

If you live in Victoria, Monarch Institute has government funded places.

To see if you are eligible for a government funded place, please click here to see the criteria. Or get in touch with one of our friendly course consultants.

Option to specialise in family business

If you are working or interested in a family business environment, our Certificate IV in New Small Business – Family Specialisation, could be a great option for you.

Nationally recognised

This qualification is nationally recognised. It’s part of the Australian Qualifications Framework. This means you may be able to use it as a pathway to higher education qualifications at institutions around Australia.

Course Accreditation

In total, you need to complete 10 nationally recognised units of competency to be awarded the BSB42615 Certificate IV in New Small Business. This qualification is nationally recognised under the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF).

Module 1

Getting Started

Module 2

Sales and Marketing

Module 3


Module 4


Course Assessments

The experts who design and deliver our courses (click back to Course trainers to meet some of them) have developed an assessment framework that’s uniquely designed to help you gain a deep understanding of the material. They’ll give you the kind of knowledge and skills you can use in the real world as a business operator or manager. Assessment formats include:

Career Opportunities

The small business sector is what keeps the engine room of the Australian economy running. Whether you’re looking to launch your own start-up idea, or looking to buy an existing business, there’s nothing more satisfying than running your own business or helping to get one off the ground. Upon completing this course, there are number ways you can go:

Key opportunities include:


The Certificate IV in New Small Business is the ideal preparation for these Diploma of Leadership and Management and Advanced Diploma of Leadership and Management courses, because it covers the basics that are assumed knowledge for Diploma students. During this course, you’ll get plenty of opportunity to practice the tasks and decision-making responsibilities which you’ll refine in a Diploma level course.

Entry requirements

There aren’t any formal prerequisites. But to make sure you get the most out of training with us, the following enrolment process applies:

What equipment will I need?

You will need access to the following equipment to successfully complete the course:

Am I eligible for Recognition of Prior Learning?

We may be able to take into account relevant knowledge and skills you’ve possibly gained through previous formal or informal training, education and employment. To find out more, refer to our Student Information Guide by clicking here, or get in touch with one of our friendly course consultants.

Course Topics

Module 1

Getting Started

Module 2

Sales and Marketing

Module 3


Module 4


Course Duration

What is the average course completion time frame?

This course is designed to be completed within 24 months.

Students who are highly motivated and well organised can complete the full course at an accelerated pace.

The key factors that influence course completion are a student’s experience, time availability, how fast they work and how committed they are!

How it works

Study online. With a difference.

You’ll get:

How does it work?

This course has been developed to give you absolute flexibility. Study on your couch, on public transport, on your break at work, out in the park – wherever and whenever you like. The best part is, with Monarch Institute, ‘online’ doesn’t mean ‘alone’. You’ll be backed by our trainers at every step along the way.

What support will I get?

Your trainer will be happy to contact you via phone, Skype, Zoom, TeamViewer, or email (Monday to Friday, 9am to 5.30pm). So you definitely won’t feel alone. You’ll also have access to our student Facebook groups, so you can discuss the material with other students. It’s a handy way to stay in touch with trainers and others in the same course.

Do you offer corporate workshops?

Yes. We’re the corporate training partner of choice for several large organisations. Our trainers can also conduct onsite training for groups of six staff or more. Corporate workshops can be scheduled for any location in Australia. Got a new satellite office with staff in need of training? Running a training retreat in an idyllic location (yes please!)? Our trainers can be there.

Corporate workshops are tailored to your organisation’s needs. Get in touch with our friendly course consultants for more information.

Course Price

Upfront payment

$2,500 (Total)

The most cost-effective option. Pay up front and save 20% compared to the total payment plan. Payment options include electronic funds transfer (EFT), credit card (Mastercard or Visa), cheque or cash.

Payment plan

$115.38 per week – paid over 26 weeks (Total: $3,000)

This option is suitable for students wanting to manage their cash flow. It’s handy if you want to get started right away, but don’t have the full amount on hand. Payment must be made with Mastercard or Visa.

Government Funding

If you live in Victoria, Monarch Institute has government funded places.

To see if you are eligible for a government funded place, please click here to see the criteria. Or get in touch with one of our friendly course consultants.


*Fees and units are subject to change.

Meet your trainers

Industry experts and thought leaders.
Glenn Buesnel-May
"Instead of wondering when your next vacation is, maybe you should set up a life you don’t need to escape from."
– Seth Godin

I started off my career in the Banking sector, with experience in lending and securities. I then spent over 20 years in the Royal Australian Air Force as a Logistics Officer and later specialised in Education and Training, where I was a trainer, assessor and executive.

In 2007, I established a private business as a consultant, specialising in Leadership, Management, Business and Professional Development training. I have qualifications in HR, Management, Leadership, Coaching, Warehousing, Transport and Logistics, the Myers Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) and Advanced Facilitation. I also trained in Professional Mentoring, Workplace and Leadership Coaching,  Counselling and Conflict Management and underwent undergrad studies in Human Resources.

What gets me out of bed in the morning?

I am passionate about life and getting the most out of it. That doesn’t mean filling every moment with activity, but enjoying where I am, what I’m doing and who I’m with. I also live for weekends, where I spend it exploring, listening to and making music, camping, flying aircraft, playing with my Staffy, named Harper Cookie Face, and enjoying my family. Seeing and helping people develop is also one of my greatest passions.

Ross Anderson
"Those who are in love with learning are in love with life."
– Charles Handy

I have had a long career as a consulting psychologist, as well as holding senior roles in Australian business schools. Through this, I have become an experienced designer, developer and facilitator of a broad range of development initiatives for a large range of organisations.

I was formerly the Director of Executive Education at the Melbourne Business School at Mt Eliza. In this role, I took responsibility for public sector executive education for current and future leaders across Australia and the Pacific region. I have also managed large complex change initiatives in defence, health, the public sector, and utilities. One highlight was when I was responsible for a global project with BHP Billiton. Through my work I’ve developed a deep interest in working with families in business. I bring my broad range of experience to this often complex and challenging area.

As an executive coach, I bring my rich background as a consulting psychologist and expertise with standardised assessment instruments to tailor unique interventions for executives. I’m particularly interested in peak performance and in managing work and whole of life balance, resilience and motivation.

In my primary career as a psychologist I became a leader in the field of trauma management and crisis response. My trauma work included the armed and emergency services, employing organisations and primary and secondary victims.

Josh Wilson
"Limitations live only in our minds. But if we use our imaginations, our possibilities become limitless."
– Jamie Paolinetti

I am a qualified financial planner with tertiary and vocational qualifications in financial planning and law. I’ve had 17 years of experience in the financial planning and wealth management industry. I have worked as a financial planner for a large Australian bank and boutique wealth management firm for over 10 years, and prior to that, as a fund accountant for a London-based asset manager.

What makes me jump out of bed each morning?

I am usually woken up by my three children first! I get excited to see my heirloom tomatoes growing strongly in spring. I love cooking at home on the weekend, hanging out in the park with my wife and three children, and I’m a mad (suffering) Carlton supporter.

Nick Chapman
"Perfection is not attainable, but if we chase perfection we can catch excellence."
- Vince Lombardi

I joined Monarch Institute in December 2015. Prior to joining the Monarch team, I was the General Manager of Rockwell Financial Services Group’s consumer investment business. I joined Rockwell after 10 years at the Bennelong Group, one of Australia’s leading private equity and funds management groups.

During my time at Bennelong, I held various positions including General Manager and Director of Aurora Media in Dubai, Director of i-comm Media in London, CEO of Crown Content in Melbourne. My time there culminated in my appointment to the position of Group General Manager.

I have held positions at various charitable organisations, including the Bennelong Foundation and the Butterfly Foundation. I hold a double degree in Law and Commerce, and am a Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

What makes me jump out of bed each morning?

I love sport and I’m passionate about fixing things myself. I’m pretty handy with a drill. I’m a half-glass full person, so I focus on the times my handy work results were “well received” by my partner. The time I needed to call out an emergency tradesman, … well I focus on the positives.  I love cooking, particularly I enjoy preparing slow cooked stews for my partner, daughter, family and friends.

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Certificate IV in New Small Business


  • Get invaluable real-world small business knowledge and skills
  • Become a small business operator
  • Fit your study around your work hours or start-up commitments
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Duration Up to two years
How it works Study online. With a difference.
Price $2,500 up front | $115.38 per week (payment plan) | Gov. funding if eligible
Career opportunities Self-employment | Small business owner
Course topics Four modules
Units 10 units of competency | Nationally recognised
Course trainers Industry experts and thought leaders.

BSB51915 Diploma of Leadership and Management | BSB61015 Advanced Diploma of Leadership and Management

Entry requirements

No formal prerequisites | RPL available | Some equipment needed

Assessments Multiple small assessments | No exams
Start date Immediately, or whenever you’re ready.
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Payment Options There are two ways you can pay for your course...
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