Key Benefits

Highly targeted

The Certificate IV in Small Business Management is designed to give you a fresh perspective on what your business can do better. You’ll be guided by successful small business founders with loads of experience.

Get your business plan set up

Use your business as your model during the course. You’ll complete the course with a comprehensive business plan that you can put into action right away.

Get digi - savvy

Who doesn’t need a reminder of the importance of the digital age? This course helps you understand what technology will benefit your business and walks you through the creation of a digital technology plan for your business.

Nationally recognised

Looking for a course that’s practical, but also looks great on your CV? This course is nationally recognised under the Australian Qualifications Framework.  That means you can use it as a pathway to further qualifications – even at university level.

Course Accreditation

In total, you need to complete 10 nationally recognised units of competency to be awarded the BSB42518 Certificate IV in Small Business Management. This qualification is nationally recognised under the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF).

Module 1

Business Planning

Module 2

Digital Technology and your Business

Module 3

Sales and Marketing

Module 4

Advanced Business Management

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

Is it time to take your business up a notch? To successfully run a small business you need a strong plan and the drive to see it through. This course will help you make good decisions about your business’s future.

Key opportunities include:


The Certificate IV in Small Business Management is good preparation for the Diploma of Leadership and Management or Advanced Diploma of Leadership and Management. It covers the basics that are assumed knowledge for Diploma students.

During this course, you’ll get plenty of opportunities to practice the tasks and decision-making responsibilities which you’ll refine in a diploma level course. At the same time you’ll also get a fresh perspective on other business structures when you move on to the Diploma.

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 or Credit Transfer?

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

Course Topics

Module 1

Business Planning

Module 2

Digital Technology and your Business

Module 3

Small Business Marketing

Module 4

Advanced Business Management

Course Duration

This course is designed to be completed within 12-24 months.

There is no minimum timeframe to complete this course. 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, Zoom, TeamViewer, or email (Monday to Friday, 9am to 5.30pm). 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 upfront 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.


*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.

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Certificate IV in Small Business Management


  • Get practical knowledge you can apply right away
  • Step up your business to the next level
  • Fit your study around your work and home 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.
Pathways BSB51918 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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