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Operate a Small Business Skill Set

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If you're currently operating or thinking about starting up a small business, or would like to get job ready for an administrative support position in a small business operation, this is the skill set for you! 

The Operate a Small Business Skill Set offers a fantastic range of skills and knowledge to get you job ready. You'll learn how to design and produce business documents and publications, digitally design and develop text-based documents,  develop spreadsheets through the use of both cloud-based and non-cloud based applications, identify financial requirements of a business including profit targets, cash flow projections and strategies to garner financial support, and understand workplace health and safety (WHS) legislation and its application to safe work practices. It even covers how to create and build a social networking presence using social media tools and applications. 

Please note this skill set is experiencing high demand and places are limited.


This job ready skill set is part of the Skills Ready program. All job ready skill sets are available for everyone to study, some are free for everyone, some are free for eligible people (including displaced workers, concession students and youth up to 25 years not at school).

More skill sets can be found on our Skill sets and short courses page, and for other qualifications be sure to check the Courses page, to see everything we have to offer.


This course remains FEE FREE in 2024! The course fees are 100 per cent subsidised by the WA State Government for WA residents.

Some eligibility conditions apply for the free training, and other fees may apply for some courses. Please see the FAQs on the Skills Ready page for further information.

* Please note that eligibility requirements apply to some of the free training.

Online Delivery

Online delivery provides you with the opportunity to study the Operate Small Business skill set using materials available in our Learning Management System, supported by online sessions hosted by unit facilitators. This is scheduled to be delivered over a six month time period.
This pathway would be suitable for a student who is new to the course material or wants to refresh their skills and knowledge.

Study commitment would be around 4 - 6 hours per week (including online sessions) depending on experience.

Fast track delivery

Our Fast Track delivery provides you with an opportunity to complete this skill set at a faster pace. You'll have access to our Blackboard Learning Management System to develop key concepts and knowledge. Some weekend workshops may be scheduled to cover units in depth.
This pathway is suitable for students who have some pre-existing knowledge in content covered in the skill set units.

Study commitment would be around 6 - 12 hours per week (including online sessions) depending on experience.

Timetable information is indicative only and subject to change.

Study options and next steps

Click on your preferred option below to get started with your application.

Semester 1, 2024

Duration 20 Weeks
When Semester 1, 2024
Where Perth
How Online
Duration 20 Weeks
When Semester 1, 2024
Where Perth
How Online

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