Certificate in Commerce


The Certificate in Commerce (CertCom) is an option if you want to add commerce content alongside your non-commerce degree, or do not want to study the full Bachelor of Commerce degree.

Entry requirements

Admission to UC with University Entrance, or equivalent, is required to enrol for a Certificate in Commerce. Domestic applicants over 20 who do not hold University Entrance, or equivalent, may gain admission by providing evidence of their ability to complete tertiary study successfully. For information on gaining admission to UC please see how to apply for undergraduate qualifications.

You are also required to meet UC’s English language requirements.

Qualification structure and duration

The certificate is made up of four standard courses (a minimum of 60 points) from any course in the Bachelor of Commerce Schedule C.

The CertCom can be completed in up to four years.

Credit from your completed courses can be transferred to the Bachelor of Commerce (and some other degrees), as long as you have not graduated with the certificate beforehand.

Possible qualification structure for Certificate in Commerce

Year 1
100 or 200 or 300 Level
100 or 200 or 300 Level
100 or 200 or 300 Level
100 or 200 or 300 Level
    Commerce course
Each block represents a 15-point course.

Subjects and courses

Courses towards the CertCom can be chosen from any of the subjects within Schedule C of the Bachelor of Commerce:

Note that you will need to meet the prerequisites for any courses above 100-level to enrol in the advanced courses.

Further study

The Certificate in Commerce is good preparation towards the full Bachelor of Commerce degree.

Career opportunities

As a commerce graduate, you could work in numerous and varied roles from being an accountant, economist and financial analyst, through to being an operations manager, marketer and information systems specialist. You could become a manager, consultant or be your own boss. 

Find out more about what you can do with a degree from UC.

More information

For the full certificate requirements see the University Regulations.

For more information email info@canterbury.ac.nz or freephone 0800 VARSITY (827 748).

For assistance with planning your programme of study contact the Liaison Office (new students) or visit the Liaison Office’s course planning page (new students), or a College of Business and Law Student Advisor (advancing students).