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22480VIC Certificate II in Small Business (Operations / Innovation)


The Certificate II in Small Business provides students with the knowledge and skills to enhance their employment prospects in a small business or related industries.

22480VIC Certificate II in Small Business (Operations/Innovation) provides learners with exposure to key skills and knowledge required in small business workplaces. Graduates of this course will be able to meet the current and future industry requirements to work effectively within small business contexts across a range of industry sectors with the skills, knowledge and attributes to:

  • support safe and sustainable small business operations

  • support the daily financial management of small business operations

  • demonstrate elementary professional skills and approaches to engage in small business contexts

  • apply effective communication, creative thinking and problem solving techniques to underpin co-operative relationships between stakeholders within a small business context

  • support the implementation and review of innovation and change within a small business context

Information and Links

Further information about the Small Business program can be found here, including recognition within the VCE.


To be eligible for the award of 22480VIC Certificate II in Small Business (Operations/Innovation) learners must successfully complete a total of twelve (12) units comprising:

  • Eight (8) Core units

  • Four (4) Elective units

A Statement of Attainment will be issued for any unit of competency completed if the full qualification is not completed.


Units of Competency

Core units

VU22520 Contribute to small business operations and innovation

VU22521 Develop elementary professional skills for small business environments

VU22522 Identify small business policies and procedures

VU22523 Undertake basic market research and promotion for a small business product or service

VU22524 Participate in small business quality processes

VU22525 Assist with the presentation of public activities and events

VU22526 Follow procedures for routine financial activities of a small business

BSBWHS201 Contribute to health and safety of self and others

Elective units

VU22527 Contribute to small business planning

BSBWOR202 Organise and complete daily work activities

SITXCCS006 Provide service to customers

BSBCRT301 Develop and extend critical and creative thinking skills

BSBINN201 Contribute to workplace innovation

BSBSUS201 Participate in environmentally sustainable work practices

ICTWEB201 Use social media for collaboration and engagement

FNSFLT301 Be MoneySmart

BSBPRO301 Recommend products and services

FNSFLT401 Be MoneySmart through a career in small business

Contact us at for full coursework documents, example Assessment Tasks and an outline of options and pathways for your specific school context.

Student comments from Ripponlea Institute's Satisfaction Survey 2018

Question: What were the best aspects of the training?

VET Student

Learning how to fill out documentation correctly and learning what it's like to run a small business.

VET Student

It was realistic in the sense that everything was relevant.

VET Student

The life skills we need were

in the tasks.