New Zealand Certificate in Bicycle Mechanics (Level 4)

Increase your knowledge and skill set further. During this programme, you will add more advanced techniques such as wheel building, suspension servicing, frame preparation and e-Bike diagnostics to your existing abilities and hone your previous knowledge to methodically diagnose, repair, overhaul and rebuild bicycles and components.

About the programme

Gain a qualification that will make you stand out from the crowd in this rapidly growing industry!

If you’ve completed your New Zealand Certificate in Bicycle Servicing (Level 3) with us, or have previous experience in the bicycle industry, this Level 4 programme is a great way to take your skill set and knowledge to the next level and advance your career. 

Offering you a flexible learning environment through a blend of practical block courses, online learning and 160 hours of workplace experience, enjoy the chance to fit your study around other commitments. 

Small class sizes, specialist equipment and expert tutoring from experienced mechanics and mechanical engineers combine to provide a learning experience that will enable you to develop skills and knowledge to help you stand out from the crowd. 

During this programme, you will learn advanced techniques such as wheel building, suspension servicing, frame preparation and e-Bike system diagnostics whilst honing your previous mechanical knowledge to methodically diagnose, repair, overhaul and rebuild bicycles and components.

During this programme, you will learn how to:

  • Work safely and efficiently in a professional bicycle workshop 
  • Diagnose and overhaul an extensive range of bicycle components spread across all bicycle systems:
    • frame preparation 
    • tyres and hubs 
    • steering 
    • brakes 
    • drive train 
    • shifting 
    • suspension 
  • Research and design bicycle solutions to meet specific customer end-user needs 
  • Communicate and work with customers, co-workers and other industry providers.
Outcomes Credits
Carry out diagnostic procedures, and repair and/or overhaul a range of bicycle components and systems under broad guidance; and inspect frames and forks 40
Effectively communicate with customers to interpret their needs and make recommendations for component and system solutions based on end-user requirements 5
Apply design principles and ergonomic considerations to select and tune components and systems of a bicycle to fit a rider 5
Apply wheel-building techniques for a specific purpose and end user 5
Conduct research to plan and price a bicycle for a specific purpose and end user 5
Total 60

When you graduate, you'll be ready for a wide range of jobs including:

  • Senior bicycle store workshop and retail positions 
  • Mechanic in unsupervised sole employee workshop 
  • Specialist bicycle servicing providers (wheel building, suspension servicing)
  • Bicycle industry tourism providers (guides, workshop) 
  • Bicycle mechanic on professional racing teams 
  • Other areas of opportunity within the industry: 
    • bicycle store ownership 
    • bicycle import businesses 
    • bicycle coaching and fitting 
    • bicycle designing and building 

This programme will also provide a great step towards other industry-related positions such as working in research, marketing, journalism or event management.  

A change for 2023 enrolments

When you apply to study with Otago Polytechnic in 2023, you will be enrolled with Te Pūkenga, the new national network of vocational and applied education in Aotearoa New Zealand. You will learn in the same way, in the same place, and with the same people. The great news is that this enables us to share skills and knowledge across a network of passionate education providers, to better help you succeed. Enrolling in programmes that start in 2023, means that you will graduate with a Te Pūkenga qualification.

Disclaimer

While every effort is made to ensure that this sheet is accurate, Otago Polytechnic reserves the right to amend, alter or withdraw any of the contained information. The fees shown in this document are indicative ONLY. Both domestic and international fees are subject to change and are dependent on the development and implementation of Government policies. Please note that additional fees may from time to time be required for external examination, NZQA fees and/or additional material fees.