Short course

Advanced Training in Employment and Work-Relations Dispute Resolution

Develop and apply skills in Workplace Dispute Resolution, taking into account relevant legislation and legal proceedings, specific terminologies and ethics. 


21 August 23 –
18 September 23

About the course

Study employment and work-relations dispute resolution and acquire the skills to practice in this field. 

This is an advanced training in dispute resolution in the context of employment and work-relations. At the completion of the course, you will be able to: 

  • Critically evaluate and apply different statutes and legal precedents in the context of employment and work-relations.  
  • Design dispute resolution processes to minimise risks for and to participants in dispute resolution processes in in the context of employment and work-relations. 
  • Apply culturally appropriate dispute resolution practices in in the context of employment and work-relations, with special emphasis on the implications of Te Tiriti o Waitangi. 

In this course you will learn about historical context of relevant legislation, key principles in building employment relationship and workplace conflict resolution within the principles of Te Tiriti o Waitangi. 

Course delivery

This course is delivered online and is worth 5 credits. It is delivered over five weeks (50 hours worth of learning). 

Date and time

21 August - 18 September

Tutorials will take place on Mondays between 6pm-8pm, with a few starting at 5pm.


This course includes two assessments:

  • Online test
  • A case study analysis

More information about these will be provided in the tutorials.



Entry requirements

Open entry. A background in mediation is recommended.

We are part of Te Pūkenga

When you apply to study with Otago Polytechnic, 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, and you will graduate with a Te Pūkenga qualification.


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.