Otago Polytechnic

Adding Sustainable Value (Certificate in Sustainable Practice (Level 5))

  • Location varies
  • 19 weeks
  • Level 5
  • Starts on various dates
  • Apply anytime

Adding Sustainable Value is a practical sustainability training programme that enables organisations to plan for real and lasting success. The programme framework and unique team approach helps you make strategic decisions that will shape the future of your business. The Adding Sustainable Value programme is proudly brought to you by three of the leaders in applied sustainability education - Otago Polytechnic, the Sustainable Business Council and The Natural Step.

Bachelor of Culinary Arts through Assessment of Prior Learning

  • Distance*
  • 1 year
  • Starts February
  • Apply by 30 November

If you already have significant skills and experience in the hospitality industry, then this may be an option for you. Our Assessment of Prior Learning (APL) service measures your knowledge against formal qualifications.

Certificate in Rural Animal Technology

  • Distance learning with block courses*
  • 1 year part-time
  • Level 5
  • Starts February
  • Apply now for 2017 - we are taking applications until 27 February

Attain the sought-after skills of a rural veterinary nurse and technician. You will be able to work with clients and manage and monitor rural reproductive and preventative health programmes.

Diploma in Avalanche Studies (incorporating the NZMSC Avalanche Safety Stage 2 Certificate)

  • Online with block courses
  • 1 year full-time or up to four years part-time
  • Level 6
  • Starts flexible
  • Apply anytime

If you love being in the mountains during winter and have a strong sense of responsibility, become a qualified snow safety professional through this programme. This Diploma incorporates the NZSMC Avalanche Safety Stage 2 Certificate which is a prerequisite for most industry management roles.

Diploma in Ceramic Arts (Level 6)

  • Distance/online with practical classes in various locations
  • 2 years full-time*
  • Level 6
  • Starts February
  • Apply now for 2017 - we are taking applications until 27 February

Looking for a way to express your creativity? Undertake New Zealand’s only specialised tertiary programme in ceramic arts and explore a range of techniques and practices for creating an array of forms and imagery.

Diploma in Ceramic Arts (Level 7)

  • Distance/online with practical classes in various locations
  • 1 year full-time
  • Level 7
  • Starts February
  • Apply now for 2017 - we are taking applications until 27 February

Take your ceramist skills to the next level with this specialised programme where the emphasis is on exploration and experimentation. Create works that unite practical ability and intellectual energy.

Equine First Aid short course

  • Dunedin and others*
  • 3 hours
  • Starts Flexible*
  • Apply anytime

If you have a love of horses and would like to learn how to treat them in an emergency situation, then the Equine First Aid course is for you.

Glaze Theory and Practice course

  • Online
  • Two stages over two years*
  • Starts anytime
  • Apply anytime

Discover the secrets of what happens during the transformational process of firing and take the opportunity to research finishing processes which interest you. This 15-credit course forms part of the Diploma in Ceramic Arts (Level 6) qualification.

Graduate Diploma in Adventure Tourism Management

  • Online from Central Otago
  • 1 year
  • Level 7
  • Starts February, 2017
  • Apply until start date

Adventure Tourism is one of the fastest growing and most exciting tourism segments in the world. As the market matures and grows, there is a greater need for employees with a sound understanding of the unique aspects of adventure tourism. This exciting new programme, the only one of its kind in the Southern Hemisphere, will provide you with a valuable insight into the industry so that you will graduate as a work-ready, highly capable individual.

Graduate Diploma in Applied Management - Online

  • Online
  • 1 year full-time/flexible part-time
  • Level 7
  • Starts - Flexible
  • Apply anytime

This fully online programme will enable you to broaden your management understanding and capabilities whilst gaining vital practical experience through a significant industry-based research project. The major assessments within this qualification will require you to have access to an organisation in which to base your study and the flexibility of the delivery will enable you to complete the courses at a rate that suits your lifestyle.

Graduate Diploma in Applied Science (Specialty)

  • Online with block courses*
  • One year full-time
  • Level 7
  • Starts February
  • Apply now for 2017 - we are taking applications until 27 February

Enhance your employment potential in the sports and health and wellness industries. This exciting programme offers three specialties: Physical Activity, Health and Wellness, Performance and Movement Analysis and Physical Conditioning.

Graduate Diploma in Sustainable Practice

  • Online with block courses*
  • 1 year full-time*
  • Level 7
  • Starts anytime
  • Apply anytime

Gain the knowledge to promote and implement sustainable leadership in your community and workplace. Examine the social, economic, political and environmental implications of sustainability. Compulsory block courses are a requirement.

Graduate Diploma in Tertiary Education (Level 7)

  • Dunedin, Central Otago or online
  • 1 year full-time; 2 years part-time
  • Level 7
  • Starts Flexible
  • Apply anytime

This unique programme enables you to gain a formal teaching qualification via two different learner pathways. Either by using our Assessment of Prior Learning (APL) process to measure your existing experience or by studying by distance, using online resources and working with an experienced facilitator.

Introduction to Equine Emergency Rescue short course

  • Dunedin and others*
  • 3 hours
  • Starts Flexible
  • Apply anytime

This course is suitable for veterinary professionals, horse owners and members of the emergency service. Participants in this introductory course will learn some valuable skills to help rescue horses from difficult or dangerous situations.

Master of Professional Practice or Graduate Diploma in Professional Practice

  • Throughout New Zealand
  • 1-2 years full-time*
  • Level 7 (Graduate Diploma); 9 (Master)
  • Starts Flexible
  • Apply anytime

Are you ready to advance your career through postgraduate education? Are you an experienced professional facing interesting challenges in your workplace? In a liberating approach to education, and a first of its kind in New Zealand, this postgraduate programme supports your ambitions by focusing on your development and work innovation goals. These real-life aims are directly used as the basis for your learning.

National Certificate in Computing (Level 2)

  • Online
  • Flexible duration
  • Level 2
  • Starts anytime
  • Apply anytime

Want to prepare for employment or use your existing abilities to gain a formal qualification? Computing skills are now fundamental life skills and the vast majority of jobs will require a basic level of computer familiarity. Increase your career prospects with this fully online, self-paced programme.

New Zealand Certificate in Animal Care (Level 3) (Companion Animals)

  • Online with 40 hours of compulsory work placement (min.)
  • Six months full-time; one year part-time
  • Level 3
  • Starts 13 February, 2017 or 3 July, 2017 (full-time distance); 13 February, 2017 (part-time distance)
  • Apply now for 2017 - we are taking applications until 27 February for our February intake

Want to have an exciting career working with animals but not sure where to start? Start here! This programme is your first step if you want to enter an animal-related profession and you will learn about the health, welfare, anatomy and physiology of companion animals such as cats and dogs. Successful completion of this qualification will enable you to enter the New Zealand Certificate in Animal Technology (Level 5) (Veterinary Nursing Assistant).

New Zealand Certificate in Animal Technology (Level 5) (Veterinary Nursing Assistant)

  • Dunedin or by distance with block courses
  • 1 year (full-time) or 2 years (part-time)
  • Level 5
  • Starts 13 February, 2017 or 17 July, 2017
  • Apply now for 2017 - we are taking applications until 27 February for our February intake

Are you passionate about the care and welfare of animals? Do you want to prepare for a career as a Veterinary Nurse? This qualification will give you the skills required for a successful career in companion animal healthcare. It will enable you to become a Veterinary Nursing Assistant, the first step to becoming a Veterinary Nurse. In addition, it will also enable you to then enter the New Zealand Diploma in Veterinary Nursing (Level 6) where you will gain the skills to become a Registered Nurse.

New Zealand Certificate in Business (Administration and Technology) (Level 3)

  • Dunedin or online from Central Otago
  • 1 semester full-time; part-time options
  • Level 3
  • Starts February and July, 2017
  • Apply until start date

This nationally-recognised programme is ideal if you are already in, or seeking to move into, a general administrative, data entry, receptionist or customer service role.

New Zealand Certificate in Business (Administration and Technology) (Level 4)

  • Dunedin or online
  • 1 semester full-time*
  • Level 4
  • Starts February and July, 2017
  • Apply until start date

Do you want to learn how to make an office run smoothly and efficiently? Then this is the ideal option. If you're someone who has already mastered the basics of business administration, this nationally-recognised qualification will help you step up to a more senior level. If you're new to administration, it will give you an advanced understanding of administration and management skills that will make you a valuable asset to employers.

New Zealand Certificate in Business (Introduction to Team Leadership) (Level 3)

  • Online
  • 16 weeks full-time/36 weeks part-time
  • Level 3
  • Starts - Flexible
  • Apply anytime

Have you recently become a team leader? Or do you feel that you have the potential to be appointed into a team leader role? Then this is the qualification for you! This programme will give you the skills and knowledge necessary to contribute to effective team performance and the potential to be successful in a leadership role within a team.

New Zealand Certificate in Project Management (Level 4)

  • Online
  • 19 weeks full-time/44 weeks part-time
  • Level 4
  • Starts - Flexible
  • Apply anytime

Want to learn how to support the successful completion of projects? This online qualification will enable you to gain the skills and knowledge necessary to support the management of a project and to take responsibility for some parts of a project under broad guidance.

New Zealand Diploma in Business (Leadership and Management) (Level 5)

  • Online
  • 34 weeks full-time; part-time options available
  • Level 5
  • Starts - Flexible
  • Apply anytime

Gain the skills and knowledge to work or gain employment as a manager/leader in roles at an operational level within New Zealand business entities.

New Zealand Diploma in Veterinary Nursing (Level 6)

  • Online with compulsory contact courses and 240 hours of work experience
  • 1 year full-time, 2years part-time
  • Level 6
  • Starts 6 March, 2017
  • Apply until start date

Gain the advanced skills to make sound, independent decisions about veterinary nursing for animal patients and become adept at supporting their owners. Employment opportunities are diverse and could include working as a veterinary nurse (which may potentially progress to a head veterinary nurse or a practice manager role) or within animal control, wildlife management, animal breeding, conservation or education with additional training.

Occupational Therapy postgraduate courses

  • Online
  • 1 semester
  • Level 8
  • Starts February and July
  • Apply by January and July

These individual courses are available for both occupational therapists and non-occupational therapists and can be studied individually for professional development reasons. You will be awarded a Certificate in Proficiency upon successful completion or may choose to complete further courses towards a full postgraduate qualification.

Postgraduate Certificate in Applied Practice in Health (Specialty)

  • Online
  • 6 months full-time*
  • Level 8
  • Starts February and July
  • Apply January or July

This high-level programme has been developed specifically to enable both occupational therapists and non-occupational therapists to complete a postgraduate certificate. Deepen your theoretical knowledge to support your clinical reasoning, within the constraints of your practice environment, to ensure effective outcomes for clients of your services.

Postgraduate Certificate in Occupational Therapy Practice

  • Online
  • 6 months full-time*
  • Level 8
  • Starts February and July
  • Apply by January or July

Deepen your theoretical understanding and develop skills in a particular area of your professional practice. Gain knowledge that will enable you to apply for employment positions that require clinical expertise.

Postgraduate Diploma in Occupational Therapy Practice

  • Online
  • 1 year full-time*
  • Level 8
  • Starts February and July
  • Apply by January or July

Build on the skills gained during the Postgraduate Certificate in Occupational Therapy Practice and gain an advanced level of knowledge in your chosen practice area, thus increasing your career prospects.