Otago Polytechnic

Bachelor of Leadership for Change

  • Dunedin and online
  • Two to three years full-time
  • Level 7
  • Starts monthly
  • Apply anytime

Are you a change maker? Are you driven by a desire to create positive change for an industry, community or the planet? Then our innovative degree is ideal for you! A New Zealand-first, this qualification caters for all people, no matter what field you want to make a difference in.

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, the Equine First Aid course is for you.

Fruit Production programme (Level 5)

  • Central Otago or online with block courses (International students must study on campus)
  • 1 year full-time
  • Level 5
  • Starts February and July
  • Apply anytime

Replacing our Diploma in Horticulture (Level 5) and Diploma in Viticulture (Level 5) from 2019, this programme will enable you to progress your career in the national or international horticultural communities by gaining the knowledge and skills to become a competent leader in the stonefruit, pipfruit, berry or wine grape production industries. Upon successful completion of this programme, you will graduate with the New Zealand Diploma in Horticulture Production (Level 5) (Fruit Production).

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 Tertiary Education (Level 7)

  • Dunedin (blended learning: online, distance learning and on-campus activities)
  • 1 year full-time; 2 years part-time
  • Level 7
  • Starts - flexible (with some scheduled start dates aswell)
  • Apply anytime

If you would like to study flexibly towards a teaching qualification in tertiary education, we can offer you a stimulating programme relevant to your teaching context. You will be able to study in a way that suits your schedule and responsibilities and, as a graduate, you will be able to design and facilitate inclusive learning in your tertiary cultural context. Experienced tertiary educators may wish to access the Assessment of Prior Learning (APL) pathway offered by Capable NZ.

Health bridging certificate

  • Dunedin or online with compulsory block courses
  • 1 year full-time; part-time options
  • Level 4
  • Starts February and July* (*six-month, full-time option possible for those with advanced standing)
  • Apply now for 2019 intakes

This year-long programme has replaced the Certificate in Health (Level 4). Offered by the School of Social Services, it can help you meet the minimum academic criteria for application to the New Zealand Diploma in Enrolled Nursing (Level 5), New Zealand Diploma in Wellness and Relaxation Massage (Level 5), Bachelor of Nursing, Bachelor of Midwifery, Bachelor of Occupational Therapy, Bachelor of Social Services and Bachelor of Applied Science. It consists of two separate Certificate qualifications - the New Zealand Certificate in Study and Career Preparation (Level 3) and the New Zealand Certificate in Study and Career Preparation (Level 4). You will be enrolled in both of these qualifications at the beginning of the year.

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 Applied Science

  • Dunedin
  • 18 months full-time
  • Level 9
  • Starts February
  • Apply until start date

Master theoretical and procedural subject matter through a body of scholarly applied work and prepare for an academic career or a lead sport or exercise management role. This programme has specialties in Performance Analysis, Physical Conditioning or Exercise and Health.

Master of Professional Practice

  • Throughout New Zealand
  • 18 months full-time
  • Level 9
  • 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, 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.

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

  • Online with 40 hours of compulsory work placement (min.)
  • 6 months full-time; 1 year part-time
  • Level 3
  • Starts Feb (full-time, part-time, distance) or July (full-time, distance)
  • Apply now

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) (Rural Animal Technician)

  • Distance with block courses in Dunedin or Wairarapa and work experience
  • 1 year full-time or 2 years part-time
  • Level 5
  • Starts February
  • Apply until start date

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

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 Feb (Full-time distance and on-campus, and part-time distance)
  • Apply now

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 Automotive Electrical Engineering (Level 4)

  • Online with block courses in Dunedin or Cromwell
  • 2 years
  • Level 4
  • Starts anytime
  • Apply anytime

For those wishing to pursue a career as an Automotive Electrical Engineer, this programme provides the perfect next step after studying the New Zealand Certificate in Automotive Engineering (Level 3), or equivalent. Graduates will be able to take on senior positions in an automotive workshop. This programme is not available to international students.

New Zealand Certificate in Avalanche Risk Management (Level 6)*

  • Online with training and assessment in Wanaka
  • Part time study over one to two years
  • Level 6
  • Starts flexible to suit learner (online); July 2019 (practical field training)
  • Apply anytime

This programme is replacing the Diploma in Avalanche Studies from 2019. Providing the highest level of professional training available in New Zealand, enjoy the chance to be taught by pros and graduate with the ability to assume supervisory roles in all sectors of the industry.

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

  • Online
  • 20 weeks full-time; part-time options available
  • Level 3
  • Starts monthly
  • Apply anytime

Want to kickstart your administrative career? Or perhaps you want to formalise your existing skills? Then this is the qualification for you! It takes systems knowledge and expertise to provide great service to the rest of the team and increase productivity. This programme will give you the skills you need to help take your career to the next level.

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

  • Online
  • 20 weeks full-time; part-time options available
  • Level 4
  • Starts monthly
  • Apply anytime

Take that next step in your career by learning the finer points of delivering great administrative support. Are you already working in an administrative role and looking for that next challenge? This programme will give you the skills and confidence to do just that and will enhance your career prospects.

New Zealand Certificate in Business (First Line Management) (Level 4)

  • Online
  • 19 weeks full-time; part-time options
  • Level 4
  • Starts monthly
  • Apply anytime

Do you want to learn how to manage an effective team to achieve organisational goals? This fully online qualification will give you the skills and knowledge to work as a first line manager with responsibility for the performance of others in a business entity. This programme is only available online.

New Zealand Certificate in Business (Introduction to Small Business) (Level 3)

  • Online
  • 18 weeks full-time; part-time options available
  • Level 3
  • Starts monthly
  • Apply anytime

This fully online qualification will enable you to prepare for a small business (an entity that is either owner-operated or employs no more than 20 people). This includes being able to identify and assess the opportunities and requirements for small business. This programme is only available online.

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

  • Online
  • 16 weeks full-time; part-time options available
  • Level 3
  • Starts monthly
  • 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. This programme is only available online.

New Zealand Certificate in Business (Small Business) (Level 4)

  • Online
  • 18 weeks full-time; part-time options available
  • Level 4
  • Starts monthly
  • Apply anytime

Graduates of this programme will have the skills and knowledge to start, operate, grow and sustain a small business in New Zealand. Alternatively, you may wish to pursue further, higher-level study. This programme is only available online.

New Zealand Certificate in Computing (Intermediate User) (Level 3)

  • Dunedin
  • 1 semester full-time
  • Level 3
  • Starts February
  • Apply until start date

Learn about a variety of topics within the computer field, develop your IT skills, and gain knowledge of the industry. This programme is designed to provide you with the knowledge and skills required to enter the New Zealand Certificate in Information Technology Essentials (Level 4) or other equivalent qualifications.

New Zealand Certificate in Computing (Intermediate User) (Level 3)

  • Online
  • Part-time ONLY
  • Level 3
  • Starts monthly
  • Apply anytime

Do you want a greater level of confidence working in the digital tools and technologies space? Or perhaps you want to pursue new career opportunities in this area? Understanding, getting to grips with and using digital tools and technology is essential in today’s business world and this Certificate will give you the confidence and skill to move forward.

New Zealand Certificate in Information Technology Essentials (Level 4)

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

Gain an in-depth introduction to computing and software. This qualification gives you the foundation you need to enter the Bachelor of Information Technology or other IT programmes.

New Zealand Certificate in Light Automotive Engineering (Level 4)

  • Online with block courses in Dunedin or Cromwell
  • 2 years
  • Level 4
  • Starts Flexible
  • Apply anytime

This qualification is designed for those who wish to continue developing their career and/or apprenticeship in the automotive industry. Gain the industry-specific skills you need to work in a wide range of roles in the motor industry and graduate as a Qualified Automotive Technician. This programme is not available to international students.

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. This programme is only available online.

New Zealand Certificate in Retail (Level 4)

  • Online
  • 19 weeks full-time
  • Level 4
  • Starts November 2018
  • Apply anytime

Gain the skills to work in a senior retail, customer services or specialist role in the retail sector with this fully online programme. This may include retail sales, merchandising or specialist technical knowledge areas. This qualification is also ideal if you are already working in these roles and need a credential to support your career progression in a range of organisations in the retail sector. This programme is subject to minimum numbers and is only available online.

New Zealand Diploma in Building Surveying (Level 6)

  • Throughout New Zealand
  • 2 years (alongside full-time employment)
  • Level 6
  • Starts January 2019
  • Apply now

Are you employed in a Building Surveying environment and need to gain this qualification to meet regulations? In partnership with Future Skills, BOINZ and Skills, we are offering you the chance to complete this qualification whilst in employment. This programme is only open to those engaged in Building Consenting Authority employment (or an equivalent environment) who need to gain this qualification to meet Regulation 18 of the Building (Accreditation of Building Consent Authorities) Regulations 2006.

New Zealand Diploma in Business (Administration and Technology) (Level 5)

  • Online
  • 40 weeks full-time
  • Level 5
  • Starts monthly
  • Apply anytime

Focus on the skills you need to plan, organise and manage business administration functions, operations and/or projects. During this fully online programme, you will learn how to select, apply and support a broad range of current and emerging business technologies to meet the needs of a business/organisation. This programme is available online only.

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

  • Online
  • 34 weeks full-time; part-time options available
  • Level 5
  • Starts monthly
  • 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. This programme is only available online.

New Zealand Diploma in Veterinary Nursing (Level 6)

  • Dunedin or online with compulsory contact courses and 240 hours of work experience
  • 1 year full-time, 2 years part-time
  • Level 6
  • Starts Feb (Full-time distance and on campus, and part-time distance options)
  • Apply now

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 by 31 January or 11 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 Applied Science

  • Dunedin
  • 6 months full-time
  • Level 8
  • Starts February
  • Apply until start date

This qualification will help you extend and deepen your knowledge and understanding of the underpinning base theories and procedures that are relevant to the practice environment. This programme has specialties in Performance Analysis, Physical Conditioning or Exercise and Health.

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 Applied Science

  • Dunedin
  • 1 year full-time
  • Level 8
  • Starts February
  • Apply until start date

The qualification will help you extend and deepen your knowledge of the underpinning base theories and procedures used in the practice environment, in a wider and more encompassing scope than a postgraduate certificate. This programme has specialties in Performance Analysis, Physical Conditioning or Exercise and Health.

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.