Otago Polytechnic

Our certificates are ideal if you require a year of tertiary study before entering an undergraduate programme

Go to the programme you are interested in and see the entry requirements to find out if you need to complete a one-year certificate first.

Study preparation for international students

  • Dunedin
  • 3 days
  • Starts In the week before each semester
  • Apply anytime

This free, three day orientation programme is for all international students who are beginning their studies at Otago Polytechnic's Dunedin campus.

Kickstart - to employment!

  • On campus with work placement
  • 17 weeks
  • Level 2 or 3
  • Starts February and July
  • Apply until start date

This is the ideal programme if you want to make yourself more employable! You will spend two to three days a week at the Polytechnic and the rest of the time on work placement or undertaking volunteering work. Upon successful completion, you will gain a Certificate in Foundation Studies (Level 2) or (Level 3).

FarmHand

  • On campus with a work placement
  • 17 weeks full-time
  • Starts February and July
  • Apply until start date via www.farmhand.org.nz

Love the outdoors and practical work? This 17-week, Dunedin-based scheme for 16-25 year olds is run in partnership with the Malcam Charitable Trust and is a stepping stone into education and employment in the primary sector industry. You will take part in a work placement, improve your study skills, gain a Certificate in Foundation Studies (Level 2) or (Level 3) and learn how to put together a great CV!

Certificate in Foundation Studies (Level 2) - Trades taster

  • Dunedin
  • 6 months full-time*
  • Level 2
  • Starts February and July
  • Apply until start date

Want to develop the skills to help you to get a job but not sure which area to focus on? Get a taste of a few so that you can decide what you like! During this programme,you will take part in hands-on learning in our trade areas such as horticulture, engineering, cookery, carpentry and electrical engineering. We will also help you to improve your writing, numeracy and computing skills.

Certificate in Foundation Studies (Level 2) and (Level 3)

  • Dunedin
  • 6 months full-time*
  • Level 2 and 3
  • Starts February and July
  • Apply until start date

Want to develop the skills to prepare you for more study or to help you get a job? These programmes will let you explore a range of options and will give you a taste of what Polytechnic study is all about. Improve your writing, numeracy and computing skills so that you feel prepared to continue with further learning if that is what you want.

Certificate in Foundation Studies (Level 2) and (Level 3) - Akoraka Mahi Tini

  • Dunedin
  • 17 weeks full-time
  • Level 2 and 3
  • Starts February and July
  • Apply until start date

Develop your literacy, numeracy and computer skills and gain practical experience through projects and work placements.

Certificate in Foundation Studies (Level 3) Plasterboard Fixing and Stopping

  • Dunedin
  • 12 weeks full-time
  • Level 3
  • Starts August, 2017
  • Apply until start date

The art of fixing and stopping is essential to the building trades and this programme trains you in the key skills needed to work as an assistant to a plasterboard fixer or finisher. Please note: this programme is subject to minimum numbers.

Certificate in Foundation Studies (Level 4) (Business)

  • Dunedin and Auckland
  • 1 semester full-time (Dunedin); 16 weeks full-time (Auckland)
  • Level 4
  • Starts Dunedin: February and July. Auckland: January, March, June, August and October
  • Apply until start date

Successful completion of this Certificate will guarantee you entry into our business diploma or degree programme! Through project-based learning, discover how to produce effective business documents and communication. The Auckland-based programme is for international students only.

Bridging programme to engineering diploma

  • Dunedin
  • 1 semester full-time
  • Level 3
  • Starts July, 2017
  • Apply by 30 June, 2017

Now you can become an engineer no matter what your academic background! Successful completion of this programme will give you a Certificate in Foundation Studies (Level 3) and direct entry into our New Zealand Diploma in Engineering.

Certificate in Health (Level 4)

  • Dunedin or online*
  • 1 year full-time*
  • Level 4
  • Starts February and July*
  • Apply by November or June

Don’t have the required academic qualifications to enter a degree or diploma-level healthcare programme? No problem! This Certificate, offered by the School of Social Services, can act as a bridging option to help you meet the minimum academic criteria for application to the New Zealand Diploma in Enrolled Nursing (Level 5), Bachelor of Nursing, Bachelor of Midwifery, Bachelor of Occupational Therapy, Bachelor of Social Services and Bachelor of Applied Science (Physical Activity, Health and Wellness). Compulsory block courses are required for those studying online.

Your pathway to study in Nursing, Midwifery, Occupational Therapy, Social Services or Applied Science.

Certificate in Human Services (Level 4) (Specialty)

  • Dunedin or online*
  • 1 year full-time*
  • Level 4
  • Starts February
  • Apply now for 2017

Gain valuable experience during a fieldwork placement and become equipped with the knowledge, skills and values required to work in human services in New Zealand and overseas. Online delivery available by negotiation.This programme includes the following national awards; National Certificate in Mental Health and Addiction Support (Level 4), National Certificate in Community Support Services (Disability Information Provision) (Level 4), and the National Certificate in Social Services (Level 4).

Certificate in Creative Studies

  • Dunedin (Design School)
  • 1 year full-time*
  • Level 4
  • Starts February
  • Apply now!

If you are unsure which creative career to pursue or you want to develop a portfolio for application to a degree, this is the programme for you. Develop a solid understanding of a variety of disciplines.

Certificate in Fashion Studies (Level 4)

  • Dunedin
  • 1 semester full-time*
  • Level 4
  • Starts July
  • Apply by 30 June

Develop the skills, knowledge and industry awareness necessary to study for the Bachelor of Design (Fashion) or to gain employment as a trainee machinist or production assistant in the fashion industry.