Otago Polytechnic

BUSINESS

Event management

The event industry involves the application for both self-employed small business operators and larger organisations, which includes events of all sizes from wedding venues, hotels, resorts, exhibition companies, concert promoters and conference organisers. You will learn the skills to plan, organise, promote, manage and run events across diverse areas, including project management, financial management, human resources, logistics, public relations and communication.

 

CAREER OUTCOMES

Event managers plan, organise, promote and run events, conferences and functions for a variety of organisations, communities, groups and individuals. Employment opportunities include Event Planner, Fundraising Managers,  Event Coordinator, Wedding Planner, Chief Creative Officer, Marketing Coordinator, Conference Planner Sponsorship Coordinator or Community Relations

Learners may need higher levels of study for progressing into some speciality career roles. Learn more about the NZ qualification level.

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CERTIFICATE

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

  • Online
  • 20 weeks full-time | 40 weeks part-time
  • 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 part-time programme will give you the skills you need to help take your career to the next level.

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

  • Online
  • 20 weeks full-time | 40 weeks part-time
  • Level 3
  • Starts monthly
  • Apply anytime

This 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 part-time programme is only available online.

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

  • Online
  • 19 weeks full-time | 36 weeks part-time
  • 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 part-time 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 Study and Career Preparation (Level 4) Business context

  • Dunedin and Auckland (international students only)
  • Dunedin: One semester full-time; Auckland: 17 weeks full-time
  • Level 4
  • Starts Dunedin: February and July; Auckland: January, March, June, August and October
  • Apply until start date

Want to gain the skills needed for higher level learning? This Certificate will teach you what is needed for diploma- and degree-level study in a business context. Successful completion will guarantee you entry into the New Zealand Diploma in Business (Level 5), New Zealand Diploma in Tourism and Travel (Level 5) or the Bachelor of Applied Management as long as you meet the stated English Language requirements for the specific programme,

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BACHELOR

Bachelor of Applied Management

  • Dunedin or Auckland (international students only)
  • Three years full-time*
  • Level 7
  • Starts Dunedin: February and July; Auckland: January, March, June, August and October
  • Apply until start date (Dunedin); anytime (Auckland)

Develop fundamental management understanding and skills that will allow you to work in a range of management roles. This is a fantastic opportunity to gain a well-respected business degree as this programme has industry experiences at its centre. A Capable NZ option is available for those with relevant work experience and in Dunedin you can specialise in up to two majors from your second year.

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GRADUATE

Graduate Diploma in Event Management

  • Dunedin
  • One year full-time*
  • Level 7
  • Starts February
  • Apply until start date

Are you organised and good at planning fun parties and informative events? Do you enjoy tackling a new challenge and having a job where every day is different? You could be suited for a career in event management. Undertake this programme and get all the skills you need to plan, organise, promote and run events, conferences and functions for a variety of organisations, communities, groups and individuals. A 200-hour practical industry project will enable you to develop important industry and business connections.

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POSTGRADUATE

Doctor of Professional Practice

  • Throughout New Zealand
  • Three years full-time (up to seven years part-time)
  • Level 9 - 10
  • Starts Flexible
  • Apply anytime

Are you an advanced practitioner who is ready to achieve a doctoral qualification while making a significant contribution to their organisation, hapū, iwi, community or professional area? The DPP captures emergent knowledge relevant to the candidate’s work and relevant for work contexts, integrating work-based knowledge with disciplinary knowledge to create new knowledge.

Master of Applied Management

  • Auckland (international students only)
  • 18 months full-time
  • Level 9
  • Starts January, March, June, August and October
  • Apply now

This qualification offers you three pathway options: Coursework, Professional Project and Coursework, or Research Thesis. Graduates of the programme are critical thinkers, effective problem solvers, future-focused and apply specialised management and leadership knowledge and capabilities to new situations within the field of business management.

Postgraduate Diploma in Applied Management

  • Auckland (international students only)
  • One year
  • Level 8
  • Starts January, March, June, August and October
  • Apply now

Majoring in Business Management, this qualification will enable you to extend and deepen your knowledge and understanding of current management capabilities and issues through experiential learning strategies and reflective practice. This qualification is only available to international students.

 

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Related multidisciplinary programmes

 

Graduate Diploma in Applied Management

  • Dunedin
  • One year full time; part-time options
  • Level 7
  • Starts February and July
  • Apply until start date

Want to learn more about a specific area of management to complement your existing degree or career aspirations? Gain vital practical experience with a significant industry-based research project and graduate with a solid understanding of the dynamic environment in which managers operate.

Graduate Diploma in Applied Management (Auckland - international students only)

  • Auckland (international students only)
  • One year full-time
  • Level 7
  • Starts January, March, June, August and October
  • Apply anytime

Complete an intensive programme of business study to prepare you for a career in business internationally. Undertake a valuable 200-hour industry project enabling you to gain vital practical experience.

Graduate Diploma in Professional Practice

  • Throughout New Zealand
  • One year full-time
  • Level 7
  • Starts Flexible
  • Apply anytime

Are you ready to advance your career through a graduate qualification? Are you an experienced professional facing interesting challenges in your workplace? Professional practice is all about you, and your work context. This qualification allows you to identify a challenge or goal in your work environment. You can then research and define this issue, develop an approach for resolving it, and implement processes to achieve your desired outcomes.