Otago Polytechnic

Gain a recognised qualification without going back to the classroom. 

Education doesn't just happen in a classroom. Your skills, knowledge and experience mean something.

Capable NZ's approved validation process can measure your existing knowledge against NZQA-accredited qualifications and give you academic credit towards them. 

From certificates to bachelor's degrees, and in a wide range of subjects, Capable NZ can get you there.

View the full list of certificate, diploma and degree programmes available through Capable NZ >

Professional Practice

If you already have a degree and want to deepen your understanding in an area of your professional work, our suite of Professional Practice programmes is for you. With our Graduate Diploma, Master and Doctor of Professional Practice, you'll apply an academic approach to a real problem in your professional work environment to understand it, resolve it, extend your knowledge and advance your career.

Bachelor of Leadership for Change

  • Anywhere in New Zealand (with the expectation that you will attend an intensive in Dunedin each year)
  • 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.

Graduate Diploma in Sustainable Practice

  • Online with learning intensives in Dunedin
  • One year full-time; two years part-time
  • Level 7
  • Starts monthly from February to November
  • 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. 

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.

Graduate Diploma in Professional Practice with a context in Occupational Health and Safety

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

Offered in conjunction with the New Zealand Institute for Safety Management, this is a qualification provided for Health and Safety practitioners with many years of experience. If you have sound experience but no academic qualification to back your knowledge, this programme is the means with which to achieve 'Graduate' status within the NZISM accreditation programme. This programme is not available to international students.

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.

Graduate Diploma in Tertiary Education (Level 7)

  • Dunedin (blended learning: online, distance learning and on-campus activities)
  • One year full-time; two 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 Independent Learning Pathway (ILP) pathway offered by Capable NZ.

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.