Otago Polytechnic

New Zealand Certificate in Bicycle Mechanics (Level 4)


Online with block courses in Central Otago

6 months

Online learning, practical block courses and work place experience

February and August
  • Location
    Study breaks
  • Central Otago
    18 March 2019
    15 April 2019 - 26 April 2019
  • Central Otago
    5 August 2019
    30 September 2019 - 11 October 2019
Gain a qualification that will make you stand out from the crowd in this rapidly growing industry!

If you’re already in the bicycle industry, this is a great opportunity to receive official recognition for your current knowledge and skills. This will be ideal if you’re keen to advance your career!

If you aren’t involved in the bicycle industry but already have some bicycle mechanical skill, this programme will enable you to fill the gaps in your knowledge so you are industry ready. It will allow you to make a start in the bicycle industry and to transfer from a home workshop to professional workshop environment.

The two, fortnightly practical block courses are held in our fully-equipped workshop classroom and our small class sizes provides an excellent and personalised learning environment. In addition, your work experience placement will provide a great, hands-on development opportunity. 

Career opportunities
  • Senior bicycle store workshop and retail positions 
  • Mechanic in unsupervised sole employee workshop 
  • Specialist bicycle servicing providers (wheel building, suspension servicing)
  • Bicycle industry tourism providers (guides, workshop) 
  • Bicycle mechanic on professional racing teams 
  • Other areas of opportunity within the industry: 
    • bicycle store ownership 
    • bicycle import businesses 
    • bicycle coaching and fitting 
    • bicycle designing and building 

This programme will also provide a great step towards other industry-related positions such as working in research, marketing, journalism or event management.  

Entry requirements 
  • For applicants 20 years of age and over there are no minimum academic requirements.
  • In exceptional circumstances, an applicant under the age of 20 years who does not meet the academic entry requirements may be granted entry to the programme where they supply evidence of their ability to succeed on the programme.  

All students (international and domestic) for whom English is not a first language:

  • must demonstrate English Language skills with an IELTS overall band score (academic) of 5.5, with no band score lower than 5.0 OR
  • must provide acceptable alternative evidence of English language proficiency depending on the visa decline rate of the country you are from. See here for acceptable evidence and visa decline rates by country.

Please note: All scores must be achieved in a single test completed in the preceding two years. You cannot combine scores from multiple tests. If you have achieved NCEA Level 3 University Entrance you are not required to provide evidence of English Language skills.

If you need to improve your English, we offer a range of English language programmes.  

Selection criteria

Applications that meet the entry requirements are processed on a first-come, first-served basis until the programme has reached its capacity. 

Additional costs

There are no additional costs associated with this programme. 

You will study

Through this programme, you will learn how to:

  • Work safely and efficiently in a professional bicycle workshop 
  • Diagnose and overhaul an extensive range of bicycle components spread across all bicycle systems:
    • frame preparation 
    • tyres and hubs 
    • steering 
    • brakes 
    • drive train 
    • shifting 
    • suspension 
  • Research and design bicycle solutions to meet specific customer end user needs 
  • Communicate and work with customers, co-workers and other industry providers. 
Outcomes  Credits
Carry out diagnostic procedures, and repair and/or overhaul a range of bicycle components and systems under broad guidance; and inspect frames and forks 40
 Effectively communicate with customers to interpret their needs and make recommendations for component and system solutions based on end-user requirements
 Apply design principles and ergonomic considerations to select and tune components and systems of a bicycle to fit a rider
 Apply wheel-building techniques for a specific purpose and end user
 Conduct research to plan and price a bicycle for a specific purpose and end user
Your workload and Block Course dates
  • Online learning: 10-12 hours per week 
  • Two, fortnight-long block courses held at Otago Polytechnic's Central Otago Campus (60 hours per fortnightly block course)  
  • 160 hours industry work experience (40 hours per week) at any suitable bicycle workshop location within New Zealand 

Semester 1 Block Courses

For learners starting the Level 4 programme on 18 March 2019 the block courses are:

Block Course 1 - 1 April 2019 to 12 April 2019
Block Course 2 - 13 May 2019 to 24 May 2019

Semester 2 Block Courses

For learners starting the Level 4 programme on 5 August 2019 the block courses are:

Block Course 1 - 2 September 2019 to 13 September 2019
Block Course 2 - 14 October 2019 to 25 October 2019

Student loans and allowance 

Full-time domestic students of this programme are eligible for student loans and allowances (dependent on age and financial circumstances.) Please contact Studylink for additional information. Phone 0800 88 99 00 or visit: www.studylink.govt.nz

Recognition of prior learning 

If you already have extensive knowledge and skills gained from practical experience in this area, enquire about our recognition of prior learning process at Capable NZ. You may have already gained credits towards this qualification in the course of your life. Visit www.capablenz.ac.nz


While every effort is made to ensure that this sheet is accurate, Otago Polytechnic reserves the right to amend, alter or withdraw any of the contained information. The fees shown in this document are indicative ONLY. Both domestic and international fees are subject to change and are dependent on the development and implementation of Government policies. Please note that additional fees may from time to time be required for external examination, NZQA fees and/or additional material fees.

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