Otago Polytechnic

New Zealand Certificate in Bicycle Mechanics (Level 4)

Location

Online with two compulsory block courses (in Central Otago) and 160 hours of work experience at any suitable bicycle workshop in New Zealand 

Duration
19 weeks
Credits
60
Level
4
Start
February and August
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  • Location
    Intake
    Study breaks
  • Central Otago
    18 March 2019
    15 April 2019 - 26 April 2019
  • Central Otago
    5 August 2019
    30 September 2019 - 11 October 2019
  • Central Otago
    20 July 2020
    14 September 2020 - 25 September 2020
Gain a qualification that will make you stand out from the crowd in this rapidly growing industry!

If you’ve completed your New Zealand Certificate in Bicycle Servicing (Level 3) with us, or have previous experience in the bicycle industry, this Level 4 programme is a great way to take your skill set and knowledge to the next level and advance your career. 

Offering you a flexible learning environment through a blend of practical block courses, online learning and workplace experience, previous learners have enjoyed the chance to successfully fit their around other work or study commitments. 

Small class sizes, specialist equipment and expert tutoring from experienced mechanics and mechanical engineers combine to provide a learning experience that will enable you to develop skills and knowledge to help you stand out from the crowd. 

During this programme, you will learn advanced techniques such as wheel building, suspension servicing, frame preparation and e-Bike system diagnostics whilst honing your previous mechanical knowledge to methodically diagnose, repair, overhaul and rebuild bicycles and components.

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.  
  • If English is not your first language, you must provide:

If you need to improve your English Language skills, we offer a wide range of English 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

You will need to cover your travel, food and accommodation costs during the block courses. 

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
TOTAL 60
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 2020 Block Courses

Information to be confirmed 

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

Disclaimer

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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