Otago Polytechnic

Certificate in Bicycle Mechanics (Level 3)


Central Campus, online and work experience

One semester

Flexible online delivery with block courses and industry experience

7 August 2017, February and July, 2018
  • Location
    Study breaks
  • Central Otago
    7 August 2017
    30 September 2017 - 14 October 2017
  • Central Otago
    12 February 2018
    14 April 2018 - 29 April 2018
Kick-start your career in the bicycle service and repair industry with this hands-on, industry-developed programme.

Bicycle tourism and bicycling are becoming increasingly popular in New Zealand, especially in the world-renowned landscape of Central Otago and the Southern Lakes. With the creation of the New Zealand Cycle Trail system, the demand for skills in bicycle mechanics is increasing and a qualification in this area is a great way of opening the door to a range of bicycle industry employment opportunities.

This Level 3 programme is the only one of its kind in New Zealand and has been specifically designed by Cornerstone Education Limited and the Bicycle Industry Association of NZ (BIANZ) to provide industry-relevant, up-to-date practical and theoretical training. The qualification has been developed to a standard comparable to trade certificates offered in Australia and the UK and would, therefore, be recognised within these countries.

The programme content is delivered through two 10-day practical block courses at our Central Campus, online learning of theoretical material, and work experience. This combination makes it an ideal qualification for someone looking to study alongside current employment and/or for those based outside of Central Otago or the Southern Lakes. During the block courses, our fully-equipped bicycle workshop will provide you with the perfect learning environment to practice the theoretical knowledge you have learned. These practical block courses are supplemented with industry work experience which adds an important extra dimension to prepare you for future employment or for further study at a more advanced level.

Entry requirements
  • You must have completed a minimum of ten years of formal schooling.
  • International students must be at least 18 years of age.
  • If English is not your first language, you must also demonstrate English language skills equivalent to an IELTS overall band score (academic) of 5.5, with no band score less than 5.0. 
Additional documentation 

You must supply certified proofs of identity, academic records and proof of residency (where appropriate). 

Further study options

Upon completion of the Certificate in Bicycle Mechanics (Level 3), you may choose to advance your learning with our Certificate in Bicycle Mechanics (Level 4).

2017 programme schedule  

Two weeks: Distance learning (theory/online study)

Two weeks: Practical Block Course One in Cromwell (Learning and assessment for Frames, Tyres, Hubs and Brakes) 

Three weeks: Distance learning (theory/online study)

Two weeks: Practical Block Course Two in Cromwell (Learning and assessment for Steering, Drive Train and Suspension)

Mid-semester break. Start work on assignments (distance/online)

Six weeks: Work experience and assignments (Professional workshop/distance/online)

Two weeks: Completion and collation of all outstanding assignments

End of programme

You will study 

The full Certificate in Bicycle Mechanics (Level 3) is compiled of five individual courses. You must complete all of the courses successfully to achieve the Certificate. We also take enrolments for the practical block courses in isolation if you are just after a ‘taster’ or do not wish to commit to the full certificate programme initially.

Course Unit Level Credit
BML3-01 Demonstrate knowledge for bicycle repairs 2 6
BML3-02 Understanding employers and enhancing opportunities 3 8
BML3-03 Assemble bicycles 2 6
BML3-03 Adjust bicycles and fit accessories 2 3
BML3-03 Use equipment in bicycle workshop 2 3
BML3-04 Practical Block 1 Operate in a bicycle service workshop 3 6
BML3-04 Practical Block 1 Service and repair bicycle steering systems 3 5
BML3-04 Practical Block 1 Service and repair bicycle suspension systems 3 5
BML3-04 Practical Block 1 Service and repair bicycle drive train systems 3 5
BML3-05 Practical Block 2 Service and repair bicycle frames 3 5
BML3-05 Practical Block 2 Service and repair bicycle braking systems 3 5
BML3-05 Practical Block 2 Service and repair bicycle tyres, wheels and hub assemblies 3 5
BML3-05 Practical Block 2 Identify and use service and repair documentation  3 4
  Programme total    66

Upon completion of the full Certificate in Bicycle Mechanics (Level 3) you will be able to:

  • Demonstrate knowledge of a wide range of bicycle componentry
  • Assemble and adjust a large variety bicycles and accessories
  • Perform servicing and basic repairs to all bicycle systems.

For further information or to discuss the options available call 0800 765 9276 to speak to a staff member at the Central Campus.


All tooling, bicycles, parts and consumables are provided during the practical block courses. A computer and internet connection will be required for the online theoretical component. Those who enrol in the full Certificate in Bicycle Mechanics (Level 3) will receive a course text book.

Selection process

If the number of applicants who meet the entry requirements exceeds the number of available places, a selection process based on your work or study history that shows reliability and dedication to work/study will be used to identify those applicants more suitable for places on the programme.

Student loans and allowances

Student loans and allowances are for domestic students only. For information about student loans and allowances please visit the Studylink website.

It is important to apply for your student loan/allowance at the same time as you apply for this programme, due to the length of time Studylink take to process. Loan/allowance applications can be cancelled at any time if you decide to withdraw your programme application or if it is unsuccessful. 

Recognition of prior learning

If you have extensive knowledge and skills due to 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.


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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