Otago Polytechnic
Certificates

Health bridging certificate

  • Dunedin or online with compulsory block courses
  • One year full-time; part-time options
  • Level 4
  • Starts February and July* (*six-month, full-time option possible for those with advanced standing)
  • Apply now

Don’t have the academic requirements you need to enter one of our diploma- or degree-level healthcare programmes? No problem. By studying courses such as Function of the Human Body and an Introduction to Careers in Health, you will be well-prepared to apply for your chosen diploma or degree.

New Zealand Certificate in Avalanche Risk Management (Level 5)

  • Online with Wanaka-based practical
  • Twelve weeks (ten weeks online, one week practical and one week reflection/re-assessment if required)
  • Level 5
  • Starts 28 April, 8 June or 13 July
  • Apply until start date

If you love being in the mountains during winter and have a strong sense of responsibility, become a qualified snow safety professional through this programme.

New Zealand Certificate in Avalanche Risk Management (Level 6)

  • Online with training and assessment in Wanaka
  • One to two years (part-time)
  • Level 6
  • Starts dates for online learning are flexible (Field training-22-26 July 2019; Integrated Practical Assessment 2-10 September 2019)
  • Apply anytime

Providing the highest level of professional training available in New Zealand, enjoy the chance to be taught by pros and graduate with the ability to assume supervisory roles in all sectors of the industry.

New Zealand Certificate in Exercise (Level 4)

  • Dunedin
  • Six months full-time; twelve months part-time
  • Level 4
  • Starts February and July
  • Apply by 30 November and 30 May

Start on your path to becoming a Personal Trainer with this exciting new programme. Learn how to teach exercise, gain an understanding of human anatomy and physiology, and discover how the role of behaviour change can lead to lasting results for your clients. Successful completion will enable you to apply for registration as a gym instructor with REPs NZ (Register of Exercise Professionals New Zealand).

New Zealand Certificate in Exercise (Level 5)

  • Dunedin
  • Six months full-time; twelve months part time
  • Level 5
  • Starts February and July
  • Apply by 30 November and 31 May

Gain the skills and knowledge you need to become a Personal Trainer. With this hands-on qualification, taught by highly-experienced and industry-connected staff, you will discover how to plan, implement and evaluate exercise programmes. By also studying nutrition and behaviour, you will be fully prepped to work with clients in a holistic manner. Successful completion of this Level 5 Certificate will enable you to apply for registration as a Personal Trainer with REPs NZ (Register of Exercise Professionals New Zealand).

New Zealand Certificate in Introductory Snowschool Instruction (Applied) (Level 4) (Ski) or (Snowboard)

  • Wanaka
  • 17 weeks
  • Level 4
  • Starts May
  • Apply until start date

Train in the dry snow of the spectacular Southern Alps and develop skills which could lead to a job teaching skiing or snowboarding in New Zealand or overseas. All classes are taken at the Cardrona Alpine Resort in Wanaka.

New Zealand Certificate in Outdoor and Adventure Education (Multi-skilled) (Level 4)

  • Wanaka
  • One year full-time
  • Level 4
  • Starts February
  • Apply now

Gain the core skills and knowledge you need to work in the Outdoor and Adventure Education industry. Upon successful completion, you will be eligible to enter our New Zealand Diploma in Outdoor and Adventure Education (Level 5)* which is being offered from 2021.

Diplomas

New Zealand Diploma in Wellness and Relaxation Massage (Level 5)

  • Dunedin
  • One year full-time
  • Level 5
  • Starts February
  • Apply until start date

Learn about anatomy and physiology, relaxation and therapeutic massage, stress management and wellness promotion methods. Graduates may operate their own massage therapy business, or may find employment within the spa industry. Alternatively, you can progress into the second year of our Bachelor of Applied Science where you can further your studies in massage and health, expand your skill set into rehabilitation (remedial) massage and increase your employment options.

Bachelor

Bachelor of Applied Science

  • Dunedin
  • Three years full-time; part-time options
  • Level 7
  • Starts February
  • Apply by 30 November (preferred). Late applications will be accepted until start date of programme if places available.

Are you passionate about sports, exercise or health? Do you like working with people? Do you want to help others improve their lives to reach their potential? If you answered yes to all of these then this contemporary degree is the pathway for you.

Postgraduate

Postgraduate Certificate in Applied Science

  • Dunedin
  • Six months full-time; twelve months part-time
  • Level 8
  • Starts February
  • Apply until start date

This qualification will help you extend and deepen your knowledge and understanding of the underpinning base theories and procedures that are relevant to the practice environment. This programme has specialties in Performance Analysis, Physical Conditioning or Exercise and Health.

Postgraduate Diploma in Applied Science

  • Dunedin
  • One year full-time; two years part-time
  • Level 8
  • Starts February
  • Apply until start date

The qualification will help you extend and deepen your knowledge of the underpinning base theories and procedures used in the practice environment, in a wider and more encompassing scope than a postgraduate certificate. This programme has specialties in Performance Analysis, Physical Conditioning or Exercise and Health.

Master of Applied Science

  • Dunedin
  • 18 months full-time; three years part-time
  • Level 9
  • Starts February
  • Apply until start date

Master theoretical and procedural subject matter through a body of scholarly applied work and prepare for an academic career or a lead sport or exercise management role. This programme has specialties in Performance Analysis, Physical Conditioning or Exercise and Health.