Otago Polytechnic

STAR - Espresso coffee

  • Dunedin
  • 15 hours
  • Starts - please enquire
  • Apply anytime

Learn how to prepare espresso beverages using commercial espresso coffee equipment.

STAR - Espresso Coffee/Coffee Origin and Production

  • Central Otago
  • 2 days
  • Starts - please enquire
  • Apply anytime

Develop a knowledge of espresso coffee equipment and recipes, and learn about coffee origin and production.

STAR - Food Safety

  • Dunedin or Central Otago
  • 1 day per unit
  • Starts 19 April 2017 or 2 October 2017 (Dunedin); 9 March 2017 (Central)
  • Apply anytime

Working with food? This unit standard is a legal requirement in some workplaces and is recommended for ALL people working, or preparing to work, in a food business. This course is also run as a STAR course for secondary school students.

YGS - National Certificate in Motor Industry (Entry Skills) (Level 2)

  • Central
  • One year, full-time
  • Level 2
  • Starts February
  • Apply until start date

This Youth Guarantee programme is available to 16-19 year olds who have been thinking about leaving school or who have left school and are not sure how to enter higher education or employment. Get the practical skills you need to advance into Level 3 and 4 apprenticeship-based qualifications. You will complete 160 hours of work experience and undertake a lot of hands-on learning in our on-site automotive workshop.

YGS - Certificate in Automotive and Mechanical Engineering (Level 2)

  • Dunedin
  • 1 year full-time
  • Level 2
  • Starts February
  • Apply from May, 2016 for the 2017 programme intake

Are you a 16-19 year old and feel that school wasn't right for you? Study this hands-on Youth Guarantee programme and you will gain crucial skills for your future and pay no fees (conditions apply)!

YGS - Certificate in Foundation Studies (Level 3) - Plasterboard Fixing and Stopping

  • Dunedin
  • 12 weeks full-time
  • Level 3
  • Starts August, 2017
  • Apply until start date

The art of fixing and stopping is essential to the building trades and this programme trains you in the key skills needed to work as an assistant to a plasterboard fixer or finisher. Please note: this programme is subject to minimum numbers.

YGS - Certificate in Automotive Engineering (Level 3)

  • Dunedin
  • 1 year full-time
  • Level 3
  • Starts February
  • Apply anytime

Develop fundamental knowledge and techniques in automotive engineering. Learn a range of servicing procedures, engineering and welding skills; and about braking, ignition and wiring systems. This programme is delivered on campus with practical training in our workshop and 100 hours of work experience.

YGS - Certificate in Engineering (Level 3)

  • Dunedin
  • 1 year full-time
  • Level 3
  • Starts February
  • Apply now for 2017 - we are taking applications until 20 February

This hands-on pre-apprenticeship programme will give you ample opportunity to work within our workshops and to gain valuable off-site work experience. It is the perfect qualification for entering the engineering trades.

YGS - Certificate in Foundation Studies (Level 2) and (Level 3)

  • Dunedin
  • 6 months full-time*
  • Level 2 and 3
  • Starts February and July
  • Apply now for 2017 - we are taking applications until 27 February for our February intake

Want to develop the skills to prepare you for more study or to help you get a job? These programmes will let you explore a range of options and will give you a taste of what Polytechnic study is all about. Improve your writing, numeracy and computing skills so that you feel prepared to continue with further learning if that is what you want.

YGS - Certificate in Foundation Studies (Level 2) and (Level 3) Akoraka Mahi Tini

  • Dunedin
  • 17 weeks full-time
  • Level 2 and 3
  • Starts February and July
  • Apply until start date

Develop your literacy, numeracy and computer skills and gain practical experience through projects and work placements.

YGS - New Zealand Certificate in Business (Administration and Technology) (Level 3)

  • Dunedin or online from Central Otago
  • 1 semester full-time; part-time options
  • Level 3
  • Starts February and July, 2017
  • Apply until start date

This nationally-recognised programme is ideal if you are already in, or seeking to move into, a general administrative, data entry, receptionist or customer service role.

YGS - New Zealand Certificate in Hairdressing (Salon Support) (Level 3)

  • Dunedin
  • 1 year full-time
  • Level 3
  • Starts February and July
  • Apply until start date

This programme is equivalent to the first year of a hairdressing apprenticeship. Delivered in our hairdressing training salon, you will undertake activities that mimic working in a real salon. There are regular visits from industry professionals and our close ties with industry ensure that you are given the most up-to-date information about technologies and trends. Upon completion, continue your second year of training with our Certificate in Professional Hairdressing (Level 3).

YGS - Certificate in Early Childhood Studies (Level 3)

  • Dunedin
  • 1 year full-time
  • Level 3
  • Starts February, 2017
  • Apply until start date

Working with children is a rewarding, challenging, fun and diverse career. This introductory programme helps you gain the core skills and knowledge you need to prepare you to undertake the higher level learning required for employment in the early childhood sector. A section of this programme is practical and includes work placement in early childhood centres.

YGS - New Zealand Certificate in Food and Beverage Service (Level 3) (Cafe Services) (Bar Services)

  • Dunedin
  • 1 semester full-time
  • Level 3
  • Starts February and July
  • Apply by 30 November and 30 April. Late applications will be accepted based on availability of places.

Gain the essential skills needed for working in the bar and café sector of the hospitality industry. Our on-site cafe and restaurant training facilities will enable you to gain important hands-on experience which you can then put into practice during an industry work experience placement.

YGS - New Zealand Certificate in Cookery (Level 3) - Dunedin only

  • Dunedin or Central Otago (Youth Guarantee only available in Dunedin)
  • 1 semester full-time (Dunedin); 1 year part-time (Central Otago)
  • Level 3
  • Starts February and July
  • Apply by 30 November and 30 April

Strong basic culinary skills are the foundation that cooks and chefs build their professional reputation upon. During this hands-on programme, food preparation and cookery techniques are central to your learning and you will gain valuable commercial and kitchen experience in Otago Polytechnic's training restaurants. The Youth Guarantee version of this programme is only available in Dunedin.