Otago Polytechnic

Certificate in Bicycle Mechanics (Level 4)


Central Campus, online and work experience

One semester

Central Campus, online and work experience placements.The condensed delivery schedule means you can be working in industry/work experience whilst you study.

February and July, 2018
Advance your skills and prepare for employment in the bicycle service industry with this professional, industry-developed qualification.

This Level 4 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 meet the training demands of the industry.

With the increasing popularity of cycle tourism and cycling in New Zealand, the need for qualified senior Bicycle Mechanics and training personnel is growing. This qualification has been developed in consultation with industry to provide relevant, up-to-date theoretical and practical knowledge. It has also been developed to align with comparable trade certificates offered in Australia, the UK and beyond, so skills gained during this qualification will be transferable overseas.

This Certificate is ideal if you have existing skills in bicycle service and repair but wish to extend your capability to a more advanced level so that you can undertake leading hand and/or training roles in the industry.

Programme content will be delivered at our Central Campus and through work experience placements. The condensed delivery schedule makes it a great qualification to study alongside your current employment or work experience. Our workshop facilities will provide you with the perfect learning environment to utilise the theoretical skills you have learned and to gain the hands-on experience needed for employment.

Entry requirements 
  • You must have completed the Certificate in Bicycle Mechanics (Level 3) OR be able to demonstrate similar skills and knowledge.
  • 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).

Selection process

Where the number of applicants who meet the entry requirements exceed the number of available places, the following selection criteria will apply to find the more suitable applicants for places on the programme:

  • Previous experience or currently working in bicycle service and repair
  • Previous experience in allied industries
  • A work or study history that shows reliability and dedication to work/study.

You will be advised of equipment requirements upon enrolment. 

You will study 

This programme has one common core course and then the choice between two different strands; Specialist Bicycle Design and Building OR Workplace Training Skills. You must complete the common core course and one of the strands to successfully achieve the Certificate in Bicycle Mechanics (Level 4). The ratio of theory to practice is approximately 30%-70%.

Common course – Bicycle Component System Diagnosis, Overhaul and Rebuilding Level Credit

Demonstrate knowledge of diagnostic procedures

4 3

Diagnose, overhaul and rebuild bicycle steering systems

4 6

Diagnose, overhaul and rebuild bicycle suspension systems

4 6
Diagnose, overhaul and rebuild bicycle drive train systems 4 6

Diagnose, repair and rebuild bicycle frames

4 6

Diagnose, overhaul and rebuild braking systems 

4 6
Diagnose, overhaul and rebuild bicycle wheel and hub assemblies  4 6
Credit total   39 
EITHER complete strand one - Specialist Bicycle Design and Building Level Credit
Design and build specialist bicycle or components  4 16
Credit total   16 
OR complete strand two - Workplace Training Skills  Level Credit
Deliver on-job training to adults 4 8
Use standards to assess candidate performance  4 5
Prepare candidates for assessment   4 3
Credit total   16
Programme total   55

At the end of this programme, you will be able to:

  • Diagnose, overhaul and rebuild bicycle system componentry
  • Design and build specialist bicycles or componentry
  • Deliver and assess on-job training. 
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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