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New Zealand Certificate in Bicycle Servicing (Level 3)


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

19 weeks
2 August or 8 November 2021
  • Location
    Study breaks
  • Central Otago
    15 February 2021
    10 May 2021 - 21 May 2021
  • Central Otago
    2 August 2021
    25 October 2021 - 5 November 2021
  • Central Otago
    8 November 2021
    27 December 2021 - 7 January 2022

Gain the skills you need to stand out in this rapidly growing industry.

New Zealand’s exciting recreation, sport and tourism industries are developing quickly. A qualification in bicycle servicing could be what you need to turn your passion into a career in one of these areas. 

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 provide an efficient and adaptable environment in which to learn your practical skills and your work experience will give you a valuable first foot in the door for future employment. 

Previous graduates have gone on to work in, and start, a range of bicycle industry, import and tourism businesses. This qualification could also be your springboard into working as a specialist service provider, a mechanic within professional racing teams, or living the dream of working and playing whilst travelling abroad. 

Our New Zealand Certificate in Bicycle Mechanics (Level 4) provides the perfect next study step if you’re keen to take your skills to an advanced level.

Entry requirements 

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

Selection criteria

Applications are processed on a first come-first served basis until the programme has reached its capacity. 

Pathways into the programme

If you need to improve your English language skills, our New Zealand Certificate in English Language (Level 2) will be the perfect place to start. 

Additional costs 

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

You will study 

During this programme, you will learn how to:

  • Work safely and efficiently in a professional bicycle workshop
  • Service an extensive range of bicycle components spread across all bicycle systems:
    • Frame Preparation
    • Tires and Hubs
    • Steering
    • Brakes
    • Drive Train
    • Shifting
    • Suspension
  • Assemble full bicycles, systems, components, parts, and accessories
  • Gain and understanding and knowledge of the global and local bicycle industry.

Graduate outcomes

Outcomes Credits
Operate safely in a workshop environment under limited supervision and select, use, and maintain equipment and tools appropriate for undertaking routine bicycle service and repair tasks  8
Assemble, service, adjust, and test a range of bicycle systems and system componentry in accordance with legislation, and safety and industry standards 40
Perform warranty and routine servicing requirements in accordance with manufacturer specifications to fulfil retailer obligations 5
Apply product knowledge to effectively communicate within the workplace to assist customers with warranty and servicing, and with the purchase of bicycle components and accessories 5
Understand career opportunities, and the New Zealand Bicycle Industry supply-chain for career progression and comprehensive understanding of the industry and its functioning 2
Total 60
Your workload and block course dates

You will need to study online by distance for 10-12 hour per week and attend two, fortnight-long block courses (held at Otago Polytechnic's Central Campus in Cromwell). This equates to 30 hours per week. In addition, you will need to complete 160 hours of industry work experience (which equates to 40 hours per week) at any suitable bicycle workshop within New Zealand. The Programme Manager will assist you with finding a work experience placement/reference if required. 


Block Courses

For learners starting the Level 3 programme on 2 Aug 2021 the block courses are:

  • Block course 1: 30 August - 10 September
  • Block course 2: 11 October - 22 October

    For learners starting the Level 3 programme on 8 Nov 2021 the block courses are:

    • Block course 1: 6 December - 17 December
    • Block course 2: 17 January - 28 January 
Further study options 

Continue to expand your skills with the New Zealand Certificate in Bicycle Mechanics (Level 4) offered at our Central Otago campus. 

Student loans and allowances

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: 

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. 


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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