Otago Polytechnic

New Zealand Certificate in Bicycle Servicing (Level 3)


Online with compulsory block courses in Central Otago and 160 hours of work experience 

6 months
February and July
by January
  • Location
    Study breaks
  • Central Otago
    18 February 2019
    15 April 2049 - 26 April 2019
  • Central Otago
    8 July 2019
    30 September 2019 - 11 October 2019
Gain the skills you need to stand out in this rapidly growing industry.

New Zealand’s recreation, fitness, tourism and sport industries are all quickly developing and a qualification in bicycle servicing will enable you to kickstart a career within these exciting areas.

This relatively new qualification provides a blend of online learning and practical block courses held in our fully-equipped workshop to enable you to fit your study around other commitments.

Small class sizes provide an excellent learning environment and work experience opportunities will allow you to get a great first foot in the door of industry.

Graduates could work in a range of bicycle store workshop and retail positions, or as specialist bicycle servicing providers, bicycle industry tourism providers or bicycle mechanics on professional racing teams. In addition, graduates could proceed to other aspects of the industry such as bicycle store ownership, bicycle import businesses, bicycle coaching and fitting or bicycle designing and building.

This qualification provides an excellent starting point for other industry-related positions within research, marketing, journalism or event management and is also a perfect pathway into further study with the New Zealand Certificate in Bicycle Mechanics (Level 4) being the logical next step to take your skills to the next level. 

Entry requirements 
  • For applicants 20 years of age and over, there are no minimum academic requirements
  • In exceptional circumstances, an applicant under the age of 20 years who does not meet the academic entry requirements may be granted entry to the programme where they supply evidence of their ability to succeed on the programme. 

All students (international and domestic) for whom English is not a first language:

  • must demonstrate English Language skills with an IELTS overall band score (academic) of 5.0, with no band score lower than 5.0 OR
  • must provide acceptable alternative evidence of English language proficiency depending on the visa decline rate of the country you are from. See here for acceptable evidence and visa decline rates by country.

Please note: All scores must be achieved in a single test completed in the preceding two years. You cannot combine scores from multiple tests. If you have achieved NCEA Level 3 University Entrance you are not required to provide evidence of English Language skills.

If you need to improve your English, we offer a range of English language programmes.  

Selection criteria

Applications that meet the entry requirements 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. 

Semester 1 Block Courses

For learners starting the Level 3 programme on 18 February 2019 the block courses are:

Block Course 1 - 18 March 2019 to 29 March 2019
Block Course 2 - 29 April 2019 to 10 May 2019

Semester 2 Block Courses

For learners starting the Level 3 programme on 8 July 2019 the block courses are:

Block Course 1 - 5 August 2019 to 16 August 2019
Block Course 2 - 16 September 2019 to 27 September 2019

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: www.studylink.govt.nz 

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. www.capablenz.ac.nz 


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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