- Open entry.
- If English is not your first language, you must provide:
- New Zealand University Entrance OR
- Overall Academic IELTS 5.0 with no individual band score lower than 5.0 (achieved in one test completed in the last two years), OR
- Acceptable alternative evidence of the required IELTS (see here for NZQA proficiency table and here for list of recognised proficiency tests).
If you need to improve your English Language skills, we offer a wide range of English programmes.
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.
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
- Drive Train
- Assemble full bicycles, systems, components, parts, and accessories
- Gain and understanding and knowledge of the global and local bicycle industry.
|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|
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.
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: 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.