What can I study?

Business

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

  • Dunedin or online through the TANZ eCampus
  • 1 semester full-time; part-time options
  • Level 3
  • Starts February and July, 2017 (TANZ-monthly intakes)
  • 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.

Graduate Diploma in Adventure Tourism Management

  • Online from Central Otago
  • 1 year
  • Level 7
  • Starts February
  • Apply until start date

Adventure Tourism is one of the fastest growing and most exciting tourism segments in the world. As the market matures and grows, there is a greater need for employees with a sound understanding of the unique aspects of adventure tourism. This exciting new programme, the only one of its kind in the Southern Hemisphere, will provide you with a valuable insight into the industry so that you will graduate as a work-ready, highly capable individual.

Cookery

New Zealand Certificate in Cookery (Level 3)

  • 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 (Dunedin only)
  • 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.

New Zealand Certificate in Cookery (Level 4)

  • Dunedin or Central Otago
  • 1 year full-time
  • Level 4
  • Starts February
  • Apply by 30 November (Dunedin - late applications will be accepted based on availability of places); 15 January (Central Otago)

Begin your journey from cook to chef. Involving lots of hands-on, practical cooking in our training kitchens, and a work experience opportunity, this qualification will expand the skills you have developed in a Level 3 cookery programme.

New Zealand Diploma in Cookery (Advanced) (Level 5) (Cookery)

  • Central Otago
  • 1 year full-time
  • Level 5
  • Starts February
  • Apply now!

This practical qualification includes lots of hands-on cooking in our training kitchens and a work placement in a local business. You will develop a range of cookery, hospitality management, communication, leadership and critical thinking skills, and benefit from the chance to source your ingredients straight from the campus nursery, modern glasshouses and vineyard.

Sale and Supply of Alcohol Act 2012 - LCQ Training Seminar (Central Otago)

  • Central Otago
  • 1 day (8.30am-5pm)
  • Starts Thursday 18 May, 2017; Monday 26 June, 2017; Tuesday 1 August, 2017
  • Apply 10 days before each start date

This course provides comprehensive training for people who are preparing for a Duty Manager position in a licensed premise and intend to apply for their Manager’s Certificate.

Barista skills short course

  • Central Otago
  • 2 days (1 & 8 June 2017), 9.00am-4.00pm
  • Starts 1 June, 2017
  • Apply anytime

Want to gain recognition of your barista skills? This two day course offers you the chance to gain a comprehensive knowledge of barista skills.

Food Safety: Unit 167

  • Dunedin or Central Otago
  • 1 day per unit
  • Starts 19 April, 2017 or 2 October, 2017 (Dunedin); 15 June, 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.

Coffee-making short course

  • Central Otago
  • 1 day, 9.00am-4.00pm
  • Starts 28 March, 2017
  • Apply anytime

Want to learn the art of coffee-making? This one day course will teach you how to make a great cup of coffee!

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.

Food Safety: Unit 168

  • Dunedin or Central Otago
  • 1 day per unit
  • Starts 20 April, 2017 or 3 Oct, 2017 (Dunedin); To be confirmed (Central)
  • Apply anytime

Working with food? There is a high chance you will need to attend this course. It 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 at our Central Otago campus as a STAR course for secondary school students.

English

National Certificate in Horticulture (Introductory) (Level 2)

  • Central Otago
  • 27 weeks
  • Starts 20 November, 2017
  • Apply anytime

This programme allows international students to improve their English language skills while learning about the horticulture and/or viticulture industry. You will get hands-on experience working in the industry as you harvest cherries in the summer and grapes in the autumn.

Farming

New Zealand Certificate in Agriculture (Farming Systems) (Level 3) and New Zealand Certificate in Agriculture (Vehicles, Machinery and Infrastructure) (Level 3)

  • Central Otago
  • 1 year full-time
  • Level 3
  • Starts February and July 2017
  • Apply until start date

Farming careers are fun and rewarding and there is strong demand nationally for passionate people who want to work with livestock in the farming industry. This Central Otago-based qualification is the only farming training programme in New Zealand with a high country flavour.

Horticulture

National Certificate in Horticulture (Level 4) Viticulture, Landscaping, General Horticulture or Fruit Production

  • Central Otago
  • 1 year full-time*
  • Level 4
  • Starts February, May and July, 2017
  • Apply now for May and July intakes

Enjoy a balance of theoretical and practical studies, making use of our campus nursery, hydroponics unit, vineyard and crop production facility. Paid work experience opportunities are available.

National Certificate in Horticulture (Introductory) (Level 2)

  • Central Otago
  • 27 weeks
  • Starts 20 November, 2017
  • Apply anytime

This programme allows international students to improve their English language skills while learning about the horticulture and/or viticulture industry. You will get hands-on experience working in the industry as you harvest cherries in the summer and grapes in the autumn.

Diploma in Horticulture (Level 5)

  • Central Otago or online with block courses (Dunedin-based online option available)
  • 1 year full-time*
  • Level 5
  • Starts February, May & July
  • Apply anytime

Ideal if you wish to extend your practical ability and gain management skills in horticulture. This is a great solution for those who wish to gain a qualification and develop their skills while in employment.

Diploma in Viticulture (Level 5)

  • Central Otago*
  • 1 year full-time*
  • Level 5
  • Starts February, May and July
  • Apply until start date

Focus on the technical and supervisory skills required in the viticulture industry. This Diploma is ideal if you wish to extend your practical ability and develop management skills while in employment.

Introductory Growsafe short course

  • Central Otago
  • 1 day, 8.30am-5.00pm
  • Starts monthly from 14 February, 2017
  • Apply anytime

Learn how to apply agrichemicals safely and accurately, according to the Agrichemical User Code of Practice NZS8409.

Drawing techniques for Landscape Design short course

  • Central Otago
  • 5 days (9.00am-4.30pm)
  • Starts Monday 3 July, 2017
  • Apply anytime

Develop your skills in a range of drawing techniques that can be used to communicate landscape design ideas on paper.

Landscape Design short course

  • Central Otago
  • 7 days (9.00am-4.00pm)
  • Starts Monday 10 July, 2017
  • Apply anytime

This course will stimulate your imagination and creative abilities. You will design and draw a landscape plan from start to finish.

Introduction to cherry growing short course

  • Central Otago
  • 2 days, 9.00am-4.00pm
  • Starts 26 & 27 August 2017
  • Apply until start date

This weekend course is designed for those wanting to begin the development of a commercial cherry orchard. A great starting point for anyone wanting to invest or enter this exciting industry, it involves workshop sessions, discussions, field trips and hands-on advice from a cherry grower.

Quad bike safety short course

  • Central Otago
  • 2 days, 9.00am-3.00pm
  • Starts - on demand
  • Apply anytime

This course covers the health and safety requirements for riding quads. Much of the course is dedicated to riding skills and safety techniques.

Plant science short course

  • Central Otago
  • 6 days, 9.00am-3.00pm
  • Starts 1 May, 2017
  • Apply anytime

Learn about the structure of plants and their processes from photosynthesis to flowering.

Grafting short course

  • Central Otago
  • 3 days, 9.00am-3.00pm
  • Starts 17 May, 2017
  • Apply anytime

Learn how to graft and bud fruit trees for domestic or commercial trees. Discover how to change your single variety of fruit tree into one with four, five or more varieties of fruit on the same tree.

Grapevine pruning short course

  • Central Otago
  • 5 days, 9.00am-3.00pm
  • Starts 2017 dates to be confirmed
  • Apply anytime

Learn all you need to know about the commercial pruning of grapevines for wine production.

Organic certification short course

  • Central Otago
  • 2 days, 9.00am-3.00pm
  • Starts 22 May, 2017
  • Apply anytime

Learn what is required to become a fully-certified organic property. This includes information about the certifying agencies, how to become certified and what you may need to consider to gain full organic status.

Pests and diseases short course

  • Central Otago
  • 5 days, 9.00am-3.00pm
  • Starts to be confirmed for 2017
  • Apply anytime

Gain a good understanding of what the key pests, diseases and disorders that adversely affect growing and production are and learn how to manage them.

Plant naming and plant ID short course

  • Central Otago
  • 6 days, 9.00am-3.00pm
  • Starts to be confirmed for 2018
  • Apply anytime

Gain a useful understanding of plant naming and apply this when learning to identify a range of trees, shrubs and native plants grown locally.

Pruning fruit short course

  • Central Otago
  • 8 days, 9.00am-3.00pm
  • Starts 8 June, 2017
  • Apply anytime

Learn how to prune and train fruit trees, including apples, pears, cherries, plums, apricots, peaches and nectarines. This course is heavily practical and you will be required to prune a large number of trees to gain a good understanding of the topic.

Soils short course

  • Central Otago
  • 5 days, 9.00am-3.00pm
  • Starts to be confirmed for 2017
  • Apply anytime

Gain a thorough understanding of how soils store nutrients and water, and the interaction and use of these by plants. Learn about soil testing and fertility planning.

Tractor skills short course

  • Central Otago
  • 5 days, 9.00am-3.00pm
  • Starts - on demand
  • Apply anytime

This course covers the health and safety requirements for driving and using tractors.

Weeds short course

  • Central Otago
  • 5 days, 9.00am-3.00pm
  • Starts 28 August, 2017
  • Apply anytime

Learn to identify weeds common to the Central Otago region and understand the range of methods of weed prevention and control.

Weather and frost short course

  • Central Otago
  • 3 days, 9.00am-3.00pm
  • Starts 15 May, 2017
  • Apply anytime

Learn key concepts related to weather, climate and frost. Gain a grower’s interpretation of frost control and the specific techniques needed to manage frost when growing crops.

Bike Mechanics

Certificate in Bicycle Mechanics (Level 3)

  • Central
  • One semester
  • Level 3
  • Starts 7 August 2017, February and July, 2018
  • Apply anytime

This Level 3 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 provide industry-relevant, up-to-date theoretical and practical training. Programme content will be delivered at Central Campus with work experience placements.

Certificate in Bicycle Mechanics (Level 4)

  • Central
  • One semester
  • Level 4
  • Starts February and July, 2018
  • Apply anytime

Prepare for employment in the bicycle service industry with this hands-on qualification. This programme has been developed in consultation with industry to provide relevant, up-to-date theoretical and practical knowledge. Central Campus delivery will be flexible, making it a great qualification to study alongside your current employment or work experience.

Snowsports and Outdoor Pursuits

Certificate in Outdoor Pursuits (Level 4)

  • Dunedin and Cromwell (Central Otago)
  • 1 year full-time
  • Level 4
  • Starts February, 2018
  • Apply December, 2017

Gain the core skills and knowledge you need to work in the outdoor adventure industry with this exciting and hands-on Certificate. Upon successful completion, you will be eligible for entry into the Diploma in Outdoor Leadership and Management (Level 5) which will take a further one year of full-time study to complete.

Diploma in Avalanche Studies (incorporating the NZMSC Avalanche Safety Stage 2 Certificate)

  • Online with block courses
  • 1 year full-time or up to four years part-time
  • Level 6
  • Starts flexible
  • Apply anytime

If you love being in the mountains during winter and have a strong sense of responsibility, become a qualified snow safety professional through this programme. This Diploma incorporates the NZSMC Avalanche Safety Stage 2 Certificate which is a prerequisite for most industry management roles.

Avalanche Safety Stage 1

  • Wanaka or Methven
  • 6.5 days full-time
  • Starts Wanaka: 1 July (full) and 16 September, 2017; Methven: 19 August, 2017
  • Apply until start date (applications accepted if places still available)

This is an introductory professional course for people involved in the safety of alpine recreational activities and in the collection of snowpack data. It provides fundamental skills for people in avalanche safety.

Sports Turf

National Certificate in Sports Turf Management (Level 4)

  • Central Otago
  • 2 years full-time
  • Level 4
  • Starts February
  • Apply by December*

Become a greenkeeper or groundkeeper by enrolling in New Zealand’s only full-time sports turf programme, which incorporates an internship at a top sporting venue in New Zealand or Australia. From 2018, this programme name will change to the New Zealand Certificate in Horticulture Services (Sports Turf) (Level 4)^ and the qualification will be worth 185 credits. In addition, we will be offering learners the option to also complete the New Zealand Certificate in Horticulture Services (Sports Turf) (Level 5)^ worth 70 credits. ^subject to final approval

Stonemasonry

New Zealand Certificate in Stonemasonry (Level 4) (Construction Stonemasonry)

  • Central Otago
  • 2 years
  • Level 4
  • Starts February, 2017
  • Apply until start date

There is a strong demand nationally and internationally for people who can veneer houses in stone and build stone features, and we can help you become a specialist in this field. Through extensive practical training and work experience, this programme will give you the practical skills and knowledge required to work unsupervised as a stonemason. (*subject to final approval)

Dry stone walling short course

  • Central Otago
  • 2 days, 9.00am-3.00pm
  • Starts Saturday, 1 April 2017
  • Apply anytime

Drystone construction is as much an art as a science. Building a stone wall is a wonderfully creative and fulfilling experience and during this two day course you will build a free-standing wall.

Stone paving for the garden short course

  • Central Otago
  • 2 days, 9.00am-3.00pm
  • Starts to be confirmed for 2017
  • Apply anytime

Learn how to lay natural stone paving for paths, driveways and outdoor entertaining areas.

Sustainable practice

Adding Sustainable Value (Certificate in Sustainable Practice (Level 5))

  • Location varies
  • 19 weeks
  • Level 5
  • Starts on various dates
  • Apply anytime

Adding Sustainable Value is a practical sustainability training programme that enables organisations to plan for real and lasting success. The programme framework and unique team approach helps you make strategic decisions that will shape the future of your business. The Adding Sustainable Value programme is proudly brought to you by three of the leaders in applied sustainability education - Otago Polytechnic, the Sustainable Business Council and The Natural Step.

Graduate Diploma in Sustainable Practice

  • Online with block courses*
  • 1 year full-time*
  • Level 7
  • Starts anytime
  • Apply anytime

Gain the knowledge to promote and implement sustainable leadership in your community and workplace. Examine the social, economic, political and environmental implications of sustainability. Compulsory block courses are a requirement.

Creating Living Buildings

  • Online with a block course in Christchurch, Auckland or Dunedin
  • 5 months part-time
  • Starts Auckland (OP/AUT) 23 & 24 August, 2017; Christchurch (OP/ARA) 15 & 16 August, 2017
  • Apply until start date

This is New Zealand’s first education course designed to transform and improve the standard of this country’s built environments; a step towards achieving a shared vision of triple net zero and restorative building practices becoming the norm in New Zealand.

Better Business Buying

  • Auckland, Wellington
  • 12 weeks
  • Starts to be confirmed for 2017
  • Apply until start date

This short course is specifically designed for procurement managers, CFO’s and sustainability managers looking to manage the supply chain to support organisational values, reduce risk and drive sustainable value. If your organisation is looking to adopt international best practice business buying, then this course will give you all the foundation knowledge you need.

Better Business Reporting

  • Various
  • 11 weeks
  • Starts to be confirmed for 2017
  • Apply until start date

A tailor-made short course for CFO’s, sustainability managers, communication and reporting professionals. If your organisation is looking to adopt international best practice business reporting then this course will give you all the foundation knowledge you need.

Viticulture

National Certificate in Horticulture (Level 4) Viticulture, Landscaping, General Horticulture or Fruit Production

  • Central Otago
  • 1 year full-time*
  • Level 4
  • Starts February, May and July, 2017
  • Apply now for May and July intakes

Enjoy a balance of theoretical and practical studies, making use of our campus nursery, hydroponics unit, vineyard and crop production facility. Paid work experience opportunities are available.

Diploma in Viticulture (Level 5)

  • Central Otago*
  • 1 year full-time*
  • Level 5
  • Starts February, May and July
  • Apply until start date

Focus on the technical and supervisory skills required in the viticulture industry. This Diploma is ideal if you wish to extend your practical ability and develop management skills while in employment.

Grapevine pruning short course

  • Central Otago
  • 5 days, 9.00am-3.00pm
  • Starts 2017 dates to be confirmed
  • Apply anytime

Learn all you need to know about the commercial pruning of grapevines for wine production.

Mechanics

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.

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)!

Short Courses

Introductory Growsafe short course

  • Central Otago
  • 1 day, 8.30am-5.00pm
  • Starts monthly from 14 February, 2017
  • Apply anytime

Learn how to apply agrichemicals safely and accurately, according to the Agrichemical User Code of Practice NZS8409.

Sale and Supply of Alcohol Act 2012 - LCQ Training Seminar (Central Otago)

  • Central Otago
  • 1 day (8.30am-5pm)
  • Starts Thursday 18 May, 2017; Monday 26 June, 2017; Tuesday 1 August, 2017
  • Apply 10 days before each start date

This course provides comprehensive training for people who are preparing for a Duty Manager position in a licensed premise and intend to apply for their Manager’s Certificate.

Barista skills short course

  • Central Otago
  • 2 days (1 & 8 June 2017), 9.00am-4.00pm
  • Starts 1 June, 2017
  • Apply anytime

Want to gain recognition of your barista skills? This two day course offers you the chance to gain a comprehensive knowledge of barista skills.

Food Safety: Unit 167

  • Dunedin or Central Otago
  • 1 day per unit
  • Starts 19 April, 2017 or 2 October, 2017 (Dunedin); 15 June, 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.

Drawing techniques for Landscape Design short course

  • Central Otago
  • 5 days (9.00am-4.30pm)
  • Starts Monday 3 July, 2017
  • Apply anytime

Develop your skills in a range of drawing techniques that can be used to communicate landscape design ideas on paper.

Landscape Design short course

  • Central Otago
  • 7 days (9.00am-4.00pm)
  • Starts Monday 10 July, 2017
  • Apply anytime

This course will stimulate your imagination and creative abilities. You will design and draw a landscape plan from start to finish.

Grafting short course

  • Central Otago
  • 3 days, 9.00am-3.00pm
  • Starts 17 May, 2017
  • Apply anytime

Learn how to graft and bud fruit trees for domestic or commercial trees. Discover how to change your single variety of fruit tree into one with four, five or more varieties of fruit on the same tree.

Grapevine pruning short course

  • Central Otago
  • 5 days, 9.00am-3.00pm
  • Starts 2017 dates to be confirmed
  • Apply anytime

Learn all you need to know about the commercial pruning of grapevines for wine production.

Organic certification short course

  • Central Otago
  • 2 days, 9.00am-3.00pm
  • Starts 22 May, 2017
  • Apply anytime

Learn what is required to become a fully-certified organic property. This includes information about the certifying agencies, how to become certified and what you may need to consider to gain full organic status.

Plant science short course

  • Central Otago
  • 6 days, 9.00am-3.00pm
  • Starts 1 May, 2017
  • Apply anytime

Learn about the structure of plants and their processes from photosynthesis to flowering.

Plant naming and plant ID short course

  • Central Otago
  • 6 days, 9.00am-3.00pm
  • Starts to be confirmed for 2018
  • Apply anytime

Gain a useful understanding of plant naming and apply this when learning to identify a range of trees, shrubs and native plants grown locally.

Pruning fruit short course

  • Central Otago
  • 8 days, 9.00am-3.00pm
  • Starts 8 June, 2017
  • Apply anytime

Learn how to prune and train fruit trees, including apples, pears, cherries, plums, apricots, peaches and nectarines. This course is heavily practical and you will be required to prune a large number of trees to gain a good understanding of the topic.

Weather and frost short course

  • Central Otago
  • 3 days, 9.00am-3.00pm
  • Starts 15 May, 2017
  • Apply anytime

Learn key concepts related to weather, climate and frost. Gain a grower’s interpretation of frost control and the specific techniques needed to manage frost when growing crops.

Weeds short course

  • Central Otago
  • 5 days, 9.00am-3.00pm
  • Starts 28 August, 2017
  • Apply anytime

Learn to identify weeds common to the Central Otago region and understand the range of methods of weed prevention and control.

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Diploma in Horticulture (Level 5)

  • Central Otago or online with block courses (Dunedin-based online option available)
  • 1 year full-time*
  • Level 5
  • Starts February, May & July
  • Apply anytime

Ideal if you wish to extend your practical ability and gain management skills in horticulture. This is a great solution for those who wish to gain a qualification and develop their skills while in employment.

Diploma in Viticulture (Level 5)

  • Central Otago*
  • 1 year full-time*
  • Level 5
  • Starts February, May and July
  • Apply until start date

Focus on the technical and supervisory skills required in the viticulture industry. This Diploma is ideal if you wish to extend your practical ability and develop management skills while in employment.

Graduate Diploma in Sustainable Practice

  • Online with block courses*
  • 1 year full-time*
  • Level 7
  • Starts anytime
  • Apply anytime

Gain the knowledge to promote and implement sustainable leadership in your community and workplace. Examine the social, economic, political and environmental implications of sustainability. Compulsory block courses are a requirement.