Browse Courses by Level

Bay of Plenty Polytechnic offers a range of programmes and courses at different levels, each one classified by the New Zealand Qualifications Authority (NZQA) at a level from 1 to 10. The higher the level, the more complex and demanding the programme will be.

Find out more about our pathway programmes into higher qualifications

You may also be eligible to receive credit towards a University of Waikato qualification: View the Academic Credit Explorer

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CAD for Architectural Drawing 1

CAD for Architectural Drawing 1 is project based and runs alongside the Diploma programme, however it's also open to people from industry who wish to learn CAD skills.

The software we currently teach is ArchiCAD and once enrolled students have access to a free student software licence for the year (available for PC or MAC).

Youth Guarantee

The programme is designed to consider the whole person – social, academic and employability skills. The free courses includes plenty of fun, challenging outdoor activities to grow confidence and break down social barriers, and the low student to teacher ratio creates a supportive environment.

Level: 1
New Zealand Certificate in Skills for Living for Supported Learners (Level 1)

This course is particularly suited to people with learning challenges and disabilities. You'll love our supportive, student-focused environment.

Our learning sessions are practical, group focussed and include a variety of community based experiences.

Level: 2
New Zealand Certificate in English Language (Level 2)

The aim of this programme is to provide you with an opportunity to increase your literacy, language and numeracy competence so that you can achieve your goals, and to support entry to the programme of your choice.Programme information for international students

New Zealand Certificate in Foundation Skills (Level 2)

You’ll develop your numeracy and literacy skills and gain credits towards NCEA, whilst deciding what career might suit you.

Develop your confidence and strengths in a fun, supportive learning environment.

There are so many career and study choices for you, which this programme will prepare you for.

New Zealand Certificate in Maritime Crewing (Level 2)

You'll board our Toi Ohomai vessels "Okiwa" and "Weka" and learn the skills you need to be an effective crew member and preform basic operational tasks.

As a graduate of this qualification you'll be able to:

Level: 3
Certificate in Foundation Studies (Level 3)

This course fills those gaps and is designed to get you ready to succeed at higher level study, and to provide a pathway into a diploma or degree programme; whether it’s engineering, social work, business and management, nursing, environmental management, sports, surveying or social science.

Certificate in Welding (Level 3)

Welders have a vital role because they make, join and repair all the various metal parts of the machines and equipment we depend on every day.

This 17-week programme develops core theory and practical welding skills and offers valuable work experience opportunities at local businesses.

National Certificate in Early Childhood Education and Care (Level 3)

This is an ideal course if you have low secondary school qualifications and want a taste of what the Early Childhood Education sector is like.

You’ll study five introductory courses over the 17 week semester.

Graduates can then pursue entry-level ECE roles, or use the confidence gained during the course to carry on with higher level qualifications.

New Zealand Certificate in Animal Care (Companion Animals) (Level 3)

You'll learn to care for companion animals and have the added benefit of practicing your handling skills through our onsite animal facility, which houses a wide range of species. Alongside your practical skills you'll gain theoretical knowledge of the following:

New Zealand Certificate in Automotive Engineering (Level 3)

Graduates will be prepared for employment in the light, heavy, auto electrical, marine, motorcycle, outdoor power and reconditioning sectors.

We continue to support you and your employer while you train in our managed apprenticeship scheme through level 4 and on to being fully qualified.

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

You'll gain business administration and technology skills that allow you to work in a range of supervised, general office administration roles.

With this qualification under your belt you can apply for jobs like receptionist, data entry operator, front line customer service, call or contact centre operator, secretary, or office support worker.

New Zealand Certificate in Construction Trade Skills with strands in Allied Trades and Carpentry (Level 3)

This programme prepares you to enter the construction workforce in a range of areas, including as an apprentice.

There are two strands to choose from - Allied Trades for general construction skills, or Carpentry for a specific carpentry focus.

New Zealand Certificate in Cookery (Level 3)

This programme focuses on practical skills and real-life experience working on marae.

There are limited Youth Guarantee spaces available for those aged 16-19 years of age at the start of the programme, which means there are no tuition fees. Normal fees apply for those over 19 years of age.

New Zealand Certificate in Distribution (Level 3)

You’ll learn about a wide range of warehousing and distribution related topics, all taught by supportive tutors from industry, using theory based learning backed up by practical training on site, as well as work placements in industry.

New Zealand Certificate in Electrical Engineering Theory (Level 3)

At the end of your study you'll be ready to start as an electical apprentice and progress your career further.

During the course you'll learn how to install, test and maintenance electrical systems and equipment, including some equipment in special electrical situations.

New Zealand Certificate in English Language (Level 3)

The aim of this free Level 3 programme is to provide you with an opportunity to increase your literacy, language and numeracy competence so that you can achieve your goals, and to support entry to the programme of your choice. Programme information for international students

New Zealand Certificate in Fishing Vessel Crewing (Level 3)

Graduates of this course will be able to work under supervision in the coastal, offshore and unlimited operational limits as specified in the Maritime New Zealand Seafarer Certification and Operational Limits Framework.

New Zealand Certificate in Food and Beverage Service with Barista & Café Services Strands (Level 3)

You'll be able to snap up one of the many hospitality opportunities available in the Bay and across New Zealand, or you can use this qualification as your ticket to work and travel around the world.

New Zealand Certificate in Horticulture (General) (Level 3)You’ll work in small groups to create business plans and produce crops in our nursery and gardens to supply real-life contracts while you’re learning.   The learning is a solid balance of theory and practical skills, so you'll come out feeling confident and able to apply what you've learnt to your career.   * This programme is pending approval.
New Zealand Certificate in Horticulture Fruit Production Strand (Level 3)

The programme provides specific knowledge and skills in production growing and harvesting practices and processes, using a range of technologies to support your learning in the classroom and in the field. It is designed to match the seasonal production cycle.

New Zealand Certificate in Mechanical Engineering (Level 3)

You'll work hands-on with supportive, experienced tutors to develop a defined range of engineering tasks and knowledge to assist you in operator or trade assistant roles.

New Zealand Certificate in Tourism (Level 3)

As a graduate of this course you'll have the skills and knowledge to work in a variety of entry level roles within tourism, travel, or the wider aviation sector. You could become a reservation consultant, visitor host, booking assistant, rental vehicle operations, or front desk administrator.

Level: 4
Maritime Operations - Skipper Restricted Limits (Level 4)

This training is best suited to those already employed in these industries and those about to progress into roles that require a formal qualification.

Certificate in Beautician and Cosmetology (Level 4)

You’ll learn how to provide cosmetic treatments like mini facials, eyelash tinting, eyebrow shaping and makeup applications, as well as manicures and pedicures.

Certificate in Fitness (Level 4)

This is a life-changing course – you’ll get fit, have heaps of fun and learn how to motivate everyone around you to live a better, healthier life.

Certificate in Foundation Studies [Pathway to Diploma/Degree] (Level 4)

The qualification allows you to improve your academic study skills, develop your reading and writing ability as well as helping you communicate competently in oral and written communications. It also helps develop skills to direct your own learning and allow you to work more autonomously.

Certificate in Health Care (with strands in Assistance or Advocacy) (Level 4)

This low-cost programme equips you with the core skills you need to provide quality care. It’s an ideal course for people wanting to enter the health care sector, or for health care workers already working in the industry who want to upskill.

Kahikatea - Certificate in Social Service Studies (Level 4)

You’ll need to be resilient, empathetic, compassionate and selfless – keen to offer advice, advocacy and support to people with personal and social problems and to help resolve wider community social issues.

Topics include values, ethics, laws and responsibilities, cultural expectations and client needs.

Certificate in Sport and Health Massage (Level 4)

You'll learn the foundation skills for a future in sport and health massage. The course is practical and hands-on, as you learn massage principles and techniques while working on your peers, the general public and athletes.

National Certificate in Carpentry (Level 4)

You’ll get quality carpentry training so when it comes time to prove yourself as a builder in the real world, you’ll have everything you need.

If you’ve not done our level 3 carpentry course you'll complete your theory through block courses, and training completed with another provider may be credited.

National Certificate in Horticulture (Fruit Production Strand) (Level 4)

- In 2017 this programme will be replaced by New Zealand Certificate in Horticulture Production (Fruit Production) (Level 4)&nbs

National Certificate in Horticulture Advanced (Fruit Production Strand) (Level 4)

This course is a ‘blended delivery’ programme, meaning you’ll attend the classes in person but submit all your coursework online. Many students continue on from the National Certificate in Horticulture Level 4, but we also offer this training as a short course. Watch students talking about this course on YouTube

National Certificate in Motor Industry (Automotive Electrical & Mechanical Engineering) Light Vehicle Strand (Level 4)

Demand for technicians with automotive electrical skills is high, with the government actively seeking overseas workers to meet the skill shortage here. Learn while you earn and future proof yourself with this qualification.

National Certificate in Road Transport Management (Operations) (Level 4)

It teaches you everything you need to know about leadership, and all the vital paperwork every logistics business depends on – without having to leave your home or workplace.

New Zealand Certificate in Animal Management (Companion Animals) (Level 4)

You'll carry out the day-to-day care of our animals here on campus and learn about animal behaviour, basic training, anatomy and physiology, breeding, first aid and more!

No two days are ever the same and you'll come out with valuable skills and knowledge to take with you on your career in the care and welfare of animals.

New Zealand Certificate in Arts and Design (Level 4)

You'll enjoy a range of learning experiences that enable you to make informed choices for progressing your career in the creative industry and related employment opportunities.

Teaching is through a combination of kanohi ki te kanohi (face-to-face) lectures and tutorials, small group activities, practical classes and projects in simulated work environments, and blended learning.

New Zealand Certificate in Aviation (Flight Attendants) (Level 4)

Learn the principles of aviation safety and security in pre-flight preparation and in providing passenger care in an aircraft.

Teaching includes a combination of face-to-face lectures and tutorials, applied learning in simulated work contexts, industry visits and blended learning.

New Zealand Certificate in Baking (Generalist) (Level 4)

Working in teams, you’ll learn to produce good quality cakes, bread, biscuits, pies and other baked goods which will be sold in our on-site café to real customers. 

New Zealand Certificate in Communications Media (Level 4)

It's also an excellent way to enhance your existing qualifications or experience in this exciting industry.

New Zealand Certificate in Construction Related Trades (Supervisor) (Level 4)

- THIS PROGRAMME IS CURRENTLY CLOSED but please register your interest and we'll

New Zealand Certificate in Cookery (Level 4)

Students on this programme learn to prepare, cook and present a wide range of hot and cold dishes in our purpose built kitchens, keeping in mind potential hazards and food safety requirements.

New Zealand Certificate in English Language (Level 4)

The aim of this free Level 4 programme is to provide you with an opportunity to increase your literacy, language and numeracy competence so that you can achieve your goals, and to support entry to the programme of your choice. Programme information for international students

New Zealand Certificate in Food and Beverage Service with Restaurant Services Strand (Level 4)

With a focus on product knowledge and sales and service, this course develops advanced skills and provides vital workplace experience that prepares you for work in the real world. You'll also get valuable industry contacts to start you on a career with plenty of opportunities both here in New Zealand and around the world.

New Zealand Certificate in Information Technology Essentials (Level 4)

During your study you'll learn about the main components of a computer and explain the way in which they interact, assembly, disassembly and maintenance, troubleshooting common problems, operating systems and end user security, and internet-based services.

You will also complete an introduction to computational thinking and basic programming.

Manu Taiko – Toro Parirau (Kaupae 4) - New Zealand Certificate in Māori Governance (Level 4)

This course, delivered in partnership with Te Tumu Paeroa, contributes to professional, ethical, social and culturally responsive Maori leadership. You’ll learn through wānanga to build the skills you need to contribute to Maori cultural, educational and economic aspirations.

New Zealand Certificate in Real Estate (Salesperson) (Level 4)

Attend our full-time blended delivery (combination of online learning and face-to-face workshops and assessment) course where you'll attend classes two days a week in Tauranga or, opt for the part-time online* course, studying in the comfort of your own home or office.

Level: 5
Certificate in Beauty Therapy (Body Therapy & Electrology) (Level 5)

You’ll gain in-depth anatomy and physiology knowledge as you study the major body systems and how they work.

This course has close links with the local beauty industry, allowing class field trips to experience beauty salons in action. You’ll also gain plenty of hands-on experience providing beauty therapy services at our professional campus salon.

Tioriori - Certificate in Music Production and Performance (Level 5)

This contemporary music course equips you with everything you need to achieve your production and performance goals.

The qualification starts with the basics, giving graduates a strong grounding in theory and performance.

You’ll learn vocal and instrumental skills, performance and production techniques using the latest music technology and software.

National Certificate in Early Childhood Education and Care (Level 5)

The programme provides a solid understanding of how educators can enhance young children’s physical, social, cultural and educational development.

You’ll learn how to incorporate the Te Whāriki curriculum into teaching and learning and also earn a first aid certificate.

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