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.

Levels

  • Level 1-4
    Certificate
  • Level 5-6
    Diploma
  • Level 7
    Bachelor Degree
    Graduate Certificate
    Graduate Diploma
  • Level 8
    Postgraduate Diploma
  • Level 9
    Masters Degree

Find out more about our pathway programmes into higher qualifications:

Level: 1
Certificate in Work Skills (Supported Learning) Level 1

This is a very practical programme with classes and work experience used as learning tools to help you develop new skills. Modules include preparation for work, health, safety and wellness, personal identity and care, work experience and elective work and community skills.

Level: 2
Certificate in Automotive Technology (Vehicle Servicing) Level 2

Automotive technology is rapidly evolving and has become very complex. At Level 2 we cover the fundamentals and principles behind these technologies and build a solid base of understanding in a wide range of systems. You can study full-time, or part-time if you're already in an apprenticeship.

Certificate in Cafe Operations Level 2

The programme will help you gain the practical skills you need to serve customers and prepare food and beverages within the hospitality sector. As part of this programme you'll be working in an on-site cafe open to the public and in the industry one day a week.

Certificate in Foundation Studies (ESOL) Level 2

The aim of this Level 2 programme is to provide you with an opportunity to increase your literacy, language and numeracy competence so that you can achieve you goals and gain entrance to the programme of your choice. You’ll take a range of courses focusing on reading, writing, speaking, listening, critical thinking, problem solving, numeracy skills and communication technology.

Certificate in Introductory Hairdressing Level 2

You'll begin your practical learning working on mannequins and peers before being introduced to real clients in our Atrium Hair Design training salon.

Te Timatanga - Certificate in Tertiary Studies Level 2

We'll teach you how to write clearly, navigate the library for research, use the computer confidently, and help you choose the future pathway that's right for you. Introductory Maori language and culture, personal development, health, fitness and lifestyle choices are also covered in this kick-start programme.

Certificate in Trades Technology Level 2

This is an introductory, hands-on programme and will give you a qualification and the skills to make informed decisions on further training in the automotive, engineering, welding or carpentry trades.

National Certificate in Animal Care Level 2

Boost your chances of employment with this programme, which includes courses in animal ethics, anatomy, physiology, breeding, animal nursing, first aid for cats, dogs, rabbits, rodents, guinea pigs and a range of other animal related learning. Graduates may apply to enter the Certificate in Animal Handling Level 3 or apply for the National Certificate in Veterinary Nursing Level 5.

National Certificate in Business Administration & Computing Level 2

You'll learn a broad range of skills to contribute positively to business groups or teams and take courses in business administration services, business information and audio information processing, as well as computing, communication, customer service and employment skills.

National Certificate in Distribution Level 2

Once you’ve completed the course, you’ll come out with a number of qualifications including First Aid, F (forklift) license endorsement (if applicable), and OSH Code of Practice Forklift Safety Certificate. 

After you’re employed you can continue your studies part-time while you work to complete the Level 3 National Certificate.

National Certificate in Electrical Engineering Level 2

The electrical industry touches every part of our daily lives and its use is ever-increasing in our hi-tech world. Gain basic practical and theoretical knowledge in electrical and electronics, as well as basic first aid skills and CPR.

National Certificate in Horticulture (Fruit Production Strand) Level 2

You'll be taught theory aspects of all subjects along with appropriate practical horticultural training. Note there is no study during harvest so you’ll be free to continue working and earning during your busy times.

National Certificate in Horticulture (Introductory) Level 2

You’ll qualify with a certificate with which you can apply for a range of entry level roles on nurseries and orchards, or in landscaping or grounds maintenance. Come with us on field trips to businesses and horticultural service providers in Tauranga and the wider Bay of Plenty, and meet a heap of like-minded new friends along the way.

National Certificate in Horticulture (Post-Harvest Strand) Level 2

Are you working in the post-harvest sector? We now have a cadet option for you.

Post-harvest work has now become specialised and requires a high level of skills. Study this part-time programme while you work to increase your career options.

Level: 3
Certificate in Animal Handling (Rural & Conservation) Level 3

In this course you’ll be involved in the care and management of birds, fish, reptiles, rural animals and horses. You’ll also have the opportunity to take courses in conservation and environmental issues as they relate to New Zealand.

Certificate in Carpentry Level 3

Once you’ve completed the training you’ll be able to get a job as a carpentry apprentice and/or work through our Level 4 course to get your National Certificate and become a qualified carpenter. New Zealand-trained carpenters are highly valued overseas and the building qualifications you’ll get here increase your chances of landing the best jobs.

Certificate in Commercial Road Transport Level 3

You’ll enjoy work experience opportunities two days a week and develop your skills, knowledge and competence to safely and lawfully load, unload, and drive a heavy rigid vehicle up to 18 tonnes. The employment outcomes from this course are excellent.

Certificate in Computing Level 3

Computing skills are essential in a huge range of everyday situations and for employment in many industries. With this qualification you’ll be able to work at a junior level in data entry or electronic document handling, or use it as a pathway to a higher level of study in computing.

Certificate in Engineering Level 3

You'll learn a wide range of engineering practical skills and theoretical knowledge required within the mechanical engineering and heavy fabrication industries. After completing the course you can continue training in an apprenticeship to complete your level 4 trade qualification.

Certificate in Foundation Studies (ESOL) Level 3

The aim of this Level 3 programme is to provide you with an opportunity to increase your literacy, language and numeracy competence so that you can achieve you goals and gain entrance to the programme of your choice. You’ll take a range of courses focusing on reading, writing, speaking, listening, critical thinking, problem solving, numeracy skills and communication technology.

Certificate in Hair Design Level 3

During the programme you'll spend regular time in our Atrium Hair Design training salon. You'll work on real clients and put your skills and knowledge gained in the classroom into practice.

Certificate in Hospitality (Professional Cookery incl. City & Guilds) Level 3

Our on-site Atrium Training Restaurant, which is open to the public, provides you with valuable real life work experience in a training environment and you'll get retail experience too, selling your pastries to customers through our bakery "The Sticky Bun Shop".  During the course you'll have the opportunity to be selected to enter regional competitions - something our students have tradit

Certificate in Kiwifruit - Orchard Skills Level 3

All training and assessment is completed on the kiwifruit orchard and there are no written requirements. You’ll enjoy hands-on learning without spending any time in a classroom! 

Certificate in Preparation for Law Enforcement Level 3

In response to evidence that many applicants to the New Zealand Police are unsuccessful because they fail the entry exam or are unprepared for recruit training demands, our 12 week full-time programme provides you with the skills and knowledge you need to enhance your application and preparation for employment in the New Zealand Police, armed forces, or corrections and security services.

Certificate in Welding Level 3

You’ll learn to weld different grades and thicknesses of steel with MMAW (Arc), GMAW (Mig), and FCAW (Mig), and aluminium and stainless steel with GTAW (Tig) process. The course includes hands-on practical training and you'll gain the industry standard and highly sought after AS/NZS2980 welding qualification.

National Certificate in Beauty Services (Cosmetology) Level 3

We’ll teach you about products for the beauty industry and how to advise customers. While you may gain employment on completion of the programme, we hope you will be inspired to continue your study in the hairdressing, pharmacy or beauty related industries.

National Certificate in Business Administration & Computing Level 3

Increase your competence in business administration by gaining specialist knowledge and business administration skills at an intermediate level, to meet the needs of employers.

National Certificate in Early Childhood Education and Care Level 3

This programme will provide you with an initial qualification and provide a pathway to study towards a centre-based early childhood education and care teaching qualification. Graduates will be able to work effectively at an assistant level in an early childhood education and care centre.

National Certificate in Electrical Engineering Level 3

Successful completion of this course can help you get into a wide range of careers from residential and commercial construction, to industry safety inspection, and planning and maintenance roles in large mills and power facilities.

Theoretical content is supported by practical laboratory activites to help reinforce your understanding.

National Certificate in Hospitality (Front Office) Level 3

This national qualification will set you up for employment in front office and accommodation positions within the hospitality and tourism industries, or pathway into our Diploma in Tourism.

National Certificate in Motor Industry (Automotive Electrical & Mechanical Engineering) Level 3

Get the skills and knowledge behind you to enable you to work effectively in the automotive industry. Gain knowledge of modern vehicle technologies and get the skills to service and repair them through practical experience in our specialist automotive workshops and our specialist retail workshop, Bay Auto.

National Certificate in Tourism (Core Skills) Level 3

This qualification will get you started on your tourism journey. It’s an ideal qualification for those who want a broad background in tourism and is designed as the first step towards further study for those contemplating working in this expanding industry, or as a pathway to our Diploma in Tourism.

National Certificate in Travel Level 3

You'll learn to make computerised reservations for national and international travel and accommodation, as well as a range of sales and and communication skills.

Level: 4
Certificate in Art and Design Level 4

You'll experience a wide range of creative areas including art, fashion, graphic design, drawing techniques and inter-media. You'll attend creative thinking classes that will help you unleash your artistic talents and refine the process of generating authentic, creative ideas.

Certificate in Beautician and Cosmetology Level 4

Gain skills in beauty and cosmetic services and facial therapy. During your study you'll learn the fundamentals of anatomy and physiology and gain valuable practical knowledge and experience in depilatory waxing, skin analysis and advanced facial therapy.

Certificate in Fitness "Cert4Fitness" Level 4

Our hands-on programme gives you the knowledge and skills to work in fitness centres, multi-use facilities, sport team and aquatic centre environments.

Certificate in Foundation Studies (ESOL) Level 4

The aim of this Level 4 programme is to provide you with an opportunity to increase your literacy, language and numeracy competence so that you can achieve you goals and gain entrance to the programme of your choice. You’ll take a range of courses focusing on reading, writing, speaking, listening, critical thinking, problem solving, numeracy skills and communication technology.

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

The qualification will allow 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 will also help 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

The programme is for you if you're a school leaver and mature student thinking about or wanting to embark on a career in care-giving, social work, community work, health care or nursing, or if you're already employed in the health care industry and want to improve your skills and gain a recognised qualification.

Certificate in Radio Broadcasting Level 4

Our competitively priced year-long programme provides you with the skills to get into radio, other areas of the media industry or further study. Our students love the practical nature of the programme - being on air, doing promotions, interviews and videos. To top it off, you’ll be running our very own student radio station SubFM.

Certificate in Relaxation Massage Level 4

As well as being taught relaxation massage skills, the programme includes complementary therapies - zone therapy, on-site chair massage, Indian head massage and hot stone massage.

Kahikatea - Certificate in Social Service Studies Level 4

It’s also a great way to develop the skills required to study at degree level and to provide you with a solid foundation of knowledge that will help you to succeed in future study. This course may support your application to enrol on the University of Waikato's Bachelor of Social Work or the Bachelor of Social Sciences taught right here in Tauranga.

National Certificate in Carpentry Level 4

Builders – train your next carpentry apprentice with us. You’ll enjoy the benefits of our high quality training and because we offer our students lots of guidance, support and direction, you'll be free to get on with your business.

National Certificate in Construction Trades (Supervisor) Level 4

You’ll attend class one day each month, 8.00am to 4.30pm, and one night each month, 6.00pm to 9.00pm, and learn about planning, contracts, systems, plan reading and more. While most of the learning will be through classes on campus, one-on-one support from tutors through workplace visits will also be available to you.

National Certificate in Electrical Engineering (Electrician for Registration) Level 4

This practical and theory-based study programme includes the off-job unit standards that you complete during your apprenticeship training. All off-job units are included in Electrical Engineering Levels 2, 3 and 4 and you'll study both theory and practical subjects at the relevant level.

National Certificate in Horticulture Level 4

Enjoy regular work experience opportunities and a 3 day trip to visit businesses outside of the area, where you'll learn about the opportunities that exist in the industry beyond the Bay of Plenty. This training equips you for a wide range of careers and once you've completed it your job prospects are excellent.

National Certificate in Horticulture (Fruit Production Strand) Level 4

This cadetship course covers the core horticulture sciences along with specialist options in your particular field of interest. It is run part-time to allow you work while you study. There will be no study during harvest so you’ll be free to continue working and earning during your busy times.

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

Post harvest units include up-to-date quality assurance and technical training. Some practical assessments take place on the job and your tutor will come to you. There is no study during harvest so you’ll be free to continue working and earning during your busy times.

National Certificate in Hospitality (Cookery) Level 4

Through our on-site Atrium Training Restaurant you'll be involved in the planning and delivery of restaurant nights. The end results will assist you in finding and developing your passion in the specific area of hospitality you wish to work in. We'll arrange for you to gain one week's work experience in the area of your choice.

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Bay of Plenty Polytechnic

Private Bag 12001, Tauranga 3143
07 571 0190  |  0800 BOP POLY (267 7659)
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