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

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 Computing (User Fundamentals) (Level 2)

You'll use a range of software tools and applications that are freely available online to create and share digital content including images, audio and video. You'll learn how to connect and collaborate with others online, and have the opportunity to use a range of digital devices including PCs, phones and tablets. You'll also learn about basic troubleshooting and personal cyber-safety.

New Zealand Certificate in English Language (Level 2)

This course of study provides you with an opportunity to increase your literacy, language and numeracy so that you can achieve your goals, and to support entry into other courses you may want to apply for.Programme information for international students

New Zealand Certificate in Foundation Skills (Level 2)

There are so many career and study choices, you’ll develop your numeracy and literacy skills and gain credits towards NCEA, while you decide what career might suit you.

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

This programme welcomes Youth Guarantee students.

New Zealand Certificate in Maritime Crewing (Level 2)

You'll board various vessels including the Toi Ohomai vessel "Weka" and learn the skills you need to be an effective crew member and perform basic operational tasks.

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

Level: 3
Welding Skills (Introductory) (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 course develops core theory and practical welding skills in a variety of welding processes.

You’ll learn vital skills in workshop health and safety, thermal cutting and welding quality assurance.

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 Agriculture (Farming Systems) (Level 3)

Get ready for plenty of hands-on learning. In this half-year course you’ll learn how to build a range of fences and drench stock. You'll also cover animal anatomy, plant biology and soil science.

As part of the course you’ll be in the real world two days a week, gaining hands-on experience with industry experts.

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

During your study you'll learn about tools, equipment and materials, fencing and support structures, and water systems. You'll record and respond to hazards, learn about and use chainsaws, and operate a wide range of agri-vehicles like quad bikes and tractors, as well as developing your communication and employability skills.

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)

We’ll show you how to disassemble, measure and reassemble an engine. You’ll also service engine transmission and driveline systems, and brake, steering and suspension systems.

From there you’ll learn how to check and perform minor repairs on electrical systems, electronic control systems, and learn about high voltage safety and climate control systems.

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 Commercial Road Transport (Heavy Vehicle Operator) (Level 3)

You'll gain your Class 2 licence early on and learn to drive forklifts, handle dangerous goods, do daily truck pre-checks, fill out logbook and load manifests, position trucks for loading, load vehicles, secure a basic load, operate truck curtains, load and unload containers, and meet legal requirements for load weights, driving hours, and road user charges.

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 New Zealand citizens & permanent residents 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 the warehousing and distribution industry, its operating procedures and inventory controls, how to receive and dispatch goods, and much more. This course is 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 maintain electrical systems and equipment, including some equipment in special electrical situations.

New Zealand Certificate in English Language (Applied) (Level 3)

The aim of this Level 3 course is to help you increase your literacy, language and numeracy. It also helps you get into other courses you may want to apply for.

You gain the skills to communicate in most situations with some independence and fluency. This could be in social, community, workplace and/or academic English language settings.

New Zealand Certificate in English Language (General) (Level 3)

This course is for learners who wish to apply their English language proficiency for general communication. This course is free for New Zealand citizens and permanent residents.

You'll learn the general language skills required to communicate in most familiar situations with increasing independence and fluency.

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 produce crops in our nursery and gardens to supply real-life contracts while you’re learning.   The course 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.  
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 Retail (Level 3)

You'll learn product knowledge and merchandising skills relevant to the sector you are in, as well as gaining excellent communication and presentation skills.

You also learn about the Consumer Guarantees Act and other retail laws, health and safety, marketing and communicating with customers.

New Zealand Certificate in Study and Career Preparation (Level 3)

This course provides opportunities for you to explore career and higher level study options. There’s a wide range of options to choose from and with small class sizes and supportive tutors you’ll soon be on your way to a new career.

New Zealand Certificate in Study and Career Preparation - Police and Services Pathway (Level 3)

This course has two broad focuses. The first is all around the various entry tests for the Police and Services and includes fitness skills, maths, English, and abstract reasoning.

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
Cert4Fitness (Level 4)

Often referred to "as the best year of my life" this course provides students with life changing experiences through the use of exercise as a vehicle.

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 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.

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 English Language (Employment) (Level 4)

The aim of this level 4 course is to help you increase your literacy, language and numeracy ability. It also helps you get into other courses you may want to apply for.

You gain the skills to communicate independently in familiar and some less familiar situations with fluency. This course focuses on workplace English language settings.

New Zealand Certificate in Heavy Automotive Engineering, strand in Road Transport (Level 4)

This Level 4 course teaches you the skills and knowledge you need to become fully qualified as an automotive engineer, specifically for heavy road transport vehicles.

Learn how to diagnose problems, service and repair, and get up to speed with the latest automotive technologies and new generation hi-tech, hi-spec vehicles.

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 Automotive Electrical Engineering (Level 4)

As vehicles become more hi-tech the industry is desperate for fully qualified electrical engineers who have a passion for diagnosing electrical faults and fixing them. With this qualification you’ll be able to work on a range of light and heavy vehicles, including cars, trucks, buses, diggers and forklifts.

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 Business (Administration and Technology) (Level 4)

It’s been developed to improve your career opportunities so you’re better equipped to join our many graduates providing vital support to businesses both locally and further afield.

You’ll enjoy working alongside students with similar goals to you, and passionate tutors who genuinely want to see you succeed.

New Zealand Certificate in Carpentry (Level 4)

You'll study this course part-time over four years, graduating as a qualified builder, ready to take advantage of the building boom!

Most of your work will be completed on the job in your workplace with scheduled off-the-job training activities. All aspects of the training are aligned with the Tertiary Education Commission’s Code of Good Practice for NZ Apprenticeships.

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 Conservation (Operations) (Level 4)

You'll learn about ecology, conservation management planning, maintaining personal and public health and safety, teamwork and more.

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

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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 (Academic) (Level 4)

This course is for learners who wish to pursue further academic study in an English language medium. This course is free for New Zealand citizens and permanent residents.

New Zealand Certificate in English Language (General) (Level 4)

The aim of this level 4 course is to help you increase your literacy, language and numeracy ability. It also helps you get into other courses you may want to apply for.

You gain the skills to communicate independently in familiar and some less familiar situations with fluency. This course focuses on social and community English language settings.