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:

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
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
New Zealand Certificate in English Language (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 your goals and support entry to the programme of your choice.

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

If you’re already working in the industry you can learn while you earn, studying the same programmes part-time, carrying out practical assessments in your workplace and attending occasional classes and block courses at our Windermere campus.

These courses are so flexible that you can switch from full-time to part-time and vice versa if you start or leave a job during the course.

Certificate in Foundation Studies (Level 2)

Take your first steps towards becoming a chef or having a career in horticulture. Through cookery you’ll learn the basic numeracy and literacy skills required to take you through to the next level of your studies. You'll be introduced to cooking skills and how to cultivate plants useful for your cooking experiences.

Te Timatanga - Certificate in Tertiary Study (Level 2)

This programme opens the door to tertiary study by providing the skills and confidence you need to succeed for your chosen career.

With plenty of tutor support, lots of class group work, interesting field trips and easy access to other support services, you will gain the confidence you need to move onto further tertiary courses.

Certificate in Trades Technology (Level 2)

This is an introductory, hands-on course that gives you a qualification and the skills to make informed decisions on further training in the automotive, engineering, or carpentry trades.

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 Horticulture (Introductory) (Level 2)

You'll learn to identify a range of plants and study their lifecycles and functions. You'll also learn how fertilisers affect plant growth and how to control plant pests and diseases.

Level: 3
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 support entry to the programme of your choice.

You’ll go on field trips throughout the local area to help boost your confidence so you can fully participate in New Zealand society.

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

You’ll get the opportunity to care for a wide range of animals, fish, birds and reptiles which are housed at the Polytechnic’s animal centre.

Learn to monitor the health of horses and livestock, herd animals, drive tractors and quad bikes, and operate electric fencing.

Certificate in Carpentry (Level 3)

If you’re ready to start building something useful and durable, this one year course is for you!

Certificate in Computing (Level 3)

This course is designed for people with little or no previous computing experience who want to learn basic information technology concepts and skills.

It can open the door to new employment opportunities and paves the way towards higher level IT qualifications.

You’ll be taught to identify business needs and how to respond with creative IT solutions.

Certificate in Engineering (Level 3)

This is a practical course which introduces core mechanical and fabrication engineering skills.

It gives those with lower secondary school qualifications a chance to learn all the skills that are normally part of a first year of an engineering apprenticeship.

Certificate in Fashion Studies (Apparel Manufacture) (Level 3)

You'll be learning from tutors who are experienced and well regarded in the industry. You’ll enjoy the practical nature of the programme and the opportunity to participate in design projects.

You'll gain sewing skills and knowledge about industrial sewing techniques, garment construction and pattern making techniques, and you'll gain experience in fashion production.

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 Kiwifruit - Orchard Skills (Level 3)

As a worker you can sign up for this certificate at any time with the approval of your employer and you will be visited by a Bay of Plenty Polytechnic Assessor, on the job.

Certificate in Maritime & Fishing Technology (Level 3)

We’ll teach you about seamanship, how to navigate a vessel safely, deck safety, watchkeeping, trawling and long-lining, how to process your catch, and more! Enjoy qualifying seatime on our fleet of Polytechnic vessels. This counts towards your first commercial qualifications.

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 Business Administration & Computing (Level 3)

On completion of the programme you will walk away with a certificate, ready to pursue all the business administration opportunities that are only open to people with up to date skills and knowledge.

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 at Bay of Plenty Polytechnic.

National Certificate in Electrical Engineering (Level 3)

Successful completion of this certificate 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.

All the theory is supported by practical activities in our fully equipped laboratories to ensure students understand what they are learning.

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

Following on from the Level 2 Certificate, this Level 3 Certificate will expand on your technical skills in areas including automotive wiring, lighting, electronics, ignition and induction systems, electronic fuel injection, air conditioning, transmission servicing and repairs, engine and chassis repairs, brakes, steering and suspension.

National Certificate in Seafood Vessel Operations (Nautical Skills) - Advanced Deckhand (F) (Level 3)

The Advanced Deckhand (with Fishing Endorsement) course is the first step on the ladder to a qualification in the New Zealand fishing industry. This is a nationally recognised certificate and on meeting Maritime New Zealand requirements you can gain the Advanced Deckhand Fishing Endorsed qualification.

New Zealand Certificate in Cookery (Level 3)

This Youth Guarantee programme for 16-19 year olds focuses on practical skills and real-life experience working on marae.

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 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
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 support entry to the programme of your choice.

You’ll go on field trips throughout the local area to help boost your confidence so you can fully participate in New Zealand society.

Certificate in Art and Design (Level 4)

This foundation course will help you figure out which discipline you want to focus on. You’ll study papers in NZ art history, drawing techniques, inter-media processes, fashion design, graphic design, painting, as well as 2D and 3D processes.

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)

How far can you go? Take this one year challenge and find out! 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.

Certificate in Radio Broadcasting (Level 4)

A key component of working in radio includes promotion through online platforms like social media and websites. You’ll learn editing skills that apply beyond radio, like video production, and work with real world clients, gaining practical experience working at the

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 and the general public.

National Certificate in Carpentry (Level 4)

We work alongside businesses to get the best out of their trainees, facilitating their apprenticeships, so they can get fully qualified.

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)

You’ll gain further in-depth knowledge and skills in plant science, pest and disease management and propagation. You’ll also learn pruning, revegetation, amenity landscaping and wider aspects like production systems and effective teamwork.

This is the place to start if you want a physical outdoor career with plenty of opportunities right here in the Bay.

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

This cadetship course focuses on the fruit production process. It is run part-time to allow you to 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 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 Construction Related Trades (Supervisor) (Level 4)

You'll learn everything you need to know about leadership and all the vital paperwork and regulations every construction project depends on.

With the opportunity to attend classes either in person on campus, or online (in real time), held twice a month, it’s an easy way to upskill and future-proof yourself.

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.

Field trips are sometimes arranged to relevant businesses and food shows.

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 Travel (Level 4)

You'll gain the knowledge and skills you need to enter this exciting industry, covering topics like world geography, product and destination knowledge, communication, sales relationships, technology use within the industry, use of computer reservation system (CRS), and itinerary planning and processing.

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

In this course you'll learn to prepare, cook and present a wide range of dishes to an advanced level in our purpose built kitchens. You'll also learn to work under pressure creating meals at our Atrium restaurant, right here on campus! Plus you'll learn to work in a supervisory capacity within the kitchen environment.

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.