New Zealand Certificate in Distribution (Level 3)

This hands-on, practical course provides a formal qualification in distribution. Whether you're already in the industry or looking for a new career, with a shortage of qualified people in this area, distribution is a great choice.

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.

With these skills under your belt, you'll be prepared for operational roles in a variety of distribution workplaces like storeperson, picker, packer, dispatcher, yards person, administration and operations.

Content Details

During the programme you will learn about:

  • health and safety practices
  • effective communication
  • customer service
  • operating procedures and codes of conduct
  • distribution operations
  • picking and dispatch
  • inventory control and stock management.


Planned intakes*: February, July
Delivery modes: Full-time
Locations*: Mt. Maunganui (Logistics Training Centre), Tokoroa
Duration: 1 semester

* subject to change. Intakes may vary between locations.

To see full details of the next available intake please visit the application form.

Indicative Fees

2018 domestic students $2,339.00

The fee shown for domestic students is applicable to New Zealand citizens and permanent residents. If an international fee is not listed above please refer to the international fees page. All fees are indicative only and subject to change.

You MAY be eligible for a StudyLink Student Loan for your tuition fees.

Find out if your programme qualifies by visiting the Studylink website.

If you also need to pay course related costs, i.e. if outlined in programme costs above, you need to apply separately to StudyLink (up to $1,000/academic year for eligible students). Note course related costs are paid directly into your bank account by StudyLink and you will be required to pay this to Toi Ohomai Institute of Technology.

Qualifications Gained

Upon successful completion of the programme you will receive:

  • New Zealand Certificate in Distribution (Level 3)

Career Opportunities

Graduates will be able to apply for operational roles in a wide variety of distribution workplaces, for example: storeman, picker, packer, dispatcher, admin./operations.

Potential employers include; distribution firms, store operators, and building supply yards.

Study Pathways

Toi Ohomai Institute of Technology Pathways

New Zealand Certificate in Supply Chain Management (Level 5)

Entry Criteria

  • NCEA Level 1 or equivalent
  • Applicants must be 16 years of age


International applicants for whom English is not their first language will be required to show evidence of language competency, issued within the last two years, before being eligible to enrol in any non-English programme. The level of competency required is outlined in Rule 18 and Appendix 2 of the NZQF Programme and Accreditation Rules 2013. And below under the title English Competency.

English Competency

Level 3 certificate IELTS General or Academic score of 5 with no band score lower than 5 or completed NZ Certificate in English Language L3 with an endorsement of either General, Workplace or Academic, or meets a relevant English Proficiency Outcome as outlined in Rule 18 and Appendix 2 of the NZQF Programme and Accreditation Rules 2013.

For domestic applicants for whom English is not their first language, evidence of language competency may be required.