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

Ready for a change but not sure what career or study choice is right for you?

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.

The qualification helps to improve your study skills, computer skills and communication. You’ll enjoy lots of group work as well as self-directed study, where you can explore and achieve your goals.

Content Details

During the programme you'll explore and identify your own personal skills and strengths. The programme consists of four courses which will cover the following:

  • Identify your own personal attributes and skills matching these to possible career and study opportunities
  • Problem solving and communication skills
  • Develop a plan for your future study and career options
  • Further develop the knowledge of your chosen field, industry, and study pathways
  • Learn to work effectively as an individual and as part of a team
  • Explore the wider opportunities your chosen field and industry have within the wider community and internationally


Planned intakes*: February, July
Delivery modes: Full-time
Locations*: Kawerau, Rotorua (Mokoia Campus), Taupo, Tauranga (Windermere Campus), Whakatane
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 fees-free

2018 international students fees to be confirmed

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 Study and Career Preparation (Level 3)

Career Opportunities

This programme provides an introduction to further education which can then lead to a career in the area of your choice, or further study at Level 4 and above.

Entry Criteria

  • Level 1 NCEA with 10 Literacy Credits and 10 Numeracy Credits

Where applicants do not meet entry requirements, they may gain special admission if Toi Ohomai Institute of Technology is satisfied the applicant is capable of meeting the academic requirements.

Domestic applicants aged 20 years or above who do not meet the academic entry requirements, but whose skills, education or work experiences indicate that they have a chance of success, may be eligible for special admission.


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.