Free Courses

Get into tertiary study for free* as a NZ citizen or permanent resident.

The following programmes/intakes are offered free of fees. You'll get the skills, knowledge and confidence to get started on a new career or further tertiary education.

*conditions apply.
Agriculture
Programme Indicative Fee
New Zealand Certificate in Primary Industry Skills (Level 2) 2018 domestic students fees-free
Beauty Therapy
Programme Indicative Fee
National Certificate in Beauty Services (Cosmetology) (Level 3) 2018 domestic students $2,323.00, 2018 international students $8,644.00, 2018 Opotiki intakes fees-free (conditions apply)
Bridging Programmes
Programme Indicative Fee
Tools for Academic Study (Level 4) Domestic students fees-free, 2018 international students fees to be confirmed
Youth Guarantee FREE (special conditions apply)
New Zealand Certificate in Outdoor Experiences (Level 3) 2018 domestic students fees-free
New Zealand Certificate in Foundation Skills (Level 2) 2018 domestic students fees-free
New Zealand Certificate in Skills for Living for Supported Learners (Level 1) 2018 domestic students fees-free
New Zealand Certificate in Study and Career Preparation (Level 3) 2018 domestic students fees-free, 2018 international students fees to be confirmed
Business Administration
Programme Indicative Fee
New Zealand Certificate in Computing (User Fundamentals) (Level 2) FREE tuition fees for domestic students
Business Management
Programme Indicative Fee
Manu Taiko – Toro Parirau (Kaupae 4) - New Zealand Certificate in Māori Governance (Level 8) 2018 domestic students fees-free, Course related costs may apply
Computing & IT
Programme Indicative Fee
New Zealand Certificate in Computing (User Fundamentals) (Level 2) FREE tuition fees for domestic students
Creative
Programme Indicative Fee
Garment Construction Pathways Domestic students fees-free, NOTE: student loans/allowances do NOT apply.
Educational Pathways
Programme Indicative Fee
Garment Construction Pathways Domestic students fees-free, NOTE: student loans/allowances do NOT apply.
English Language
Programme Indicative Fee
New Zealand Certificate in English Language (General) (Level 3) 2018 domestic students fees free, 2018 international students $390 per week
New Zealand Certificate in English Language (Academic) (Level 4) 2018 domestic students fees free, 2018 international students $390 per week
New Zealand Certificate in English Language (Applied) (Level 3) Domestic students fees-free, 2018 international students $390 per week
New Zealand Certificate in English Language (Employment) (Level 4) Domestic students fees-free, 2018 international students $390 per week
New Zealand Certificate in English Language (General) (Level 4) Domestic students fees-free, 2018 international students $390 per week
New Zealand Certificate in English Language (Level 2) 2018 domestic students fees-free, 2018 international students $390 per week
Fashion
Programme Indicative Fee
Garment Construction Pathways Domestic students fees-free, NOTE: student loans/allowances do NOT apply.
Horticulture
Programme Indicative Fee
New Zealand Certificate in Primary Industry Skills (Level 2) 2018 domestic students fees-free
Hospitality
Programme Indicative Fee
New Zealand Certificate in Cookery (Level 3) 2018 fees-free for New Zealand citizens & permanent residents aged 16-19 years of age at the start of the programme (Youth Guarantee programme), 2018 domestic students over 19 years of age $3,171.00
New Zealand Certificate in Retail (Level 3) Fees free for 2018 domestic students. Please enquire directly with Skills Update Training Institute.
Kaupapa Māori
Programme Indicative Fee
Manu Taiko – Toro Parirau (Kaupae 4) - New Zealand Certificate in Māori Governance (Level 8) 2018 domestic students fees-free, Course related costs may apply
Te Reo Māori – Te Kakano 2017 domestic students fees-free, This short course is NOT approved for student loans and allowances
Maritime & Seafood
Programme Indicative Fee
New Zealand Certificate in Maritime Crewing (Level 2) 2018 domestic students fees-free
Sport & Recreation
Programme Indicative Fee
New Zealand Certificate in Outdoor Experiences (Level 3) 2018 domestic students fees-free
Tourism & Travel
Programme Indicative Fee
New Zealand Certificate in Outdoor Experiences (Level 3) 2018 domestic students fees-free
Youth Guarantee
Programme Indicative Fee
Youth Guarantee FREE (special conditions apply)
New Zealand Certificate in Cookery (Level 3) 2018 fees-free for New Zealand citizens & permanent residents aged 16-19 years of age at the start of the programme (Youth Guarantee programme), 2018 domestic students over 19 years of age $3,171.00
New Zealand Certificate in Foundation Skills (Level 2) 2018 domestic students fees-free