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Aoraki Polytechnic


Aoraki Polytechnic offers high quality education and training which is reflected in the excellent employment outcomes of our graduates. The programmes offered by Aoraki Polytechnic are vocationally orientated and have been developed in collaboration with industry. They will equip you well for employment and provide a firm foundation for future study. Our staff are here to provide a service to you and to facilitate your learning.

The future is yours and education is your pathway to success.

At Aoraki Polytechnic we are proud to offer international students the opportunity to study with us and value the contribution international students bring to learning.

Aoraki Polytechnic is a New Zealand government owned and registered tertiary education institution with a long history of delivering tertiary education on the East coast of the South Island of New Zealand.

Aoraki Polytechnic aims to supply international students with a study and lifestyle experience which supports the long term success of our students in a supportive, real New Zealand environment.

Aoraki Polytechnic provides programmes from level 1 to 6 which are recognised as pathways to higher study, work and residence. English language classes, conversation groups, experienced tutors, small classes, and a safe and secure learning environment ensure that you are supported to succeed in your programme of study. A dedicated team in the International Department provide support specifically for international students to settle in to life and study in New Zealand including accommodation support, insurance processing, orientation for new students, community connections and ongoing support throughout your study

Combine the advantages of the safety and security of a small city life where people greet each other with a smile with the opportunities for adventure in the region through the outdoor, healthy lifestyle of a region surrounded by Ski fields, lakes and mountains to create a lifestyle experience which you study.


New Zealand agriculture is a growth industry and a career in its various fields offers opportunities for employment and advancement in the rural sector nationally and internationally.

  • National Certificate in Horticulture (Level 4)
  • National Certificate in Horticulture (Level 3)
  • National Certificate in Farming Skills (Work Ready) Level 3
  • National Certificate in Agriculture (Introductory) (Level 2)
  • Certificate in Rural Machinery (Level 2)

Arts and Design
Take control of your future and turn your creative talents into a career

  • Diploma in Arts and Media (Graphics & Multimedia) (Level 6)
  • Diploma in Arts and Media (Graphics & Multimedia) (Level 5)
  • Diploma in Arts and Media (Visual Arts & Design) (Level 5)
  • certificate in Arts and Media (Level 4)

Beauty and Hairdressing
Join a growing industry in high demand.

  • Diploma in Beauty Therapies and Epilation (Level 5) (incorporates optional ITEC international qualifications)
  • Certificate in Beauty Therapy (Level 4) (incorporates optional ITEC international qualifications)
  • Certificate in Make-up Artistry (Level 3)
  • Cert in Professional Hairdressing (Level 3)
  • Certificate in Hairdressing (Level 3)

Business and Tourism
Open up a world of opportunities within New Zealand and across the world

  • New Zealand Diploma in Business (Level 6)
  • Diploma in Applied Business (Level 5) (with an endorsement in Accounting, Human Resource Management, Office Administration or Tourism)
  • Certificate in International Tourism (Level 4) (incorporates the City & Guilds Certificate and Diploma in International Tourism international qualifications)
  • CertIFICATE in Professional Office Management (Level 3)

English Language
Improve your English language skills in an English speaking country

  • English as a Second Language (Intensive English)

Health and Education
Health and education careers are on the New Zealand Skills Shortage list

  • Diploma in Social Services (Level 5)
  • Certificate in Health Studies (Level 4)
  • National Certificate in Science (Level 4)
  • Certificate in Early Childhood Studies (Level 3)
  • National Certificate in Animal Care (Level 2)
  • Certificate in Parenting & Care of Children (Level 2)

Enter an industry that offers a broad range of careers

  • Diploma in Arts and Media (Graphics & Multimedia) (Level 6)
  • Diploma in Arts and Media (Graphics & Multimedia) (Level 5)
  • Diploma in Arts and Media (Visual Arts & Design) (Level 5)
  • Certificate in Arts and Media (Level 4)
  • Certificate in Advanced Food and Beverage Service (Level 5)
  • Diploma in Professional Cookery (Level 5) (incorporates the City & Guilds Diploma in Food Preparation and Cooking (Culinary Arts) international qualification)
  • Certificate in Patisserie (Level 4) (incorporates the City & Guilds Diploma in Patisserie international qualification)
  • Certificate in Professional Restaurant, Wine and Bar Service (Level 4) (incorporates the City & Guilds Diploma in Food and Beverage Service international qualification, HSI Certificates in Achievement in Customer Service and Barista and HSI Licence Controller Qualification)
  • Certificate in Cookery (Level 3) (incorporates the City & Guilds Certificate in Food Preparation and Cooking international qualification)
  • National Certificate in Baking (Level 2)
  • Certificate in Cafe & Barista Skills (Level 2)

Information Technology
IT professionals are in ever-increasing demand in New Zealand and worldwide

  • Diploma in Information and Communications Technology (Level 6)
  • Diploma in Information Systems Development (Level 5)
  • Certificate in Information and Communications Technology (Level 4)

If your passion is to supply information, news or entertainment to global audiences then media is the industry for you.

  • Diploma in Digital Photography (Level 6)  
  • Diploma in Television Production (Level 6)  
  • National Diploma in Journalism (Multimedia) (Level 5)  
  • Certificate in Digital Photography (Level 4)  
  • Certificate in Film and Television (Level 4)  
  • Certificate in Media Communication (Level 4)  incorporates the National Certificate in Journalism (Introductory)

Outdoor Education and Sport
Open up a world of outdoor activities to others.

  • Diploma in Outdoor Education (Level 6)
  • Diploma in Outdoor Instruction and Management (Level 5)
  • Certificate in Outdoor Recreation (Level 4)
  • Diploma in Sport and Fitness (Level 5)
  • Certificate in Sport and Fitness (Level 4)

Professional tradespeople and those with skills to keep up with ecological trends are in high demand around the world.

  • Certificate in Carpentry (Level 4)
  • Certificate in Pre-Employment Brick Block and Paving (Level 3)
  • Certificate in Automotive Heavy Engineering (Level 3)
  • Certificate in Motor Industry (Cars/Motorcycles) (Level 3)
  • Certificate in Motor Body Trades (Collision Repair/Refinishing) (L3)
  • National Certificate in Motor Industry Entry Skills (Level 2)
  • Certificate in Pre-Trade Electrical (Level 2)(Incorporates the National Certificate in Electrical Engineering (Level 2) and Electrical Appliance Serviceperson)
  • Certificate in General Engineering (Level 2)