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Certificate in Environmental Planning

Environmental Planning develops your knowledge of how human behaviour affects the environment. This one-year certificate will help you to understand how social, economic and cultural aspects, and the physical environment, contribute to problems and provide solutions.

A certificate is a short-term study option that can help pave your way to future success. It's equivalent to the first year of study of a bachelors degree, which makes it a great way to gain an introductory qualification in Environmental Planning.

Curious about how human behaviour affects the environment?

If you want to help shape and make a positive impact in the world we live in, a Certificate in Environmental Planning from Waikato is the perfect starting point for you.

You will be introduced to the interdisciplinary nature of environmental issues. Taught by leading industry experts who are at the forefront of the latest research and innovation, you'll take papers in the social and natural sciences and make direct connections between human behaviour, politics and the natural environment.

Learning isn't all in the classroom, either. You'll have the opportunity to attend field trips to explore first-hand the impact humans have on the local environment and you'll engage in practical group research projects and workshops.

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Key information

Entry Requirements:

University entrance through NCEA, or equivalent.

Years: 1
Points: 120
Study Locations:Hamilton
Start Dates: Trimester A (March) and Trimester B (July)
Area of Study:

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Entry requirements

Applications are open to anyone with University Entrance or its equivalent.

For more information, contact our Future Students Team: [email protected]

When you apply to enrol, select Certificate (Undergraduate) as your qualification.

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You need to complete 120 points (usually eight papers), and at least 90 of those points need to come from within the field of Environmental Planning (see below).

View full Regulations for the Certificate (Cert) qualification.

Further study

A certificate makes a good year of study, but if you find yourself wanting more you'll have the option of crediting all of your papers towards our four-year Bachelor of Environmental Planning degree, a specialist degree that is accredited by the New Zealand Planning Institute (NZPI).

Papers within the field of Environmental Planning

See the Environmental Planning subject page for a list of papers. To complete a Cert(EnvPlan), you need at least 90 points from this list of papers. Most papers are worth 15 points.


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