A certificate is a one-year introductory qualification that can provide a springboard to further study. This 60-point programme is similar to completing the first year of a bachelor's degree at university and is a great way to gain foundational knowledge.

Why study a Cert?

  • Introductory Qualification: A certificate (60 points) provides a solid foundation in your chosen field, equivalent to the first year of a bachelor's degree.
  • Pathway to Success: It offers a great starting point, allowing you to build your expertise and propel you towards future academic or career achievements.
  • Flexible Options: A certificate can be taken in a variety of fields, enabling you to explore your interests and tailor your education to your goals.
  • Enhance Your Career Prospects
    Obtaining a certificate can significantly enhance your employability. It demonstrates your commitment to learning and acquiring new skills, making you a more attractive candidate to potential employers. It's a valuable addition to your CV that can set you apart in a competitive job market.
  • Personal Growth and Development
    Studying for a certificate can also contribute to your personal growth. You'll develop critical thinking, problem-solving, and communication skills, all of which are valuable in everyday life. It's an opportunity to challenge yourself and grow both academically and personally.

Degree information

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A certificate can be taken in any of the following fields of study:

  • Arts - Cert(Arts)
  • Business - Cert(Bus)
  • Design - Cert(Des)
  • Education - Cert(Ed)
  • Environmental Planning - Cert(EnvPlan)
  • Health, Sport and Human Performance - Cert(HSHP)
  • Law - Cert(Law)
  • Management - Cert(Mgt)
  • Māori and Indigenous Studies - Cert(M&ISt)
  • Science - See Cert(Sc)
  • Social Sciences - Cert(SocSc)


For the Certificate, you must complete 120 points (eight papers) at 100 Level or above, including 90 points in a single field of study.

Students must also meet any requirements for their field of study. Normally a certificate involves two trimesters of full-time study.

Note: A candidate who has successfully completed papers for this qualification may apply to have them transferred to an undergraduate degree, before the qualification is awarded.

Full Regulations for the Certificate.

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