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Bridging certificate to New Zealand Diploma in Engineering



One semester full-time

On campus with face-to-face teaching 

  • Location
    Study breaks
  • Dunedin
    22 July 2019
    9 September 2019 - 20 September 2019
Now you can begin your journey to become an engineering technician no matter what your academic background!

Do you want to prepare for diploma-level study in engineering? Then this bridging programme is the perfect option and will give you a New Zealand Certificate in Study and Career Preparation (Level 3) with an engineering focus. 

Successful completion will ensure you meet the academic entry requirements for our New Zealand Diploma in Engineering (Civil, Mechanical or Electrical) so you can achieve your goal of becoming an engineering technician.

Our modern equipment and facilities will allow you to gain industry-relevant knowledge through hands-on learning. Many of our staff are experienced industry practitioners which means that you will benefit from their high level of skill and up-to-date expertise.     

Skills required
  • A strong interest in being either a civil, electrical or mechanical engineering technician
  • Self-motivation and commitment
  • A good work ethic.
Entry requirements
  • Open entry

All students (international and domestic) for whom English is not a first language:

  • must demonstrate English Language skills with an IELTS overall band score (academic) of 5.0, with no band score lower than 5.0 OR
  • must provide acceptable alternative evidence of English language proficiency depending on the visa decline rate of the country you are from. See here for acceptable evidence and visa decline rates by country.

All scores must be achieved in a single test completed in the preceding two years. You cannot combine scores from multiple tests. If you have achieved NCEA Level 3 University Entrance you are not required to provide evidence of English Language skills.

Please note: This programme will only run if there are sufficient numbers. 

Selection procedure

You will be interviewed to assess your suitability for this programme. If it is in your best interests, we may recommend an alternative programme for you.

Additional documentation

You must supply certified copies of proof of identity, academic records and/or CV if you have been working and proof of residency (where appropriate).

Additional costs

You will need to provide your own personal stationery and a calculator. It is strongly recommended that you have access to a wifi-capable laptop to assist you with your studies.

He Toki fees scholarship

If you’re an applicant who identifies as M¯aori and are between 16-40 years old, you can apply for the M¯aori and Pasifika Trades Training (MPTT) He Toki fees scholarship for support to study this programme.

For more information about this scholarship:

Visit http://hetoki.co.nz
Phone 0800 438 654 
Email hetoki@tetapuae.co.nz

You will study

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



Career and study skills (Engineering context)



Communication for academic purposes (Engineering context)



Maths for engineering



Physics for engineering



Programme total



Your workload

You will be expected to study for (approximately) 40 hours per week. This will consist of lectures, laboratory sessions, tutorials and your own study time. Assessment is continuous throughout the semester. Assignments are issued regularly and there are end of semester exams.

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Student loans and allowances

Student loans and allowances are for domestic students only. For information about student loans and allowances please visit the Studylink website. It is important to apply for your student loan/allowance at the same time as you apply for this programme, due to the length of time Studylink take to process. Loan/allowance applications can be cancelled at any time if you decide to withdraw your programme application or if it is unsuccessful.

Recognition of prior learning

If you have extensive knowledge and skills due to practical experience in this area, enquire about our recognition of prior learning process at Capable NZ. You may have already gained credits towards this qualification.


While every effort is made to ensure that this sheet is accurate, Otago Polytechnic reserves the right to amend, alter or withdraw any of the contained information. The fees shown in this document are indicative ONLY. Both domestic and international fees are subject to change and are dependent on the development and implementation of Government policies. Please note that additional fees may from time to time be required for external examination, NZQA fees and/or additional material fees.

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