Otago Polytechnic

Sport and Adventure


Turn what you love doing into a fun and rewarding career! Job outcomes include community care, sports management, personal training, ski and snowboard instructing and massage therapy.

ALL PROGRAMMES

Health bridging certificate

  • Dunedin or online with compulsory block courses
  • 1 year full-time; part-time options (*six-month, full-time option possible for those with the pre-requisites)
  • Level 4
  • Starts February and July*, 2018
  • Apply by November, 2017

If you don't have the academic entry requirements needed to enter one of our diploma- or degree-level healthcare programmes, then this is the perfect option! This bridging programme can help you meet the minimum academic criteria for application to the New Zealand Diploma in Enrolled Nursing (Level 5), New Zealand Diploma in Wellness and Relaxation Massage (Level 5), Bachelor of Nursing, Bachelor of Midwifery, Bachelor of Occupational Therapy, Bachelor of Social Services and Bachelor of Applied Science. This year long programme is replacing the Certificate in Health (Level 4) from February, 2018. It consists of two separate Certificate qualifications - the New Zealand Certificate in Study and Career Preparation (Level 3) and the New Zealand Certificate in Study and Career Preparation (Level 4). You will be enrolled in both of these qualifications at the beginning of the year.

New Zealand Certificate in Sport, Recreation and Exercise (Multi-Sector) (Level 4)

  • Dunedin
  • 1 year full-time
  • Level 4
  • Starts February, 2018
  • Apply by November, 2017 (applications accepted until start date if places available)

Gain the skills needed for entry-level roles in the sport, recreation or exercise industries. Alternatively, successful completion of this Certificate will provide you with the entry requirements for our Bachelor of Applied Science degree.

Certificate in Outdoor Pursuits (Level 4)

  • Dunedin
  • 1 year full-time
  • Level 4
  • Starts February, 2018
  • Apply now

Gain the core skills and knowledge you need to work in the outdoor adventure industry with this exciting and hands-on Certificate. Upon successful completion, you will be eligible for entry into the Diploma in Outdoor Leadership and Management (Level 5) which will take a further one year of full-time study to complete.

New Zealand Certificate in Introductory Snowschool Instruction (Applied) (Level 4) (Ski), (Snowboard) or (Telemark)*

  • Wanaka
  • Approx. 40 hours of theory followed by an 18-week practical application
  • Level 4
  • Starts June, 2018
  • Apply until start date

Train in the dry snow of the spectacular Southern Alps and develop skills which could lead to a job teaching skiing or snowboarding in New Zealand or overseas. All classes are taken at the Cardrona Alpine Resort in Wanaka. Please note that this programme starts in June, 2018.

New Zealand Certificate in Avalanche Risk Management (Level 5)*

  • Wanaka
  • Approx. 40 hours of theory, followed by 7-day practical course
  • Level 5
  • Starts June, 2018
  • Apply until start date

If you love being in the mountains during winter and have a strong sense of responsibility, become a qualified snow safety professional through this programme.

Diploma in Advanced Therapeutic Massage (Level 6)

  • Online and Dunedin (360 Cumberland Street) with practical block courses
  • 2 years full-time
  • Level 6
  • Starts February, 2018
  • Apply until start date

Are you passionate about developing a career in healthcare, focused on the hands-on treatment and management of musculo-skeletal conditions? This practical programme uses a blend of online learning, practical block courses and clinical experience in our Massage Therapy Clinic to give you the skills you will need. Graduates will be eligible to apply for registration with Massage New Zealand as a Registered Massage Therapist. This programme will be replaced from February, 2019 by the New Zealand Diploma in Remedial Massage (Level 6)* (*subject to final approval).

Diploma in Outdoor Leadership and Management (Level 5)

  • Dunedin
  • 2 years full-time (Certificate in Outdoor Pursuits (Level 4) forms year one)
  • Level 5
  • Starts February
  • Apply now

Embark on this action-packed programme to strengthen and develop your skills in the technical, professional, instructional and leadership aspects of a range of outdoor pursuits. The first year of this Diploma is the Certificate in Outdoor Pursuits (Level 4) but direct entry to the second year of the Diploma is available to selected applicants.

Diploma in Avalanche Studies (incorporating the NZMSC Avalanche Safety Stage 2 Certificate)

  • Online with block courses
  • 1 year full-time or up to four years part-time
  • Level 6
  • Starts flexible
  • Apply anytime

If you love being in the mountains during winter and have a strong sense of responsibility, become a qualified snow safety professional through this programme. This Diploma incorporates the NZSMC Avalanche Safety Stage 2 Certificate which is a prerequisite for most industry management roles.

New Zealand Diploma in Wellness and Relaxation Massage (Level 5)

  • Dunedin
  • 1 year full-time
  • Level 5
  • Starts February, 2018
  • Apply until start date

This qualification will help you develop the skills and understanding needed to provide massage and support clients to improve their wellness.

Bachelor of Applied Science

  • Dunedin
  • 3 years full-time*
  • Level 7
  • Starts February
  • Apply by 30 November (preferred). Late applications will be accepted until start date of programme if places available.

Keen on a career in sport science, health and wellness? This qualification will take you there, or you can use it as a springboard into postgraduate study.

Postgraduate Diploma in Applied Management

  • Auckland - international students only
  • 1 year
  • Level 8
  • Starts Auckland: January, March, June, August and October
  • Apply now!

Majoring in Business Management, this qualification will enable you to extend and deepen your knowledge and understanding of current management capabilities and issues through experiential learning strategies and reflective practice. This qualification is only available to international students.

Postgraduate Certificate in Applied Science

  • Dunedin
  • 6 months full-time
  • Level 8
  • Starts February, 2018
  • Apply by start of programme

This qualification will help you extend and deepen your knowledge and understanding of the underpinning base theories and procedures that are relevant to the practice environment.

Master of Applied Science

  • Dunedin
  • 18 months full-time
  • Level 9
  • Starts February, 2018
  • Apply by start of programme

Master theoretical and procedural subject matter through a body of scholarly applied work — and prepare for an academic career or a lead sport or exercise management role.

Avalanche Safety Stage 1

  • Wanaka or Methven
  • 6.5 days full-time
  • Starts Wanaka: 1 July (full) and 16 September 2017 (full); Methven: 19 August 2017
  • Apply until start date (applications accepted if places still available)

This is an introductory professional course for people involved in the safety of alpine recreational activities and in the collection of snowpack data. It provides fundamental skills for people in avalanche safety.