NZ Certificate in Study & Career Preparation

  • Level 3 and 4
  • 36 weeks
  • Fees apply

Programme overview:

Do you want to work in prisons? Want to make a difference in the corrections system in Aotearoa? Be the difference in the life of an offender. Learn what it takes to be a great corrections or probation officer and about other roles in the Department of Corrections. Our experienced kaiako will prepare you for the demands of the job and the application process. Learn in a supportive and culturally rich environment how to be a positive support for offenders serving sentences in prison and in the community.

Are you eligible for fees-free study?

First time tertiary students studying for fee paying programmes at Te Wānanga o Aotearoa will be fees-free from 2018.

We’ve been providing fees-free study for the majority of our programmes for more than 30 years and are committed to tauira success.

To find out whether you are eligible for fees-free study for our fee paying programmes visit the Fees Free Website.

You'll learn about:

  • working in prisons
  • applying the Treaty of Waitangi when working with diverse groups
  • communication skills
  • recruitment requirements of the Department of Corrections.

You'll know how to:

  • apply Māori principles for good relationships and outcomes
  • communicate well with people from different backgrounds
  • apply safe work practices
  • apply and interview for a job in corrections.

Where will this take me?

I want to keep studying

You can take this further by enrolling on one of our social work programmes, or by moving into a Certificate of Offender Management with another institution.

I want to use my qualification

You'll be prepared to take on a role with the Department of Corrections.

Entry criteria:

You'll need to:

  • tell us if you have any criminal or traffic convictions
  • be proficient in English and maths
  • meet the vetting requirements applied by NZ Corrections Department
  • have a full driver's licence.

All applicants will need to attend a compulsory interview.

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