NZ Certificate in Tourism

Te Pōkaitahi Tāpoi

  • Level 3
  • 38 weeks
  • Fees apply

Programme overview:

Tourism is an industry full of adventure and exploration and in Aotearoa we offer visitors something they can't find anywhere else in the world - Māori culture. If you like meeting new people and would love to show off the beauty of our country, this programme is for you.

When you study with us, you'll increase your understanding of mātauranga Māori (knowledge) and tikanga (protocols) to enhance visitor experiences. You'll be able to apply local tikanga (regional protocols) and use appropriate expressions of kaitiakitanga (guardianship) around people, places and events.

When you pass this programme, you'll get these qualifications:

  • New Zealand Certificate in Tourism Māori Level 3
  • New Zealand Certificate in Tourism Level 3

You'll learn about:

  • customer service skills
  • proactively engaging with manuhiri to enhance their visitor experience
  • major New Zealand tourism destinations
  • basic expressions of kaitiakitanga in relation to people, places and events
  • appropriate and basic mihimihi, kōrero, poroporoaki, and karakia during tourism events
  • mātauranga Māori and relevant tikanga that will enhance visitor experiences.

Where will this take me?

I want to keep studying

You can progress to one of our Level 4 programmes in a range of subjects or continue your tourism journey with another institution.

I want to use my qualification

This programme provides an excellent foundation for potential employment within the tourism industry.

How you'll study:

This is a full-time programme that consists of 115 credits, taught over 38 weeks. Throughout the programme you will be required to attend:

  • weekly tutorials (approximately 24 hours per week)

You'll also need to complete set activities outside of class which will take approximately 10-11 hours of learning per week.

Entry criteria:

To enrol in this programme, a potential student must:

  • be at least 16 years of age
  • be a New Zealand citizen (or citizen of Australia, Tokelau, Niue, Cook Islands) or permanent resident
  • attend an interview.

Fee detail:

The 2020 fees for this certificate are:

Year 1: $2,646.03

GST Inclusive.

Are you eligible for fees-free study?

First time tertiary students studying fee paying programmes might be able to study fee free. Find out if you're eligible at

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