Course details

NZ Certificate in Study and Career Preparation (Services Pathway) [Level 3]
Domestic tuition $2,860 per year
NZQF Level 3

About the course

Make a Difference in Your Community

Are you seeking a career in law enforcement, the armed forces or corrections?

The NZ Certificate in Study and Career Preparation (Services Pathways) [Level 3] will provide you with the knowledge, skills and confidence to apply for training or employment in the NZ Police, Armed Forces or Correction Services.

Skills gained in this programme include:

  • Literacy and numeracy
  • Self management
  • Physical fitness
  • Computing
  • Communication


On successful completion of the NZ Certificate in Study and Career Preparation (Services Pathways) [Level 3], you will have gained skills in the following:

  • Physical fitness
  • Basic computing
  • Dealing with a wide variety of people
  • Detailed observation
  • Decision making
  • Test procedures
  • Self-control and alertness
  • Confidence in presenting yourself
  • Being positive about yourself
  • Self motivation
  • Confidentiality
  • Honesty and integrity

Career Opportunities and Outcomes

Career opportunities include:

  • Police Officer
  • Corrections Staff
  • Armed Forces
  • Security Guard
  • Working in positions of trust

Study pathways include:

  • NZ Police College Recruit Training
  • Navy, Army, Air Force within NZ Defence Forces
  • Security
  • Law
  • Social Services

Entry Requirements

Academic Criteria

  • Achievement of NCEA (Level 1) or equivalent qualification

Standard Entry Criteria

  • Minimum age 17 years at the start of the programme
  • An interview may be required
  • Must be physically able to complete programme

English Language Entry Requirement

If English is not your fist language a level of English language fluency is required for the programme. This may be demonstrated through successful study of a programme in English, completion of a NZ Certificate in English Language L3, approved scores on IELTS tests (5.0 Academic with no band score lower than 5.0), completion of an EIT assessment.

Academic Learning Services

Academic Learning Services is here to assist you on your journey towards the successful completion of your studies at EIT. Our aim is for you to become confident, competent and independent learners.

We have dedicated advisors who can assist with your learning.

Find out more:

Hawke’s Bay Campus
Tairāwhiti Campus

About the provider

The Eastern Institute of Technology (EIT) offers you over 160 qualifications from certificate and diploma, to degree and postgraduate level at campuses in Hawke's Bay, Tairāwhiti (Gisborne) and Auckland. Or learn at one of our Regional Learning Centres situated in Hastings, Maraenui, Ruatoria, Waipukurau and Wairoa. EIT Hawke's Bay is one of New Zealand's most attractive campuses with superb architecture and shaded outdoor areas for study on warm days. EIT Tairāwhiti two campuses are located in the heart of Gisborne, near the Taruheru River, and you can get more central than EIT Auckland location on Queen Street! When you choose to study at EIT you'll get the kind of experiences that will help you gain the knowledge and skills to get ahead, whether you want to break into your chosen career or change direction in life.