New Zealand Certificate in Applied Science

Te Pukenga - New Zealand Institute of Skills and Technology

Subject area

Natural and Physical Sciences



19 Weeks

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About the course

What can I expect out of this qualification?

The purpose of this qualification is to provide individuals with introductory operational and theoretical knowledge in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) for employment or education.

The qualification will also identify for the STEM-related sectors in Aotearoa New Zealand those employees who are able to undertake supervised tasks in entry-level operational positions in manufacturing and regulatory industries, field work, research, and development.

Key Information for Students

Entry Requirements

Minimum requirements

Achieved NCEA Level 2 (with at least 12 credits in a STEM subject) or equivalent or Can provide verifiable evidence of relevant work life experience that indicates the ability to meet the requirements of this certificate. Such evidence could include details New Zealand Certificate in Applied Science (Level 3) Programme Document 10 February 2016 Accreditation and Approval Application Page 19 of 41 of roles/responsibilities undertaken, interpersonal skills, other achievements and referee statements. Admission under this provision requires approval from the Programme Leader. International Students for whom English is not a first language must attain an IELTS score of 5.5 with no band score lower than 5 or hold an equivalent score from a recognised alternative English proficiency test

Detailed requirements

See provider website for more details about entry to this qualification.


19 Weeks

Tuition Fees

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A Compulsory Student Services Fee may be charged, see your provider for details.

Student Success


National Graduate Outcomes

Outcomes for students who completed qualifications at the same level and in the same subject area, three years after completion:

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Contact details

Main Campus Office

Phone: (09) 4703555
Fax: (09) 470 3556

Please contact the provider for details of where this qualification is offered.

Where does this information come from?

The Key Information for Students data is compiled by the Tertiary Education Commission based on information provided by tertiary education providers and the Ministry of Education. Remember to check the provider’s website for further details.

NZQA supplies all other information based on material from the provider.

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