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New Zealand Certificate in Bicycle Servicing (Level 3)

This course is available


Level of Study



17 weeks

Next start date

Expected Feb 2023


Otago Polytechnic


Gain the skills you need to stand out in this rapidly growing industry.

New Zealand’s exciting recreation, sport and tourism industries are developing quickly. A qualification in bicycle servicing could be what you need to turn your passion into a career in one of these areas.

Offering you a flexible learning environment through a blend of practical block courses, online learning and workplace experience, previous learners have enjoyed the chance to successfully fit their around other work or study commitments.

Small class sizes provide an efficient and adaptable environment in which to learn your practical skills and your work experience will give you a valuable first foot in the door for future employment.

Previous graduates have gone on to work in, and start, a range of bicycle industry, import and tourism businesses. This qualification could also be your springboard into working as a specialist service provider, a mechanic within professional racing teams, or living the dream of working and playing whilst travelling abroad.

Our New Zealand Certificate in Bicycle Mechanics (Level 4) provides the perfect next study step if you’re keen to take your skills to an advanced level.

Pathways into the programme:

If you need to improve your English language skills, our New Zealand Certificate in English Language (Level 2) will be the perfect place to start.

Your workload:

You will need to study online by distance for 10-12 hour per week and attend two, fortnight-long block courses (held at Otago Polytechnic's Central Campus in Cromwell). This equates to 30 hours per week. In addition, you will need to complete 160 hours of industry work experience (which equates to 40 hours per week) at any suitable bicycle workshop within New Zealand. The Programme Manager will assist you with finding a work experience placement/reference if required.
Further study options:

Continue to expand your skills with the New Zealand Certificate in Bicycle Mechanics (Level 4) offered at our Central Otago campus.

Entry criteria

Open entry.

If English is not your first language, you must provide: New Zealand University Entrance OR

Overall Academic IELTS 5.0 with no individual band score lower than 5.0 (achieved in one test completed in the last two years), OR; TOEFL paper based test (PBT): Score of 500 (with an essay score of 4 TWE); TOEFL internet based test (IBT): Score of 35 (with a writing score of 14); Cambridge english examinations: B2 First or B2 First for Schools with a score of 154. No less than 154 in each skill; Pearson test of english (ACADEMIC): PToE (Academic) score of 36; Language Certificate: B1 Achiever IESOL (LRWS) with PASS and no less than Pass in each skill.

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