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New Zealand Certificate in Bicycle Mechanics (Level 4)

This course is available

Online

Level of Study

Certificate

Next start date

Expected

Summary

Gain a qualification that will make you stand out from the crowd in this rapidly growing industry!

If you’ve completed your New Zealand Certificate in Bicycle Servicing (Level 3) with us, or have previous experience in the bicycle industry, this Level 4 programme is a great way to take your skill set and knowledge to the next level and advance your career.

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, specialist equipment and expert tutoring from experienced mechanics and mechanical engineers combine to provide a learning experience that will enable you to develop skills and knowledge to help you stand out from the crowd.

During this programme, you will learn advanced techniques such as wheel building, suspension servicing, frame preparation and e-Bike system diagnostics whilst honing your previous mechanical knowledge to methodically diagnose, repair, overhaul and rebuild bicycles and components.

Career opportunities

Senior bicycle store workshop and retail positions
Mechanic in unsupervised sole employee workshop
Specialist bicycle servicing providers (wheel building, suspension servicing)
Bicycle industry tourism providers (guides, workshop)
Bicycle mechanic on professional racing teams
Other areas of opportunity within the industry:

  • bicycle store ownership
  • bicycle import businesses
  • bicycle coaching and fitting
  • bicycle designing and building

This programme will also provide a great step towards other industry-related positions such as working in research, marketing, journalism or event management.

Your workload:

Online learning: 10-12 hours per week
Two, fortnight-long block courses held at Otago Polytechnic's Central Otago Campus (60 hours per fortnightly block course)
160 hours industry work experience (40 hours per week) at any suitable bicycle workshop location within New Zealand

Entry criteria

Open entry.

If English is not your first language, you must provide:

New Zealand University Entrance OR IELTS test: General or Academic score of 5.5 with no band score lower than 5; TOEFL paper based test (PBT): Score of 530 (with an essay score of 4.5 TWE); TOEFL internet based test (IBT): Score of 46 (with a writing score of 14); Cambridge english examinations: B2 First or B2 First for schools with a score of 162. No less than 154 in each skill; Pearson test of english (ACADEMIC): PTE (Academic) score of 42 with no band score lower than 36; Language Certificate: B2 Communicator IESOL (LRWS) with PASS and no less than Pass in each skill.

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