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New Zealand Certificate in Bicycle Mechanics (Level 4)

This course is available


Level of Study



19 weeks


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

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