How it works

Capable NZ is all about valuing your experience. Our assessment processes help you appreciate your own skills and strengths. You’ll be able to move forward in your career with renewed confidence.

1. Apply and we will assign you a facilitator. 

Our facilitators come from a pool of over 25 highly experienced and passionate educators. They represent a wide range of backgrounds (including tikanga Māori) and academic expertise. Once we find out a bit about you, we match you to the facilitator that is most suited to your needs.

Your dedicated Capable NZ facilitator will support you through the process from beginning to end. They’ll help you match your existing work and life experience to the right qualification. You can choose from a wide range of Otago Polytechnic programmes, including certificates, diplomas, degrees and postgraduate options.

Contact us to get your journey to a formal qualification started.

Have a look at our course options.

2. We review your existing experience and skills and work with you to complete your qualification. 

Your facilitator will assess what you already know and identify what you need to learn. We will help you collate and provide evidence that proves the experience you have. From here, we will work together to craft the best learning solution to fill in your knowledge gaps. Before you know it, you will graduate with your well-deserved NZQA qualification.

Capable NZ learners use a range of ways to demonstrate existing knowledge and build new experience. These can include oral presentations, written case studies, online lessons, work-based projects, and professional workplace or academic mentoring. We will only put you forward for assessment when we agree that you are ready.

3. Capable NZ is designed to suit you and your lifestyle. 

Choose from part-time or full-time learning options. You can apply and start any time and complete the required work from anywhere in New Zealand. If you’re in work, you can continue working, and even learn on the job.

Depending on your existing experience, you can reduce the time it normally takes to graduate by up to 65% - some students complete their degree in only 10 months. Remember to check if you’re eligible for either Fees Free or Study Link.

4. Ready to graduate with your NZQA qualification from Otago Polytechnic?

You’ve worked hard to earn your formal qualification. Now you can join the over 2000 people just like you who have graduated through Capable NZ.

You can choose to graduate at Otago Polytechnic ceremonies in either Dunedin or Auckland.
Find out when the next graduation ceremonies are.

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