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Private Training Establishment

Elite Management School (ELITE) is a government registered and accredited international educational network in Wellington, New Zealand and San Francisco, USA. 

What We Offer

We are dedicated to making your future happen by providing you with our:

  1. elite well-rounded career-ready educational programmes that are tailored to your specific learning needs

  2. unique and rewarding experience in both Wellington, New Zealand, or San Francisco, U.S.A, through our unique pathway

Programmes for international students

  1. Diploma in Applied Hospitality Management (Level 7)
  2. New Zealand Diploma in Business (NZDB, Level 6)
  3. University Transfer Programme 
  4. Diploma in Business and Management (Level 5)
  5. Intensive ESOL Programme – IELTS Exam Preparation
  6. Intensive ESOL Programme – General English
  7. English + Barista Training
  8. Study Tour

Our Mission: Career-Ready Graduates

We provide elite well-rounded career-ready education which helps prepare each student with the relevant knowledge and skills, employment competencies, values and attitudes that they need to make a meaningful difference to their career success. This will allow them to have the skills and experience to make a significant contribution to their lives, their families and surrounding communities.

Our Core Values

Our core values serve as a compass for how we act and behave at work. We inspire success for each of you by our core values:

  1. We value successful outcomes for our graduates – we are with you every step of the way, whatever it takes

  2. We value quality and excellence – nothing can be accomplished without hard work and high standards

  3. We value openness and transparency - we believe in resolving issues early

  4. We value being part of the solution – we know we can count on each other to help you succeed

  5. We value a balanced way of life – we care for you and ourselves by embracing achievement and happiness in life

The difference between 211°F and 212°F

At 211° F degrees, water is hot. At 212° F degrees, it boils, and with boiling water, comes steam. With steam, you can power a train. One extra degree makes all the difference that separates the good from the great. There is no secret to success. 212° F is the definition of success. At ELITE, we share this value with our team and our students. 

Our Vision

Over the next 10 years, ELITE will be the premier career-ready management school in Wellington with more than 1000 students attending our institute annually. Our elite programmes ensure each of our graduates is highly sought-after by reputable employers in New Zealand and throughout the world. 


Our new logo portrays the spirit of Making Futures Happen. It also reflects on our journey of self-discovery and transformation over the past 15 years in business. Our passion makes us stand out as we help our students to achieve their career aspirations.

The contemporary shield lays a solid foundation that conveys our mission – Career-Ready Education for relevant knowledge and skills, employment competencies, values and attitudes.

The design incorporates New Zealand’s indigenous “Maori flax weaving” which suggests innovative and prosperity. The line surrounding the logo symbolises our elite well-rounded educational system. It nurtures each student to ensure their transformation to successful future-driven graduates, which will have exciting careers all around the world. 

The two colours complement our exclusive Wellington-San Francisco Pathway. This encompasses the return for students' and their families’ investment in overseas education. It also creates multiple career opportunities in the global context along with dual immigration benefits in both countries. The yellow in our logo stands for the Wellington-based champion Hurricanes rugby team. The maroon represents the world renowned Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco. The combination of these two colours reinforces the idea of synergy and shared success.


Whereas a University strives for academic excellence and a Polytechnic prepares work-ready graduates.

At ELITE, we are proud to offer you both in a caring environment where every individual student counts.

We focus on helping each of you to be career-ready through our well-rounded educational and personalised total support systems. 

  • Elite Education: Authentic and dedicated small class sizes that make a fundamental difference. e.g. diploma class 6-16 students
  • Career-Ready Graduate Profile: Our CRGP system motivates you to treat your study just like full-time employment. We prepare you to enter the real world of employment with success and confidence.
  • Personalised Total Support: We care for you as unique individuals with varied needs and goals. Our progressive reviews throughout your educational journey will ensure you succeed.
  • A Unique and Rewarding Experience: It’s your choice, you can maximise the return on your education through our exclusive Wellington/San Francisco pathway.

Physical address

Level 3,4&6 Grand Central Tower, 76-86 Manners Street
6011 Wellington
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Phone numbers

64 4 801 9180

  • Number of students: 300
  • Number of international students: Within 100
  • Male and Female

Qualifications available

  • Diploma
  • Graduate Diploma
  • English language

School features

  • Academic guidance
  • Accommodation advisory service
  • Career guidance
  • English language support
  • Homestay placement service
  • International student services
  • Wifi on campus


  • Homestay

Our quality is recognised through the following external connections:

  • New Zealand Qualifications Authority (NZQA) approved and accredited private tertiary education provider. NZQA is confident in our educational performance and capability of self-assessment.

  • NZQA approved signatory of The Code of Practice for the pastoral care of international students.

  • Registered provider under Immigration New Zealand for student visa approval. (Our diploma students are eligible for work rights while they study at EMS and our graduates are eligible to direct post-study work visa which leads to application opportunities for Skilled Migrants.)

  • Public Trust student fee protection compliant.  (Elite Management School provides students and their parents with peace of mind.)

  • Tertiary Education Commission (TEC) funded educational provider. (We help domestic students improve their English language, intensive literacy and numeracy, along with upskilling them towards employment to improve their quality of lives.)

  • Ministry of Social Development (MSD) funded top-performing training provider in the Wellington Region. (Our Training for Work (TFW), Employment Placement Services (EPS) and Industry Partnership programmes successfully helped many clients gain work and achieve sustainable employment.)

  • Industry Training Organisations funded provider for specific training programmes including ESOL, embedded Workplace Literacy and Numeracy.

  • Education New Zealand licensed provider for using the ‘Educated in NZ Brand'.

  • A member of Grow Wellington ( Education Wellington International)

  • Approved by Government of Saudi Arabia, Indonesia and China as a designated English language provider in Wellington for overseas scholarship students.


Credits are the points you earn in when you complete a paper or course. Once you earn the required number of credits, you gain the qualification. The New Zealand Diploma in Business Level 6 (NZDB) is a 240-credit qualification. When you study our NZDB programme, the credits you earn are also counted towards university qualifications. Our NZDB graduates can transfer credits and continue to study in university or polytechnic. 

Normally a bachelor degree in New Zealand requires 360 credits:

  • 100 level, 120 credits (equivalent to diploma level 5)

  • 200 level, 120 credits (equivalent to diploma level 6)

  • 300 level, 120 credits (equivalent to diploma level 7 plus additional research component)

Our study pathways provide you with an effective fast track to complete degree study in New Zealand or USA.

It makes great savings on your time, tuition fee and living costs. It also gives you the solid study skills and competencies for your future academic achievement.


After you complete our New Zealand Diploma in Business Level 6 (18 months), you may transfer up to 120 credits to the Bachelor Degree of Commerce programme in a university.

After credit transfer, you may enter straight in the second year of study. It normally takes two more years to complete a BCom degree (total 360 credits).

Each student application is judged by university individually.

Depending on your subject of study in university,  120 credits may be transferred from any eight (8) of our following NZDB papers (15 credits per paper):

  1. 510   Introduction to Commercial Law

  2. 530   Organisations and Management

  3. 541   Fundamentals of Marketing

  4. 550   Business Computing

  5. 430   Statistics and Financial Mathematics for Busines

  6. 630   Leadership  

  7. 633   Human Resource Management

  8. 642   Marketing Research

  9. 648   Marketing Planning and Control

Choose our Free Uni-placement service, we will help you to enrol and transfer credits to the Victoria University of Wellington. 


After you complete our New Zealand Diploma in Business Level 6 (18 months), you may transfer credits to a Polytechnic. For example, you may transfer up to 240 credits to the Bachelor of Applied Business Studies (BABS) programme and may enter straight in the final year (third year) of study. It normally takes one more year to complete a degree (total 360 credits). 

The 240 credits can be transferred from our 12 NZDB papers.

Academic Pathway to Bachelor in U.S.A

After you complete our New Zealand Diploma in Business Level 6 (18 months), you can choose our exclusive Wellington-San Francisco pathway and continue to study at ELITE -San Francisco to complete Bachelor Degree in Hospitality Mangement. We help you with a complete U.S.A student visa transfer package.


We are the Academic Partner in New Zealand of the American Hotel & Lodging Educational Institute (AHLEI). Our hospitality management students receive dual qualifications which are recognised internationally. 

AHLEI is the world’s largest source of quality hospitality education, training and professional certification that serves the needs of hospitality schools and industries worldwide. More than 1500 universities, colleges, vocational schools, and government agencies worldwide use their courses and textbooks.

We are one of the academic institutions in nearly 40 countries worldwide using AHLEI's respected hospitality management educational resources to prepare individuals for rewarding careers in the hospitality industry.


We are currently processing our centre accreditation application with NCC Education (UK).

NCC Education is an awarding organisation and a global provider of British education in Computing and Business. Working with a global network of accredited partner centres, NCC Education provides students with an affordable route to obtain a UK university degree and access to British education without leaving their home country.

ELITE People

ELITE has successfully operated in international and domestic markets as a New Zealand Government registered and accredited educational provider since 2003. We are driven by an enthusiastic team of professionals, highly qualified teachers and staff who genuinely care about their students. Over the years the EMS team has built an excellent reputation as a provider of quality teaching and student support.

We believe our team should be diverse as our students come from all over the world. Our wide range of cultural backgrounds provides extensive resources and cultural understanding. It empowers us to feel a real affinity with you and your new life in New Zealand. We are passionate about providing a nurturing environment to foster your academic excellence and individual qualities through our elite well-rounded education and personalised total support.

ELITE has a great workplace culture where we are inspired to work together to bring out the best in ourselves and our organisation. Here, you can be part of a team that creates values and makes a difference in our students’ lives. Every staff member has opportunities to develop a lasting, successful career and to make a positive impact on our company growth. Our team is dedicated to living our organisational core values and converting their passion into action. We ensure our brand represents qualities that include successful graduates, excellence and total support.

ELITE Facilities

ELITE possesses one of the biggest city campuses among the private education providers in Wellington - "the coolest little capital city in the world”.

ELITE is in the heart of the city. The excitement of downtown awaits and the possibilities are endless. You are only a few steps away from abundant shopping, dining, entertainment and historical buildings that you won't find anywhere else. Catch up with friends at one of the many cafes, restaurants or pubs and enjoy creativity and artistic production, live musical performances and various other celebrations throughout the year in the popular Cuba Mall.

We are surrounded by food outlets, banks, retail stores, entertainment facilities, parks, gyms, post offices and night markets. The major bus stops are at our door, and we are ten minutes away from the central train station on foot. The resplendent and stunning Wellington harbour and waterfront are very close, as are libraries, galleries, museums, movie and music theatres. Internationally renowned universities and polytechnics are also within walking distance.

Modern Facilities

Our campus is welcoming, comfortable and spacious, "a home away from home" atmosphere fosters the sense of belonging. Treat your eyes to the amazing nearby city views while studying. The computer labs and all the classrooms are equipped with up to date technology. We provide the facilities required for you to achieve excellent results. The lounges are for you to enjoy free time and mingle with other students coming from many countries. 
Our Gold Wolf Café is set with a Wega espresso coffee industry standard machine for hands-on barista training. It also generates a relaxed atmosphere, for one-on-one meetings, group activities and guest/employer speakers. You can enjoy top quality coffee for only a gold coin donation.
Learning resources

ELITE has established a culture of constantly updating our resources. This ensures we deliver high standard tuition, with materials that meet your specific needs.
We partner with Wellington City Library one of the city major tourist major attractions found just around the corner. We help you obtain free library membership which provides an amazing wealth of reliable physical and online scholarly resources. There, you can check out books, conduct your research, find a quiet place to concentrate on your study, meet your study groups, or maybe even flip through a magazine of your choice. Your tutors select and recommend course-related reading lists which will help you expand your knowledge and understand chosen subjects.

Situated at the southern end of the North Island, Wellington was recently named "the coolest little capital in the world" by Lonely Planet.

Nestled between a sparkling harbour and rolling green hills, New Zealand's capital city is renowned for its arts, heritage, culture and native beauty.

Things to do

Relax at Oriental Bay, Wellington’s golden-sand inner-city beach and delve into the many museums, art galleries and theatre shows that make up the city’s pulsing cultural scene. If you’re into the outdoors, Wellington has action-packed adventure activities like mountain biking and sea-water kayaking, as well as beautiful walks around the harbor and surrounding hills. Try the visually stunning Makara Peak track, as well as the City to Sea walk where you can experience the best of Wellington's waterfront. Ride the cable car up the hill to Kelburn for amazing views over the city and enjoy an ice cream at the top.

On the waterfront itself you’ll find Te Papa Tongarewa Museum, New Zealand’s national museum. Te Papa, as it’s colloquially known, means ‘our place’ and is one of the best interactive museums in the world.

A gourmet food experience

Wellington buzzes with delicatessens, cafes and restaurants – it’s a city that enjoys gourmet food and fine wine. Known as the culinary capital of New Zealand, Wellington is famous for its tucked-away bars, quirky cafes, award-winning restaurants and great coffee. Head to Courtenay Place or Cuba Street to get amongst the good stuff.

The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit Trilogy

A must for any Lord of The Rings fan, Wellington is home to Peter Jackson's Weta Workshop and the Weta Cave, where you can get a behind-the-scenes look at movie making magic. It’s also a great base for day tours to experience “Middle-earth” scenery.

Close to Wellington

If you want to visit the South Island, Wellington is the city where you can board the inter-island ferry with or without a car. This 3 hour ferry ride offers daily services and is one of the most spectacular in the world. Leaving regularly from Wellington, the ferry takes passengers past the magnificent scenery of the Marlborough Sounds, before berthing in the picturesque town of Picton at the top of the South Island.

Classic New Zealand Wine Trail

A must-stop on the Classic New Zealand Wine Trail - an adventure that takes you through some of New Zealand's top wine-producing regions - Wellington is a great place to start your wine-tasting journey. Marlborough, Wairarapa and Hawke's Bay are all a few hours' drive or ferry-ride away from Wellington and offer unforgettable winery experiences.
Main centres: 



Kapiti Island, Levin, Lower Hutt, Otaki, Paraparaumu, Porirua, Upper Hutt, Waikanae

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