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Vocational training: get the skills you need to become job ready

New Zealand has over 700 private training establishments that provide job pathways into specialist industries like:

  • Business and Technology
  • Food and Hospitality
  • Tourism
  • Commercial Aviation
  • Animation and Game Design
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What puts New Zealand private training establishments ahead

Specialised institutions with the highest standards give you excellent training and a great student experience

  • Choose from a wide range of qualifications and get the skills you need to work in the industry you want
  • Smaller class sizes give you access to academic staff and industry partners
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The right skills for the job

All qualifications, from certificate to post graduate level, are focussed on achieving real job outcomes for you.

Hands-on experience

You'll get invaluable practical workplace training and work on 'real world' company projects.

The world is your workplace

Your qualification will be recognised internationally, giving your resume the edge over other job applicants.


Every level of study is available

New Zealand private training establishments offer practical courses for all levels of study, from foundation programmes right through to masters degrees. You can create your own pathway to reach your goals.


Learning that fits around you

You can study in flexible times and locations, to suit your needs. Courses include campus, distance-based and online study options.

Friendly locals

New Zealanders are known for welcoming people from other cultures and countries. With our safe and tolerant environment you’ll feel right at home here right away.

You’re welcome to stay

Many students choose to stay in New Zealand after their study; either to work, live, study further, or just enjoy the beautiful landscape and great lifestyle.

World Connections

Students come from all over the world to study at New Zealand private training establishments. When you study here, you’ll make lifelong international connections that will help you in your professional career.

Work while you study and after your study

While studying

If you're a student with a student visa enrolled in a full-time programme, you may be able to work*:

20 hours per week during the year

Full time during scheduled breaks

After study

You may be able to apply for a post-study work visa which will allow you to work for up to three years in New Zealand after you graduate, depending on what you study and where you study.**

Work for up to three years after you graduate depending on what and where you study

Most popular programmes


Business and Technology

Get the skills to succeed in a wide range of businesses and stay at the forefront of the technology industry.


Animation and Game Design

Learn at the cutting edge of many visual disciplines from experienced professionals at state-of-the-art facilities.



In New Zealand, and around the world, tourism is an ever-growing industry where the right training can really take you places.

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Food & Hospitality

These growing industries provide incredible opportunities to work anywhere in the world.


Commercial Aviation

Learn every aspect of this demanding but highly rewarding career and open the doors to all kinds of opportunities.

See what real students have to say

“I came to New Zealand to study English five years ago and always wanted to return for a 3D animation course in Christchurch. Next, I want to get on the world stage of film production.”

Anaiss | Studying 3d Animation

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Get help choosing the right course and institution

Whether you know what you want to study, or you’re just starting out, our experts can help you find what’s right for you.

Application paperwork

There are important documents you’ll need to submit to study and live in New Zealand. Our experts will walk you through the whole process.

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The best way to get started is to contact one of our experts. They’ll know exactly how to help you create a great future.

Next steps

Institution representative

If you'd like to handle things yourself and know what or where you’d like to study, a representative from an institution can give you all the information you need.

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Recognised Agencies have a commitment to providing quality service and assistance to students who want to study in New Zealand.

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