NZ Certificate in Study and Career Preparation (Services Pathway) [Level 3]

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19 weeks


Level 3

Make a Difference in Your Community

Are you seeking a career in law enforcement, the armed forces or corrections?

The NZ Certificate in Study and Career Preparation (Services Pathways) [Level 3] will provide you with the knowledge, skills and confidence to apply for training or employment in the NZ Police, Armed Forces or Correction Services.

Skills gained in this programme include:

  • Literacy and numeracy
  • Self management
  • Physical fitness
  • Computing
  • Communication


On successful completion of the NZ Certificate in Study and Career Preparation (Services Pathways) [Level 3], you will have gained skills in the following:

  • Physical fitness
  • Basic computing
  • Dealing with a wide variety of people
  • Detailed observation
  • Decision making
  • Test procedures
  • Self-control and alertness
  • Confidence in presenting yourself
  • Being positive about yourself
  • Self motivation
  • Confidentiality
  • Honesty and integrity


There are two entry dates per year:

  • February
  • July

Career Opportunities and Outcomes

Career opportunities include:

  • Police Officer
  • Corrections Staff
  • Armed Forces
  • Security Guard
  • Working in positions of trust

Study pathways include:

  • NZ Police College Recruit Training
  • Navy, Army, Air Force within NZ Defence Forces
  • Security
  • Law
  • Social Services

Entry Requirements

Academic Criteria

  • Achievement of NCEA (Level 1) or equivalent qualification

Standard Entry Criteria

  • Minimum age 17 years at the start of the programme
  • An interview may be required
  • Must be physically able to complete programme

English Language Entry Requirement

If English is not your fist language a level of English language fluency is required for the programme. This may be demonstrated through successful study of a programme in English, completion of a NZ Certificate in English Language L3, approved scores on IELTS tests (5.0 Academic with no band score lower than 5.0), completion of an EIT assessment.

Academic Learning Services

Academic Learning Services is here to assist you on your journey towards the successful completion of your studies at EIT. Our aim is for you to become confident, competent and independent learners.

We have dedicated advisors who can assist with your learning.

Find out more:

Hawke’s Bay Campus
Tairāwhiti Campus


EIT offers a variety of scholarships across various subjects and programme levels.  Some scholarships are based on your age, some are specific to the subject you want to study.  Not all scholarships are based on your academic ability and anyone wanting to study should investigate what scholarships are available to them.  

You can find a list of EIT scholarships here however there are many more scholarships offered nationally.  Information about these is on an database called “givME”. givME is accessible at EIT or at some public libraries. If you would like to come to EIT to look through the giveME database don’t hesitate to contact or call in for a chat.