NZ Certificate in Study and Career Preparation (Level 3)

Study Options

Full-time, Part-time


19 weeks


Level 3

Improve your skills and knowledge for study or work

This programme is ideal for people wanting to gain a basic understanding, the skills and the confidence to pursue further education in a supportive environment.

The NZ Certificate in Study and Career Preparation (Level 3) is the perfect stepping stone for study at Level 4.


There are two entry dates per year:

  • February (Hawke’s Bay and Tairāwhiti)
  • July (Hawke’s Bay only)


This programme is for people intending to pursue focused development in the skills, capabilities, knowledge and attributes needed to succeed at Level 4 or above, within the context of the social services and education sector.

You’ll learn study and communication skills along with how the social services, education and health sectors work in Aotearoa New Zealand.

Please feel free to contact us by phone, email or private message us on Facebook for a chat about your study options. You can also visit at any time to view our campus and facilities.

Please note: part-time learners will be strongly advised to complete the core courses before they enrol in any of the elective courses.


Entry requirements

  • Achievement of NCEA (Level 1) or an equivalent qualification; or
  • Evidence of a level of literacy sufficient to:
    i. be able to study at this level, and
    ii. interpret and apply health and safety requirements.

Literacy and numeracy skills are embedded in the programme.

Computer literacy is highly recommended in order to be able to cope with the digital components of the courses. 

English language entry requirements

All applicants must have a level of English sufficient to be able to study at this level. Those applicants whose first language is not English should have an International English Language Testing System (IELTS) overall General or Academic score of at least 5.0 with no less than 5.0 in any band or equivalent.

Entry with credit

Standard EIT | Te Pūkenga regulations apply. Thirty credits is the maximum that can be transferred into this programme.

Transition arrangements

Applicants who have partially completed the Certificate in Introduction to Social Services programme between 2014-2016 and who wish to have credit from this programme recognised in the NZ Certificate in Study and Career Preparation (Level 3) should use the Recognition of Prior Learning procedure.

Academic learning services

Academic Learning Services is here to assist you on your journey towards the successful completion of your studies at EIT | Te Pūkenga. 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 | Te Pūkenga 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 | Te Pūkenga scholarships here however there are many more scholarships offered nationally.  Information about these is on an database called “givME”. givME is accessible at EIT | Te Pūkenga or at some public libraries. If you would like to come to EIT | Te Pūkenga to look through the giveME database don’t hesitate to contact or call in for a chat.