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

Now offered in Hamilton

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19 weeks - Now offered in Hamilton


Level 3

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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.


On successful completion of the NZ Certificate in Study and Career Preparation (Services Pathway) (Level 3) you will have covered the following subject areas:

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

Please contact the Programme Administrator in your region for further information if required.


There are two entry dates per year:

  • February
  • July

Now offered in Hamilton

Your future career and study opportunities

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 requirement

  • Achievement of NCEA (Level 1) or equivalent qualification.

Standard Entry requirements

  • 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 requirements

If English is not your first 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 Level 3, approved scores on IELTS tests (5.0 Academic with no band score lower than 5.0), completion of an EIT | Te Pūkenga assessment.

Entry with credit

If you wish to claim credit from previous studies or experiences, you can do so by applying for Cross Credit (CC) or Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL).

  • CC is based on the equivalency of courses or qualifications. You would apply for CC if you have passed a very similar course at the same level.
  • RPL is based on the assessment of your current knowledge and skills. You would apply for RPL if you had gained the relevant knowledge and skills through life experiences and informal learning situations.

Please identify any credit you may wish to be considered as part of the programme application. Please note recognizing prior learning may reduce your study load in this programme and impact on your ability to receive funding.

For more information on CC and/or RPL contact the Programme Administrator for your region.

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.