New Zealand Certificate in Project Management - Auckland

Qualification: Certificate
Level: 4

2019 Semester 3: 19 August to 13 December


Workshops to be held at our Auckland Campus.

This course is offered via Blended Delivery, which means students study both online and through evening classes at our Auckland campus.

Location: Auckland
Credits: 60

Get started on the path to professional project management by learning the core skills and techniques. This unit standards based Level 4 Certificate will give you the skills and knowledge required to contribute to the management of projects and work with others in a project team. 

US1986 Apply calculations, data analysis, and statistical interpretation in a business context (5 credits)
People credited with this unit standard are able to: complete calculations for a business operation; compile, measure and analyse business data; and present and interpret business statistics for the analysed data. 

US11101 Collaborate within a group/team which has an objective (5 credits)
People credited with this unit standard are able to collaborate within a team or group working towards achievement of an objective; and evaluate contributions to the team or group objective.

US25212 Apply scope controls to a project (5 credits)
People credited with this unit standard are able to contribute to scope definition for a project, and apply project scope controls to a project. 

US25213 Apply time management techniques to a project (5 credits)
People credited with this unit standard are able to: assist in the development of project schedules for a project; apply agreed schedules to a project using progress records; and participate in assessing time management outcomes for a project. 

US25214 Apply cost management techniques to a project (5 credits)
People credited with this unit standard are able to: assist with the development of a project budget; monitor project costs; and contribute to cost finalisation process. 

US25215 Apply quality management techniques to a project (5 credits)
People credited with this unit standard are able to: contribute to quality planning; apply quality standards; and contribute to continuous improvement, for a project. 

US25216 Apply human resource management approaches to a project (5 credits)
People credited with this unit standard are able to: assist with determination of human resource requirements for a project; assist with human resource control and stakeholder management for a project; and contribute to conclusion and evaluation of human resource practices and stakeholder management for a project. 

US25217 Apply risk management techniques to a project (5 credits)
People credited with this unit standard are able to: assist with risk analysis and risk management planning; conduct risk control activities; and contribute to assessing risk management outcomes for projects. 

US25218 Apply contract and procurement techniques to a project (5 credits)
People credited with this unit standard are able to: assist with contract and procurement planning for a project; contribute to contractor selection process for a project; conduct contracting and procurement activities for a project; and conduct finalisation activities for the contracting and procurement stages of a project. 

US25219 Manage projects (16 credits)
This unit standard covers the management of a straightforward project or a section of a larger project. It focuses on the application of project management skills and the requirement to meet timelines, quality standards, budgetary limits and other requirements set for the project.

People credited with this unit standard are able to: define a project, develop a project plan; administer and monitor a project; finalise a project and; review a project. 

The Zero Fees Scheme applies to this course, so there are no tuition fees as long as you are a New Zealand citizen, resident/permanent resident (residing in NZ), BUT there is a student direct material cost per credit of study undertaken, plus a non-refundable administration fee of $50.00 for each application processed, and the required textbook. You must maintain satisfactory academic progress to retain your Zero Fees Scheme entitlement.

Zero Fees Scheme – applies to NZ citizens and residents/permanent residents (residing in NZ). 2019 Cost (NZ$) $7.00 per credit + admin fee $50.00 per application (e.g. $700.00 for 100 credit course) - includes GST

International Students $100.00 per credit

Fees must be paid by the due date shown on the invoice.

Withdrawals & Transfers

  • Early withdrawals within the first week of the intake starting are entitled to a full refund of the Student Direct Material Costs but not the non-refundable administration fee of $50.
  • Withdrawals have to be requested within 75% of the intake, withdrawals after the early withdrawal date are not eligible for a refund.
  • Transfer requests have to be within the first two weeks of the intake starting and will incur a $50 transfer fee. Transfers can only occur to a subsequence intake within the same calendar year.

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People awarded this qualification will have demonstrated that they have contributed to the management of projects, including the management of a straightforward project or a section of a larger project and working with others in a project team. 

The aim of the New Zealand Certificate in Project Management (Level 4) is to provide graduates of this qualification with the skills and knowledge to be employed in a variety of business entities in project support roles. Graduates will also be able to contribute to community groups in volunteer project roles.

Applicants under 20 years:
Applicants should be a minimum of 16 years of age, and have attained NCEA Level 2:

60 credits at Level 2 or above, plus 20 credits from any level, and

Level 1 Literacy and Numeracy requirements:

Literacy – 10 credits at Level 1 or above, made up of:

  • specified assessment standards – available through a range of subjects and English for Academic Purposes unit standards 22750 and 22751 (minimum total of 10 credits), or
  • package of three literacy unit standards (26622, 26624, 26625 – all three required), and

Numeracy – 10 credits at Level 1 or above, made up of

  • specified achievement standards through a range of subjects, or
  • package of three numeracy unit standards (26623, 26626, 26627 – all three required).

Applicants over 20 years:
Applicants over the age of 20 years at time of enrolment will be considered where they can demonstrate the ability to succeed in a programme. Examples of demonstration of ability to succeed are the provision of evidence of successful completion of a programme of study at Level 2 or above in a related discipline and/or employment in the related sector for one or more years. They may be admitted subject to programme regulations approved by the Head of Faculty in consultation with the Programme Manager as appropriate.  Personal commitment and a belief in one’s own ability to succeed are important personal traits and will always be taken into consideration during the selection process.

Language Requirements

Applicants from countries with an annual student visa approval rate of at least 80 per cent, whose first language is not English, or who come from a country where the language of instruction in schools is not English, are required to provide evidence of having passed an NZQA approved English Proficiency Assessment, or one of the following tests of English language competence in accordance with the NZQA rules below:

  • IELTS test - Academic score of 5.5 with no band score lower than 5
  • TOEFL Paper based test (pBT) – Score of 530 (with an essay score 4.5 TWE)
  • TOEFL Internet- based test (iBT) – Score of 46 (with a writing score of 20)
  • University of Cambridge ESOL Examinations – FCE, or FCE for schools, with a score of 162. No less than 154 for each skill.
  • NZCEL – Level 3 with an endorsement of either General, Workplace, or Academic.
  • Pearson Test of English (Academic) – PToE (Academic score of 42)
  • City and Guilds IESOL – B2 Communicator with a score of 42

Applicants from countries with an annual student visa approval rate below 80 per cent, whose first language is not English, or who come from a country where the language of instruction in schools is not English must provide evidence that they:

  1. Have gained NCEA Level 3 and met New Zealand University Entrance requirements or
  2. Hold a bachelor’s degree of at least 3 years from New Zealand, Australia, Canada, The Republic of Ireland, South Africa, United Kingdom or United States of America or
  3. Have achieved a Certificate in English Language Teaching to Adults, CELTA or
  4. Have achieved one of the English Language competence tests  specified  above 

All SIT2LRN courses require you to have a computer and internet access. Students are required to use their SIT webmail only for all SIT2LRN communications. All course materials and information, including assessments and due dates, are located on the online Blackboard system. Once you have been accepted into a programme you will receive an Important Information Booklet that includes information that you can use to familiarise yourself with our online Blackboard learning environment. From the intake start date you will have access to the online course materials to work through.

Facilitator Assistance:  During the enrolled intake period, students have email access to Facilitators, who endeavour to respond to emails within 48 hours (week days only).  All students are required, within the first two weeks of an intake, to send an email to their Facilitator confirming their start on the programme of study.  Students who have not emailed their facilitator or embarked upon their course of study by the end of the 2nd week of an intake, will be Faculty Withdrawn from the programme.  Such withdrawals may impact on future access to SIT Zero Fees Scheme and Student Direct Material Costs are still liable for payment.

Progress reports are sent out 6-8 weeks after the end of each intake.

We recommend students new to SIT2LRN read through the Frequently Asked Questions section of our website for further study and enrolment information.

Please use the following checklist to ensure that all relevant information and documentation has been included. Remember, your application will be assessed based on the information that you provide us with.  Processing of your application will be delayed if we need to come back to you for missing information.

  • I have read all sections of the Programme Information on this page
  • I have read the SIT2LRN Frequently Asked Questions section
  • I have met all admission criteria for the programme (found under Application Criteria)
  • I have met all the criteria for individual papers (found under Course Content).
  • I have selected the paper(s) I wish to study
  • I have selected intake(s) (I have selected alternate intakes rather than overlapping intakes)
  • I know my intended payment method
  • If my organisation/company is paying for my studies, I have a completed and approved purchase order to attach to my online application.  I am aware that should my organisation or company not pay my fees, these will become my responsibility.
  • I have completed and attached a cross credit form (if applying for a cross credit)
  • New students – I have provided an active NSN in the name I am enrolling in or I have verified ID and will attach it to my online application.
  • New students – I will attach academic documentation (NZQA record of achievement/academic transcripts/certificates).  These do not need to be verified. (If you do not have any academic documentation to support your application, please attach a comprehensive CV outlining your education and work experience).
  • I confirm that I have management support for my study and am part of a project management team with project(s) to work on during the period of study and that I may undertake assessment in the workplace.
  • I have computer access,  an Internet connection and access to software to create electronic documents e.g. Microsoft Word or Open Office

What is the Zero Fees Scheme?

The Zero Fees Scheme means we do not charge tuition fees. However, there is a Student Direct Material Cost that you need to pay and a non-refundable administration fee. The administration fee is for processing your application and the Student Direct Material Cost gives you secure access to Blackboard® our online learning environment and to student support services throughout your study with us.

Who qualifies for the Zero Fees Scheme?

  • A New Zealand citizen completing the full qualification or 
  • An Australian citizen/New Zealand Resident or Permanent Resident who will be residing in New Zealand for the duration of your enrolment.

Instructions to help you with your application:

  1. Read the Programme Information on this page and the SIT2LRN Frequently Asked Questions and find out if you meet the application criteria for both the programme and the unit/s you wish to study.
  2. Check your eligibility for Zero Fees. If you are not eligible to study under this scheme, please call 
    0800 748 257 for further options.
  3. Complete your online enrolment checking that:

If you are a new student …

  • Provide an active NSN number in the name you are enrolling in (contact NZQA on 0800 697 296 to get your NSN number if you do not know it);
  • If you do not have an active NSN, then attach a copy of your verified ID in the name you are enrolling in.
  • If you are a Resident or Permanent resident of NZ, please provide a copy of proof of residency;
  • Attach all academic documentation to support your application including copies of any certificates of courses you have undertaken / NZQA record of achievement / transcripts / CV;

Attach supporting documents as required and outlined on the previous page.

  1. Please check that you have included all the required information and supporting documents.  Your application will be assessed based on the information that you provide.  Missing information will delay the processing of your application.
  2. Please scan and email all additional documentation to

What happens next?

  • You will receive an automatic email confirmation when we receive your online application. Processing may take up to three weeks. However, we will get in touch with you sooner if we require further documentation.
  • Once your application has been accepted you will be sent a conditional offer of acceptance with an invoice and instructions on how to make payment.
  • Once we have received your payment (or if you have opted to pay by Credit Card, Student Loan or Purchase Order) you will be sent an Enrolment Confirmation Letter and Important Information Booklet. Closer to the start of the intake you will receive a Time To Get Started Letter which will give you all the necessary information, tools and guidance to start your study with us.

To satisfactorily complete the New Zealand Certificate in Project Management (Level 4) and be awarded this qualification the student must successfully achieve:

  • A minimum of 60 credits in accordance with the programme schedule for the New Zealand Certificate in Project Management (Level 4).
  • The student will normally be expected to complete the New Zealand Certificate in Project Management (Level 4) full-time over six months or part-time over 2 years.

Please note: students failing to engage in study as per programme requirements may forfeit zero fees entitlement.

The assessments for this course typically include open book essays and written reports on how to apply project management concepts and theory in the work place and in practical situations across various management disciplines. Reports are required to be supported by work evidence. There are no external exams for this course.