Southern Institute of Technology Courses

Southern Institute of Technology (SIT) is a government accredited tertiary provider of NZQA programmes at certificate, diploma, bachelor degree and postgraduate level, with campuses in Invercargill, Queenstown, Christchurch and Gore. You can also study selected programmes online via SIT2LRN Distance Learning.


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SIT Zero Fees

SIT’s Zero Fees Scheme allows New Zealand citizens, New Zealand permanent residents and Australian citizens residing in New Zealand the opportunity to study approved programmes without paying tuition fees. The Zero Fees Scheme, where available, applies only to the base tuition fee attached to each programme of study. Direct Material Costs apply. Direct material costs are costs that relate directly to students, for example, to cover your uniform, texts, tools, activities and NZQA charges.


Certificate - Level 3 & 4
Certificates are normally programmes of study between 12 weeks and 1 year. Certificates are often required for entry level positions.

Diploma - Level 5 & 6
Diplomas are normally 1 or 2 years of study and are often necessary for advanced trades or technical and professional occupations. Some diplomas may be cross-credited towards degrees.

Bachelor's Degree - Level 5, 6 & 7
Degrees are Bachelor level qualifications and require specialist study in a particular subject area. A degree usually takes three years of study, covering levels 5, 6 and 7.

Graduate Certificates & Diplomas - Level 7
Graduate Certificates and Diplomas are available to applicants who have a degree (or in special circumstances the equivalent skills, knowledge and work experience), who want to gain further skills and knowledge in either a familiar or a new discipline.

Postgraduate Diplomas, Postgraduate Certificates - Level 8
Postgraduate Diplomas and Certificates are available to applicants who have a degree in the same subject area (or in special circumstances the equivalent skills, knowledge and work experience).

Masters Degree - Level 9
A Master’s Degree is an advanced postgraduate degree which builds on a Bachelor's or Postgraduate qualification, or in some cases extensive professional experience. Candidates undertake research and/or advanced scholarship, such as writing a thesis, in one discipline or programme of study, and may be undertaken by taught courses or research, or a combination of both.

Choosing Your Qualification

All qualifications offered at SIT are NZQA approved and accredited. After approval, NZQA monitors delivery to ensure the institution delivers the programme as intended and to standard.

The undergraduate and postgraduate (levels 7-10) NZQA qualifications  SIT provides are:

The level 1-6 NZQA qualifications SIT provides are:

  • Certificates - can be used to help you prepare for either employment or further study and training.
  • Diplomas - normally require two years of full-time study, though you can often complete the qualification with part-time study. It can follow a certificate or as a stand-alone qualification.
  • New Zealand Certificates and Diplomas and National Certificates and National Diplomas - recognise skills and knowledge that meet nationally endorsed unit and achievement standards. Only organisations that have been quality assured by NZQA can offer national certificates and diplomas.
  • STAR/Gateway - only offered to NZ Secondary Schools

Changes to NZQA Qualification Titles

Titles of some qualifications listed on the New Zealand Qualifications Framework (NZQF) are changing. Over time, qualifications listed at levels 1-6 on the NZQF will have “New Zealand” in their titles. All qualifications – new, reviewed, and phased out of use – will still be listed under New Zealand Qualifications Framework (NZQF) and all are valid qualifications.