New Zealand Certificate in Project Management

New Zealand Certificate in Project Management

New Zealand Certificate in Project Management

New Zealand Certificate in Project Management

Get started on the path to professional project management by learning the core skills and techniques. The New Zealand Certificate in Project Management (Level 4) will give you the skills and knowledge required to contribute to the management of projects and work with others in a project team. 

Key Details
SIT2LRN Distance Learning

17 weeks full-time

Up to two years part-time

Intakes are 17 weeks long

Study Modes:
Distance Learning

2024 Intake 1: 29 January to 24 May - Applications Close 15 January 2024

2024 Intake 2: 18 March to 12 July - Applications Close 4 March 2024

2024 Intake 3: 10 June to 4 October - Applications Close 27 May 2024

2024 Intake 4:29 July to 22 November - Applications Close 15 July 2024


 Fees Free

First year of tertiary study

Tuition Fee: $0    Check eligibility


SIT Zero Fees Scheme

  • Tuition Fee: $0   Check eligibility
  • Direct material Cost: $7.00 per credit (incl GST)

(e.g. $700 for 100 credit course)


New in 2024 and studying outside of the southern regions (Southland, Queenstown or Clutha).

Full fees are $901 per paper each.

International Fees



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Some Course Details May Change

As part of our move into Te Pūkenga we're aligning our courses nationally. This is ongoing, and means that some course details including fees, and entry requirements may change. In the meantime please go ahead and apply as normal, we will keep you advised of any changes, and we are always available to answer any questions you might have.

Graduates of this qualification will be able to:

  1. Support a project(s) through its life cycle through the selection and application of project management knowledge, tools, and techniques.
  2. Lead aspects of a project(s) under broad guidance.
  3. Behave professionally and ethically and in a socially and culturally responsible manner and apply personal and interpersonal skills to support the performance of the project.

This programme is to enable graduates to be employed in project roles in a variety of business entities, community groups or volunteer project roles, or progress on to further study in the New Zealand Diploma in Business (Level 5) with strands in Accounting, Administration and Technology, Human Resource Management, Leadership and Management, Marketing and Sales, and Project Management [Ref: 2459], or in relevant industry and/or academic certifications and/or qualifications. It is targeted at people who wish to carry out a broad range of support roles as a project team member and take responsibility for some parts of a project(s).  It will produce graduates with the knowledge, skills, and attributes to support the management of a project(s) under broad guidance, in accordance with ngā kaupapa o te Tiriti o Waitangi (the principles of the Treaty of Waitangi), and in a multi-cultural environment. 

BSNS4601 – Introduction to Project Management

The aim of this course is to enable ākonga to contribute as a member of a project team to the various stages of a project.

BSNS4602 – Scope Management

The aim of this course is to enable students to complete components of project scoping in a support role as a project team member.

BSNS4603 - Project Components

The aim of this course is to enable students to complete project components under broad guidance.

BSNS4604 - Project Monitoring and Control

The aim of this course is to enable students to assist with the monitoring and control of resources and processes necessary to achieve project objectives.


Part-time study

  • The number of credits selected per intake should depend on work, family, and other commitments. 
  • Students must complete the papers in the order they are listed on the website.
  • As there are weekly course exercises, activities and assignments for all of the papers within this programme, part-time study is recommended, even for students working less than 20 hours per week.

Full-time study

  • Full-time study is completing all papers (60 credits) in one intake.
  • Full-time acceptance into the programme is at the Programme Manager's discretion.

Additional information

  • As a guideline, one credit equates to approximately 10 hours study within an intake period. Click HERE to download a Study Load Calculator (spreadsheet)
  • All papers selected within a particular intake must be completed within that intake unless a transfer is requested (conditions apply; see FAQs)
  • Online enrolments are on a year-by-year basis and students are welcome to apply for multiple intakes in one enrolment.  Further enrolment is the responsibility of individual students.  There is no automatic enrolment rollover

Programme Structure (Returning Students)

  • The students currently enrolled in Project management Level 4 (SIT version/CPM Papers) will be transferred to Project management Level 4 (Te Pūkenga version/BSNS Papers from 2024).
  • Please ensure you select the correct papers when you enrol online, as the application will now show the new paper codes.
  • Please see the table below for the CPM paper codes and new BSNS Paper codes:

Transition Arrangements


Old Paper Codes - CPM (SIT version) 



New Paper codes - BSNS (Te Pūkenga version) 


Old paper code  

Paper name  


New paper Code  

Paper name  


CPM 401 

 Introduction to Project Management 



 Introduction to Project Management 



Project Planning  



Scope Management 


CPM 403 

Project Execution and control 



Project Components 



Project Closure  



Project Monitoring and Control 


Graduates of this qualification may be employed in project roles in a variety of business entities. They may also contribute to community groups in volunteer project roles. 

General admission

40 credits at NCEA Level 1, including 10 Literacy credits and 10 Numeracy credits;

OR a relevant qualification at NZQF Level 2;

OR a recognised equivalent 

Special admission

Any ākonga who is 20 years of age or older and has not reached the general admission requirements for their intended programme is eligible for Special Admission. Te Pūkenga works with the ākonga to ensure they are prepared for their intended programme.

Discretionary admission

Any ākonga who is not yet 20 years of age and has not reached the general admission requirements for their intended programme may be eligible for Discretionary Admission. In assessing whether to grant Discretionary Admission, the delegated authority focuses on the applicant’s level of preparedness for their intended programme.

English language requirements  

All applicants (international and domestic) for whom English or te reo Māori is not a first language need to provide evidence that they have the necessary English language proficiency required for the programme.  

International applicants are required to have an IELTS (general or academic)score of 5.5  with no individual band lower than 5 from one test taken in the preceding two years, or an equivalent described in NZQA Rules

English Language Requirements

Applicants, 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 achieved one of the following:

NCEA Level 3 with University Entrance, or

an International Baccalaureate Diploma or Cambridge A- level qualification for which the teaching and assessment was conducted in English; or

Cambridge Certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (CELTA), or Trinity College London Certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (CertTESOL); or

Successful completion of all primary education (being the equivalent of New Zealand primary school years 1 to 8) and at least three years of secondary education (being the equivalent of three years from New Zealand secondary school years 9 to 13) at schools in  either New Zealand, Australia­, Canada, the Republic of Ireland, South Africa, the United Kingdom and the United States one of the countries listed in Rule 18.5 where the student was taught using English as the language of instruction; or

Successful completion of at least five years of secondary education (being the equivalent of New Zealand secondary school years 9 to 13) at schools in either New Zealand, Australia, Canada, the Republic of Ireland, South Africa, the United Kingdom and the United States where the student was taught using English as the language of instruction; or

Successful completion of a Bachelor ‘s Degree, Graduate Certificate, Graduate Diploma, Bachelor Honours degree, Postgraduate Certificate, Postgraduate Diploma, Masters’ Degree or Doctoral Degree, the language of instruction of which must be in English and which must be  from a tertiary education provider from New Zealand, Australia, Canada, the Republic of Ireland, South Africa, the United Kingdom or the United States or

Successful completion of one of the following internationally recognised proficiency tests listed below to the level required of the programme of study and with all scores achieved in a single test during the two years preceding the proposed date of enrolment

Certificate at Level 4

  • IELTS test - General or Academic score of 5.5 with no band score lower than 5
  • TOEFL Paper based test (pBT) - Score of 530 (with an essay score of 4.5 TWE)
  • TOEFL Internet based test (iBT) - Score of 46 (with a writing score of 14)
  • Cambridge English Examination –B2 First or B2First for schools with a score of 162.  No less than 154 in each skill.
  • OET - Minimum of Grade C or 200 in all sub-tests
  • NZCEL - a) Expiring Level   b) Current:
  • Level 3 (Academic) b) Level 3 (Applied)
  • Pearson Test of English (Academic) – PTE (Academic) score of 42 with no band score lower than 36
  • Language Cert - B2 Communicator International ESOL Written (LRW) PASS with no less than 25/50 in each skill and Spoken (S) PASS
  • Trinity ISE - ISE II with no less than pass in any band

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 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.

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.  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 an 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 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. 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, attach a copy of your verified ID in the name you are enrolling under;
  • 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 you have included all the required information and supporting documents.  Your application will be assessed based on the information 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 17 weeks or part-time over 4 years

Please note students failing to engage in study as per programme requirements may forfeit Zero 

Graduates of this qualification may progress to further study in:

Award of this qualification may equip graduates towards credentials from the Project Management Institute and other professional bodies in Project Management.

Assessment Portfolio including: Assignments; Case-studies; Group/Collaborative assessments; Scenario(s) which reflect the requirements and practicalities for conducting business in Aotearoa New Zealand; Presentations; Projects; Tests/Quizzes.

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