Most of these Unitec courses are standalone courses called short courses or workshops, and others are part of Unitec programmes such as extra electives that can be taken on their own and are called Certificates of Proficiency

You can apply for most courses online, but there are some exceptions, so it’s best to check the instructions on the course page first.

Short courses


There are many different sorts of short courses so the application process will vary. Please check the course page of the one you are interested in for application instructions. It is helpful to include the short course code (e.g. TTEC S174) and class number (e.g. 3070) from the short course web page in your application.

Unitec cannot enrol you in a short course until you provide us with a certified copy of your passport or NZ Birth Certificate. If you're a Permanent Resident, you will also need to provide a certified copy of the current residency permit in your passport. If you've supplied Unitec with these documents before, you don't need to do it again unless you’ve changed your name or residency status.

A certified copy is a photocopy or scan of the document that has been signed by a Justice of the Peace, solicitor or Kaumatua. You can also bring your original documents to any Student Central at Unitec and we will copy and certify them for you.

If there are not enough enrolments, Unitec reserves the right to cancel a short course. This is why you should apply early. If this happens, you will be reimbursed your fees if you have already paid.

Apply for a short course online »

Payment of short courses

Some short courses are free. This includes the Māori short courses and the Free4U Computing short course.

If you have applied online, you can pay for your short course by credit card. It is advisable to do this at the same time or after submitting the certified copy of your passport or birth certificate.

If you can’t apply for your course online, or you’re an international student, or you don’t want to pay by credit card, you need to download and print a short course application form. Once you’ve completed the application form, you can submit it with EFTPOS payment to Student Central.

Download Short Course Application Form (PDF) »

Other courses

If you would like to take a course that is usually part of a formal programme, you can do so by applying for a Certificate of Proficiency (COP). To apply, see this step-by-step guide.​

Apply now for a COP