Apply for a short course

We offer short courses and Certificates of Proficiency in lots of different subjects. They’re a great way to learn a new skill or refresh your knowledge without a big time commitment.

Most of these Unitec courses are standalone courses called short courses or workshops, and others are part of Unitec programmes 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

How to enrol and pay by credit card

If you want to apply for a short course online then you need to pay (in full) by credit card. Some courses can’t be applied for online so make sure you check the course page first.

Apply for a short course online* »

*This excludes Maori short courses. View the Maori short course application form.

Tip: Don’t forget to include the short course code and class number. It’s listed on the short course web page so make sure you write it down before you begin.

How to enrol and pay by EFTPOS or cheque

If you can’t apply for your course online, 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 a cheque or EFTPOS payment to Student Central. Send in your form and payment by post, or drop it off in person.

Download Short Course Application Form (PDF) »

When to apply

Places on some short courses are limited, so it's a good idea to apply early. We accept applications up to seven days before classes start. Occasionally not enough people register for a course, in which case we reserve the right to postpone or cancel it. If a course is cancelled, you'll get a full refund of the fee.

What to include with your application

If you're a New Zealand citizen and you haven't studied at Unitec before, you may need to provide a certified copy of your passport or NZ Birth Certificate. If you're a Permanent Resident and haven't studied at Unitec before, you will need to provide a certified copy of your passport including your current residency permits. If you've supplied 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.

Certificate of Proficiency

A Certificate of Proficiency (COP) is what you'll receive if you complete a standalone course from a Unitec programme.

New students

If you haven't studied at Unitec before and you want to apply for a Certificate of Proficiency you can apply online.

  • Select 'Certificate of Proficiency' as the programme
  • Enter the class number for the course you're enrolling in. This information is on the course web page so make sure you write it down before you begin.
  • On the 'Program' step of the online application, click on 'Details' next to the Certificate of Proficiency. In the box next to 'Class Number' enter the four digit class number, for example "8005".
  • Complete the other steps of the application form and click on 'Submit Application.'

Apply for a Certificate of Proficiency online »

Please note, you will need to supply supporting documentation such as a copy of your birth certificate or passport.

Returning students

If you're a Unitec student or have been in the past, login to MyPortal and enrol for the course you'd like to take.


Workshops are open to anyone and there are a variety of subjects on offer. To apply, please follow the instructions on the relevant page.