New Zealand Diploma in Funeral Directing (Level 5)


This programme is delivered fully online. Watch our video to see what online study with Open Polytechnic is like.

Entry requirements 

Applicants must:

  • have NCEA level 2 or equivalent.
  • be currently employed as a funeral director and have a minimum of 12 months’ experience in the industry

20 Years or over 

If you are 20 years of age or over and do not hold the minimum entry requirements you will be eligible to be enrolled where your previous educational, work or life experience indicates you have a reasonable likelihood of success. 

Workplace Agreement

This programme includes a requirement for students to be currently employed as a funeral director. Practical work is included as a requirement for all courses.

During the enrolment process students will have to state the funeral home they work at and complete a work place agreement and workplace verifier form as part of the enrolment. 

You can access the Employer and Verifier Workplace Agreement forms below.  However, you will also be asked to nominate your employer during the online enrolment application process and they will be emailed their form automatically to complete. They will nominate your verifier and the verifier will be emailed their form automatically to complete.

International students and domestic students living overseas 

You cannot study this qualification if you are:

  • an international student, living in New Zealand or overseas
  • a New Zealand citizen living overseas

Computer and internet requirements

This programme is delivered online. To complete this programme you will need access to a laptop or desktop computer, reliable broadband internet connection and a data plan able to support online learning such as streaming of videos (including YouTube), downloading content, and writing and submitting online assessments. If you are unsure if your current computer or internet access allows you to complete your online learning with us, please contact us before applying to enrol.