Certificate in Environment and Sustainability (Level 5)


Closed to new enrolments

Entry requirements

You must be at least 17 years of age at the start of the programme and have one of the following:

  • New Zealand University Entrance (Visit nzqa.govt.nz for details)
  • passes in New Zealand certificate/diploma qualifications/courses considered appropriate by the programme leader
  • an overseas qualification assessed to be equivalent to either of the above by the programme leader.

Contact us if you don’t meet the above criteria to discuss your study options.


Recognition of Prior Learning

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) is how we recognise self-learning and the experience you have gained in the workplace.

If you have relevant work experience that you think will exempt you from having to do some parts of this qualification you can apply for RPL. You will need to provide evidence that you have already met the learning outcomes of the course you want to be exempted from. The evidence could be testimonials or references from appropriately experienced referees.

You can apply for RPL after you have enrolled.


Computer and online access

Some courses in this programme are online. This means you will access all your course materials online.

For online learning you need to have regular access to a computer or device, and a reliable internet connection.


International students

You can study this programme part-time if you’re an international student living in New Zealand or overseas. If you’re living in New Zealand you will need to be in paid employment with a valid work permit.

You can study this programme if you’re a New Zealand citizen living overseas.


English language requirements

English is the language of study at Open Polytechnic. You must be able to read and write well in English so you can understand course materials and submit written assessments.

If English is not your first language you must meet our requirements.