Certificate of Proficiency

Course Only (Certificate of Proficiency)

Qualification code OP7304

Reach your personal and professional goals with our course only option. This enables you to enrol in standalone (or a few) courses to boost your knowledge and skills without studying towards the achievement of a qualification. With over 80 courses to choose from in a variety of subject areas, you’re sure to reach your study and career goals with
Open Polytechnic.

If there's a course you want to study that's not available as ‘course only’, talk to us on freephone 0508 650 200 to discuss your options.

Course only enrolments are limited. Check out the Terms and Conditions tab below for more information.

For more information view the brochure below or request a brochure to be sent to you. If you have any questions please contact us.


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  • Level 7  
    Credits 120 
  • Workload

    Courses are available on a trimester or open basis.

    Open course workload - all our open courses have a credit value. For each credit, allow about 10 hours of study. Your workload may be higher around assessment due dates.

    Trimester course workload - allow approximately 10-12 hours study time per week for each 20 credit course. Your workload may be higher around assessment due dates or exam time.

    The credits and study type will be displayed on the course information web page for the course(s) you choose to enrol in.

  • Study type Mixed  
  • Cost $Variable costs apply NZ Domestic

    Approximate cost for the full qualification based on 2018 fee information, not including annual administration fees, fee increases, textbooks, course materials or external exam fees.

  • Student loan

    Student loans are available for studying courses if you meet the criteria and enrol in the required number of credits/courses. Note: You will not be eligible if you enrol in only one course. Find out more about student loans

For information about selecting courses to study towards this qualification, check out the Choose courses tab.

What you can study

There are over 80 courses available to study as course only options in the following subject areas:

  • Business
  • Communication
  • Environment
  • Health
  • Legal
  • Library and Information Studies
  • Management
  • Psychology
  • Real Estate
  • Work and Study Skills

Career opportunities

Depending on the courses you choose, you will gain skills and knowledge in areas like business, communication, environment, health, law and legal, library and information studies, management, psychology, real estate, and more. You will also be able to credit most courses towards relevant Open Polytechnic qualifications.

Key dates

Courses are available on a trimester or open basis. The enrol by date will be displayed on the course information web page for the course(s) you choose to enrol in.

Open courses are open for enrolment every month. Each open course starts on the first Monday of the month you choose for enrolment. You must complete your study within the given start and end dates.

Trimester courses are available to enrol in and study over set periods, three times a year - Trimester 1, 2 or 3.

See key enrolment dates

Assessment and exam

Every course is assessed differently - some require assignments and others exams. Check the individual course pages for more information.

Information about assessment and exams

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