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Start your Career at NZMA

Welcome to NZMA, specialists in hospitality, cookery, business, construction and contact centre training. If you want a future in one of these dynamic industries you’ve come to the right place.

NZMA qualifications are highly respected by employers across the country. We’ve got industry-experienced tutors, NZQA-accredited courses and top-notch facilities. And you can kiss goodbye to boring classrooms. At NZMA you’ll study in state-of-the-art bar and front-of-house training areas, fully-functioning student run cafes, construction workshops, real-life contact centre –style classrooms and business suites kitted out with the latest industry equipment. What’s more, our free NZMA Careers employment service will help you land the job of your dreams afterwards!

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Our Courses

NZMA has the ideal course to get you started in hospitality, cookery, business, contact centre, or construction.

Thanks to our wide range of industry-respected certificates and diplomas, you’ll graduate with everything you need to get ahead in your chosen field. With a strong focus on practical skills and authentic training environments for every programme, an NZMA qualification will set you firmly on the path to success.

  • For a career that’s rewarding and fun, hospitality is where it’s at.  NZMA’s diverse range of hospitality courses will take you wherever you want to go. 

    Study Hospitality

  • If food is your passion, make a career out of it. NZMA’s cooking school has all the right ingredients to get you started in this exciting industry.  

    Study Cookery

  • Keen on business?  Our wide range of business courses will teach you all you need to know, from basic admin right through to management.  

    Study Business

  • Like talking on the phone? Then make a career out of it!  NZMA’s contact centre qualification will teach you how.  

    Study Contact Centres

  • Fanatical about flowers? Looking for a fresh new career? Tap into your creative side and master the basics of floral design with our fun and practical 19-week floristry programme.

    Study Floristry

  • Gain the building blocks to a career in construction with NZMA’s construction courses. 

    Study Construction

  • Do you love working with children, caring for infants, practical learning and developing potential in others? One of our Early Childhood Education programmes is for you!

    Study Early Childhood

  • Looking for something different from school? If you’re aged between 16 and 19, NZMA may have just what you need.  

    Study for free

  • Secure your future in Auckland’s booming construction sector – become a plumber and gasfitter. You’ll be in hot demand, the money is great, and our pre-apprenticeship qualification is your perfect way in.

    Study Plumbing and Gasfitting

  • Spark up your career with NZMA’s Level 3 Certificate in Engineering. In just weeks you’ll have the electrical engineering skills you need to lock-in an apprenticeship in the thriving electrotechnology sector.

    Study Electrical Engineering

  • Tap into the building boom! NZMA's Level 3 Painting and plastering course will give youthe skills you need to become an apprentice or labourer.

    Study Painting and Plastering

  • If you’re Maori or Pasifika and aged between 16 and 40, listen up! NZMA now offers FREE Maori and Pasifika Trades Training in construction and painting & plastering. Take advantage of the building boom, and start training now.

    Study Maori and Pasifika Trades Training

  • Love sports and fitness? Interested in food and nutrition? Turn your passion into a career, with this FREE 18-week foundation course.

    Study Sport and Foundation

  • Want to make a meaningful difference in people’s lives? Become a healthcare professional! Whether you want to get a good job fast, or gain a degree, NZMA’s health programmes are the ideal springboard into this rewarding sector.

    Study Health

  • Picture yourself working in a hospital or chemist? This industry-recognised Level 5 programme equips you with the skills, knowledge and experience to become a successful pharmacy technician.

    Study Pharmacy


Land your dream job with NZMA Careers & Employment

NZMA Careers & Employment is our dedicated team of employment specialists. They’ll teach you valuable job hunting skills (like CV writing and interview techniques) and help you find part-time work while you study and full-time work after you graduate. NZMA Careers & Employment has partnerships with many of New Zealand’s leading employers – you’ll meet lots of them through our seminars, career days, work experience opportunities and industry functions. At NZMA it’s not only about qualifications. We know you want to get a good job at the end of your studies, and we’re here to support you every step of the way. At NZMA, our job finishes when yours starts.

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General Information

We hope you find this information useful. If you have further questions, please don't hesitate to call us on 0800 222 833 or send us an email.


If you’re moving to Auckland or Hamilton from out of town to study with us (or you’re just plain itching to move out of home), we can help you find accommodation. Flatting is usually the cheapest option. If you move into an already-established flat you probably won’t have to put your name on the tenancy agreement. This makes it easier to move out when you want to.

Here are some great websites to get you started:

If you’d prefer to rent a property yourself, StudyLink may be able to help with start-up costs like the bond. Once you’ve found a property you’re interested in, book an appointment with them. Prepare a budget to show them so they can see whether or not you can afford to pay the rent. Also take in your tenancy agreement. A tenancy agreement (or lease) is a binding contract, so it’s important you don’t sign anything (or even verbally agree to anything) until you’re sure it’s what you want. There are two types of leases – fixed term or periodical. In a fixed term lease you’re responsible for the property (and paying the rent) for the agreed time period. If your circumstances change and you need to move out, it’s still up to you to pay the rent until you find someone the property manager agrees to, who is willing to take over the lease. With a periodical lease, you just need to give three weeks notice if you want to move out.

For more information about your rights and responsibilities as a tenant check out or call 0800 tenancy (838362) Take a look at these websites for some good rental properties: (property)

Student Support

The Phoenix Program: Strengthen your Life Skills. To help you focus on your learning, NZMA offers presentations and guest speakers with expertise in a variety of fields. These presentations will boost your knowledge in areas like budgeting, health and wellbeing and effective communication. They will also highlight different New Zealand laws and regulations, like our tax system and employment law.

Student Counselling

If you are experience any issues that you feel are hindering your learning journey, please contact your Student Enrolment Advisor.

As well as asking your student advisors for referral information, you might like to contact some places yourself:

Helpful Agencies

As well as asking your Student Enrolment Advisors for referral information, you might like to contact some places yourself:

Citizens Advice Bureau – their lovely staff will help you find what you’re looking for and they have an onsite Justice of the Peace, who can verify copies of important documents. Phone 0800 367222.

Department of Building and Housing

Tenancy advice line - usually when you go flatting in New Zealand you have to sign a contract, or a lease. If you have any questions about your rights and regulations as a tenant, contact your NZMA Student Enrolment Advisor or call the tenancy phone line: Call 0800 TENANCY (0800 83 62 62).

YouthLaw – for free answers to your legal questions phone 0800 UTHLAW (884 529).

Student Enrolment Advisors: Each NZMA Campus has a team of Student Enrolment Advisors to make sure you succeed in your studies and achieve your goals. 

Click here to meet the student support advisors at your nearest NZMA Campus.

Complaints Procedure

The School/College has a set procedure to resolve complaints. If the complaint is unable to be resolved satisfactorily within the School/College it can be taken to the Campus Principal/Manager. Full details can be found in the student handbook. If it is still not resolved then the complaint* can be taken to NZQA. NZQA is a government organisation and they can provide an independent assessment of the complaint. Students can download the complaint form from NZQA. Completed complaint forms, along with any supporting evidence, can be sent to:
The Complaints Officer 
Quality Assurance Division 
New Zealand Qualifications Authority 
PO Box 160, Wellington 6140


Each scholarship is awarded twice a year, in April and September. Click here for the Scholarship Application Form Refund Policy for Domestic Students

How to Apply

  • Applying is super-easy – and we’re here to help you every step of the way! First off, give one of our Student Enrolment Advisors a call on 0800 222 833 to have a chat about a course that interests you
  • The whole process only takes about an hour – it could be the most life-changing hour you ever spend! Your Student Enrolment Advisor will stay in touch with you during the weeks before your course starts. If you have any problems, they are there to help.

Paying out a refund

  • If a student withdraws within eight working days of their course starting they’ll be refunded all their tuition fees, less $500.
  • If a student withdraws on day nine or later of the course, they would only be eligible for a refund in exceptional circumstances, at the discretion of the Director of the General Manager, Tertiary.
  • Students must submit their application for a refund within one month of the last day they attended. No refund will be made if the student has been expelled, wants to transfer to another school, or has not filled out an accurate enrolment application and has had their contract terminated.
  • If NZMA receives student fees via an education consultant or directly from a member of a student’s family, we’ll endeavour to refund fees to the party that paid them.
  • If we’re aware that a student has obtained a bank loan to attend NZMA, we’ll endeavour to refund fees to the relevant lending bank unless otherwise instructed by that bank.
  • Any refund of fees which were paid by a student loan will be paid directly to StudyLink.

Homestay Fee Refunds

Students are entitled to either give two weeks notice or forfeit two weeks of homestay fees. The remainder of the fees will then be refunded to the student.

Compulsory Student Services Fee (CSSF)

CSSF is a fee to cover and support the provision various student services. The fee funds key services for students to assist student success and overall well-being whilst studying at NZMA. Learn more.

NZMA Careers & Employment – Careers Information, Advice and Guidance 

NZMA has a team of highly experienced employment and career advisors at each campus. They are on hand to help students and graduates with everything that ensures success at the workplace from assistance in CV preparation and interview skills through to sourcing and forwarding candidates for interviews with employers.
Employment opportunities sourced by the team include work experience, internships, casual and part time employment and permanent full time roles.
NZMA’s Careers & Employment teams also provide on-going advice and support to students to make informed decisions about their career paths.

Life Skills  

In order to help students focus on their learning and achieve successful life outcomes, NZMA also offers presentations and guest speakers with expertise in a variety of areas. These presentations and guest speakers guide and enhance student knowledge in areas such as personal budgeting, health and wellbeing and effective communication skills. They also advise student in legislative areas of importance such as IRD compliance, tax laws and employment laws.

Financial Support and Advice  

NZMA offers students information and advice on managing money including assistance with processing Study Link loans, allowances and budgeting. Emergency financial assistance is provided to students experiencing extreme financial hardship on a case by case basis to ensure that students are able to travel to class during the time of hardship.

Sports, Recreation and Cultural Services

NZMA conducts a range of events and activities including sports day, kapa haka and other ethnic cultural groups, cultural days and activities during induction period to engage and build relationships amongst the student body. Whanau days are also held to invite and engage friends and family in the student learning process during the course of study.

Student Handbook

Click here to download our latest Student Handbook. 

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