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Certificate in Tourism (Level 3)

STARTS: February 2023
Madras Street
International Close Date: 20 January for February start

Equip yourself for a wide variety of career opportunities in the travel and tourism industry.

This entry level programme is designed to give you a broad understanding and awareness of the travel and tourism industry. You'll learn from expert tutors, plus a wide range of guest speakers, and you'll visit a range of travel and tourism-related operations.

You'll also gain skills and knowledge in researching and evaluating travel and tourism products; planning itineraries; customer service and sales, team work, and essential workplace/industry practices, policies and legislation. These experiences will help you decide which roles or areas within travel or tourism you might wish to pursue.

To meet Health and Safety requirements, applicants must be physically able to undertake the practical components of the programme in an industry emulated environment.

Fees for 2022

Domestic Fee
$3,712 - $4,119 per year
Indicative Student Services Fee
$162 per year
Valid To
December 31, 2022

10 NCEA Level 1 literacy credits and 10 NCEA Level 1 numeracy credits

If you have undertaken examinations other than NCEA (e.g. International Baccalaureate, Cambridge Examination), Ara will assess your qualification for academic entry equivalency.

Still want to study but don't meet the Academic Requirements?

If you show that you have equivalent skills for tertiary study gained through study, work and/or life experience, you may be able to gain alternative entry.

Note: The number of courses you have to complete for this qualification may be reduced where you have relevant credits from previous study, or evidence of similar learning or experience in the workplace.

What if English is not my first Language?

If English is not your first language, we want to make sure that you will be successful in your chosen programme of study.

  • Please provide a result from a test or qualification on the acceptable alternatives English Proficiency Outcomes Chart.
  • If you are a New Zealand Citizen or Permanent Resident, complete an Admission and Enrolment form and Ara will contact you regarding a free assessment.
  • If you are not a New Zealand Citizen or Permanent resident, book an IELTS or other test through the Ara Examination Centre or in your home country.
  • IELTS scores used must be taken from a single IELTS Test Report Form and are valid for two years from the date of the test.
  • What if I have achieved NCEA Level 3 University Entrance?

Overall IELTS 5.0 Academic

  • 5.0 Listening
  • 5.0 Reading
  • 5.0 Writing
  • 5.0 Speaking

Funding assistance

If you face unexpected financial hardship during your studies, we have several funds that you can apply for. These are designed to enable you to continue your current course of study. We also have a wide range of scholarships and awards that can provide financial assistance.

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Career opportunities

This qualification will equip you with the skills and knowledge needed to work in a variety of entry level roles within tourism, travel and the broader aviation sector. These roles may include reservation consultant, visitor host, booking assistant or front desk administrator for the likes of car hire operators and tourism attractions.

Study pathways

This programme is the ideal preparation for the Certificate in Travel (Level 4) or the New Zealand Diploma in Hospitality Management.

Recommended school subjects

  • English
  • Mathematics
  • Geography
  • Tourism Studies

New Zealand Certificate in Tourism (Level 3) with Tourism and Travel Strand

FULL-TIME - 19 Weeks

Equip yourself for a wide variety of career opportunities in the travel and tourism industry.

Type Certificate
Code NZ2199
Next Starts February 2023
Credits 60
Level 3
Additional Equipment/Fees Advised before enrolment
May be eligible for Fees Free? Yes
Reference NZ2199-STRU

Fees for 2022

Domestic Fee
$3,712 - $4,119 per year
Indicative Student Services Fee
$162 per year
Valid To
December 31, 2022
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With an internationally-recognised Ara qualification, the world is your oyster. Our graduates can be found working and making a difference across the globe…


Credit Recognition

If you have prior relevant experience or previous related study credits, you may be eligible for credit recognition towards this qualification.

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