New Zealand Certificate in Project Management) (Level 4)

New Zealand Certificate in Project Management) (Level 4)

So you want to move into project management? Arm yourself with the knowledge and skills to lead, plan and execute a project with confidence. Learn the complex techniques to successful project management and develop your planning and problem-solving arsenal.

What you will learn

Learn to lead parts of a project 

Either in a support position or under guidance from a senior project manager, you will be able to take control of aspects of a project – contributing successfully to the overall performance of a project. 

Understand project management 

How do you project manage? What are the key principles of project management? In this qualification you will come away with a good understanding of how project management works and how you can successfully lead a project. 

Improve your toolkit 

Have in your arsenal ways to solve project problems and know which tools to select and use for different issues. 

Gain technical know-how 

There are many stages to project management. Give yourself the technical knowledge to scope a project, control, budget, monitor, break down workflows and execute. You will also be introduced to GANT charts and other technical project management support tools. 

Be a communicator 

Throughout a project, you will be expected to engage and communicate with a range of stakeholders. Learn how to involve stakeholders in the right way and how to communicate key information clearly. 

Be a risk manager 

Learn the importance of risk management and contingency planning in project management. 

Develop leadership skills 

In all projects there is an element of leadership required. Learn and understand some of the core techniques to successful team management. 

Achieve project objectives and milestones 

Understand the importance of project milestones and how you as an individual can collaborate and contribute to achieving objectives in your team. 

More detail about this qualification

Career options

As a first stepping stone into the world of project management, this qualification will place graduates in a good position for a junior project manager or project assistant role.  For workplace learners who are interested in developing their project management skills within their chosen industry – this qualification will provide you with the tools to succeed. 

Once you graduate you could explore the New Zealand Diploma in Business for a greater understanding of leadership and business functions or enrol in a more advanced project management course/qualification. 

Entry requirements

Academic requirements 

40 credits NCEA Level 1, including 10 literacy credits and 10 numeracy credits 

Alternative requirements 

Skills for tertiary study (including literacy and numeracy) may be acquired through study, work and/or life experience. Students who can demonstrate these skills may be approved for alternative entry. 

English requirements 

If English is not your first language you may also be required to provide evidence of your English language skills as listed below. If you have no evidence of your English language skills and are a New Zealand citizen or permanent resident, contact us for an assessment. 

IELTS 5.5 Academic (no lower than 5.0 in any subtest). For acceptable alternatives refer to the English Proficiency Outcomes Chart. 

Note: Students who have achieved NCEA Level 3 University Entrance requirements are not required to provide evidence of English Language Skills. 

Offering institute

This qualification is offered by Whitireia, delivered fully-online by eCampus NZ.

Here’s how it works: first you decide which of the Whitireia qualifications you want to study. Then you enrol through eCampus NZ and become a Whitireia student with all the usual Whitireia student support, resources, and benefits. Your course content will come to you via eCampus NZ and you choose when and where you study. Once you’ve successfully completed your course, you’ll graduate with a Whitireia qualification that’s equal in merit to those studied on campus.

From 2023, Whitireia and the programme you have enrolled in will become part of Te Pūkenga – New Zealand Institute of Skills and Technology. All programmes offered by Whitireia and other subsidiaries of Te Pūkenga are under review, to ensure they are portable, consistent and aligned with the needs of industry. The programme you have enrolled in may change over time.

Have a question or feedback? For all eCampus NZ enquiries call 0800 328 269 or email 

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