Short courses and professional development , Ngā kaupapa ako poto me te whakawhanake ngaiotanga

Continuing professional development helps you get ahead at work and can count towards a qualification. Take CPD courses with experts in agriculture, health and safety, business, aviation, food industry and more.

At Massey, we have a proud tradition of taking a practical approach to knowledge. Our students study theory and also get solid experience of putting what they learn into practice.

We run our short courses in the same way. Knowledge is no good without understanding how to use it in the real world. Our experts are both thinkers and doers, and we have close links with all kinds of industries.

Taking our short courses gives you:

  • firm grasp of theory based on research and critical thinking
  • insight into up-to-date practices used in industry
  • ways to apply what you've learned to your life.

Our courses are suitable for professional organisations, government institutions and partner universities, in New Zealand and internationally. Our recognised professional development short courses cover many fields of expertise and are an excellent way to build capacity. We can also include sector specialists and industry visits.

Customised courses

If you don't see exactly what you want, we can help. The Centre for Professional and Continuing Education (PaCE) specialises in creating customised courses to meet the needs of your organisation.

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Make sure you're up to date with the latest thinking in farm management. With a strong practical side, our professional development courses train rural professionals. Leading researchers at the Farmed Landscapes Research Centre work on these courses with New Zealand industry bodies so you get knowledge you can use in your job right away.


Take professional development courses with the New Zealand experts in aviation training, Massey School of Aviation. Learn how to teach new pilots or get qualified in using drones or Remote Piloted Aircraft Systems (RPAS).

CAANZ Instructional Techniques

Short course

Instilling knowledge in others requires a specific skill set. This course shows you how to use the flight experience you gained whilst working a commercial pilot to teach others to fly. The course will demonstrate the knowledge, skills and techniques to help you to become a good flight instructor.

You need to pass this course to apply for the Civil Aviation Authority New Zealand (CAANZ) Category D and C initial instructor rating.

Take this course if you:

  • have a commercial pilot’s licence
  • are training to be a flight instructor.

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Contract Flight Training

Short course

Massey offers contract flight training for airlines and international aviation training institutions that require group training for prospective pilots. Choose from:

  • Basic training – airline cadet (69 weeks)
  • Advanced training – airline bridging course, equivalent to European Union Aviation Safety Agency Multi Crew Co-operation course (2 weeks)
  • King Air type rating (3 weeks)

Contact Anke Smith

Business and financial services

Get ahead in your career when you study with experts at Massey Business School. Meet your continuing professional development requirements. Build the business and leadership skills to help you become an effective manager and director.

Data analysis

Understanding how to analyse data is becoming more important as computer technology underlies more of what we do in the world. Get a good start in data analysis in this professional development course from our Statistical Consultancy Service in the School of Mathematical and Computational Sciences.

English language

Our English language courses for international students will help you to develop your English language and study skills. You could get direct entry to a Massey qualification with our English for Academic Purposes courses.

Food and drink

Understand the science and practice of making food and drink with our experts. Take professional development courses in food technology and food manufacturing with the School of Food and Advanced Technology.

Hazard Analysis Critical Control Point

Short course

Be confident in your food manufacturing with this two-day course. Learn the theory and practice of Hazard Analysis Critical Control Point (HACCP) procedures to take back to your job.

Take this course if you work in food manufacturing and other areas of the food industry.

This course is run on demand so contact Steve Flint.

Low Acid Canned Food (LACF) Thermal Processing Systems

Short course

Explore the principles of food microbiology, food-plant sanitation and thermal processing. Learn about the design and control of thermal processing systems. Study the design and handling of food containers in these systems and understand effective record-keeping.

Take this course if you want to supervise thermal processes for low-acid food.

Contact Jon Palmer or Glenda Rosoman

Safety in Food Manufacturing

Short course

Understand microbiological safety in food manufacturing. You also learn about chemical and foreign matter in this two-day course.

Take this course if you work in food manufacturing and other areas of the food industry.

This course is run on demand so contact Steve Flint.

Health and safety

Make sure you can keep your team, and the public, safe and well with expert teaching from the College of Health. Professional development courses in environmental and occupational health help you put what you learn into practice.

Noise Assessment Refresher

Short course

Make sure you’re up to date with occupational and environmental noise assessment theory and practice.

Take this course if you need to assess noise and work in an industry body or a business.

This course is run on demand so email Dr Wyatt Page at:

Oiled wildlife response training

Massey and University of California at Davis have jointly developed a university-endorsed and research driven online Oiled Wildlife Response Training (OWRT) programme.

Designed to be taught online or face-to-face, this comprehensive training programme aims to train high quality oiled wildlife responders anywhere in the world. Having personnel trained in oiled wildlife response is an important part of complete oil spill response preparedness.

Personal finance

Learn how to manage money so you can reach your goals in life. Take short courses and micro-credentials from Massey’s world-leading Financial Education and Research Centre (Fin-Ed Centre).

Research and publication

Understand how to get your research published in academic journals and prepare your work for other types of scholarly publications. Postgraduate students and early-career researchers can learn from active academics at the School of Humanities, Media and Communication.

Security and emergency management

Understand the theory and practice of managing defence, security and emergencies. Take professional development courses with the Centre for Defence and Security Studies and the Joint Centre for Disaster Research.

International Security postgraduate certificate

Short course

Help your military career with our Postgraduate Certificate in International Security. Study a special English-language course PaCE for defence and security and get a deep understanding of international security. Learn from security experts, including academics, defence attaches and government staff.

This professional development qualification is customised to your needs. We can include accommodation, excursions and field trips when we talk to you about your needs.

You need to pass two postgraduate courses of 30 credits each to get the certificate.

Take this course if you are in the armed forces.

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Pacific Security Dynamics

Short course

Explore what’s happening and likely to happen in Asia-Pacific security, co-operation and development. Learn about strategic trends in the Asia-Pacific region. Understand what this means for New Zealand.

This four-day course is run on demand for teams and individuals working in security and development in the Pacific region.

Take this course if you work in Pacific-related:

  • government policy
  • defence and security
  • non-governmental organisations (NGOs) and charities
  • industries.

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Teaching and education

Become a better teacher with our professional development courses. Our innovative research and techniques at the Institute of Education help you help your students.

Contact us

Get in touch about any short courses or if you would like a customised course for your organisation.

Centre for Professional and Continuing Education (PaCE)


Postal address

Centre for Professional and Continuing Education
Massey University
Private Bag 11-222
Palmerston North 4442
New Zealand