Short courses and micro-credentials , Ngā ako popoto me ngā kōkuhu-iti

Expand your horizons by taking a Massey short course or micro-credential.

Suitable for individuals or groups, our short courses and micro-credentials give you:

  • 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.

We offer a range of both short courses and micro-credentials, each with their own purpose.

Short courses

Short courses are organised learning periods offered separately from the standard university curriculum. They provide specific learning outcomes. Upon successful completion you may receive a Certificate of Participation or Certificate of Completion. Short courses do not carry formal assessments and are not recorded on academic transcripts.


Micro-credentials are organised learning periods with assessable learning outcomes. On successful completion, learners receive a micro-credential that can be used for admission to a qualification, credited against existing courses, or showcased to employers. They are formally recorded on academic transcripts.

Available courses

Courses are offered throughout the year. Browse the list below to find a short course or micro-credential that meets your learning needs.


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, including local farmers and food producers. 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)

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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.

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 Technology and Natural Sciences.

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.

University readiness

UniReady is a series of self-paced, fully online learning courses designed to boost your readiness for university study. They cover essential skills and knowledge that are key for your academic success.

How to apply if you already have a Massey ID

Customised courses

If you don't see exactly what you want, we can help. Our professional and continuing education centre, Te Tumu Whakatipu specialises in creating customised courses to meet the needs of your organisation.

For more information, and to request a customised proposal, please use our enquiry form.

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Terms and conditions

Read the terms and conditions for our short courses and micro-credentials.

Terms and conditions for short courses and micro-credentials

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