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New Zealand Certificate in Distribution (Level 3)


Course details

  • To be confirmed
  • One semester
  • Full-time
  • $6732
  • Level 3
  • Hamilton City Campus


This programme provides students with the skills, knowledge and formal qualification to safely work in warehousing and distribution roles such as store person, picker, packer, and dispatcher.

The programme is designed for school leavers, people looking for a new career, or people who have been in the industry and would like to gain a formal qualification to upskill or re-enter the industry.

The skills learned in this programme will enable graduates contribute to the improved performance and productivity in distribution areas of organisations.

The programme will be primarily taught with face to face sessions (in-class and online), practical components and project-based learning opportunities to allow students to apply their knowledge gained in a practical, real world context. 

What you'll learn

Students will study four compulsory modules where you will progress through the programme, building on the knowledge, skills and attributes gained in previous modules.

View programme modules

Module code Module name Level Credits Pre-requisites Co-requisites
DIST301Effective Workplace Practices315  
DIST302Distribution Facility Operations310  
DIST303Inventory Control320  
DIST304Order Processing and Distribution315  

Career/further opportunities

Graduates will be prepared for operational roles in a wide variety of distribution workplaces, for example: store person, picker, packer, dispatcher, yards person, administration and operations. 

On completion of the New Zealand Certificate in Distribution (Level 3) graduates can progress on to further study into programmes at Wintec such as the New Zealand Certificate in Supply Chain Management (Level 5).

Entry criteria

Candidates can gain entry to this programme by meeting one of the following criteria:

Based on your school achievement (secondary school study):

  • NCEA Level 1;
  • Or a recognised equivalent.

Based on discretionary entrance

Applicants who have not met the general academic admission and entry criteria for a programme but who can demonstrate a reasonable chance of success through other educational attainment and/or work or life experience may be eligible for discretionary entry at the discretion of the relevant Head of School/Centre Director or designated nominee. Entry places restrictions on re-enrolment to be lifted if the applicant’s performance is deemed satisfactory by the relevant Head of School/Centre Director or designated nominee.

Selection criteria

a) Candidates may be required to attend an interview as part of the selection process.
b) Candidates must be 16 years or older.

English language requirements

Candidates who have English as a second language are required to have completed within the last two years, either an International English Language Test System (IELTS) score of 5 with no band score lower than 5, or completed the NZ Certificate in English Language L3 with an endorsement of either General, Workplace or Academic. 

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Your first day

Are you ready for your first day of class? Check out your start date and where you need to be. You can also find useful information about studying at Wintec on our Welcome page.

What you will need

Timetable information

All timetables are available via Timetable Net on our website.

How to find your way around

Parking and bus information

Both the Rotokauri and City campuses have parking available - permits are required. Learn more about parking. Find out about discounted bus services here.

Wintec pōwhiri/nau mai, haere mai

Wintec extends a warm invitation to all new students to attend a Pōwhiri to welcome the semester ahead. After formalities, light refreshments will be served in the marae dining room, Te Kōpū Mānia o Kirikiriroa, Wintec City Campus.

Click here to find out where and when the next Pōwhiri will be.

Paying for your study

Course related costs

Additional information


Purchasing textbooks

If your programme requires you to have access to textbooks, these can be purchased through a range of suppliers listed below:

Hamilton-based supplier

  • Bennetts (Bennetts has a store operating on campus at the University of Waikato, Hamilton)

New Zealand-based suppliers

General book suppliers

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Prospectus (course guide)

The Wintec Prospectus (otherwise known as a course guide) outlines everything you need to know about Wintec. It contains information about the Wintec campuses, student life, and the programmes that are on offer.

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