Applicants under 20 years
- Achieved NCEA Level 2 (credits in Maths, Science or English desirable).
Applicants aged 20 years and over
- No minimum academic requirements.
English Language requirements
All applicants must have a level of English sufficient to be able to study at this level.
Those applicants whose first language is not English should have an International English Language Testing System (IELTS) overall academic score of at least 5.5 issued within the last two years (or equivalent).
Refer to NZQA: https://www.nzqa.govt.nz/about-us/our-role/legislation/nzqa-rules/nzqf-related-rules/the-table/(external link)
Applicants must hold New Zealand or Australian citizenship/permanent residency due to the Department of Conservation and NZ Council workplace constraints around offering employment to international citizens.
Full, manual drivers license
In exceptional circumstances, an applicant under the age of 20 years who does not meet the academic entry requirements may be granted entry to the programme at the discretion of the selection panel and Curriculum Manager.
Applicants should be aware that;
- NMIT and industry require drug and alcohol-free training and work environment. Students will be required to adhere to the workplace policies of any organization that they work for on their summer placements.
- Students will be required to sign a declaration on entry to the programme stating any medical issues that NMIT needs to be aware of. This adheres to the Health and Safety in at Work Act 2015.
- The programme has aspects that require a certain level of agility, physical strength and fitness. Applicants must be physically capable of completing all aspects of the programme and may be asked to provide evidence.
All admissions to the limited places on the Kaitiaki Whenua Trainee Ranger Certificate programme are subject to the approval of the programme selection panel.
Final acceptance onto the programme is dependent on an interview/hui and is at the discretion of NMIT and iwi (or other delegated local body). They decide whether or not applicants meet the entry requirements and have demonstrated their likelihood of completion and suitability for the Programme. A further five or six applicants are selected for a waiting list in case any of the successful applicants withdraw their application. This waiting list is ranked according to their interview/hui results.
Applicants are encouraged to bring whānau support to the interview/hui if this makes the process less stressful for them. Additionally, applicants who wish to be interviewed in Te Reo Māori should indicate this when contacted regarding interview scheduling to enable appropriate individuals to be available.
Interview candidates will be selected from applicants who have met all other requirements. A Criteria Sheet may be used to help identify the most suitable applicants for the programme based on the information submitted. This process will be carried out by the programme selection panel immediately after the application closing date. The programme selection panel is made up of a minimum of three individuals, including at least two members employed by NMIT and iwi (or other delegated local body).
The following criteria will be considered by the programme selection panel to select applicants for interviews.
- Endorsement by iwi and active engagement with hapū
- Demonstration of a sound knowledge of, and strong interest in, conservation.
- Demonstration of knowledge of outdoor skills and experiences.
- Demonstration of good communication and people skills.
- Demonstration of reliability and the ability to complete the programme successfully.
To encourage applicants from throughout New Zealand, those applicants who are short-listed are interviewed by the programme selection panel via telephone, video and/or at a number of locations throughout the country. The programme selection panel will travel to up to five locations throughout New Zealand to interview applicants. The locations chosen will be determined by the origin of the applications. Sufficient time between the short-listing and the interview/hui will be allocated to allow applicants to arrange transport and time off from their prospective jobs (if necessary) to attend these interviews.
The interview/hui will also provide an opportunity for applicants to discuss their previous experiences. Applicants may apply for cross-credit of courses or Recognition of Prior Learning.