Postgraduate Certificate in Applied Professional Studies

Programme details

Translation Te Pōkaitahi Taura Ako Mātanga Mahi
Code WR3105
Level 8
Credits 60
Duration 1 semester
IntakesSemester 1, Semester 2, November
Study options Full-time, Part-time
Part-time study will take 1 year to complete
LocationRotorua (Mokoia)
Further study Postgraduate Diploma in Applied Professional Studies
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Programme aim

The Postgraduate Certificate in Applied Professional Studies will enable learners to critically examine theories and models of continuing development through leadership. Students will have the opportunity to exhibit advanced knowledge and expertise in professional leadership in the context of their specialist field which compliments their current experience and/or qualifications. This qualification enables professionals in leadership roles to maintain currency and to critique their leadership practice.

Specialist endorsements in this programme

  • Mentoring and Leadership (Ārahitanga Whakapono)
  • Adult Teaching (Whakaako Pakeke)
  • Vulnerable Peoples (Whakaraerae)
  • Infection Prevention and Control (Ārai Whakapokenga)

Career opportunities

Education, social work, health, nursing, professional team or group leadership roles, tertiary lecturers, saff development and training officer, professional researcher

Award information

Students must pass a total of 60 credits, including:

  • 15 credits from compulsory course PROF.8001; and
  • 45 credits from the relevant endorsement list. 


  • 15 credits from compulsory course PROF.8001;
  • 30 credits from the relevant endorsement list; and
  • 15 credits from another endorsement.

Knowledge and skills you will gain

Upon successful completion graduates will be able to:

  • develop pedagogical content expertise within their field of study;
  • critically evaluate their personal practice;
  • critique challenges and issues within their specialist field and develop solutions to solve problems;
  • operate within their communities of practice; and
  • advocate for self and others.

Entry criteria

Admission and entry requirements for this qualification are in accordance with the academic regulations and the following criteria:

  • be able to access a relevant workplace
  • hold a bachelor’s degree or graduate certificate or graduate diploma in a cognate subject; OR provide evidence of completion of a post-secondary school diploma in a related discipline at NZQA level 7 or equivalent from a recognised tertiary provider, and  show at least two years relevant practical experience with at least two written references (employer and character)
  • every candidate shall be approved by the faculty dean

In exceptional circumstances, based on academic merit and relevant experience, students who do not meet the academic and practical or professional experience requirements above may be considered for admission subject to the completion of any qualifying courses the dean may prescribe which must be completed either prior to course commencement or concurrently with their study.

English language requirements

Applicants without endorsements or with the Mentoring and Leadership or Adult Teaching endorsement:

  • an overall IELTS score of at least 6.5 with no band score lower than 6.0, or equivalent test level;
  • issued within the last two years

Applicants with the Vulnerable Peoples, or Infection Prevention and Control endorsement:

  • an overall IELTS score of at least 7.0 with no band score lower than 7.0, or equivalent test level;
  • issued within the last two years

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Compulsory courses

Course details
PROF.8001 Critical Reflective Practice
Students will explore theories of reflective practice relevant to their specialist field. Students will critically reflect upon and justify their framework for future applied practice.
Credits 15 Intakes Semester 1

Specialist endorsement courses

Mentoring and Leadership: PROF.8002, PROF.8003, PROF.8004;
Adult Teaching: PROF.8005, PROF.8006, PROF.8007;
Vulnerable Peoples: PROF.8008, PROF.8009 or PROF.8010
Infection Prevention and Control: PROF.8011, PROF.8012, PROF.8013;

Course details
PROF.8002 Professional Leadership
The aim of this course is to assist learners to develop and justify their own sustainable model of leadership within their professional context based on personal values and beliefs and the theories and practices relevant to professional leadership.
Credits 15 Intakes Semester 1
PROF.8003 The New Zealand Legislative Environment for Professional Leaders
Students will critique the implications of New Zealand legislation on governance and management within a specific professional context. Students will also design processes, policies, procedures and/or guidelines to mitigate the legislative risks.
Credits 15 Intakes Semester 1
PROF.8004 Building Professional Relationships for Mentoring
The focus of this course is to provide learners with the theoretical and practical knowledge of communication practices for the development of effective professional relationships.
Credits 15 Intakes Semester 1
PROF.8005 Adult Learning Theory
The aim of this course is to develop a personal learning and teaching framework for application to professional practice. Learners will critically evaluate concepts and principles of adult learning with a focus on the value of the process of learning.
Credits 15 Intakes Semester 1
PROF.8006 Assessing for Learning
The aim of this course is to advance skills in assessing learners to support effective learning and for determining overall achievement. The course will develop learners’ ability to assess students to improve their learning (formative or diagnostic assessment) and to assess overall achievement of prescribed outcomes. It will support learners...
Credits 15 Intakes Semester 1
PROF.8007 Designing Learning Programmes for Adult Learners
The aim of this course is to develop skills in designing courses, programmes and curriculum materials. The course will use concepts of constructive alignment, scaffolding learning, embedding literacy and numeracy and instructional design. Students will improve their capability to develop academically sound, coherent courses, programmes and resources that facilitate effective...
Credits 15 Intakes Semester 1, Semester 2
PROF.8008 Exploring the Concept of Vulnerable Populations
Investigate the concept of ‘vulnerable populations’. Critically analyse socio-political, socio-cultural and socio-economic factors that influence the health and wellbeing of vulnerable populations. Also appraise health strategies that aim to reduce vulnerability.
Credits 15 Intakes Semester 2
PROF.8009 Advanced Nursing Assessment and Clinical Reasoning
Investigate altered anatomical and physiological processes that impact on health states. Appraise a range of diagnostic tools, holistic therapeutic regimes, and client responses to interventions. Apply holistic advanced nursing assessment and clinical reasoning knowledge for practice for identified vulnerable people.
Credits 30 Intakes Semester 1
PROF.8010 Advanced Professional Assessment and Reasoning
The aim of this course is to enable students to investigate the environmental, sociological, political, cultural, economic and psychological factors that impact on well-being of vulnerable peoples and their families/whānau. By the employment of a variety of assessment tools for identification of issues, the student will apply advanced professional reasoning...
Credits 30 Intakes Semester 2
PROF.8011 Microbiology and Responses to Infection
Students will acquire theoretical knowledge of the characteristics of common pathogenic microorganisms, antimicrobial resistance, and responses to infection, in order to appraise the impact of microorganisms in health care.
Credits 15 Intakes Semester 2
PROF.8012 Healthcare Epidemiology
Students will acquire the knowledge and skills of healthcare epidemiology to be able to evaluate the role of surveillance systems, statistical data, and research studies in preventing, tracing and managing healthcare associated infections.
Credits 15 Intakes Semester 2
PROF.8013 Infection Prevention and Control in Practice
Students will evaluate the application of theoretical concepts of infection prevention and control in national and international in nursing and healthcare settings.
Credits 15 Intakes Semester 1

*Course cost: Standard fee for New Zealand residents only. Fees for non-New Zealand residents will vary, visit the International Programmes and Tuition Fees information page.

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