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NZIS Diploma in Sport (Advanced Sport Management)

Level 6

Programme Objectives

The NZIS Diploma in Sport (Advanced Sport Management) is a full-time, Level 6 Tertiary qualification. Students enter after the successful completion of their NZIS Diploma in Sport Management and Exercise Science or can qualify through the Credit Transfer and Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) system.

Sport Management students are able to practically apply what they learn during the year through organising large commercial and non-profit events to gain valuable experience. Their event management skills are developed and improved through direct involvement in the planning, and implementation of major multi-faceted events.

Graduates in Sport Management will finish the Diploma with transferable business skills in marketing, management, coaching and administration.

Diploma graduates are suited for employment in a wide range of sporting organisations including Regional Sports Trusts, sport facilities, sport clubs and societies and other commercial sport businesses.

Key Components

  • Strategic Planning - Sport organisation development
  • Recreation Studies
  • Sponsorship & Marketing
  • Advanced Event Management 1 & 2
  • Sports Law
  • Information Technology
  • First-line Management in Sport & Recreation
  • Advanced Coaching & Programme Development
  • Communications, Personal & Professional Development Skills
  • Sport Workshops

Work Placements

Students will be able to complete work placements throughout the year of study. Opportunities are provided for students to gain valuable experience at the ‘coal face’ of the sports industry. Many NZIS Diploma students have been successful in gaining employment in activity centres in the United Kingdom upon completion of their programme of study.


Students will be provided with a range of opportunities, over and above their academic requirements for personal development in the sport fitness industry. Workshops may include: Group Fitness, Sport Massage, Sport Strapping, Information Technology, Rock Climbing, Golf, Speed Training, Swiss Ball Training.

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Career Opportunities & Degree Pathways

  • Event management
  • Project management
  • Leisure facility management
  • Marketing and sponsorship
  • Branding ambassador
  • Sport officiating
  • Sports administration

After completing two years of study in the NZIS tertiary programmes, students can enrol in the third year of the Bachelor of Applied Management with the Open Polytechnic or pursue degree opportunities with Victoria University in Melbourne. Find out more about degree pathways.

Course Costs

  • Tuition fees: $18000.00 (incl GST)
  • Course related costs: $1250.00 (incl GST)*
  • Enrolment Fee: $130.00 (incl GST)

*Compulsory related costs include fitness centre membership, workbooks, photocopying, NZIS tracksuit, training gear, corporate gear, outdoor education camp, internet and computer room access

Qualifications Awarded

NZIS Diploma in Sport (Advanced Sport Management) - Level 6


February 2018

July 2019 


This programme is offered in Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch.


46 weeks, including 6 weeks of holiday. The July intake has a duration of 49 weeks and students compete in 2019.

Entry Requirements

  • Successful completion of NZIS Diploma in Sports Management and Exercise Science - Level 5 or equivalent;
  • Academic IELTS 6.0 with no band score lower than 5.5 or equivalent*;
  • Successful NZIS interview.
* Other English Tests / evidence may be approved as advised by NZQA.