Certificate in Distribution Level 3

Logistics is the science of planning, organising and managing activities that provide goods and services right through to consumers. It’s getting the right product to the right place at the right time with the right quality and at the right price.

Start your logistics career here. Job opportunities after graduation include import/export clerk, customs broker, inventory controller, purchasing officer, container controller and so on. Over 90% of our graduates get jobs in our local booming logistics industry.

Programme Details

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The MIT Certificate in Distribution is a self paced programme, combining study and work based training.

Learn practical skills in stock control, inwards goods, dispatch, customer legislation, customer service and interviewing. For those who are already employed within the industry, the delivery programme is flexible and can be tailored around students' and employers' needs.

If you are new to the industry we will assist you in finding a work placement in a relevant company. At the skills update location you will be right near the South Auckland freight hub and our dedicated tutors have extensive teaching and industry experience and our courses are endorsed by an advisory group of logistics specialists.For more information please contact the New Zealand Maritime School on 09 275 3155.

Programme Code MN4496
Study Method Part-time
Qualification MIT Certificate

One year (minimum)

Applications Close when the programme is full
Start Dates Four intakes per year
Level 3
Credits 120
Fees Free*

Offered by

New Zealand Maritime School

Entry Requirements

Applicants must meet the following entry requirements:

Academic Requirements

  • No academic entry requirements

English Language Requirements

  • Any applicant whose first language is not English may be required to provide evidence of an overall IELTS (Academic) band score of 5.5 (with no score below 5.0) or equivalent. In addition, all students must demonstrate competence in written and spoken English. Prospective students may be require to undertake formal assessment of their English ability at their own expense, where the interview panel is unable to satisfy themselves as to the English ability of the students.

Driver Licence Requirements

  • In order to successfully complete some courses and gain other awards within the programme, students will need to hold certain classes of driver licence.
  • Eyesight screening check. An eyesight screening check will be carried out each time you apply for (or renew) a driver licence, unless you present an eyesight or medical certificate that states that your eyesight has been tested and is satisfactory.

Entry Procedure

  1. Document Review. All students are required to submit a completed application form, supported with copies of their qualifications, assessment results and references and, where appropriate, a curriculum vitae.
  2. Interview. All applicants will be required to attend an interview where prior learning, work experience and motivation to work in the Distribution Industry will be established. The interview will also provide an opportunity to outline the programme and ensure that the student is aware of the course content and assessment policies and that the applicant has applied for the most appropriate level of programme. The interview will be conducted by an appropriate Interview Panel.


All applicants who fulfil the entry requirements will be accepted onto the programme until the number of places available on the programme has been filled. Other applicants will be waitlisted in the order their applications are received and may gain entry onto the programme as a place becomes available.

Students who have attained the age of 20 years and do not hold the minimum entry requirements for a programme will be eligible to be enrolled as a student where their previous educational, work or life experience indicates they have a reasonable likelihood of success. Students who have not attained the age of 20 years and do not hold the required minimum entry requirements for a programme may also be eligible to enrol in exceptional circumstances. Such decisions will be made by the Faculty Dean.

Programme Summary

The Certificate in Distribution (Level 3) is designed to provide students with knowledge and skills of distribution. Courses cover such subjects as inward goods, stock control, dispatch, customer legislation, customer service and interviewing.

This programme consists of five courses made up of four compulsory courses totalling 105 credits and one elective course of 15 credits.

* All Level 1 and 2 programmes except First Aid certificate courses will be fee free in 2015, for New Zealand citizens and permanent residents of all ages. Entry criteria apply and some costs may also apply. Eligibility for student allowance or student loans may vary. Please contact Studylink for more information.


945.210Introduction to the Distribution Environment
945.211Stock Control Automated Systems and Dispatches
945.212Commercial Vehicle Driving Safety
945.304Inwards Goods and Stock Control
945.305Consumer Legislation and Interviewing Skills
945.306Distribution Documentation and Basic Law
945.307Loss Prevention, Conflict Resolution and Stress Management
945.308Sales Policies, Procedures and Security
945.309Forklift Operations and Dangerous Goods
945.310Class 2 Driver Licence
945.311Class 4 Driver Licence
945.312Introduction to Freight Forwarding
945.313Global Freight Forwarding
945.314Export Procedures EDI and EDP Dangerous Goods
945.409Class 5 Driver Licence

Further Training or Study

Students graduating from this programme have a variety of possible pathways to further education including but not limited to:

  • Certificate in Logistics either full-time or part-time
  • Diploma in Shipping and Freight
  • Diploma in Supply Chain Management

Career Opportunities

Employment in any sector of the transport, distribution or logistics industry, but mainly in transport, distribution and warehousing.

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