Level 4

Specialise in freight forwarding

Study logistics and freight forwarding

Fit your study around your work and life commitments and get the right skills to upgrade or secure a job in distribution, manufacturing, transport forwarding or warehousing.

Programme highlights

Get ahead with a job in the logistics industry.

Study the Certificate in International Freight and Logistics (Level 4) and you will get the right skills to upgrade or secure a job in distribution, manufacturing, transport forwarding or warehousing.

100% online study is available to full-time students. Part-time evening classes are offered as blended delivery which includes face-to-face classes at MIT Manukau and online delivery through Canvas.

Entry requirements

Entry requirements

  • 40 NCEA credits at level 1 with a minimum of;
    • 10 NCEA credits in English at level 2
    • 10 NCEA credits in mathematics at level 2


  • Completed a New Zealand certificate level 3 in retail, distribution, business


  • Completed a New Zealand certificate level 3 in another field.
Other requirements for distance online delivery mode students
  • Access to a computer (preferably a laptop) and reliable high-speed internet service
  • Internet Explorer or Firefox (latest) or Chrome
  • Headset with microphone and it is recommended access to webcam if no camera on the device.
English language requirements

Applicants must have sufficient competence in the English language to undertake this programme, which is taught and assessed in English.

Any applicant whose first language is not English may be required to provide evidence of their English language competency.

International students: For the minimum English language requirements refer to the requirements set out in the NZQF Programme and Accreditation Rules https://www.nzqa.govt.nz/providers-partners/qa-system-for-teos/english-international-students/

International students will generally be required to provide evidence of English language proficiency, for this programme an IELTS General or Academic score of 5.5 with no band score lower than 5 is required. Equivalent acceptable evidence can be seen at the following NZQA link: https://www.nzqa.govt.nz/about-us/our-role/legislation/nzqa-rules/nzqf-related-rules/the-table/

Special & discretionary admission

Any ākonga who is 20 years of age or older and has not reached the general admission requirements for their intended programme is eligible for Special Admission. Te Pūkenga works with the ākonga to ensure they are prepared for their intended programme. Any ākonga who is not yet 20 years of age and has not reached the general admission requirements for their intended programme may be eligible for Discretionary Admission. In assessing whether to grant Discretionary Admission, the delegated authority focuses on the applicant’s level of preparedness for their intended programme.


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Programme structure

Programme structure

You will need to complete the below five courses (60 credits):

723.401 Health and safety (10 credits)

Learn monitoring and maintenance of health and safety. This includes:

  • Legislation
  • Responsibilities and parties involved
  • Hazard identification and recording
  • PPE.

945.411 Freight operations (15 credits)

  • Learn to utilise modes of transportation for cargo movement
  • Learn key features of products moved into logistics processes, including foods, dangerous goods, and other specialised items
  • Examine the care required in handling and storing products
  • Understand regulations for packaging and handling of products classed as foods, perishables, and dangerous goods, including HNSO and OSH. Emergency risks and procedures related to products, and packaging techniques.

945.412 Warehousing and distribution (15 credits)

  • Learn the major factors in the formation of supply chains, logistics, and distribution systems
  • Examine inventory control principles
  • Explore domestic and international issues in trade and logistics
  • Study purchasing and procurement evolution, principles and terminology
  • Use planning and strategies used in logistics and purchasing
  • Factor purchasing quality, price, timing, and quality initiatives
  • Practice controlling and measuring efficiency and effectiveness in logistics and purchasing
  • Understand the basis of inventory control and customers and the impact of inventory control
  • Understand the principles used in inventory management
  • Study technology systems and their application in recording, valuation, and forecasting inventory
  • Study inventory identification and location systems, evaluation of warehouse inventory systems, and protecting and keeping inventory safe.

945.413 Logistics documentation (10 credits)

  • Learn the crucial factors of cargo transport risk and loss issues for the industry
  • Study the general principles of insurance across all modes
  • Perform loss and damage claims procedure
  • Understand carrier's liability and conditions of carriage
  • Use and understand import and export documentation
  • Examine the documentation required by Government and statutory legislation
  • Study legal issues and internal company records and documentation.

945.414 Forwarding processes (10 credits)

  • Learn the essentials of forwarding processes and shipping processes including bill of loading, containers, and forwarding products by land, sea and air
  • Undertake a project to perform the forwarding processes of a freight forwarder.
Do you want to study a single course, without enrolling into the full programme?

Courses within some of our programmes may be offered as an individual Certificate of Proficiency (COP). Programme entry requirements and course fees apply. For more information, please speak to our friendly Ask Me! team.

Careers and pathways

Further training or study

Career opportunities

Operational roles in product logistics, shipping and freight forwarding including but not limited to: documentation administrator, warehouse assistant, sea or airfreight entry positions.

Employment in any sector of the transport, distribution or logistics industry. You could manage transport operations or become a specialised freight forwarding operator. For potential salaries visit careers.govt.nz.

Free study for the first year of your Level 3 or above qualification may be available under the government’s fees-free study scheme. Visit feesfree.govt.nz for eligibility criteria and more information. Students must be eligible to study as a domestic student. All free study is subject to funding confirmation. Proof of residency status required. Entry criteria, and some costs, may also apply. Eligibility for student allowances or student loans may vary. Contact StudyLink for more information.

Information is correct as at 29 November 2023. Programme fees are based on a full-time student and may vary depending on your final selection of courses that make up your programme. To provide you with an indication of costs, the approximate fees quoted in this publication are based on the indicative 2024 fee structure. The indicative programme fees for 2024 do not include the Compulsory Student Services Fee (CSSF). The CSSF is an additional levy to your 2024 programme or course fees. Further information about the CSSF can be found here www.manukau.ac.nz/cssf. Programmes stated as eligible for free study in 2024 are based on the 2023 fee structure and subject to funding confirmation for 2024. All fees are in New Zealand Dollars. You will be advised of the current fees at the time of enrolment. All courses and programmes will proceed subject to numbers and academic approval. Manukau Institute of Technology is part of Te Pūkenga – New Zealand Institute of Skills and Technology. Te Pūkenga is accredited under the provisions of the Education and Training Act 2020. International students must study in class and will not be able to enrol for online study options.