New Zealand Diploma in International Logistics (Freight Forwarding) (Level 5)

Programme highlights

Get your career moving in the freight industry. 

This diploma will prepare you for a wide range of jobs coordinating or managing the business of New Zealand's trade and supply chain transport. 

While studying this diploma you can also gain a qualification in International Air Transport.

MIT's industry partners are constantly seeking employees in this area and some offer trainee graduate intern roles.

Want a flexible study option that fits around your location and lifestyle?

Choose to study in the classroom full-time (daytime), part-time (evenings), or 100% online with regular online class sessions every day.

Key facts

Start Month(s) February, July
Study Location(s) MIT Otara; MIT Manukau; Online
Level 5
Domestic fees $6,900 (approx.)
Youth Guarantee (fees-free*) Not available
Programme Code NZ2915
Duration

34 weeks (full-time) or 68 weeks (part-time)

Study Method Full-time, Part-time
Credits 120
International Fees $22,400 (approx.)
Māori and Pasifika Trades Training Scholarship (fees-free*) Not available
Qualification New Zealand Diploma

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Entry requirements

  • 60 NCEA credits at level 2 with a minimum of
    • 12 NCEA credits in English at level 2
    • 12 NCEA credits in mathematics at level 2 
  • OR
  • Completed the New Zealand Certificate of Distribution (Level 4) 
  • OR
  • Completed the New Zealand Certificate of International Freight Logistics (Level 4)
  • OR
  • Completed an New Zealand certificate in a business discipline (level 5)
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 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/

Provisional entry

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 Director/Head of School.

International students

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Career opportunities

  • IATA Air Transport coordinator  
  • Sea-Freight coordinator
  • Freight Forwarder
  • Customs Broker
  • Customs Officer
  • Port or Transport operator
  • Import/Export Trade supervisor
  • Logistics specialist

Programme structure

You will need to complete the below 14 courses (120 credits):
Level 4

183.418 Business Writing (5 credits)

Select and use appropriate business language to communicate effectively

571.414 Document Production (5 credits)

Learn to produce business documents using word processing software.

573.404 Spreadsheets (5 credits)

Process data by utilising software applications to produce documentation for a business entity.

944.451 Dangerous Goods Land and Sea (5 credits)

Gain the knowledge of the International requirements for the carriage of dangerous goods by sea and land within New Zealand including the practical application of hazardous documents and placards. This course covers:

  • Definition of dangerous goods and declaration/certificate
  • Carrier's, shipper's and forwarder's dangerous goods responsibility
  • Third party liability (e.g. warehousing)
  • Risk management
  • IMDG code (sea)
  • National legislation
  • 9 main classes (1-9)
  • Identification, hazard labels, placarding vehicles, packing group and segregation of packaging.

945.420 Logistic Systems (5 credits)

Utilise industry software to experience industry practices.

Level 5

189.501 Industry Communications (5 credits)

Communicate effectively with a wide range of stakeholders within a freighting environment. Aspects include:

  • Relationship and customer service management
  • Prioritising customers
  • Negotiating services with relevant stakeholders
  • The identification of relevant stakeholders i.e. corps/clients/suppliers
  • Standard methods of customer service operation and negotiation techniques.

944.531 Import Export (IMEX) (15 credits)

Apply advanced knowledge of requirements to manage import and export shipment processes and minimise international business risk.

Learn:

  • INCO terms and their use
  • Methods of payments when buying and selling goods
  • The booking process
  • Commercial documents involved in international trade
  • Carriage documents involved in international trade
  • Customs documents involved in international trade
  • Customs entry and clearance procedures
  • Delivery of an import cargo.

944.532 Transport Law (15 credits)

Appropriately interpret transport law and apply it to industry cases. You will gain an overview of:

  • The law and types of liability
  • The strict liability rules in civil law and common law systems
  • Carrier liability in civil and common law systems (bailment, contract, statute and tort)
  • Specific rules relating to carrier and intermediaries liability in unimodal transport
  • Insurance of cargo
  • Carriers and intermediaries liabilities
  • Processes of claims handling.

944.533 Transport Geography (5 credits)

Gain a thorough understanding of how transport effects global trade. Aspects include:

  • World trade constraints
  • Hub (shipping and air) ports
  • Networks and terminals and modal structures of markets
  • Trade routes
  • Major (air and sea) ports of the world
  • Countries of supply
  • Shipping/airlines serving NZ
  • Intermodal services
  • Topography, hydrography and climate restraints on transport.

944.534 Cargo Management (10 credits)

Manage the storage and carriage of cargo for an international transit to ensure a successful outcome. Study the:

  • Classification and properties of products
  • Storage and carriage needs of products
  • Handling, storing and carrying products cost effectively and safely

Apply your knowledge to achieve a successful out turn.

944.535 IATA Air Cargo and Dangerous Goods by air (15 credits)

This course comprises the content of the 11 units of the IATA / FIATA Diploma Cargo Programme and the content of the IATA Air Dangerous Goods course. In particular:

  • Industry regulations
  • The air cargo agency
  • World geography
  • Aircraft
  • Handling facilities
  • Air cargo acceptance
  • Cargo booking procedures
  • Cargo automation
  • Air cargo rates and charges
  • Airway bills
  • The applicability, limitations, classification identification, packing, marking, labelling, documentation and handling of dangerous goods being carried by air.

944.536 Customs Practice (10 credits)

  • Apply advanced knowledge of Customs and border legislation to manage border clearance requirements
  • Act in the role and functions of customs brokers
  • Apply the customs tariff
  • Perform identification and classification of items
  • Valuation of goods and application of duty rates, concessions, assessment and collection of GST
  • Learn border protection responsibilities
  • Interpretation and application of relevant Acts
  • Perform preparation of import/export excise entries
  • Learn value for duty, tariff opinions and appeals, preferential rates, refunds, remissions and drawbacks, dumping, carnets and ancillary certificates.

944.537 Logistics Health and Safety (10 credits)

Gain the ability to monitor and maintain legislative and company requirements to contribute to a safe and effective workplace. Aspects include:

  • Specific industry terminology
  • Use of personal protective equipment
  • Workplace safety such as hazard identification & accident registers
  • Responsibilities under health and safety legislation
  • Safe work practices

944.538 Forwarding Practice (10 credits)

Apply advanced knowledge of freight forwarding to manage consignments, including:

  • Freight forwarding systems and processes
  • Selection of correct modes of transport
  • Types of services
  • Incoterms and Methods of Payment
  • Freight costings and quotations for all types of cargo.

Key dates

To find the start date of your programme intake listed above, please view the logistics calendar.

Key information for students

New Zealand Diploma in International Freight Logistics (Freight Forwarding) (Level 5)

Entry Requirements
Minimum requirements [?] Any minimum or preferred criteria for entry to this qualification. 60 NCEA credits at Level 2 with a minimum of 12 NCEA credits in English at Level 2, 12 NCEA credits in Mathematics at Level 2 OR Completed the NZ Certificate of Distribution L4 OR Completed the NZ Certificate of International Freight Logistics L4 OR Completed a NZ Certificate in a Business discipline L5 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 Web cam if no camera on device International students: English Language Entry Requirements 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-internationalstudents/
Detailed requirements [?] Click here for more information on any additional entry criteria for this qualification. More information about entry to this qualification
Duration [?] The minimum amount of time it takes to complete this qualification. 1 Year
Tuition Fees Annual Total Qualification
Student fees [?] Annual:
The annual tuition fees payable by a student to study this qualification, additional to what the government contributes. (This is an average based on recent course enrolments. Your fees may differ depending on your course selection.)

Total Qualification:
The total tuition fees payable by a student to study this qualification, additional to what the government contributes. (This is an average based on recent course enrolments. Your fees may differ depending on your course selection.)
$5,968 $5,968
Government tuition subsidy [?] Annual:
The average annual amount paid by government towards the tuition fees for this qualification, additional to what the student pays. (This is an estimate based on the fees subsidy paid by government to tertiary providers last year.)

Total Qualification:
The average total amount paid by government towards the tuition fees for this qualification, additional to what the student pays. (This is an estimate based on the fees subsidy paid by government to tertiary providers last year.)
$6,269 $6,269
Total [?] Annual:
The combined total of the annual amount paid by both the student and government towards the tuition fees for this qualification. (This is an estimate based on recent course enrolments and the fees subsidy paid by government to tertiary providers last year.)

Total Qualification:
The combined total of the amount paid by both the student and government towards the total tuition fees for this qualification. (This is an estimate based on recent course enrolments and the fees subsidy paid by government to tertiary providers last year.)
$12,238 $12,238
Compulsory student services fee
Student loan information [?] Click here for more information on loans and allowances. StudyLink
Student Success
Successful course completions [?] The percentage of students who successfully completed courses towards this qualification last year. 80%
National Graduate Outcomes (3 years after completion)
Median earnings [?] The median represents the middle value for all earnings of young graduates who completed a qualification in this subject area at this level nationally. Earnings do not relate specifically to graduates who completed qualifications at this TEO. $39,003
Earnings range [?] The range shows the upper and lower quartile values representing the one quarter point and three quarters point for all earnings of young graduates who completed qualifications in this subject area. Half of all graduates had earnings within this range. $28,689 - $46,694
In employment [?] This percentage relates to young graduates who completed a qualification in this subject area at this level nationally and does not relate specifically to graduates who completed qualifications at this TEO. 59%
In further study [?] This percentage relates to young graduates who completed a qualification in this subject area at this level nationally and does not relate specifically to graduates who completed qualifications at this TEO. 28%
On a benefit [?] This percentage relates to young graduates who completed a qualification in this subject area at this level nationally and does not relate specifically to graduates who completed qualifications at this TEO. 7%
Note: all KIS information is the most recent available relating to domestic students only.
Click here for more information about the Key Information for Students

Information is correct as at October 2019. 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 2020 fee structure. The indicative programme fees for 2020 do not include the Compulsory Student Services Fee (CSSF). The CSSF is an additional levy to your 2020 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 2020 are based on the 2019 fee structure and subject to funding confirmation for 2020. 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 accredited under the provisions of the Education Act 1989. International students must study in class and will not be able to enrol for online study options.