QualificationNew Zealand Diploma in International Logistics (Freight Forwarding) (Level 5)Programme code: NZ2915
Get your career moving in the freight industry.
This diploma will prepare you for a wide range of jobs coordinating or managing the trade and supply chain transport within a business.
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.
Study 100% online, or study part-time with face-to-face evening classes held onsite at MIT Manukau.
- 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
- Completed the New Zealand Certificate of Distribution (Level 4)
- Completed the New Zealand Certificate of International Freight Logistics (Level 4)
- Completed a 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/
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.
You will complete your test in one day, plus get free online tuition to help you succeed. We offer paper-based or computer-delivered IELTS. Choose computer-delivered IELTS and get your results in 3-5 days.
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You will need to complete the below 14 courses (120 credits):
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.
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.
- 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 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 affects 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
- 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 the 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 and 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.
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.
Further training or study
- Graduate Diploma in Supply Chain and Shipping Management (Level 7)
- Bachelor of Applied Management (Level 7) (multiple majors available).
- IATA Air Transport coordinator
- Sea-Freight coordinator
- Freight Forwarder
- Customs Broker
- Customs Officer
- Port or Transport operator
- Import/Export Trade supervisor
- Logistics specialist
For potential salaries visit careers.govt.nz.
“Logistics is a fast-paced industry, so you need to think on your feet.
I’m an export air freight operator, which means I help companies export their goods to overseas markets. We work with large companies, moving many different types of products and booking space for them on airlines. Not many people know about it as a career, but if you have studied, and have the experience, you have a good chance to go far.
The lecturers at MIT were really good. They would always take the time to help you and make sure you’re up-to-date with your work."
"I am a supply planner responsible for ensuring stock availability, reduction in cost and managing supplier relationships. I work with 7 vendors across 4 countries and also manage inventory levels for South Island.
Supply chain is a vast industry with endless opportunities. It’s constantly growing, has flexible working hours and opportunities for salary increments.
I have a ton of experience in FMGC but realised I must be able to articulate the basics of supply chain and procurement to get ahead – so I took a logistics course at MIT. MIT offered the most flexible courses.
I then quickly learnt how accessible the lectures were and the support provided gave me the boost to want to perform well. I dropped out of study years back because there was no support. It was a demoting, especially when students take a huge debt.
MIT operates at a very high standard where student wellbeing is a primary concern – lecturers remember your name and ensure everyone is up to speed. The lecturers are the main attraction to this institute. They come with solid backgrounds and experience in their field of study and will not fail or give up on a student that easily. They teach you what you need to succeed, lessons are based on reality, and they care about their students and their performance.
Studying logistics at MIT is a good way to upskill your strengths and it's an accomplishment to study a course while being on the job – it shows dedication and makes you stand out from the crowd.
My current job seems easy since I learnt about it in class already. The effort you put in now will greatly be rewarded in the long run."
“My time studying with MIT’s School of Logistics was very exciting, challenging and rewarding.
As a first time international student, the staff were very welcoming and helped me settle in the new environment, new country.
All staff members have vast practical and theoretical experience in their respective subjects, which made the class interactions particularly enjoyable and interesting.
The course is designed rather practically to prepare the students to easily fit into roles they plan to pursue after graduation. Course structure, teaching techniques and assessment methods aptly prepared me for the next phases of my career.
Overall the various papers provide an invaluable insight into the supply chain industry while enabling me to learn and also challenge the status quo as a part of the assessments.
The staff are approachable and very helpful. The course also provides students with an opportunity for networking within the wider industry.
A great experience and the right program that helped me secure a good role in a global organisation.”
"Prior to studying at MIT, I was working at a supermarket which I wasn't satisfied with. I wanted to do something different so I chose to study logistics at MIT.
This course gave me such a high level of logistics and freight forwarding knowledge, and made me ready to step into the industry.
My time at MIT was really great and our lecturers were always supportive. They always helped by going the extra mile to give me answers to my questions – even if it was during their break-times or home-time – staff and lecturers were always happy to help.
I thank MIT for giving me both the knowledge and a qualification which helped me step into the industry with so much confidence.
Today, I can say is I am successfully working in logistics and freight forwarding industry because of my education at MIT.
Five stars to MIT and highly recommended."
“I want to further my career, I am quite ambitious when it comes to what I want. If I’m not satisfied with where I am currently, I will take the extra step to go further.
What I enjoy about MIT is flexibility, especially around my kids. It enables me study, have a full-time job, and be a full-time mum as well.
MIT is giving me that formal qualification to back up my skills and knowledge. The advice I would give to someone looking at studying logistics is that if you want it, go for it, there is nothing holding you back if you want it.”
“Logistics is how a product gets from A to B. Everything that you are wearing today, all of the food that you eat – a logistics company has gotten that to you. I wanted to know what happens to a product before it gets to your door. I knew a little, but I wanted to know all of the ins and outs, so I chose to study supply chain management at MIT.
You make friends, you get to learn about new things, and you develop. There is nothing better than that. It is very fulfilling and no day is the same.
My recommendation to you is – just do it. The logistics world is so wide that you can go on to do anything.”
“International logistics is so important for the world economy and MIT has provided me the opportunity to understand this particular subject from experienced professors that have been in the industry for many years.
The lecturers are really amazing, the professors are really helpful and approachable, and through my time at MIT I have learned so much that I am ready to step up in the industry with so much confidence, and also holding my formal qualification.
Thank you, MIT. I really love you.”
“Logistics to me is an industry that is always changing. MIT gives me the chance to learn from people who have worked in the industry for many years. The lecturers are awesome, they are really willing to help you, they are keen to share their experiences, and give you a better understanding of what’s to come.
I enjoy studying at MIT because they offer a range of ways to study - I can do it part-time or I can do it full-time and they make it easy.”
“I was in the tourism industry, which has been badly affected by the pandemic. I decided to study International Logistics, an essential and growing industry with various roles and opportunities for new learners.
MIT was recommended to me because of the flexibility and quality of lecturers, and I found that it was true – MIT offered great flexibility and support, and lecturers were so helpful too.
I studied full-time online while working part-time and looking after my child. All classes were recorded so I could study when it suited me. While I studied online by myself at home, I never felt alone or left behind because lecturers and classmates were on Microsoft Teams. I could choose to see them on live chat class or to study later using recorded materials.
The field trip to Port of Tauranga was a great experience. I could see what was happening at various parts of the port, which helped my learning later on. Also, as an online student, I appreciated the opportunity to meet lecturers and classmates face-to-face.
All lecturers have worked in the industry so they shared useful skills and interesting stories that are not in the text books. What I learnt were very practical, such as costing, communicating, creating documents etc. The knowledge I gained at MIT now helps me at my workplace. The most important was that I understood what my colleagues were doing and talking about on my first day of work.
The diploma has been valued by my employer as it covers broad knowledge in freight forwarding."
“12 years ago, I graduated with a diploma in shipping and freight from MIT and have been working in the logistics industry ever since. I wanted to upskill so chose MIT again.
The students come from many different backgrounds. The lecturers are great, and they support us even during weekends. I liked the fact that we could do online study in the evening – it is so good for people who are working and juggling family life.
My MIT qualification helped me get into my current job. After I graduated, I was offered a job in the shipping industry straight away.”
Sylvia Susanti Natahardja
“When I was asked in an interview if I have done any further studies despite 11 years of experience, I had said no. I do not want that to happen again.
MIT offered what I was looking for, and the location made it more ideal as I work and stay in South Auckland.
At MIT you gain practical knowledge and as well as a qualification. Studying was a total refresher of what I was doing at work and it has changed my views. It has enhanced my knowledge and benefitted me financially. I now have a different approach to work, import and export with laws, cost savings, and delivery of items.
I loved the approach of the tutors and lecturers as they were very experienced. The flexibility in studying was so great as I have a family and work. This has encouraged me to study more and enrol for other courses which will enable me be a logistics manager in the near future, and will help me financially as well."
"To new students...
Get into the course and get your studies going as this industry has boomed. Without this industry we would be stuck. Covid has made all people realise that without the logistics industry nothing can be shipped or moved physically from country to another.
The course work is to a standard where a new student who has zero experience will start liking to study. The teaching environment and students are of mixed ethnicity and age. We share our experiences in class and offer assistance to the new students.
It is never late."
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