New Zealand’s tourism industry needs skilled people with a passion to provide great services and experiences to visitors from all over the world. 

The New Zealand tourism sector currently employs an estimated 360,000 staff and it is estimated that the industry will need  another 40,000 workers during the next five years◊.

Our tourism programmes focus on providing the essential knowledge, teamwork, and customer service and communication skills for those wishing to enter this exciting industry for a variety of roles. 

These roles cover a wide range of tourism industry organisations such as visitor attractions and activities as well as airport and airline services.

◊Source: Tourism Aotearoa, 2019.
Potential jobs
Job Average Salary>>
Outdoor recreation guides $46K-$58K  per year (>3yrs experience)
Tour guides $25K-$60K per year (note that there are not set pay rates)

>>Salary source from: (as at January 2017)

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)

Your work experience or previous tertiary study may count towards achieving your qualification. Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) at MIT is designed for those who already have the on-the-job skills and knowledge, but want to take their career to the next level with a qualification.

With RPL we can measure and match your existing skills against credits in our courses – creating a tailored path of study that will not only save you money, but also help you to complete your qualification faster.

To learn more about what our programmes can offer you, view our available programmes by subject area, or make an appointment to speak with us on 0800 62 62 52 or email

Why choose MIT?

The Tourism industry has high employment demand and job security. At MIT we offer a range of programmes which can help you get the career you want. There’s something for everyone – from entry-level certificates to diploma, degree and graduate diplomas.

Gain real job experience When you study tourism with MIT you’ll have the opportunity to get hands-on skills and experience tourism in action on field trips, giving you valuable insights and industry knowledge.

As a diploma student you’ll complete a work placement within the tourism sector for realworld experience of industry practices.

We will support you to succeed

MIT’s driving purpose is to get you into a great job. Many of our classes are small, you are known by name, and our staff work closely with you to help you achieve success. We offer flexible learning options to fit around your work or family commitments. You’ll be supported by our friendly, knowledgeable staff to ensure you succeed at MIT and in your career.

The very latest technology at your fingertips

MIT is fitted out with wireless and Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) technology – bringing the classroom to your laptop. Students can connect for free to our wi-fi network. This network is compatible with most devices. As a MIT student you can access your required course materials and collaborative tools for free anywhere on campus.

All students with an approved student loan, studying at Level 4 and above, are eligible to apply for course related costs through Studylink to buy a laptop.

‘Quarters’ optimise your study time and support your success

How does twice as much time to focus on half the amount of papers and no exams sound?

We have introduced a new optimised teaching format we’re calling ‘quarters’. This means that if you are a full-time student, you will study two courses per quarter instead of four courses per semester. If you are part-time studying two papers, you will do one per quarter. If you are studying one or three courses, you will have a choice on how you spread your enrolment throughout the year.

In short, you will double the class time per week for half the courses in any one quarter. There is no change in the overall learning hours or credits for each course. If you’re a part-time student this will also give you more flexibility and help you finish your qualification faster than before.

Extensive international research and our own experience confirms that this format leads to more students passing with better grades. This is because more students make it to the end of the course, less subjects need to be concentrated on at any one time and there are fewer assessments to complete at any one time. Even better, there will no longer be any exams. Some courses may still have smaller tests along the way, but none will have the traditional long final exam. Other assessments and industry projects will be tailored to suit this new optimised teaching format as well. It doesn’t affect student loans or allowances.


The following programmes are available in this area of study: