|With campuses spread across the Central South Island, Ara is ideally placed to help you succeed.
Positioned in the centre of the South Island, surrounded by primary industry opportunities, allows Ara to be in an ideal situation to deliver a suite of innovative, exciting and effective agriculture and horticulture programmes.
- Animal Care
- Primary Industry Skills
- Vehicles Machinery and Infrastructure
- Farming Systems
- Agribusiness Management
- Commercial Driver Training
Arts and Design
Creative thinking and skills that underlie art and design practice are fundamental to all the creative industries.
- Graphic Design
- Visual Arts and Design
Beauty and Hairdressing
Take the opportunity to express your creativity, interact with clients and be the one to make people look and feel their best through a career in beauty or hairdressing.
- Beauty Therapy
Business and Tourism
A career in business and tourism can open up a world of opportunities within New Zealand and across the world.
- Office Management
- First Line Management
- Project Management
- Human Resources
In New Zealand it is essential to gain a high level of English language skills in order to study, work or apply for permanent residency..
- Intensive English (start every Monday)
- English language for Academic Study
Health & Education
Enter a compassionate and rewarding career providing valuable services to the community and utilise your skills in working with a diverse range of people.
- Parenting and Care of Children
- Early Childhood
- Childbirth Education
- Life Skills
- Te Reo Rangatira
- Mental Health and Addiction Support
- Social Services
- Massage Therapy
- Laboratory Technician
Enter an industry that offers a broad range of careers in hotels, restaurants, cafés, bars and bakeries.
- Cafe and Barista
- Food and Beverage
- Career Baker
- Culinary Essentials
- Culinary Principles
Keep up with changing technology and join an industry in high demand here and abroad.
- Information and Communications
- Information Systems Development
If your passion is to supply information, news or entertainment to New Zealand and globally then media is the industry for you.
- Film and Television
- Digital Photography
- Media Communication
If you have a passion for adventure and would like to open up a world of outdoor activities to others then a career in outdoor education can fulfill your goals.
- Outdoor Instruction
- Outdoor Recreation
If your enthusiasm lies with a career in sport or fitness, we have a programme that can lead you into careers such as sports co-ordinators, health and fitness instructors, or coaching.
Help solve the skills shortage. Professional tradespeople and those with skills to keep up with ecological trends are in high demand around the world.
- Certificate in Automotive Technology
- Automotive Electrical and Mechanical Engineering
- Automotive Heavy Engineering
- General Engineering
- Painting and Decorating
Learn new skills in your spare time
If you are looking to acquire new skills or pursue an interest, Ara offers a variety of short courses. Our short courses give you choice; they run for different lengths and times that suit you. Come along and learn something new in a fun, vibrant environment.