Postgraduate certificate in public management for regulatory practitioners

For regulatory officials already in or about to enter middle/upper, service, and regional management or analysis/advisory roles.

This qualification covers

There are 4 courses in the PGCertPM. Successful completion leads to graduation with a PGCertPM but this can also be a stepping stone to a Post-Graduate Diploma in Public Management (8 courses) or Master of Public Management (12 courses). 

The programme can be started in July 2023, with a half-day induction and orientation followed by the completion of GOVT 536, and GOVT 502, GOVT 511, and GOVT 553 in 2024. Alternatively, the full set of 4 courses can be completed between February and October 2024. Each course requires approximately 150 hours of study.

How it’s delivered

All courses are available from the VUW premises at Rutherford House, Lambton Quay, Wellington or synchronously via Zoom.

Criteria for eligibility

Applicants are individuals with particular promise and/or capability in their organisations, including the medium/long-term potential to rise to upper regional and senior management.

An applicant must:

  • Be supported by their employer for participation (‘Nomination’); and
  • Have a Bachelor’s degree (NZQA Level 7) in any discipline from a New Zealand (or overseas equivalent) university (‘Graduate entry’) or
  • Have substantial experience in the New Zealand public sector (central or local government) and/or sub-Bachelor’s or professional qualifications (‘Special Entry’).


In 2023, the fee per course is expected to be $1,846.57 (GST excl.). The student levy is $112.18 (GST excl.) per course, for students primarily studying from within the Wellington region, either on-campus or online, and $56.09 (GST excl.) for students primarily studying from elsewhere in New Zealand.

Advice and registration

Organisations and individuals wanting more information or academic advice are asked to contact the Academic Programme Leader, Associate Professor Amanda Wolf ( or the Professional Recruitment Manager Rosie Evans (

Expressions of interest for 2024 are now being accepted.

To register your interest please contact Rosie Evans (

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Last updated: 18 July 2023