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Course Fees Policy

Course Fees Payment

Course fees must be paid in full by the application closing date, which is six weeks before the course begins.

Applications are accepted on a first in (with complete documentation & payment in full), first accepted basis. 

To make a payment using a credit card, go to 'Your course applications' page and click 'Pay'. If you have requested an invoice, direct credit details are included on the invoice.

Course Fees Refund

If you withdraw before the closing date, you will receive a full refund of your fee or you may transfer it to another course. 

If NZOIA cancels a course, you will recieve a full refund of your fee or you may transfer it to another course. If you you paid for a new membership at the same time, we will refund your membership if you wish.

If you withdraw after the closing date of a course, the fee is non-refundable. It is transferable only under exceptional circumstances (e.g. bereavement, medical reasons) to the same applicant and course withdrawn from. A credit note will be issued which must be used within two years. Medical certificates/other proof will be required. Contact the This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  for more details.

Other Costs

Candidates have additional costs associated with:

• Transport to and from the course, and during the course.

• Food

• Accommodation, including any hut fees.


The course fee covers less than 50% of the costs to run the qualification scheme. 
This includes: 
   (1) Assessors fees, and expenses of travel to the venue, food and accommodation. 
   (2) Organisational and administrative costs.
   (3) Operational costs of the Technical Sub Committee - the group responsible for monitoring,  
         developing and managing the qualification scheme. 
NZOIA absorbs over 50% of the course scheme costs. This is achieved through significant effort being invested by the board and staff to reduce costs and access funding from organisations such as Sport NZ, Water Safety NZ and NZ Community Trust.

NZOIA acknowledges the funding provided to it by:

  • logo NZCT
  • logo Water Safety
  • logo Sparc

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