Planning education equips students to shape the future using critical and creative thinking skills and provides a deep understanding of the complex forces that shape built and natural environments at all spatial scales – from the local to the global.

The New Zealand Planning Institute advocates for the study of planning and the continual improvement of practising planners in New Zealand. To achieve this and guide aspiring planners, NZPI works with universities to recognise and accredit tertiary education courses that are considered to provide the adequate foundation of planning theory, technical skills, and knowledge to give graduates the best start as planners in the field.

The NZPI course accreditation process establishes and maintains national standards for the New Zealand planning profession and gives certainty to entrants and graduates of the educational accomplishments offered.

The courses listed within the below are accredited by the NZPI from which graduates are automatically eligible for graduate membership of the NZPI (for information on membership categories see here). These lists have been prepared for people who wish to train as planners and for qualified planners or internationals who are seeking further education. You will find the accredited courses currently on offer in each of the universities as well as contact details for further information.

    University of Auckland

    With a University of Auckland planning qualification, you will be well equipped for a range of career opportunities, both in New Zealand and overseas.

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    Massey University

    The Resource and Environmental Planning degrees from Massey University focus on urban development and environmental themes.

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    Otago University

    The planning programme at the University of Otago is recognised nationally and internationally for its professional excellence.

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    Lincoln University

    Lincoln is at the forefront of developing programmes that meet the needs of industry and offer clear career pathways.

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    Waikato University

    Our Bachelor of Environmental Planning (BEP) is a multidisciplinary, research-led programme that prepares you for a career in planning and environmental management.

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    Planning as a Career

    Planning is a profession with a wide range of options to keep the generalist engaged and enough sector demand to allow specialisation if desired.