Ara Institute Of Canterbury Online Courses

Sometimes it’s tricky to fit study around your lifestyle and commitments.

Fortunately, we have a solution. We’re pleased to be able to offer a range of study options that you can study fully online, when and where you please. That means you can study even if you’re working full-time, you have other commitments, or if you don’t live near an Ara campus.

Our fully online study options are delivered through eCampus NZ.

Here’s how it works: first you decide which of the Ara qualifications (listed below) you want to study. Then you enroll through eCampus and become an Ara student with all the usual Ara student support, resources, and benefits. Your course content will come to you via eCampus and you choose when and where you study. Once you’ve successfully completed your course, you’ll graduate with an Ara qualification that’s equal in merit to those studied on campus.

Fully online course options

The following study options are available fully online.


  • Certificate in Business (Introduction to Small Business) (Level 3) or (Level 4)
  • Certificate in Business (Introduction to Team Leadership) (Level 3)
  • Certificate in Business (Administration and Technology) (Level 3) or (Level 4) 
  • Certificate in Business (Accounting Support Services) (Level 4)
  • Certificate in Business (First Line Management) (Level 4)
  • Diploma in Business (Administration and Technology) (Level 5)
  • Diploma in Business (Accounting) (Level 5)
  • Diploma in Business (Leadership and Management) (Level 5)
  • Diploma in Business (Marketing and Sales) (Level 5)
  • Diploma in Business (Human Resource Management) (Level 5)


  • Certificate in Computing (Intermediate User) (Level 3)
  • Certificate in Information Technology Essentials (Level 4)


  • Graduate Certificate in Information Design (Level 7)

Project Management

  • Certificate in Project Management (Level 4)
  • Diploma in Business (Project Management) (Level 5)

Teacher Education

  • Certificate in Adult and Tertiary Teaching (Level 5)
  • Certificate in Adult Literacy and Numeracy Education (Vocational/Workplace) (Level 5)