If you are looking to enhance your business skills or provide professional development for your staff, Ara Institute of Canterbury has a wide variety of options available at low cost or no cost. Grow your own skills as an owner or manager, and enhance the ability of your staff to provide the best service possible for your customers. These courses are available in Rangiora, Christchurch, online and on-site.

Rangiora Campus


YG Admin Computing 0041Computing for Free courses are very affordable and available at times that allow you to fit your study around work, family and other commitments. You’ll learn from friendly, professional tutors of Ara in modern, well-equipped classrooms.

Many companies and small businesses require job applicants to have experience in using MYOB software. Computing for Free’s MYOB Accounts Receivable and Payable course covers account processing, ledger reports and processing cycles. MYOB Payroll is also available. The MYOB courses are delivered by a trained and experienced tutor and can be used towards further study such as Business Administration Levels 3 and 4.

For dates of any of these courses please don't hesitate to pop in to our Rangiora campus to enquire and enroll. 

Online Training

Ara also provide a variety of online Business courses, which can be blended with face to face if required.

Featured Upcoming Training

Cert in Cookery AraCertificate in Cookery Level 4 

Grow your staff. Take your kitchen staff and set them on the path to becoming a chef with our work based cookery course.

Our Chef tutor will visit your workplace to assess onsite, along with a training session once every six weeks in Christchurch.

This course is free to New Zealanders. Read the brochure to find out more and contact Lana Shields, Workforce Development Representative, at 021-416347 or to discuss.


Barista course AraBar/Barista/Cafe Service Course

Impress customers by developing the customer service and barista skills of your workers, concentrating on bar or cafe staff. This free course, starting in late February includes 36 hours training, online tutorials and an assessor coming to your workplace. Trainees will need to travel into Christchurch for half a day on Mondays for the duration of the course.

This course is free to New Zealanders. Read the brochure to find out more and contact Lana Shields, Workforce Development Representative, at 021-416347 or to discuss. 

The Workforce Development Team

The Workforce Development team focus on developing quality relationships with industry throughout Canterbury enabling educational outcomes and skills development requirements.  Through these relationships the team can establish industry’s need for training and provide information to departments to help inform product design and planning which is aligned to industry demand.

Professional development for your staff can include: online courses, workshops, block courses and qualifications up to degree level.

The team can discuss work experience, managed apprenticeships and internships for your company.

For a more in-depth discussion, please contact



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