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Skills and attitudes to last a lifetime.


Lifelong dynamic skills


UP Education is the largest private tertiary education group in New Zealand, along with a rapidly growing presence in Australia.

Through our 50 campuses in 15 locations we deliver in-demand Vocational and Higher Education programs to a diverse set of 26,000 students.

Through our tailored learning environments and passionate team of academics, UP Education instills lifelong dynamic skills, preparing our learners to take on everything their future holds.


Our offering


Delivering Bachelor Degrees, Masters, Diplomas and Certificates, our offering include Health, Trades, Technology, Early Childhood Education, Tourism, Hospitality, and Creative Industries.

Across our offering, modes of learning span Face-to-Face, Blended and Online Learning.

All UP Education Private Training Establishments are NZQA Category 1 accredited; the highest accreditation awarded to training providers in New Zealand. In Australia our Private Colleges are fully accredited.

With an unwavering focus on learner outcomes, we consistently deliver industry-leading qualification completion rates.


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We started in 2012 with a mission to provide exceptional health education to students. Today, we have realised that dream with a completion rate of over 90% within schools— making us one of the best RTOs in the industry. Connect ‘n’ Grow have expanded to mainstream schools, businesses, and individuals—giving every person that aspires to have a successful career in health and social service an opportunity.

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Endeavour College of Natural Health is the largest private Higher Education provider of natural medicine courses in the Southern Hemisphere. We support our students with lecturers from the forefront of the complementary medicine industry, cutting edge curricula, and Australia’s largest choice of natural health degrees. With six campuses nationally, and a robust digital education platform, we are the largest private Higher Education provider of natural medicine courses in the Southern Hemisphere. We are the best at it because it’s all we do – and we have been doing it for over 45 years.

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Builders Academy NZ is a new on-site apprenticeship partner that works with you to build dependable, resilient professionals in carpentry. With the construction industry grappling with skills shortages and an ageing workforce, it’s crucial we train new tradespeople to ensure sustained productivity. Builders Academy supports construction employers to guide & inspire apprentices as they journey to become qualified carpenters.


Builders Academy Australia offers nationally accredited qualifications for the building and construction industry. Qualifications range from pre-apprenticeships up to Diploma level and cover trades such as carpentry, plumbing, work health and safety and building and construction.


Acknowledge Education is a dual sector education provider offering VET and HE courses across Community Services, Cooking and Hospitality, and English Language. With a 140+ year history, it has a national footprint of eight campuses across Melbourne, Sydney, Perth and Brisbane.


Founded in 1990, the Australian Institute of Professional Counsellors is the leading provider of tertiary counselling education in Australia. AIPC predominantly delivers learning online. It has seven campuses across Australia for student support and practical elements.


Judged the best hotel and hospitality school in Australia, ICHM provides world-class hospitality teaching facilities, opportunities for work integrated learning placements, and exceptional employment outcomes, with 87% of students securing jobs after graduation.


An established tertiary education provider for nearly 40 years, New Zealand Tertiary College (NZTC) provides internationally recognised qualifications to enable students to excel in – Early Childhood Education and Health and Wellbeing.


Inspired by the pride New Zealand has for its unique food culture, the goal of The Culinary Collective is to grow the next generation of chefs, bartenders, baristas and hospitality leaders to put us on the world map.


NZMA teaches real skills for today’s professions. Across seven campuses worldwide NZMA delivers employment-focused vocational training students in the fields of hospitality, cookery, trades, early childhood education and health.

NZIS Sports Exchange

Established in 1996 to provide tertiary level education with specialist courses in sport management, exercise prescription, personal training and pre-police training. Campuses are located in Auckland, Hamilton, Wellington and Christchurch.


Preparing students for global careers in hotels, airlines, travel agencies, tourism companies, cruise ships, conferencing and more. NZST has eight vibrant campuses across New Zealand and a line up of industry-relevant certificates and diplomas.


For over 40 years, Cut Above Academy has given students the edge they need to become hairstylists, barbers, makeup and special effects artists. Direct industry links and on-site teaching studios deliver highly skilled, committed and technically excellent graduates.


Offering national and international qualifications, small classes and industry qualified teaching staff, Elite is the leading beauty therapy educator in New Zealand. Our students graduate with the skills they need to become successful beauty therapists.


For over 30 years, New Zealand’s largest specialist creative and IT college has been fuelling the creative and IT industries with talented graduates who go on to extraordinary careers in animation, film, emerging technologies, game development, graphic design and more.

Our approach to learning

Employment is the ultimate goal

To help launch our students into the right career, contemporary employment skills are embedded in our courses every step of the way. Opportunities for real-life work experience are an important part of many of our courses, and some include paid internships.

Tutors with real-life industry experience

For learning real-life, up to date skills, the best tutors are people who come directly from the industry. Our teaching staff are real-world professionals – enthusiastic experts who are excited to share their knowledge and skill with our students.

Small classes

Our class environment is the signature feature of all UP Education colleges. Small class sizes ensure our students learn with dedicated attention and feel supported. We’ve designed our learning experiences to be stimulating, effective and fun, so our students get to know their classmates well in a comfortable social atmosphere.

Fit for industry

Each of our campuses is designed to reflect the specific industry environments found in the workplace, from training bars, restaurants and commercial kitchens, to construction workshops. From film production facilities to a Boeing 737 aircraft cabin trainer, we take you right to the heart of your chosen industry.

Hands-on, practical training

At each of our colleges, we provide hands-on, practical experience. We design our courses with industry experts, so our students learn has a direct connection and practical application to their chosen career. That means our students graduate with the skills needed to walk straight into the workplace.