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Stotts Correspondence Education has been delivering distance learning for nearly 30 years - proving our passion for open learning and making a real difference to our students' lives.  Stotts Correspondence Education is all about providing you with the freedom to achieve your goals. We deliver 50+ flexible and affordable courses, including certificates and approved qualifications. Whether you are seeking to launch, accelerate or change your career, or take your hobby to the next level, we have the right course for you.


For many, distance learning offers the perfect opportunity to study and continue working, with a timeframe that's suitable to your needs. Distance education courses are flexible and convenient and offer the same high quality education and training that you would expect from face-to-face learning experiences. Signing up is easy and you'll be on your way to making your learning dreams a reality. The future – your future – is now!


What is distance education?

As one of our students you still complete assignments, undergo testing and are supported and guided by tutors, BUT… the learning situation is controlled by YOU.   We send you your textbooks, learning modules and assignments to work through.  You decide how and when you complete your assignments and submit them back to us for grading and feedback.  You can submit questions and contact our mentors and student support services as much as you need.  We are here to help.  You can decide how long it takes to finish your course, indeed a number of our students are able to successfully complete their learning in a matter of months!

How does distance education work?

Once you have chosen your course and enroled, all course materials including textbooks, will be delivered directly to your door. Your completed assignments can be either submitted by email or mailed in for marking.

You are able to determine the pace at which you would like to work through the course and don’t face deadlines and due dates, which youtypically do with most other education providers.  Study as much or as little as you want to finish when it suits you and your lifestyle!

What are the benefits of studying by distance education?

The flexibility of distance education means that you can set your own schedule, study at your own pace and study wherever it suits you. Distance education is perfect for those looking to fit in learning with work, family and social commitments. And, with none of the overheads of the campus or the classroom, distance education is affordably priced without the sacrifice of a quality educational experience – Stotts Correspondence Education is nationally recognised and accredited by the New Zealand Qualifications Authority. Also, you won’t be alone, as there is an extensive support network available to distance education students. Learning via distance education is simple, affordable and flexible.

Will a distance education course improve my job prospects?

Undertaking any form of study or course is an investment in your career – a level of qualification on your resume will make you a more attractive candidate to employers and improve your job prospects. Not only will you have a higher skill level, but dedicating time to study proves that you are committed and hardworking – a quality that is looked at favourably by employers.

Will employers recognise my distance education course?

Stotts Correspondence Education is a registered training provider with New Zealand Qualifications Authority (NZQA) and is approved to deliver a wide range of courses. Employers will certainly recognise your course if you’re completing one of our NZQA approved qualifications or Unit Standards.  Whether you enrol in an individually approved course or not, improving your skills and knowledge through distance education will better your skills and job prospects.

Recognition of prior learning (RPL)

Stotts Correspondence Education acknowledges that relevant knowledge and skills can be acquired through a variety of means, not just through formal education and training.

Recognition of prior learning (RPL) is the recognition given for the knowledge and skills a student has acquired through work experience, education, training and life experiences. RPL is also known as recognition of current competency (RCC) and application of prior learning (APL).

The RPL process involves matching the student’s knowledge and skills to the learning outcomes of courses to determine whether the student should be given credit for specific units of competency or modules.

How does RPL work?

RPL involves the student providing evidence to establish that their current knowledge and skills match particular units of competency or modules from the course in which you are enrolled in, or looking to enrol in. Collecting evidence to establish your claim for RPL is the most important part in the whole process.

Once Stotts receives your RPL application, the evidence and information you have provided for each unit of competency or module will be assessed by an academic team.

You may be contacted during the assessment process by the RPL assessors and asked to provide further information, or to clarify details about the evidence you have supplied.

What are the benefits of RPL?

Because RPL provides formal recognition for your existing knowledge and skills, you don’t have to spend time re-learning what you already know, or demonstrate skills you can already perform.

The benefits for you are:
- You can gain your qualification in a reduced amount of time.
- You can concentrate your time and energy on learning new knowledge and skills, starting your Stotts course at the right level for you.
- Credit given to you through the RPL process can be recognised by employers to assist with your career progression.

Contact Customer Services on 0800 500 567 for further information about RPL fees and to apply.

Fee indemnification

Stotts provides protection of all students fees in the unlikely event of insolvency and/or regulatory closure or withdrawal of accreditation. This protection is provided through the use of Student Fee trust accounts administered by the Public Trust. Stotts meets the New Zealand Qualifications Authority requirements which provides for fee and tuition protection in case of business closure. For more information, visit

Complaints procedure

While we strive to provide students with the best possible service, we accept that issues or complaints may still arise from time to time. We encourage you to contact us with any issues or complaints you have as we believe that any opportunity to create improvement is to be welcomed.

Any issues regarding Stotts or the courses should be brought to the attention of the Student Support Services team on 0800 151 261. If we are unable to resolve the issue you are welcome to then contact the New Zealand Qualifications Authority.

New Zealand Qualifications Authority
Post: PO Box 160, Wellington
Phone: 0800 724 357
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Rules and regulations

Stotts values academic freedom and creative expression and while we have limited specific rules we require learners and tutors to treat each other with respect and consideration in all their dealings. Any concerns in this regard will be dealt with on a case by case basis.

While we are fully supportive of students communicating their ideas freely offensive language or content, which is provided in an inappropriate context will be subject to disciplinary procedures. Any submission of illegal or dangerous items to Stotts will result in disciplinary procedures. Any illegal behaviour will be notified to the authorities.

These examples of unacceptable behaviour are indicative of the types of behaviour that will result in disciplinary procedures; however this list is not exhaustive and is provided as an indication only.

Disciplinary procedures

Any matters requiring disciplinary action that come to the attention of Stotts Correspondence Education will be dealt with on a case by case basis. Initially a process of communication with the student is conducted detailing what the concern is and allowing the student to reply. Usually such cases are found to be a case of misunderstanding and can be resolved with clear feedback and communication between concerned parties. However, if the matter is upheld, and found to be misconduct, then the student will receive a letter of warning and this will specify that continued instances of the inappropriate behaviour will result in a disciplinary notice being added to the student’s academic record, and may also result in a period of stand-down. Stand-down means a period where assignments and queries will not be marked or answered. In the event of a stand-down your original course duration will not change. The period of a stand-down is determined by Stotts Correspondence Education.



International Students


We are not signatories to the Pastoral Code of Care and we cannot accept international students.



Plagiarism is when you copy or use ideas from someone else and you present them as your own. If you use ideas or diagrams from any sources such as books, the internet, newspapers, magazines, etc. then you must indicate where you took your ideas from. If Stotts deems it necessary then we will undertake investigations to establish the authenticity of your work. In submitting assessment work you are accepting Stotts right to undertake investigation into plagiarism and to implement disciplinary measures as they see necessary. For further information please see our plagiarism brochure under the Documents section.

Further information for students

For further information contact our Customer Services team on 0800 500 567.

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