Application Process

It is by the mercy of God and through the work of the Holy Spirit that you could consecrate yourself to be a full-time trainee, choosing to give all your time to the pursuit of the truth and the service of the church. This is a serious decision. At the same time it is a most glorious choice.

To apply for the Full-Time Training in Hamilton:

  1. Thoroughly review the information on this website.
  2. Print and complete the form:  FTT Enrolment Form
  3. As required on the form, you will need to fellowship with the elders in your locality for their recommendation.
  4. Email or post the form to the New Zealand Training Centre.


If you are looking to apply for the short-term training, please see the Short-Term Training page.

International Students

In addition to the above steps, once you have received our letter of acceptance, you will need to:

  1. Pay your fees for one year
  2. Apply for a Fee Paying Student Visa through Immigration New Zealand. Their criteria include:
    • Offer of a Place letter from the NZTC
    • Official receipt for payment of course fees
    • Evidence of sufficient funds  - You must have enough money to live on while you are in NZ.
    • Health requirements - Depending on where you are coming from, you may need to meet some health checks.
    • Student insurance - You must have full medical and travel insurance for the length of your stay.

English Proficiency

International students enrolling for the Full-Time Training are required to have proficiency in English (this is a government requirement). Accepted English proficiency outcomes:

  • IELTS: Academic score of 5.5 with no band lower than 5.
  • TOEFL:
    • Paper-based test (pBT) score of 550 (with an essay score of 5 TWE) or;
    • Internet-based test (iBT) score of 46 (with a writing score of 20).
  • Cambridge English Examinations: FCE or FCE for schools with a score of 162. No less than 154 in each skill OET at Grade C in all sub-tests.

See the Education (Pastoral Care of Tertiary and International Learners) Code of Practice 2021