In 2020, ATC (formerly Advance Training Centres) merged with NZSE. ATC was established in 1991 in Kaikohe, Northland to deliver free military-oriented programmes for youth between 16-19 years old. The programme was so successful and so widely regarded by the community that it expanded by opening campuses in Auckland and the Waikato.

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Focused on empowering our mātātahi with discipline, knowledge and the soft skills to succeed the programme builds students confidence and allows them to become career-successful role models within their communities.

Our programmes provide an exciting, safe and supportive learning environment and are designed to provide students with recognised qualifications and clear pathways to the New Zealand Defence Forces, Police and other services, along with other sectors of employment, or higher level study.

Each year new students flourish in the atmosphere of a military-styled education system, achieving academic,physical, and vocational heights they never thought possible.

ATC is accredited by New Zealand Qualification Authority (NZQA) and funded by Tertiary Education Commission (TEC) to provide tertiary level programmes for our domestic students, especially focused on our youth. With NZQA being confident in its quality assurance process. ATC is committed to improving its performance.

See our latest NZQA report.

CEO, Chief Executive
Marina Masame Naborisi
Head of School
Manukau Campus
Waitakere Campus
Hamilton Campus


5a Ryan Place, Manukau, Auckland

ATC opened its Manukau campus in August 2016. Our Manukau campus provides a modern and flexible learning environment to approximately 75 students. Students have access to wireless internet connection and provides the ideal environment to concentrate on studies.

Getting here: There are many public bus stops near our Manukau campus. Check out the Auckland Transport website for details and timetables.

Car parking on campus: There is no student car parking available on campus. However, there is on-street parking on Ryan Place.


2171 Great North Road, Avondale, Auckland

ATC New Lynn has recently relocated to a larger space in Avondale to meet the requirements of our growing number of students. This campus boasts large teaching areas with a student lounge and kitchen area. Students have access to wireless internet connection to give students the best environment to study.

Getting here: Our campus is located near the New Lynn Transport Centre, with buses and trains running all day, making it easy for students to access the campus.

Car parking on campus: There is limited student car parking available on campus.


848/850 Victoria Street, Hamilton, Waikato

ATC Hamilton’s staff are truly passionate about our youth. The campus is the smallest out of the 3 – catering to approximately 50 students – but has enough space to allow our students to relax and be comfortable. Wireless internet is provided, alongside multiple computer rooms for students to learn and study in an ideal study environment.

Getting here: With our excellent CBD location travelling to and from campus is made easy by bus or we have car-parks available on site.

Car parking on campus: There is car parking available on site for students with a valid New Zealand driver’s licence.


ATC is proud to support our communities. We schedule community service projects into the delivery of our programmes. This provides opportunities for our students to show leadership and contribute to the beautification of their local community.

If you think you have a community service project that we can incorporate into our learning programme, please get in touch with us on 0508 282 282.

How fit do I have to be?

New recruits will train at a lower level and will become the ultimate fitness machine by the end of the programme.

I’m 19 and a half, can I enrol?

Yes! We can enrol student’s right up to 20yrs, as long as you are 19 when you enrol.

What is the cost of the programme?

We are a government funded organisation and run free Youth Guarantee programmes, more info here on YG.

Do you run a holiday programme/course?

Yes, we run STAR short courses and a Gateway programme at our military campuses, talk with your school STAR and Gateway coordinator about what we offer.

I want to apply for the Police, will this programme help me?

Yes! By the time you complete your programmes you will have achieved your NCEA qualifications and will be an ultimate fitness machine.

What qualifications will I achieve throughout the programme?

NCEA 1, Vocational Pathways Social & Community Services – Level 2 and New Zealand Certificate in Security Level 3*

*pending approval

When can I start?

Check out our intake dates.

I have a pre-existing medical condition, can I still enrol?

This depends, please speak with our ATC Course Advisors to discuss your options.

I have a criminal history, can I still enrol?

This depends, please speak with our ATC Course Advisors to discuss your options.