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.

What is ATC Military and Vocational Prep School?

ATC Military and Vocational Prep is a training organisation that uses military-style teaching, techniques and activities to prepare young people for pathways into the workforce, possible careers in the NZ Defence Force, Police or other related services, or helps them gain the credits needed to advance towards university studies.

Where is ATC Military and Vocational Prep Located?

We have campuses based in West Auckland, South Auckland and Hamilton.

How old do you have to be to join ATC Military and Vocational Prep?

You need to be aged between 16-19 years old although you can still enrol if you’re turning 20 years old soon.

How much does ATC Military and Vocational Prep cost?

The course is FREE for 16-19 year olds. The Government’s Youth Guarantee criteria applies so call now [0800 99 88 11] and  speak to one of Course Advisors to get more information and secure yourself a spot in the programme.

Will I be able to get into NZ Police, NZ Army or NZDF with ATC Military and Vocational Prep?

If you successfully complete the course your chances of getting into these organisations increases greatly. Our tutors and staff have your career aspirations in mind and want you to succeed. They will help you throughout your journey, assist you with mapping out your future and help you navigate your pathway towards careers in those services.

Is ATC Military and Vocational Prep part of NZSE now?

Yes. ATC and New Zealand School of Education (NZSE) have always been connected – the 2 organisations official merged in 2020 to increase pathway opportunities, and student services for ATC Military Prep students and simplify reporting to TEC (Tertiary Education Commission).

Is ATC Military and Vocational Prep for boys only?

No. ATC is for both boys and girls.

How can I enrol or get more info?

You can enrol through our ATC website: or email us at or call 0800 99 88 11 or TXT INFO to 9090 or even hook up with us on Facebook Messenger

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.