FAQs

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How much do the programmes cost?

The cost of the National Certificate in Radio (Foundation Skills) programme is $3,500 (including GST) for domestic students, or $10,746 (including GST) for international students.

The Diploma in Radio Journalism, with the option of a Broadcasting endorsement, costs $5,718 (including GST) for domestic students, or $19,950 NZD (inpcluding GST) for international students.

What skills / qualifications are needed for a job in radio?

As there are many different areas, different skill-sets can help. Strengths in English, public speaking and debating are always useful. Good spelling and grammar are very important. Previous experience with computers, at least on a basic level, is a must – as the on-air and recording studios all use high levels of technology. You must enjoy music, and have a good knowledge of current affairs. Radio is a time-driven industry, so you need to be able to turn up on time.

What can I do prior to a radio programme to help me prepare?

Practice reading out loud! Get a demo version of a programme like Adobe Audition and familiarise yourself with it. Visit the local stations in your area so you get more of an understanding of the roles in a radio station.

What technology is used in broadcasting?

Today, you will find almost all stations use computerised systems, even the small ones. Computers are at the heart of today’s radio and you’ll need to have some basic computer skills to get started. Production studios generally use multi-track recording programmes. Announcers need to learn to use automation systems. Creative writers need to know how to use industry-specific software. In addition it’s expected you’ll have basic knowledge of how to use mp3 recorders, and maybe some podcasting and blogging.

What kind of jobs are there in radio?

– Copywriting (writing commercials)

– News reading, radio journalism

– Production – making the recorded commercials or programmes

– Studio operator

– Scheduler – using computer systems to place commercial bookings and bill      clients.

– Programme director/music director – deciding on the formatics and sound for the station

– Sales – selling radio advertising

– Announcing

– Promotions

– Reception/administration

– Researchers

– Producing – organising interviews and material for programmes

– Technician

– Website coordinator

– Voice over talent

– Sports announcers

What other career opportunities come from working in radio?

Public relations, sales and marketing, recording/music engineering, creative writing for TV / print media, TV presenting, TV journalism and many other media-related areas.

Why should I choose the NZ Radio Training School?

NZRTS is the oldest and most respected private school in New Zealand specialising exclusively in radio training.

We are one of just three schools officially endorsed by the Radio Broadcasters Association of New Zealand (RBA).

We are fully accredited and registered with the NZ Qualifications Authority and the Ministry of Education since 1994. NZRTS has a consistent employment placement rate – ranging from 60 – 80 per cent of graduates. This means they get jobs directly in the radio industry – not just ‘a job’ anywhere at the completion of the programme. When you are considering where to train in radio, it’s important to ask about placements in the industry.

We have very strong links with the radio industry and work closely with them to ensure what we deliver in training is exactly what they want.

We love radio and all it stands for and we’re passionate about teaching it.

What is NZRTS Student Fees Protection Policy?

Fees are held in an audited Trust Account, independently administered by The Public Trust.

The NZRTS operates under the relevant sections of the Education Act in regard to fees. This means students will receive a full fee refund if they withdraw from the programme within the first seven days of the semester, as required by the Act.

What is NZRTS Refund Policy?

As required by the Ministry of Education, The New Zealand Radio Training School operates a comprehensive refund and fee protection policy.

A full refund is available if a student withdraws from the programme in the first 7 days. Should NZRTS fail to deliver the programme as detailed in the prospectus then a fee refund applicable to those parts of the programme remaining thereof will apply.

After Day 8, if a student withdraws from the programme then no refund is applicable except under extenuating circumstances.This decision will be made under consultation with the General Manager and the Operations Manager.

No refund will be given if a student is expelled for breach of terms as laid out in the programme participation agreement.