NCEA credits needed for on-the-job training and the Defence Force

Find out what NCEA credits you need to get into on-the-job training, police and firefighter training, and the Defence Force.

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Many apprenticeships don't have NCEA requirements

What NCEA credits and subjects do you need for apprenticeships?

Many apprenticeships (done as part of on-the-job training) don’t have any NCEA requirements. However, some industry training organisations (ITOs) recommend studying NCEA maths and English to at least Level 1 or 2.

  • Employers and the New Zealand Apprenticeships scheme usually recommend apprentices study subjects relating to the trade they want to get into. For example, the Building and Construction Industry Training Organisation (BCITO) recommends doing design technology, English and maths before starting a building and construction apprenticeship.
  • Even if you aren’t doing an apprenticeship, you can still gain certificates on the job through ITOs. For example, you could train towards a National Certificate in Retail Merchandising (Level 2) in 10 months.

What NCEA credits do you need to get into the Defence Force?

To get into the Defence Force you must:

  • have completed at least three years of secondary school education
  • meet the NCEA requirements for the role you want to train in. For example, to become a communications technician in the Royal NZ Navy you need to have 10 Level 1 literacy credits and 10 Level 1 numeracy credits
  • pass fitness tests
  • pass aptitude tests, which cover topics such as maths, reasoning and intelligence. Having Level 1 maths, English and science will help you to pass these tests.

What NCEA credits do you need to become a police officer or firefighter?

If you want to become a police officer or a firefighter you may not need NCEA, but having some literacy and numeracy credits at Level 1 is useful.

Updated 8 Jan 2019