New Zealand Apprenticeships

Find out about workplace training under the New Zealand Apprenticeships scheme.

What are the benefits of a New Zealand Apprenticeship?

As a New Zealand Apprentice you can:

  • earn money as you learn
  • gain professional and practical skills
  • gain one or more Level 4 New Zealand certificates, depending on the programme and industry.

What does a New Zealand Apprenticeship involve?

As a New Zealand Apprentice you will have to:

  • attend all courses that are part of the apprenticeship, including block courses, evening courses and day release classes. These may be offered by a polytechnic or other education provider
  • complete off-the-job assessments that are part of the polytechnic or private training establishment courses
  • complete on-the-job assessments, such as showing you can lay carpet, to gain your Level 4 New Zealand certificate.

Can I do a New Zealand Apprenticeship?

To become a New Zealand Apprentice you need to:

  • be over 16
  • work towards a Level 4 New Zealand certificate
  • enrol in an industry that offers New Zealand Apprenticeships
  • meet the entry requirements for the apprenticeship. These vary, depending on the industry, so check with the relevant industry training organisation (ITO) to find out more.

What does a New Zealand Apprenticeship cost?

New Zealand Apprenticeship fees vary, and the best way to find out about them is to talk to your employer or ITO. However, fees are generally minimal as apprenticeship courses are subsidised.

You may have course-related costs for NZQA registration, training materials and support from the ITO.

What qualification will I get?

At the end of your apprenticeship you will receive a Level 4 New Zealand certificate in the area you studied. For example, a New Zealand Certificate in Seafood Processing (Level 4) or a New Zealand Certificate in Automotive Electrical Engineering (Level 4).

Updated 2 Oct 2018