New Zealand Certificate in Building, Construction, and Allied Trades Skills

Otago Polytechnic

Subject area

Building not elsewhere classified


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Entry requirements

The New Zealand Certificate in Building, Construction, and Allied Trades Skills (Level 1) [Ref: 3843] or equivalent skills and knowledge, is a prerequisite for entry to this qualification.

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About the course

What can I expect out of this qualification?

This qualification is for those intending to develop basic skills and knowledge which could be further developed relevant to various building, construction and allied trades contexts.

Graduates will have essential skills and knowledge of building, construction, and allied trades, that may also assist with the achievement of NCEA and future employment. This qualification is not intended to recognise the level of commercial competence required of trade professionals.

Graduates will be able to perform tasks to complete Building, Construction and Allied Trades Skills (BCATS) projects, under general supervision, within a range of building, construction and allied trades learning environments such as school workshops, training establishments, outdoor areas, and industry placement workplaces.

What graduates earn

Graduates who studied Building at this level can earn:


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Data as at November 2022

Contact details

Main Campus Office

Free phone: 0800 762 786
Phone: (03) 477 3014
Fax: (03) 471 6870

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