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New Zealand Certificate in Foundation Skills - Introduction to Construction YG

CertificateFull Time - 19 weeks

Annual Fees(indicative 2017)

Programme code




February & July


This programme is not available to international students



Course related costs

Advised on enrolment



Domestic Applications due

Received all year

International Applications due

This programme is not available to international students


Christchurch - Ensors Road


This programme provides an introduction to a range of construction trade areas.

Largely practical in nature, based around simple construction projects such as: furniture making, painting and decorating skills, basic plastering and other hands on activities.

At the completion of the programme you'll have the basic capabilities needed to pursue further education or employment.

Credit recognition

Credit recognition is available for this programme; if you have related skills, knowledge and/or experience, it may count towards part or even all of the qualification.

To learn more about credit recognition please see our Centre For Assessment of Prior Learning.

Programme structure

To complete this Certificate you are required to complete a minimum total of 60 credits. Please browse the guide below to view the course options currently available within this qualification.

Core courses
Elective Courses

To be a full time student you need to maintain a workload of 120 credits per year. We recommend you talk with us to ensure you choose electives to benefit your future career.

Entry requirements

Academic requirements
  • This programme has open entry.

Alternative requirements
Additional requirements
English requirements
  • Students for whom English is not their first language may also be required to provide evidence of English language skills. If students have no evidence of English language skills and are a New Zealand citizen or permanent resident, then they may contact Ara for an assessment.

    Note: IELTS scores used must be taken from a single IELTS Test Report Form and are valid for two years from the date of the test.










Acceptable Alternatives Chart

Next steps

To apply for this programme please complete:

  • An application form

Application documents

Career opportunities

This programme can lead you into a range of careers such as joinery, furniture making, painting and decorating, carpentry or plasterboard.

Study pathways

On completion of this programme you can enrol in further study in your chosen trade, either alongside employment (apprenticeships), or full time pre-trade study.

Recommended school subjects

  • Technology
  • Woodwork
  • Design
  • English
  • Maths