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New Zealand Certificate in Foundation Skills - Introduction to Construction (DE)

CertificateTwo days

Annual Fees(indicative 2017)

Programme code






This programme is not available to international students



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Domestic Applications due

Received all year

International Applications due

This programme is not available to international students


Christchurch - Ensors Road


Sample a range of trades experiences with this hands-on introduction to the construction industry.

This programme provides an introduction to a range of construction trade areas. You'll learn skills such as the correct use of hand and portable power tools and get hands-on experience with a variety of practical projects.

At the completion of the programme you'll be able to make an informed decision about your next step towards further study or a career.

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
  • To enrol you must be in Year 11, 12 or 13 at secondary school. You must also be a New Zealand citizen or permanent resident, or hold a visa which allows you to be enrolled in a New Zealand secondary school.

Alternative requirements
Additional requirements
English requirements
  • If English isn't your first language, you may be required to provide evidence of your English language skills. Refer to the Acceptable Alternatives Chart or contact us for an assessment.

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 carpentry, joinery, furniture making, painting and decorating or plasterboard fixing and/or finishing.

Study pathways

On completion of this programme you can enrol for further study in your chosen trade.