Certificate in Foundation Studies L3 (Plaster Board).xml Certificate in Foundation Studies L3 (Plaster Board)

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CertificateFull time - 14 weeks

Annual Fees(indicative 2016)

Programme code



$1,300-$1, 500


February, May, August


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Course related costs

Advised before enrolment



Domestic Applications due

Received all year

International Applications due

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Christchurch - Ensors Road


Develop a keen eye for detail and all the professional methods you need to apply for an apprenticeship or work as an assistant.

We train you in the key skills needed to gain work as an assistant to the plasterboard fixer of finisher. These skills include; fixing and finishing plasterboard to walls and level ceilings, identification and ordering of stopping and finishing compounds, and an introduction to suspended ceilings and partitioning.

Other aspects we teach are safe working practices and working with scaffolding up to five metres in height.

In order to undertake this programme you must be physically able to work safely in an industry related work environment.

Programme structure

To complete this Certificate you are required to complete a minimum total of 48 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, but English language requirements apply.
Alternative requirements
Additional requirements
English requirements
  • IELTS 6.0 General (no lower than 6.0 in speaking, 6.0
  • If English is not your first language you may also be required to provide evidence of your English language skills. If you have no evidence of your English language skills and are a New Zealand citizen or permanent resident, contact us for an assessment.

    Note: If you have achieved NCEA Level 3 University Entrance requirements you are not required to provide evidence of English Language Skills.










Acceptable Alternatives Chart

Next steps

To apply for this programme please:

  • complete an Admission and Enrolment Form

Alternatively, if you feel you have gained your learning through on the job experience talk to us about recognition or assessment of prior learning .

Due to Immigration New Zealand visa requirements international students are ineligible to enrol in this certificate.

Application documents

Career opportunities

You can start your career working as an assistant or an apprentice in the interiors industry and with experience can progress to leading hand or self-employment. Associated careers within the building industry such as painting and decorating, joinery or carpentry are also an option.

Study pathways

Unit standards included within this programme form part of the National Certificate in Plasterboard Level 4.

You may apply for further study through the BCITO towards this qualification.

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  • English
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