New Zealand Certificate in Engineering Fabrication (Level 4).xml New Zealand Certificate in Engineering Fabrication (Level 4)

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New Zealand Certificate in Engineering Fabrication (Trade) Level 4

CertificatePart-time up to 6 years

Annual Fees(indicative 2019)

Programme code



$1,600 - $2,200


Throughout the year


This programme is not available to international students



Course related costs

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Domestic Applications due

Received all year

International Applications due

This programme is not available to international students


Christchurch - Ensors Road


Increase your skills in engineering fabrication.

This programme enables you to focus on one of three specific areas of engineering fabrication: heavy fabrication, light fabrication or steel construction.

In addition to learning specific skills in your chosen area, you'll also learn: how to interpret drawings and/or specifications; how to select and use the appropriate fabrication materials, tools and equipment to create industry-standard projects; how to apply knowledge of welding at an industry standard in a commercial environment; and about health and safety and workplace safety culture.

Please note: In order to undertake this programme you must be physically able to work safely in an industry-related work environment. You must also be working in the industry, as you will enter into a training agreement with your employer and Ara.

Please note: This programme includes an apprenticeship.

Credit recognition

If you have work experience in this area, or a relevant prior qualification, you may be eligible for credit recognition towards this qualification.

Programme structure

To complete this Certificate you are required to complete a minimum total of 270 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
  • 40 credits NCEA Level 1, including 10 literacy credits and 10 numeracy credits,


    Candidates may have completed the New Zealand Certificate in Mechanical Engineering (Level 3)

Alternative requirements
  • Skills for tertiary study (including literacy and numeracy) may be acquired through study, work and/or life experience. Students who can demonstrate these skills may be approved for alternative entry. Ara literacy and numeracy assessments are available.

Additional requirements
  • To successfully complete this programme of study, candidates must be employed in the mechanical engineering industry at time of study. Candidates must enter into a three-way training agreement between the candidate, employer and Ara.

English requirements
  • 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.

    For acceptable alternatives refer to the English Proficiency Outcomes Chart. 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. Students who have achieved NCEA Level 3 University Entrance requirements are not required to provide evidence of English language skills.










Acceptable Alternatives Chart

Selection criteria

Applications will be processed in the order that they are received.

Next steps

To apply for this programme please:

  • complete an Admission and Enrolment Form

Application documents

Career opportunities

With this qualification you'll be able to work independently as an engineering fabrication tradesperson in your chosen discipline within the fabrication or construction industries.

Study pathways

Further study options include the New Zealand Certificate in Mechanical Engineering (Advanced) (Level 5).

Recommended school subjects

  • English
  • Maths