New Zealand Certificate in Foundation Skills - Introduction to Construction YG.xml New Zealand Certificate in Foundation Skills - Introduction to Construction YG

A-Z study guide
NZ Certificate in Foundation Skills (Construction) Level 2

CertificateFull time – 6 months

Annual Fees(indicative 2019)

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


Take the first steps towards a career in the construction industry.

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

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 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.
    Some programmes require a minimum age of 16. Please enquire.

    Pending approval by NZQA

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 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