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New Zealand Certificate in Infrastructure Works (Level 2)

Level 2

Learn how to work safely on sites and in a team with UCOL's New Zealand Certificate in Infrastructure Works (Level 2).

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Quick info

Level: 2

Locations: Levin

Duration: 15 weeks, full-time. Part-time options are available.

To be confirmed

Domestic Fees:*
Nil fees

Find out if you're eligible for fees-free study

International Fees:*
Not applicable.

Additional Fees
Compulsory course costs may apply.

* Fees are indicative only, and are inclusive of the student services levy and GST (goods and services tax). The fee shown is for one year of study.

Whether you're commencing a career in the infrastructure works industry or seeking a qualification related to your current role, UCOL's New Zealand Certificate in Infrastructure Works (Level 2) is an ideal starting point.

New partnership with Higgins and Downer Construction
A highlight of 2017 was partnering with Higgins and Downer Construction to offer New Zealand Certificate in Infrastructure Works (Level 2). Students from Tararua College studied in Dannevirke on the Downer Group site, where they have all been offered jobs with Downer Construction. We are now partnering with these two companies at our new campus in Levin.

 Career & Study Outcomes

Successful graduates of UCOL's New Zealand Certificate in Infrastructure Works (Level 2) will be able to:

  • Work safely and responsibly with others on infrastructure works sites
  • Perform basic infrastructure works activities
Employment options include:
  • Civil works
  • Rural contracting
  • Surfacing operations
  • Underground utilities

 Course Information

The New Zealand Certificate in Infrastructure Works (Level 2) will cover:

Introduction to intrastructure works, and team skill requirements (16 credits)
An introduction to the infrastructure works sector. Also learn about your responsibilities as an employee when working as a team member.

Health, safety and the environment (16 credits)
An introduction to the health and safety requirements relevant to the infrastructure works sector. 

Infrastructure works tools and equipment (9 credits)
An introduction to the materials used for compacting and the use of tools and equipment used on infrastructure works sites. You'll also develop skills for excavation for an infrastructure works site. 

 Domestic Entry Requirements

Open entry.


For more information about NCEA Credits see UCOL's NCEA explained page.

 International Entry Requirements

Not applicable

 Advice & Guidance

UCOL's New Zealand Certificate in Infrastructure Works (Level 2) comprises 40 credits.

Students need to be aware of the physical requirements for operating in the rural workforce. Students will be advised to put any special needs or requirements in writing and advise the Programme Leader before the programme begins.

Work experience
There is no work experience in this programme.

Recognition of Prior Learning
Applications for Recognition of Prior Learning, including Cross Credit, Credit Transfer and Assessment of Prior Learning may be made on the Recognition of Prior Learning Form where a student believes all learning outcomes for a course or unit standards have already been met.

*The programme is likely starting at UCOL in Levin on 7 August 2017.

Application checklist
It will make the process easier if you prepare the following before you apply:

  • National Student Number (NSN) (If you don't have a NSN, you may request one from NZQA, or you can supply a verified copy of your birth certificate, passport or Whakapapa statement.)
  • Evidence of your highest level of academic achievement (and evidence of prior learning, if applicable)
  • Evidence that you meet the entry requirements of the programme
  • Check if you're eligible for additional support or a scholarship. If you're 19 years or younger, you may be eligible to enrol in one of our free Youth Transition programmes.

Note that you will need to provide any verified documents in person, via post or email.

 Additional Costs

While some personal protective equipment is provided by UCOL, students must supply their own gumboots, overalls, wet weather gear and sturdy work shoes / steel cap boots. 


The programme is approved by the New Zealand Qualifications Authority under the provisions of the Education Act 1989, and Universal College of Learning (UCOL) Trading as Universal College of Learning (UCOL) is accredited to teach it.