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New Zealand Certificate in Infrastructure Works

New Zealand Certificate in Infrastructure Works

Level 2

Learn how to work safely on sites and in a team with the UCOL Te Pūkenga New Zealand Certificate in Infrastructure Works.

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Level: 2

Locations: UCOL Te Pūkenga in Palmerston North,  UCOL Te Pūkenga Horowhenua in Levin

Duration: 14 weeks, full-time

Palmerston North
18 March 2024 - 16 Aug 2024

2024 dates TBC

(For 2023 intakes, call 0800 468 265 or register your interest at https://www.ucol.ac.nz/contact-us )

Domestic Fees: *

Scholarship info

International Fees:*
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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.

New Zealand needs skilled workers to maintain vital resources we all use - wastewater, stormwater, electricity and road networks. 

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

 Career & Study Outcomes

Successful graduates of the UCOL Te Pūkenga New Zealand Certificate in Infrastructure Works 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

Note: As a subsidiary of Te Pūkenga - New Zealand Institute of Skills and Technology, UCOL Te Pūkenga is committed to providing the best learning outcome for you. As part of this, all programmes are currently being reviewed to make them portable, consistent, and closely aligned with the needs of the industry. When published, this course information is correct, but the courses offered may change over time. If you have any questions call an Enrolment Advisor on 0800 468 265.

This programme consists of 40 credits. 

Introduction to infrastructure works, and team skill requirements (15 Credits)
An introduction to the infrastructure works sector. Also, learn about your responsibilities as an employee when working as a team member. The course will cover:

  • Health and Safety in Employment Act
  • Employee and employer rights and responsibilities
  • Workplace hazard identification and management
  • Time management
  • Teamwork
  • Communication

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 develop skills for excavation.

 Student & Staff Profiles

 Domestic Entry Requirements

Open entry.

English language proficiency
If English is not your first language, you must also demonstrate English language skills equivalent to an IELTS or equivalent, including TOEFL. Contact the info centre for more details.


For more information about NCEA Credits see the UCOL Te Pūkenga NCEA explained page.

 International Entry Requirements

Not applicable

 Advice & Guidance

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

Work experience
While there is no work experience in this programme, learners undertake supervised practical work on industry sites.

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 learner believes all learning outcomes for a course have already been met. Applications will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis in accordance with the UCOL Te Pūkenga Academic Statute and other relavant policies and procedures.

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 (not via the online application form).

 Additional Costs

PPE Gear, Overalls, Gloves, Hat, Boots, Hard Hat $350.


The programme is approved by the New Zealand Qualifications Authority under the provisions of the Education and Training Act 2020, and Universal College of Learning Limited, a subsidiary of Te Pūkenga is accredited to teach it.