Project Description

The programme is designed for people who wish to develop basic skills and knowledge in the civil construction (roading) industries.  It will build general life, work and study skills in a holistic learning and supportive environment. Students will learn foundation knowledge and basic skills in safe working practices; use and maintenance of specified machinery, temporary traffic management control, driving and licensing requirements, and with assisting in the planning, completion, and quality checking of a civil construction sites.

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Course Code Course Name
VPCW2.1 Store Equipment
VPCW2.02 Knowledge of Infrastructure
VPCW2.03 Maintain Small Machinery
VPCW2.04 Work Records for Infrastructure Works
VPCW2.05 Compacting Materials
VPCW2.06 Communicate in a Team
VPCW2.07 Minor Concrete Works
VPCW2.08 Communication Skills
VPCW2.09 Emergency Response
VPCW2.10 Working Safely at Sites
VPCW2.11 Temporary Traffic Management
VPCW2.12 Occupational Areas and Structures
VPCW2.13 Use and Care for Hand Tools
VPCW2.14 Concrete Materials
VPCW2.15 Write to Communicate
VPCW2.16 Read Text
VPCW2.17 Spoken Interactions
VPCW2.18 Number to Solve Problems
VPCW2.19 Statistical Information
VPCW2.20 Measurement to Solve Problems
VPCW2.21 Lay Interlocking Pavers
VPCW2.22 Health and Safety
VPCW2.23 Environment Influence

Outcome Statement

Graduates will be ready to enter employment at a supervised level in the general field of civil construction, or to enter higher study in one of the fields covered in this programme, or in some other entry level programme.

The following qualifications are available for progression to higher level of study:

  • New Zealand Certificate in Civil Works with strands in Earthworks, Road Construction, Concrete (non-structural), and Road Maintenance, Level 4
  • New Zealand Certificate in Civil Infrastructure Trades (Bituminous Surfacing Construction) with strands in Bituminous mixes, Chipseal, and Slurry, Level 4
  • New Zealand Certificate in Civil Infrastructure Trades (Civil Works) with strands in Earthworks, Road Construction, Concrete Works (non-structural), and Road Maintenance, Level 4


This programme runs for 26 weeks.

Entry Criteria

Applicants Must:

  • Be aged 17 years and over
  • Must hold a Restricted Car Licence
  • Have left school
  • Meet student residence requirements
  • Meet the relevant funding pool requirements

English Second Language Students

Applicants whose first language is not English, or who come from a country where the language of instruction in schools or other teaching institutions is not English, require an ELTS (International English Language Testing System) score of 5 or above (or equivalent) for enrolment.

Tertiary Education Commission eligibility criteria may apply, please contact Land Based Training on 0508 872 466 for further information.

Life Skills/Work Experience

Applicants must have a desire to work in the civil construction industry.

Selection Criteria

All applicants will be required to meet with the tutor or field officer of the programme they are applying for prior to starting – this will be an informal conversation which will include covering the programme expectations and getting a better understanding of suitability for the programme.  Where there are more applicants than places available or the programme is not the best fit, a waiting list will be kept or our team will work with you to provide a suitable alternative. On completion of this conversation the tutor will assist with filling in the full application form to move into the next part of the enrolment process.

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