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New Zealand Certificate in Painting and Plastering (Construction Trade Skills) (Level 3)

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Tap into the building boom! In just 19 weeks you’ll gain the skills you need to become an apprentice or labourer in construction or allied trades. If you already have a bit of experience in the construction industry, or have a Level 1 or 2 pre-trade qualification, this programme is your perfect next step. It’s fun, practical and workshop-based and is a great stepping stone to a career as a plasterer or painter.

Course content includes:

  • Workplace safety frameworks and practices
  • Skills for construction trades
  • Painting and plastering: compliance, terminology and roles
  • Allied trade (painting and plastering) project
  • Applying coatings and finishes to a Level 4 (industry standards) finish

What qualifications will I come away with?

  • New Zealand Certificate in Construction Trade Skills (Level 3) (strand in Allied Trades)


Course Costs

New Zealand Students

This course is part of the Māori and Pasifika Trades Training (MPTT) programme. If you’re Māori or Pasifika and aged 16-40, you might be able to get a scholarship to pay your course fees. You’ll also get one-on-one career coaching, help finding work, and other learner support. You can enroll in the MPTT programme once you’ve gotten into your course, so ask NZMA about how to apply. 

Student loans and allowances are available if you meet the criteria.
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Entry Requirements

  • Meet the minimum requirements of the NZMA Entry Assessment
  • Have sufficient competence in the English language to undertake this programme which is taught and assessed in English.
  • Must be physically able to complete the practical aspects of the programme by being able to work effectively, efficiently and safely in a simulated work environment which may involve working safely at heights and in confined spaces.

All our Painting and Plastering courses

Painting and Plastering
  • New Zealand Certificate in Painting and Plastering (Construction Trade Skills) (Level 3)

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