With construction at an all-time high, now’s a great time to learn a trade. If you like the sound of becoming a sparky, painter, plumber or construction worker - we can help you work out the trade that suits you - and the best way to build your skills and knowledge.

We’ll listen and help you choose the course that’s right for you
Get hands-on training from trades tutors who’ve worked in the industry
Learn practical skills and how to get a trade apprenticeship
Build confidence and experience to get out there and find work
Courses designed with input from employers who hire NZMA students
Enjoy a friendly, supportive learning environment with a family focus

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Start your Trades career now

Getting started is simple. You can train with us in Construction, Electrical Engineering, Plumbing and Gasfitting or Painting and Plastering. Just share a few details and we’ll help you decide which Trades course is for you.

Step 1

Tell us about yourself

Step 2

A course advisor will be in touch to talk with you

Step 3

They’ll help you choose the best course for you

Our next course is starting soon, so hit the button above to share your info and we’ll get things underway.

Many of our Trades courses are totally free or funded

We can guide you through how this works and help you choose the best option. We also have a programme for Maori and Pasifika students that offers fees-free training.

I chose NZMA because it had the structure I was looking for, and I knew it would take me in the direction I wanted to go, especially for my two kids

Ethan Keech, apprentice at ABC Pipe Fitters.
NZ Certificate in Plumbing, Drainlaying and Gasfitting (Level 3)

Our Trades programmes


These programmes give you the skills and knowledge you need so you can enter the workforce ready to embark on an apprenticeship. You may also be eligible for FREE* study. The programmes have a strong vocational focus, so you’ll gain lots of basic skills. Gain experience in building, construction, joinery, painting and plastering, and plumbing and gasfitting, plus a whole lot more. You’ll be involved in lots of exciting hands-on activities and projects, and you’ll gain theoretical knowledge to support your learning.

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Electrical engineering

This programme will set you up to enter the electrical industry as an apprentice or entry level employee. Gain practical experience by wiring a sleepout, and have the opportunity to carry out wiring and installation in new and existing buildings through our partnerships with industry.

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Plumbing and Gasfitting

This programme will give you the skills to enter the plumbing and gasfitting industry as an apprentice or entry level employee. Learn practical skills and theory application on water systems, sheet metal and roofing materials, cold and hot water supply and soldering, welding and brazing.

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Painting and Plastering

In just 20 weeks you’ll gain valuable skills to start your career as a painter or plasterer. This programme is fun, practical and work¬shop-based. Tap into this booming industry by getting the skills you need!

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Maori and Pasifika Trades Training

If you’re keen to get into trades from the ground up, or build your skills, then check out your options. With MPTT, complete our fees-free Construction programme or Painting & Plastering programme in 20 weeks!

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