New Zealand Certificate in Infrastructure Works (Level 3)


Programme Aims and Objectives

The purpose of this qualification is to provide the infrastructure works industry with people who have a broad range of infrastructure works skills, including the safe and effective operation of basic plant and equipment.

It is the cornerstone qualification for those graduates wanting to move into technical roles in the civil works, surfacing construction and manufacturing, pipe installations and utilities maintenance contexts.

Graduates of this qualification are able to work safely in a range of infrastructure works contexts with limited supervision.

Graduate Profile

Graduates of this qualification will be able to:

  • Apply safe work practices and comply with environmental requirements on site
  • Apply quality and industry best practice principles
  • Operate and maintain small plant and equipment, and secure and transport materials, plant and equipment

This qualification builds on the New Zealand Certificate in Infrastructure Works (Level 2), and leads to level four qualifications in the Infrastructure and/or Civil Works industries.  

Entry Criteria

Applicants must be working in the infrastructure works industries.

Academic achievement

Applicants should demonstrate an ability to succeed in tertiary study shown by the completion of any of the following qualifications or courses of study:

  • National Certificate in Infrastructure Works (Level 2)


  • New Zealand Certificate in Infrastructure Works (Level 2)


  • NCEA Level 1 Literacy and Numeracy requirements


Life skills/work experience

Applicants who do not meet the academic entry criteria may be admitted to the programme of study if they are able to demonstrate:

  • Equivalent knowledge
  • Equivalent knowledge/capability by the testimony of an employer


Please note: All enrolled students are required to complete either a literacy or numeracy assessment at the commencement of the first block course and prior to the completion of the last block course within this programme. This is a diagnostic assessment to assist with monitoring a student’s personal progress. It is not an entry criteria used for selection purposes.

Programme Length

This is a 20-week, part-time programme.

Programme Delivery Format

The New Zealand Certificate in Infrastructure Works (Level 3) is delivered over a 20 week period via block courses, workbooks and self-directed learning within the work place. 

All courses are compulsory

BLOCK ONE : Safe Work Practices
Attend TWO (2) days off-job training followed by self-directed study

  • 20866   Work safely on an infrastructure works site
  • 20875   Demonstrate knowledge of slinging, lifting, moving, and placing loads using mobile plant


BLOCK TWO: Protection and Services
Attend TWO (2) days off-job training followed by self-directed study

  • 27501    Demonstrate knowledge of protection and support systems for evacuation on an infrastructure work site
  • 6479      Locate and identify services for infrastructure works
  • 27201    Mitigate environmental damage caused by a contamination incident


BLOCK THREE: Communications and Industry Documentation
Attend TWO (2) days off-job training followed by self-directed study

  • 27329   Demonstrate knowledge of and apply quality assurance practices to own work area in an infrastructure works operation
  • 17327   Apply communication skills on an infrastructure works site
  • 6475     Describe and complete work records for infrastructure works
  • 6476     Read and interpret infrastructure works plans


BLOCK FOUR: Soil and Compaction
Attend ONE (1) day off-job training followed by self-directed study

  • 17328   Demonstrate fundamental knowledge of earthworks
  • 25831   Describe road construction materials and their compaction


BLOCK FIVE: Small Plant and Equipment
Attend TWO (2) days off-job training followed by self-directed study

  • 19675   Describe and operate a road saw
  • 29028   Demonstrate knowledge of and operate a handheld saw for infrastructure works       activities
  • 27500   Operate compaction equipment for infrastructure works
  • 28715   Load, secure, and transport infrastructure works materials, small plant and euipment

This programme is subject to NZQA approval.

2017 Timetable (Regions and Start Dates)

Click here to download a schedule of dates and locations for all block courses within each intake.

Start dates for each intake   (block one):

Intake 1:  Auckland - 23 & 24 March 2017

Intake 2:  Hamilton - 23 & 24 May 2017

Intake 3: Christchurch -  19 & 20 June 2017

Intake 4: Palmerston North - 29 & 30 June 2017


Please note:  All intakes are subject to sufficient enrolments and start dates may be changed to suit requirements.

Programme Fee

This programme is 'FEE FREE' for 2017.

Only available for domestic students (NZ Citizens and NZ Permanent Residents of NZ)

How to Enrol

Simply request an enrolment pack, fill out the enrolment form within the pack and return the completed form to the Programme Manager at NZIHT along with a verified copy of your Birth Certificate or New Zealand Passport.


For further information or an enrolment pack please contact:

Jan Kivell 
Short Course & Programme Manager
NZ Institute of Highway Technology             
P.O. Box 4273                  
5 Young Street                 
NEW PLYMOUTH 4340       

P: 06 759 7065 ext. 708
F: 06 759 7066

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