New Zealand Certificate in Infrastructure Works (Level 2)


Programme Aims and Objectives

This qualification is for people commencing a career in the infrastructure works industry.  They may be new to the industry, from school or another industry, or they may be already working in the industry without a qualification.

This qualification is also relevant to pre apprenticeship programmes relevant to infrastructure works.

The qualification gives the graduate an understanding of the infrastructure works industry and the health, safety and environmental knowledge required to work safely on site and with others.  These people will work under direct supervision.

Please note: This programme is not approved for the enrolment of international students.

Graduate Profile

Graduates of this qualification will be able to:

  • Apply an understanding of the infrastructure works industry and the specific health, safety and environmental requirements needed to work safely and responsibly with others on infrastructure works sites.
  • Perform basic infrastructure works activities.

This is an entry level qualification to the infrastructure works qualification pathways; which leads to the New Zealand Certificate in Infrastructure Works (Level 3), and/or the New Zealand Certificate in Infrastructure Works Plant and Equipment Operation (Level 3) with an optional strand in Specialist Plant. 

Entry Criteria

Entry is open to people working in the infrastructure works industries.

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.

This programme is only available to New Zealand Citizens or Permanent Residents of NZ.

Programme Length

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

Programme Delivery Format

The New Zealand Certificate in Infrastructure Works (Level 2) is delivered over a 20 week period via a mixture of block course training and self-directed study within the work place.

All courses are compulsory

BLOCK ONE : Health and Safety for Infrastructure Works
Attend TWO (2) days off-job training followed by self-directed study

  • 26720   Describe health, safety and environmental care at an infrastructure works site
  • 17593   Apply safe work practices in the workplace
  • 22283   Demonstrate knowledge of occupational areas and structures in the NZ infrastructure works industry
  • 20868   Demonstrate knowledge of emergency response in the infrastructure works industry


BLOCK TWO: Traffic Management
Attend ONE (1) day off-job training followed by self-directed study

  • 20877    Demonstrate knowledge of working safely at sites under temporary traffic management
  • 20878    Assist with temporary traffic management for low volume and Level 1 roads


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

  • 9677     Participate in a team or group which has an objective
  • 12349   Demonstrate knowledge of time management
  • 17327   Apply communication skills on an infrastructure works site
  • 27329   Demonstrate knowledge of and apply quality assurance practices to own work area in an infrastructure works operation


BLOCK FOUR: Worksite Machinery
Attend ONE (1) day off-job training followed by self-directed study

  • 6475   Describe and complete work records for infrastructure works
  • 6469   Maintain small machinery used on infrastructure works site
  • 23285 Use and care for hand tools used for infrastructure works


BLOCK FIVE: Earthworks for Civil Construction
Attend ONE (1) day off-job training followed by self-directed study

  • 6477     Identify, hand spread, and assist in compacting materials for infrastructure works
  • 27500  Operate compaction equipment for infrastructure works


2019 Timetable (Regions and Start Dates)

Full 2019 timetable not avaialble.  This will be posted soon.  Click here to download a schedule of dates and locations for all block courses within each intake.


Start dates for each Intake -  (block one):

Auckland - 13 & 14 February 2019

Christchurch - 27 & 28 February 2019

Palmerston North - 11 & 12 March 2019

New Plymouth - 21 & 22 March 2019


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 2019.

Only available for domestic students (NZ citizens and NZ permanent residents of NZ)

How to Enrol

You can simply request an enrolment pack from the Programme Manager at NZIHT:

Jan Kivell - or 06 759 7065 ext 708

Or an enrolment form can be downloaded here.  Print this form and email to Programme Manager.

A verified copy of either your NZ Passport or NZ Birth Certificate MUST be supplied with your completed enrolment form.

Download Programme Information Handbook

click here to download the Programme Information Handbook


Pathways Awarua


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


Contact us about this course