Civil Trades Certification

Developed with industry, for industry, Trade Certification is a nationally recognised accreditation programme for civil contractors. It combines a recognised trade qualification with certified hours of practical experience, and leads to registration as a Certified Tradesperson.

View list of Civil Trades Certified people

How can I get a civil trade?

To gain Civil Trade Certification you need:

  • An approved Civil Infrastructure Trades Qualification (Level 4)
  • 8,000 hours of practical experience (around 4 years) including 2,000 hours at Level 4 competency
  • To be assessed for a Civil Trade Certificate

Why get Civil Trades Certified?

Benefits to Employers

  • Improves the productivity, efficiency and safety of the workforce
  • Lowers the overall risk profile of the workplace and therefore business
  • Improves business attributes and scores during tender evaluation
  • Reduces rework
  • Attracts and retains employees
  • A clear career path to attract young people linking to a skilled trade

Benefits to Employees

  • Provides an industry career not just a company job
  • Credibility: recognisable and respected Tradesperson
  • Formal recognition of already acquired competency, skills and experience
  • Income growth opportunities

Benefits to Infrastructure Sector

  • Provides effective method of replacing the ageing workforce
  • Increases Industry capability and capacity to meet demands from the following: growth in new infrastructure construction, introduction of new technologies, requirement for efficiency gains from improved infrastructure asset management, and new Health and Safety legislation

How do I get started?

To apply you need to hold a Level 4 Qualification in either:

  • Bitumen Surfacing Construction
  • Civil
  • Pipeline Construction and Maintenance
  • Forestry Earthworks

The first step is to contact your Connexis Customer Service Account Manager or Contact Us and we will put you in touch with a Connexis representative. Depending on your experience and qualifications they will recommend the most appropriate way for you to become Civil Trades Certified.

You can choose to be Civil Trades Certified in three areas:

Road Construction & Maintenance

a. Earthworks
b. Road Construction
c. Road Maintenance
d. Non-Structural Concrete

Pipeline Construction & Maintenance

a. Trenched
b. Trenchless
c. Water
d. Wastewater and Stormwater

Road Surfacing

a. Bituminous Mixes
b. Chipseal
c. Slurry
d. Binder Manufacturing
e. Bituminous Mixing operation
f. Bituminous Spraying Operation

Recognition of Current Competence (RCC)


You may be eligible to gain CTC through the RCC process. RCC allows you to gain a New Zealand qualification by recognising the skills and knowledge you have already gained through your previous work/study.

To be eligible you must have;

  • Five years experience working within your industry
  • Currently employed within industry at the level of the qualification you are seeking, and have been so for the past two years
  • Be able to provide evidence of your previous work experience

The process takes around 9-12 months to complete.

For more information please view the brochure below and if you think you may be eligible please get in touch with your local CSAM.

Civil Trades Database

New Zealand’s First Civil Trades Certified Tradespeople

Congratulations to the first 14 tradespeople in New Zealand to be Civil Trades Certified in 2015!

All 14 tradespeople gained their Civil Trades Certification in Road Construction and Maintenance, here they are in the order in which they completed the certification process:

Civil Trades Certified Trades People NZRCC Brochure



About Civil Trades Certification – General information about the Civil Trades Certification process.

Civil Trades Career Progression Pathway – How you can turn your level 4 qualification into Civil Trades Certification

For The Applicant Civil Trades Certification Approved Qualifications – make sure you have achieved one of the approved qualifications for Civil Trades Certification

Civil Trades Certification Eligibility Criteria ­– are you eligible to apply for Certification?

Practical Experience Guidelines – Find out more about the experience needed to show you meet the required level of competence.

The Application Process

Process for applying for Trade Certification– Your guide to applying for Civil Trades Certification

Civil Trades Certification Application Form – Download your Application form here

Example reference letter – Employer

Example reference letter – External referee