QUALIFIED People. QUALITY INFRASTRUCTURE.

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.

  • Civil Trades

    “Civil Trades Helps us win bigger and better tenders.”

    Read Mike W’s Story

  • Civil Trades

    “There’s absolutely no reason girls can’t do it and, in the end, it’s really satisfying work to do. You can look back and see something you’ve created and feel really good about it.”

    Read Pearl J’s Story

  • Civil Trades

    “Qualifications provide a record of what you have achieved and a certificate on your wall. They are tangible proof that you can really walk the talk about what you do.”

    Read John B’s Story

  • “…it is great to see experienced workers having their skills recognised with Civil Trades Certification.”

    Read Nicolas H’s Story

  • Civil Trades

    “There’s a really good amount of satisfaction that comes from doing, and there’s other benefits like job security.”

    Read Craig H’s Story

Why Get Civil Trade 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 Trades People

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

Benefits to InfrastructurE Industry

  • 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 Can I Get Civil Trade Certified?

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A Civil Infrastructure Level 4 qualification

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8000 hours of practical experience

This is around 4 years including 2,000 hours at Level 4 competency

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Be assessed for a Civil Trade Certification

Level 4 qualifications eligible for Civil Trades Certification:

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

3 areas you can be Civil Trades Certified in:

Road Construction & Maintenance

ROAD CONSTRUCTION & MAINTENANCE

Endorsement(s):

  • Earthworks
  • Road Construction
  • Road Maintenance
  • Non-Structural Concrete
Pipeline Construction & Maintenance

PIPELINE CONSTRUCTION & MAINTENANCE

Endorsement(s):

  • Trenched
  • Trenchless
  • Water
  • Wastewater and Stormwater
Road Surfacing

ROAD SURFACING

Endorsement(s):

  • Bituminous Mixes
  • Chipseal
  • Slurry
  • Binder Manufacturing
  • Bituminous Mixing operation
  • Bituminous Spraying Operation

3 ways to gain your qualification

Option 1: Apprenticeship

Relatively new to the industry? Then this option will be for you.

You could be a school leaver, someone who is changing industry or re-joining the workforce after some time away. It usually takes 2–3 years to complete the Apprenticeship and obtain a Civil Trades qualification. Learn more about a Civil Infrastructure Apprenticeship here.

Option 2: Recognition of current competence

Do you have over 5 years of experience in the Civil Infrastructure Industry? Then you will be eligible for this option.

You will be required to demonstrate a minimum of 5 years’ experience with at least 2 years, current and concurrent, at a high level of skill via a portfolio of evidence and professional discussion. Learn more about the RCC option here, or contact your local Customer Service Account Manager.

Option 3: Qualification pathway

Do you have less than 5 years in the Civil Infrastructure Industry and have obtained some unit standards or a Level 2 or Level 3 certificate? Then this option is for you. Finishing the next qualification in your sector pathway may be the best way for you to obtain a Civil Trades qualification. Contact your local Customer Service Account Manager to discuss this further.


Interested to find out more?

Or contact your local Customer Service Account Manager directly to discuss your queries or options further.

Download the Civil Trades Certification Brochure

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 NZ

Resources

Brochures

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

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Option 1: Apprenticeship

Relatively new to the industry? Then this option will be for you.

You could be a school leaver, someone who is changing industry or re-joining the workforce after some time away. It usually takes 2–3 years to complete the Apprenticeship and obtain a Civil Trades qualification. Learn more about a Civil Infrastructure Apprenticeship here.

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Option 2: Recognition of current competence

Do you have over 5 years of experience in the Civil Infrastructure Industry? Then you will be eligible for this option.

You will be required to demonstrate a minimum of 5 years’ experience with at least 2 years, current and concurrent, at a high level of skill via a portfolio of evidence and professional discussion. Learn more about the RCC option here, or contact your local Customer Service Account Manager.

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Option 3: Qualification pathway

Do you have less than 5 years in the Civil Infrastructure Industry and have obtained some unit standards or a Level 2 or Level 3 certificate? Then this option is for you. Finishing the next qualification in your sector pathway may be the best way for you to obtain a Civil Trades qualification. Contact your local Customer Service Account Manager to discuss this further.