Civil Infrastructure Apprenticeships

A Civil Infrastructure Apprenticeship is a great start to a career as a skilled civil tradesperson. Our apprenticeships are suitable for all ages and count as partial requirement for Civil Trades Certification.

    Choose your apprenticeship  

    Apprenticeships available now in:

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

    These Civil Infrastructure Apprenticeships are registered on the NZQA framework and provide a structured career pathway from Level 3 to Level 4.

    View and download the Civil Infrastructure Apprenticeship brochure or browse our offerings below. You can also find out more about an epic career in Civil Infrastructure at

    Bitumen Surfacing Construction  

    An apprenticeship in Bitumen Surfacing Construction will teach you the skills to ensure you are capable of working independently to complete bitumen surfacing site works.

    Learn how to:

    • Assess and prepare a site for bitumen surfacing
    • Implement quality work processes on a bitumen surfacing construction worksite
    • Safely operate bitumen surfacing construction equipment and machinery
    • Assess a worksite for health and safety
    • Support and mentor a team onsite


    The apprenticeship in Civil will teach you the skills to produce quality work across a range of different civil infrastructure work sites.

    Learn how to:

    • Work safely on an infrastructure worksite
    • Read site plans and carry out work to specifications
    • Operate machinery and organise materials needed for your civil site works
    • Communicate well within your crew

    There are three strands on offer which will teach you specialised skills in either; earthworks, road construction or road maintenance

    Forestry Earthworks  

    A forestry earthworks apprenticeship may be for you if you work on a forestry worksite.

    Learn how to:

    • Read and make plans for forestry earthworks
    • Ensure you are working within environmental, sustainability and safety standards
    • Work within a team and with other forestry users
    • Meet worksite requirements using flexible work practises

    Pipeline Construction & Maintenance

    A Pipeline Construction and Maintenance apprenticeship will ensure you are capable of working independently on a range of pipeline construction and maintenance jobs.

    Learn how to:

    • Follow and make plans to construct and maintain pipelines
    • Coordinate materials and operate the tools and equipment needed to construct pipelines
    • Meet health and safety requirements while ensuring the safety of yourself and your crew
    • Communicate well within your team while onsite

    You will also gain specialist skills in one of three available strands: drinking-water, wastewater and stormwater, or trenchless technologies.


    If you are working in an infrastructure worksite on piling operations, a Piling apprenticeship could be for you to take your career to the next level.

    Learn how to:

    • Install piles to job specifications
    • Implement work plans and drawings
    • Apply health and safety requirements
    • Monitor site conditions and communicate with stakeholders on site
    • Meet compliance requirements onsite

    How to gain an apprenticeship

    A Connexis Civil Infrastructure Apprenticeship can be gained either through a hands on workbook approach, or if you have significant industry experience, through a process called Advanced Portfolio Assessment (APA).

    Workbook Approach

    The Workbook approach is the most common way our trainees gain their qualifications.

    This involved a mixture of:

    • On-the-job learning
    • Off-job courses

    Throughout your apprenticeship you will be required to complete a set of unit standards that make up the programme and submit your completed workbooks and worksite evidence.

    Advanced Portfolio Assessment (APA)

    The APA process significantly shortens the timeframe and work required to gain one of our nationally recognised qualifications.

    This process takes around 6 - 9 months to complete.

    You may be eligible for APA if you:

    • Have at least 3 - 5 years’ experience working within your industry
    • Have been working at the level of the qualification for the past two years
    • Can provide evidence of prior work experience (eg work sheets, employer references, photos, videos etc)
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      Civil Trades Certification

      Each one of our four Civil Apprenticeships can lead towards registration as a certified civil tradesperson. Civil Trades Certification combines a recognised Level 4 qualification (the apprenticeship) with certified hours of practical experience. Visit for more information.

      Fees Free

      With the introduction of the Government's Fees Free policy, you may be eligible for Fees Free for your apprenticehsip if you have either recently left school, or done no prior vocational study above Level 3.

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