Water Apprenticeships

A Water Apprenticeship is a great start to a career as a skilled water tradesperson. Our apprenticeships are suitable for all ages for a variety of roles.

Choose Your Apprenticeship

Water industry apprenticeships available now in:

  • Water Treatment
  • Wastewater Treatment
  • Pipeline Construction and Maintenance

These water apprenticeships are registered on the NZQA framework and provide a foundation for those looking to upskill, gain recognition for their skills, or starting out on their career journey.

Water and Wastewater Treatment  

An apprenticeship in either water treatment or wastewater treatment.

Learn how to:

  • Be responsible for the day-to-day operation of a treatment plant
  • Operate the equipment, control the processes and monitor the treatment plant
  • Collect, analyse and interpret water/wastewater samples
  • Protect public health and the environment
  • Comply with the New Zealand Drinking Water Standards/ Resource Consents

Plus the skills in one of the following strands:

Drinking-Water Multistage ProcessShow you are able to operate a plant with Drinking-water multistage processes.

Waste-Water Multistage Process: Show ability to operate and monitor a wastewater treatment plant

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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.

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How to gain an apprenticeship

Blended Learning Approach

Our apprenticeships in water and wastewater treatment are completed through a blended learning approach. This involved a combination of

  • On-line learning and assessment
  • Off-job block courses
  • Treatment plant (SCADA) simulator
  • A walk through your plant with a registered Connexis Assessor

Workbook Approach

The Workbook approach is the most common way our trainees gain their qualifications and the way the Pipeline Construction and Maintenance Apprenticeship will be completed (unless you qualify for RCC).

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.


The RCC 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 RCC 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)

Civil Trade 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 www.civiltrades.co.nz 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.

For more information check out www.connexis.org.nz/fees-free

Ready to enrol

Contact us for more information and we will put you in touch with your local Customer Service Account Manager (CSAM).