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Approved VHNZ May 2022 Tauriko 175

Certificate in Construction Pre-Trade (High Work) (Level 3)

Duration 12 weeks full time
Price Funded
Unit Standards See unit standards below



The purpose of this programme is to train individuals in safe practices for working at heights on construction sites. Over 12 weeks, trainees learn practical skills in scaffolding, using safety equipment, operating forklifts and mobile elevating work platforms, and handling materials safely. They also cover essential safety topics like back injury prevention and first aid. Upon completion, participants gain a Site Safe Construction Passport and unit standard credits, paving the way for further training or employment in specialised construction roles.

Programme Objectives

This programme is delivered over twelve weeks by a combination of a compulsory two-and-a-half-week block course (this can be completed in one block or as a series of smaller blocks spread over the twelve weeks) and workplace experience.

At the completion of the programme you will be able to:

  • Explain safe work practices for working at heights.
  • Use a safety harness system when working at height.
  • Employ height safety equipment in the workplace.
  • Erect and dismantle scaffolding up to five metres in height.
  • Handle and maintain basic scaffolding components.
  • Load and unload a general freight vehicle.
  • Identify causes of back injury and methods to prevent back injuries in the workplace.
  • Operate a forklift.
  • Operate an Elevated Work Platform (EWP).
  • Provide first aid and basic life support.

At the successful completion of the course, learners will be able to:

Unit Standard Unit Description Level Credit
17600 Explain safe work practices for working at heights 3 3
23229 Use safety harness system when working at height 3 4
25045 Employ height safety equipment in the workplace 3 4
13016 Demonstrate knowledge of the erection and dismantling of
scaffolding up to 5 metres in height
3 3
13053 Erect and dismantle scaffolding up to five metres in height 3 6
20855 Handle and maintain basic scaffolding components 2 5
10851 Operate a powered industrial lift truck (Forklift) 3 7
23960 Assess worksite, prepare and operate a scissor lift elevating work
platform (EWP)
3 3
23966 Describe types of elevating work platforms (EWPs), and legislative
requirements for their use
3 2
1753 Load and unload a general freight vehicle 3 4
17592 Identify the causes of back injury and methods to prevent back
injuries in the workplace
3 4
6401 Provide First Aid 2 1
6402 Provide basic life support 1 1
SS1 Site Safe Construction Passport na na
 Total Credits    47

Course Duration

12 weeks including:

  • 12 days face-to-face learning
  • 36 hours of self-directed learning
  • 388 hours of work experience

Who Should Attend

Individuals who are:

  • Ideal for new and entry-level workers.
  • Learn key safety skills for working at heights and operating mobile elevating work platforms.
  • Prepare for advanced training or employment opportunities.

Entry Criteria

To be eligible to enrol, applicants must:

  • Be physically fit and able to climb and lift weights
  • Weigh less than 135kgs (due to harness weight restrictions).

NOTE: Applicants must have access to a real workplace in New Zealand where they can complete the 388 hours of workplace practical experience, projects, and assessments required in relation to the qualification. Suitability to enrol will be established through an interview with VHNZ prior to offer of place.

Course Investment

The programme investment will vary depending on specific course requirements such as customisation of training location and number of trainees.

Funding/subsidies may be available for New Zealand citizens and permanent residents or Australian citizens and permanent residents living in New Zealand.

Attendance Numbers

Minimum: 9

Maximum: 12

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