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New Zealand Certificate in Infrastructure Works (Level 2)

Duration 11 weeks full time
Price Funded
Unit Standards See unit standards below



New Zealand has embarked on a programme of major infrastructure development, many workers are required.

This qualification aims to train people to work safely as general hands-on infrastructure work sites, and gain work skills and hands-on experience.

Programme Objectives

This programme is completed over eleven weeks full-time or up to six-months part-time (subject to VHNZ approval). Students will learn through a combination of eight days of face-to-face training, at least 286 hours work experience, and self-directed learning.

On completion trainees will be able to:

  • Apply knowledge of the health, safety, and environmental requirements to work safely and responsibly with others in and infrastructure works environment.
  • Follow instructions and organisational procedures to perform basic infrastructure work activities.

Trainees must complete the following compulsory unit standards for 44 credits.


Unit Standard Unit Description Credits Level
497 Demonstrate knowledge of workplace health and safety
3 1
6453 Demonstrate knowledge of plant and equipment used on an infrastructure worksite 5 2
6469 Maintain small machinery used in infrastructure works sites 2 2
6472 Carry out manual excavation for infrastructure works 2 2
6475 Describe and complete work records for infrastructure works 2 2
6477 Identify, hand spread, and assist in compacting materials for infrastructure works 3 2
9677 Communicate in a team or group which has an objective 3 2
12349 Demonstrate knowledge of time management 3 2
17327 Apply communication skills on an infrastructure works site 3 2
20868 Demonstrate knowledge of emergency response in the infrastructure works industry 4 2
22283 Demonstrate knowledge of occupational areas and
structures in the New Zealand Infrastructure works
3 2
23285 Use and care for hand tools used in infrastructure works 2 2
26720 Describe health, safety, and environmental care at an infrastructure works site 3 2
31941 Demonstrate knowledge of environmental care and
protection on infrastructure worksites
3 2
31957 Demonstrate knowledge of working safely as a general worker on a worksite under temporary traffic management. 3 2
Total Credits  44  


Eleven (11) weeks full-time

Students will learn through a combination of eight days face-to-face learning (broken into short sessions) and at least 286 hours work experience

Education and Employment Pathway

Graduates will likely be employed as labourers in a broad range of sectors within the infrastructure works industry in the following contexts:

  • Civil Works.
  • Surfacing Operations.
  • Rural Contracting.
  • Underground Utilities.

This entry level qualification can lead to further training toward the New Zealand Certificate in Infrastructure Works (Level 3) and/or the New Zealand Certificate in Infrastructure Works Plant and Equipment Operation (Level 3) with a strand in Specialist Plant.

Who Should Attend

This qualification is for people starting out in the infrastructure works industry or those already working there without formal training. It's suitable for new workers, such as recent school leavers, or individuals switching from another industry. After completing this qualification, graduates will be able to work on infrastructure projects, assisting more experienced staff.

Entry Criteria

To be eligible to enrol in this programme, applicants must:

  • Be aged 16 years or over.
  • Have access to appropriate supervised work on an infrastructure worksite in New Zealand to complete the relevant work experience requirements as verified by a VHNZ approved employer or supervisor.
  • Be physically fit and able to complete manual labour.
  • Have access to relevant tools and equipment.
  • Have access to personal protective equipment relevant to an infrastructure workplace (this will be established through pre-course notification and a pre-enrolment interview).

Course Investment

Funding and subsidies may be available for New Zealand and Australian Citizens and Permanent Residents living in New Zealand.

NOTE: Should the learner not complete the programme by the end of the stated duration or meet the funding requirements, they may be invoiced the price detailed in the Investment Schedule.

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