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About this programme
This is a nationally recognised qualification designed specifically for the fencing industry, in association with Fencing Contractors NZ. The programme itself will be a combination of in-work, site visit, online, and block course learning, designed with the hands-on workers of the industry in mind.
The programme will have a total of four two day block courses bi-monthly (one for each topic excluding rural vehicles which will be run separately), and the programme will run to its completion over a twelve month period.
Assessments will be a combination of logbooks, employer attestations, evidence portfolios and video logs, with only a few written assessment requirements.
What you will learn
Graduates of this qualification will be able to:
Maintain health and safety in a fencing workplace
Operate and maintain machinery and/or equipment for a fencing workplace
Use vehicles to access rural fence lines and transport fencing equipment safely
Construct electric and non-electric fences
Identify and perform routine repairs and maintenance on rural electric and non-electric fences.
Graduates of this certificate will have the skills and knowledge to be employed as rural fencers or to be employed in a rural enterprise in a role with some responsibility for constructing of electric and nonelectric rural fences, and maintaining rural fences.
When is this course?
The block courses are two days once every two months, except for Block 3 which includes *Rural Vehicle training, making it four days. The site visits will occur between the block courses with the final site visit being after the final block course. The programme covers a total of 35 weeks including breaks.
Some practical activities may be delivered off-site, but you will be informed of this closer to the time of training.
*Some students will not need to complete the Rural Vehicle component if they already hold appropriate unit standards.
These half days are dedicated to supporting you to learn on the job. FCANZ Association days are highly recommended. These days include connection with other fencers in the area, show best practice techniques and provide you a connection with major industry suppliers and partners.The block course days will include some class time and practical lesson time. They are compulsory days. Onsite visits from the assessor/trainer will be arranged between you, your employer and the trainer.
Required Resources – Block Courses:
When you are attending block courses it is advised that you bring the following items:
Covered shoes for practical training
Pen and paper for any note taking
An Internet capable device – particularly to the first block course so that we can ensure you can log in to the online learning platforms you are required to use
Tea and Coffee and morning tea will be provided for you at the contact courses.
One of the course trainers will be visiting you on site. It is important that you are ready for them when they come. Please make sure you have completed each of the activities you have been required to complete before the visit so that your trainer has time to review before visiting you. This will ensure that the site visit time is spent conducting specialised one-on-one training designed just for you, as completing the activities will advise the trainer which areas of the work are best focused on. This is an opportunity for you to really refine your skills and abilities, so be sure to take advantage of it.
All applicants must:
be at least 16 years old at the time the programme commences
be able to read, write and communicate in English at a basic level
be physically able to complete the programme-specific outcomes.
New Zealand Certificate in Fencing (Level 3) (Rural)
Courses and programmes may be cancelled, postponed or have their content or configuration changed from time to time (including during the academic year) at the discretion of NorthTec. Fees are an indication, include GST and apply to domestic students only. View terms and conditions
From 1 January 2023, all NorthTec learners will be part of Te Pūkenga. Please note that these programmes of study are currently under review as part of the reform of vocational education training and may be subject to change.