New Zealand Certificate in Fencing (Level 3)

with strand in Rural

Off-Campus, Work-Based Learning
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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

  • Lunch

  • 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.

Site Visits

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.

Entry Requirements

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.

Qualification gained

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.

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Block courses/mixed mode


35 Weeks

Start Dates

New intakes 2023

Cost Incl. GST (Approx):

2022 Fees: TBC

Student levy may apply

International: Programme not open to international students

Programme Code


Phone 0800 162 100
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