New Zealand Certificate in Foundation Skills (Level 2) - Construction

Kaitaia, Whangarei
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Build your Future

If you want to get into the building trade, or learn how to work on your home and land, this programme is a great starting point. Covering general construction and maintenance knowledge, it provides training across a wide range of construction and  maintenance areas by giving you practical experience on small building projects.

Core Skills

You will learn wide range of construction and career skills. The development of literacy, numeracy and information technology is embedded and applied throughout the learning experience. 

This programme gives you the chance to study in a supportive environment where you get the time and individual attention you need to achieve a level 2 qualification.

  • Reading plans

  • Drawing detailed project sketches

  • Non-consent building of garden furniture or small sheds

  • Safely use hand tools, power tools and machinery

  • Knowledge of current building practices

  • Be able to discuss the use of selected building materials

  • Have knowledge of building calculations.

  • Concrete preparation, mixing and laying

  • Work collaboratively and effectively in a team or group to achieve a task or outcome

  • Producing a CV (Curriculum Vitae)

  • Budgeting skills

Career opportunities

  • Carpentry apprenticeships

  • Trade assistants

  • Joinery apprenticeships

Admission information

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 Foundation Skills (Level 2) (Construction)

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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Full time


1 Semester

Start Dates

Whangarei: February

Cost Incl. GST (Approx):

Domestic: Fees Free

International: Programme not open to international students

Programme Code


Phone 0800 162 100
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