Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions2018-11-29T17:19:46+13:00

Got a question? Check out our frequently asked questions, or if you prefer a chat call us on 0800 236 765.

I enrolled in a December course that will run through to January and beyond? Am I eligible?2018-12-28T11:07:18+13:00

No. But if your course is not more than 60 credits and have not been rolled in other tertiary programmes prior to that, you may be eligible for fees-free study in 2019.

What should I do if I’m not sure of my residency status?2018-12-28T11:08:15+13:00

If you need help with determining your residency status, just call or email Student Service Team at Aspire2 Trades and NZWS and we can help you. Call us on 0800 236 765 or email us.

Note that Australian citizens and Australian permanent residents are automatically considered to have a residence class visa.

What do I do if I’m not sure how much previous study I’ve done?2017-12-08T03:53:45+13:00

If you need help confirming your previous study, just call or email Student Service Team at Aspire2 Trades and NZWS and we can help you. Call us on 0800 236 765 or email us.

I’m going to summer school in December this year, can I qualify for fees-free?2018-12-28T12:14:55+13:00

Fees-free tertiary education applies to study beginning after 1 January 2018. You will be able to access fees-free study for any programme in 2019 if you have not previously undertaken more than 60 credits.

What do I do if I have already paid fees to an education provider when I was eligible for fees-free?2018-12-28T12:27:53+13:00

If you have already paid fees for a programme that will not start until 2019 and find out that you are eligible for fees-free study, you should approach Aspire2 Trades and NZWS and arrange a refund with the Student Services team.

You are entitled to a refund of the amount you have paid to do a course starting on or after 1 January 2018, up to the value of the fees-free cap.

Do I still need to apply to StudyLink to access fees-free study?2017-12-08T04:05:55+13:00

No, the fees will be paid directly to Aspire2 Trades and NZWS by the Tertiary Education Commission (TEC). But if you wish to apply for a student allowance or the two non-fees parts of a student loan (living costs and course-related costs) for 2018, then you will still need to apply to StudyLink.

It is your choice whether to apply for a student allowance or loan living costs and course-related costs, but if you plan to do so StudyLink encourages prospective students to apply by 16 December 2017, and to provide supporting documents promptly (you can apply online). This will ensure that applications can be assessed in time for the start of the 2018 academic year.

What do I do if I find I am eligible for fees-free, but I have already taken out a student loan for my fees for 2018?2018-12-28T12:30:15+13:00

StudyLink advises that you should do the following:

  • Log in to your MyStudyLink account and change the ‘Pay fees’ field in your loan application to ‘No’ (NB don’t cancel your loan application completely if you will still need other support from the loan like the living costs and course-related costs)
  • If you were only taking out a loan to pay your fees, and your fees are less than or equal to $12,000, you may choose to cancel your loan application. Call StudyLink on 0800 88 99 00 to talk about cancelling your application.
What do I do if I am eligible for fees-free, but I have already enrolled in study or training for 2018?2017-12-08T03:26:19+13:00

You don’t have to do anything to access fees-free. The Tertiary Education Commission will pay your fees to Aspire2 Trades and NZWS to cover eligible courses.

I have been at school in 2018 and did a tertiary level course as part of my study. Will I be eligible for fees-free?2018-12-28T12:29:13+13:00

Yes. The fees-free policy will not penalise people who take tertiary courses while at secondary school. These courses are not counted as previous tertiary study for the purpose of assessing someone’s “first time study” status.

Will I be eligible for fees-free if I’m enrolled in a secondary school while completing a tertiary education course?2017-12-08T03:24:58+13:00

No. A range of other support is available for school students who wish to begin tertiary study before they finish school. Tertiary study undertaken while enrolled in a secondary school will not count against students’ future eligibility for fees-free tertiary education.

Will I be eligible if I am studying from overseas?2017-12-08T03:24:16+13:00

If you meet the learner eligibility requirement which enables you to study fees fee (see above), then you can study from overseas if you are enrolled in an on-line learning programme.

Can I carry fees-free over to another year?2017-12-08T03:23:47+13:00

You can spread your one year’s fees-free study over multiple years. However, you cannot “bank” your 2018 fees-free entitlement. This means if you start study in 2018 and are eligible for fees-free study, you cannot opt to pay for some of your studies yourself and “bank” your fees-free study to use later (eg on a higher fee programme).

Check Aspire2 Trades and NZWS refund policy before you start your programme. This is important in case you decide to withdraw at a later date as it may affect your future fees-free allowance.

Are there any age requirements?2017-12-08T03:22:59+13:00

No, there are no age requirements or restrictions.

Will I be eligible for fees-free if I study part time?2017-12-08T03:22:37+13:00

Yes. You can study full-time or part-time and be eligible for fees-free, providing you meet all of the other eligibility criteria. However not all Aspire2 Trades and NZWS programmes have part time study options.

When can I study fees-free?2018-12-28T12:35:19+13:00

Fees-free study for 2019 covers all eligible programmes beginning in 2019. You  can begin your study at any time in 2019 and still be eligible for fees free.

Is my programmes of study at Aspire2 Trades and NZWS eligible fees free?2018-12-28T12:34:03+13:00

Yes, so long as your qualification or programme of study meets the following eligibility criteria:

  1. It starts in 2019
  2. Funded by the Tertiary Education Commission
  3. Recognised by the New Zealand Qualifications Authority
  4. Level 3 or above on the New Zealand Qualifications Framework
How can I get my National Student Number (NSN)?2017-12-08T03:20:03+13:00

If you are currently at school, you can ask your school for your NSN.

Otherwise talk to the Student Service Team at Aspire2 Trades and NZWS and we can help you.

You can also contact the NZQA on 0800 697 296 (between 8am and 5pm Monday to Friday) or by email through the NZQA website.

How do I find out if I am eligible?2018-12-28T12:31:56+13:00

We can help you find out if you are eligible for fees free study in 2018. Just call us on 0800 759 0218 or email us.

You will need to meet these requirements for fees-free study with any tertiary education organisation including Aspire2 Trades and NZWS You must:

  1. Be allowed to work and live in New Zealand permanently, or be an Australian or New Zealand resident who has lived here for at least three years; and
  2. Not be enrolled in school when your qualification starts, and either:< br/>
    a) have been enrolled at school in 2017 or 2018, or< br/>
    b) not have undertaken previous study or training of more than 60 credits, except while you were at school, and
  3. Enrol in an eligible qualification.
Fees free. What is it?2017-12-08T03:16:19+13:00

From 1 January 2018, the first year of tertiary education will be fees free for eligible learners.

What can I do when I finish this course?2017-12-07T03:12:24+13:00

There are lots of options available to you if you complete this course. For an overview of this check out our pathways.

What can I do when I finish this course?2017-12-07T03:11:42+13:00

There are lots of options available to you if you complete this course. For an overview of this check out our pathways.

Is this course full time?2017-12-07T02:40:27+13:00

Yes.
We run full-time courses that start at 8:00 am every day so you will need to be on site before then. This course runs Monday through Thursday from 8:00-4:30.

Is this course full time?2017-12-07T02:41:10+13:00

Yes.
We run full-time courses that start at 8:00 am every day so you will need to be on site before then. This course runs Monday through Thursday from 8:00-3:00.

Does NZWS provide transport for students?2017-12-07T00:27:10+13:00

We have a mini buses at both campuses that drive along set routes and do pickups and drop offs. You will need to talk to each campus to set which routes the mini buses take.

How many students will be in my class?2017-12-07T00:28:44+13:00

We like to have small classes to ensure that all students get excellent tuition and enough direct time with the tutors. Our normal class sizes are between 5 – 15.

Are student loans and allowances available for my course?2017-12-07T00:29:33+13:00

If you’re a New Zealand or Australian citizen or a Permanent Resident (over 3 years) you can apply for a student loan and/or allowance. Our Student Services team will be able to help you with your application and answer any questions you might have.

Do I have to do anything if I change my address?2017-12-07T00:37:48+13:00

Yes.

You must tell our Student Services Team if you change your contact details especially your phone number and your residential address.

How easy will it be for me to get a job after I finish my course?2017-12-07T01:29:53+13:00

We pride ourselves on delivering real skills with real results. Your education with us will give you a great start to your career, however your employment success is mainly up to you. If you have an excellent attitude and are committed to finding work after completing our courses and gaining the qualifications, then the chances of finding a job are very high.

NZ Welding School has a great support team to help you find employment.

What will happen during my first week?2017-12-07T01:30:23+13:00

Your first week at NZWS is Induction Week. You will learn all about the campus, staff and facilities, its rules and regulations.

You will be required to attend classes during Induction Week. On your first day you will be given a welcome pack, which will include a Student Handbook to help you through Induction Week and provide you with important information to help you during your time with us. Please read everything in it carefully.

Can I arrive late for the start of my course?2017-06-28T07:20:33+13:00

Generally speaking, no. It is very important that you arrive in time for the start of your course as there will not be much time to catch up.

Who can help me if I have a problem while I’m studying?2017-12-07T02:19:40+13:00

NZ Welding School has Student Support Services who can provide advice and assistance or refer you to the proper professional on a broad range of matters such as health, personal problems, banking, accommodation, public transport, visa and insurance information.

How are the fees that I have paid protected?2017-12-07T02:20:42+13:00

Fees paid by students are banked directly into a Public Trust student trust account, and paid by Public Trust in instalments to NZWS throughout the duration of your course.

Is a welding ticket part of the course?2017-12-07T02:25:35+13:00

No.

A welding ticket is offered as an incentive for having good attendance and good attitude through-out the course. Your tutor will decide if you qualify to be given the chance to sit a welding ticket once you have completed your course.

What if I have a complaint?2017-12-07T02:35:09+13:00

You should speak to our Student Support Services team. They will discuss your complaint with you. They will also advise you about how the complaints procedure works. During Induction Week you will be given more information about this process.

Is this course full time?2017-06-28T07:19:07+13:00

Yes.

We run full time courses that start at 8am everyday so you will need to be on site before 8. We finish Monday to Friday 3.45pm and 12.45pm on Fridays.

Do I need to bring my own gear?2017-12-07T02:42:03+13:00

No.

As part of the course fee we provide all required Personal Protection Equipment (PPE) gear for you.

What happens if I do not come to class or if I withdraw from my course?2017-12-07T02:47:02+13:00

We ask you to contact our staff to let them know if you will be absent from course. If you are absent for more than 3 days with no contact we will let Studylink know and this may affect your allowance.

 

If you start course and decide its not for you let our office ladies know. If you withdraw in the first 8 days this is called an Early Withdraw and you will not be charged full fees. If you withdraw any time after the first 8 days is a normal Withdraw and you not be entitled to a refund.

How do I pay my fees?2017-12-07T02:48:06+13:00

Most of our students will apply through Studylink to get a student loan to pay for their fees. They can also help with financial support while you are a student. Alternatively you can make a bank transaction or pay by cheque. Just let us know if you intend to do this and we can provide you with details.

 

Additionally we have limited scholarships available *conditions apply, please talk to our staff to see if you qualify for any of these.

Is there an application fee?2017-12-07T02:54:57+13:00

No.

There is no application fee to study at NZ Welding School.

How old do you have to be to study at NZWS?2017-12-07T02:55:37+13:00

Over 16

If you are under 18 you will need a parent to sign you up.

What documents should I bring with me?2017-12-07T03:06:43+13:00

Try to bring the following documents with you:

Birth certificate or Passport

Marriage certificate (if applicable)

Driving license (if applicable)

IRD Number

Bank Account details

References from previous employers or schools

What is the difference between NZS 4711 and AS/NZS 2980?2017-06-28T07:16:38+13:00

Standards NZ withdrew NZS 4711 and 4703 on 1 April 2011. They are replaced with the new qualifications AS/NZS 2980: 2007.

Although the welder qualifications are similar there are some changes.

The main differences include:

The welder qualification will no longer be issued by a Standards NZ approved test authority, instead by an “Examining Body”.

The test will need to be witnessed by an Examiner who is appointed by the examining body.

When welding a test piece the welder is to follow a welding procedure.

Qualification covers a material group or groups, and a thickness range.

Test pieces can be on plate or pipe, weld can be a fillet or a butt depending on the range of qualification required.

A test in a “difficult” position qualifies “easier” positions e.g. an overhead butt weld can also qualify the welder in the flat, horizontal, vertical up positions.

The qualification is valid for 2 years.

What tickets can we do tests for?2017-06-28T07:16:09+13:00

Here are some common tickets that you can be trained to do tests for:

AS/NZS 2980: 2007 – Qualification of Welders for Fusion Welding of Steel. Structural Steel Welding including all processes (replaced NZS 4711) – MMAW, GMAW, FCAW, GTAW.

AS/NZS 2980 Appendix F – Stainless Steel Pipe Welding  commonly associated with Food Industry specifically Dairy (replaced NZS  4703).

AS/NZS 1665 – Aluminium Welding primarily used in Structural and Marine welding especially extrusions. Sometimes used in Food Industry as well. GMAW Aluminium, GTAW Aluminium, Pulse and non-pulse processes.

ASME IX – predominantly Pipe Welding involving pressure. Used in Food, Petrochemical, Nuclear, Geothermal industries. Very stringent regulation because standard set by American Society of Mechanical Engineers. WPS is owned by company and each site/ Contractor/Fabricator must have own specific WPS.

What does ticket training consist of?2017-12-07T03:18:21+13:00

On site assessment of current Welders (from inexperienced to very experienced)

Design & provide specific training requirements:

Examples of ticket training we have supplied:

– Kiwi Rail: Setting up a gas torch for steel cutting of rails

– Mitek NZ: Procedures for fully automatic processes(robotic),Semi-automatic and Manual Processes

– Smith and Davies: Staff training in Carbon steel and aluminium for repair of truck bodies

– FonterraTraining:  Staff in dairy quality GTAW welding process with purged pipe stainless Steel

– Fruehauf New ZealandTraining:  Staff for certification to AS/NZS 2980

What can I learn by completing this course?2017-06-26T09:05:11+13:00

You’ll learn the basics of painting commercial and residential property, from preparation to finishing – all the skills you need to launch your career in trade as a painter decorator.

You will learn paint trade terminology, work with basic hand and power tools, gibbing and gib stopping, finish walls and apply coats of paint to industry standards.

You will also learn about health and safety, first aid, different types of paints and materials generally used, calculations, working at heights and professional communication.

Is this course NZQA accredited?2017-06-26T09:04:31+13:00

Yes.

How long is this course?2017-10-20T04:32:59+13:00

20-weeks.

When does this course start?2017-10-10T05:20:27+13:00

We have two intakes left for 2017 on 30 October and 30 November.

Check our Course Calendar here for a full list of courses and start dates.

What qualification will I get?2017-11-23T01:49:36+13:00

You will gain the New Zealand Certificate in Construction Trades Skills (Allied Trades) (Level 3). This programme is delivered through Cornerstone Education Ltd PTE, within the Aspire2 Group and is an NZQA approved qualification.

You will also train for a Site Safe Passport or equivalent (industry required).

How many credits is this course worth?2017-06-26T09:02:59+13:00

NZQA Credits: 60

What could I do with my Certificate?2017-06-26T09:02:45+13:00

NZQA accredited and industry relevant, this certificate will equip you for an apprenticeship or entry level career in the painting industry.

You could choose further study in carpentry, joinery or another construction-related allied trade or seek employment as an apprentice or an entry level job in the painting and plastering sector.

What do I need to do to enrol?2017-06-26T09:02:28+13:00

We need you to be physically able to compete this course. You need to have reasonable numeracy and literacy skills and you need to be over 16 years old.

How much does this course cost?2018-01-30T16:59:39+13:00

$3,585.00

There are no hidden costs and Student Loans and Allowances are available if you meet the criteria.

We also have limited scholarships so please feel free to ask us about these.

Do I need to bring my own gear?2017-06-26T09:01:49+13:00

Your fees include all course costs, course stationery and manuals plus one set of work gear:

High Visibility Jacket

Overalls

Steel Toe Shoes

Knee Pads

Clear safety glasses

Hard Hat Helmet

Ear Protection Muffs

Why should I choose a trade career?2017-06-26T08:59:55+13:00

The opportunities for an exciting, well-paid career in trades have never been better than now.  There are employee and skills shortages in just about every trade.

Why should I consider Aspire2 Trades as a place to study?2017-06-26T08:59:35+13:00

We are committed to delivering practical, hands-on skills that will set you up for employment. We also want to help you get a job when you graduate so we have a dedicated employment support service, Aspire2 Work.

Where are you based?2017-06-26T08:59:00+13:00

We have a brand-new site at 30b Ash Road, Wiri, Manukau. We’re close to public transport and have a free pick-up service to and from the Manukau and Homai train stations.

How do I enrol?2017-06-26T08:58:20+13:00

Just contact us here – we’ll be in touch and can step you through the process. If you prefer, give us a call on 0800 2 ENROL.

Do you provide transport for students?2017-06-26T08:57:48+13:00

We make it easy with a campus close to public transport and with student car parks on-site. We run a free pick-up and drop-off from Manukau and Homai train stations as well.

Are student loans and allowances available for my course?2017-06-26T08:57:27+13:00

If you’re a New Zealand or Australian citizen or a Permanent Resident (over 3 years) you can apply for a student loan and/or allowance. Our student services team will be able to help you with your application and answer any questions you might have.

Some of this enrolment stuff is confusing. Why are there different schools listed under the Aspire2 Trades campus?2017-06-26T08:57:04+13:00

We have some courses offered through the successful Cornerstone Education Group and NZ Welding School. Our student services teams will ensure you are clear on the Private Training Establishment you will be enrolled in, at the time of enrolment and during induction.

Do I have to bring any gear with me?2017-06-26T08:56:44+13:00

We provide your kit, so no excuses! Your kit will differ depending on what course you do. You can check out what you’ll receive under each course listed or give us a call on 0800 2 ENROL and we can talk you through it.

What about finding a job once I graduate?2017-06-26T08:56:23+13:00

We’ll help you find a job. At Aspire2 Trades we’re all about opening doors to an awesome trade career. That’s why we have a dedicated employment support service, Aspire2 Work.

Do I need to bring my own gear?2017-06-26T08:52:50+13:00

Your fees include all course costs and one set of work gear which includes:

High Visibility T Shirt

High Visibility Jacket

Overalls

Steel Toe Boots

Safety Gloves

Clear Safety Glasses

Hard Hat Helmet

Ear Protection Muffs

How much does this course cost?2018-01-30T16:59:54+13:00

$3,510.00

There are no hidden costs and Student Loans and Allowances are available if you meet the criteria.

We also have limited scholarships so please feel free to ask us about these.

What do I need to do to enrol?2017-06-26T08:51:59+13:00

We need you to be physically able to compete workshop activities. You need to have reasonable numeracy and literacy skills and you need to be over 16 years old.

What could I do with my Certificate?2017-06-26T08:51:38+13:00

You could choose further study in trades or seek employment as a general hand, trade assistant or as a forklift operator in a wide variety of industries.

How many credits is this course worth?2017-06-26T08:51:17+13:00

NZQA Credits: 60

What qualification will I get?2017-11-23T01:50:49+13:00

You will gain the New Zealand Certificate in Study and Career Preparation (Level 3). This programme is delivered through Cornerstone Education Ltd PTE, within the Aspire2 Group and is an NZQA approved qualification. 

You could also graduate with a Forklift Occupational Health and Safety Operator Certificate.

When does this course start?2017-08-02T05:59:24+13:00

We have two intakes in 2017.

21 August and 25 September.

Check our Course Calendar here for a full list of courses and start dates.

How long is this course?2017-10-20T04:33:37+13:00

20-weeks.

What does the Career Preparation bit of this course mean?2017-06-26T08:46:59+13:00

We want to prepare you for a career in the trades sector, working within manufacturing, construction and distribution industries.

Is this course NZQA accredited?2017-06-26T08:46:38+13:00

Yes.

What can I learn by completing this course?2017-06-26T08:45:36+13:00

You’ll be able to drive a forklift, learn about worksite safety and enter your trades career with confidence. You will discover employment opportunities for trade support jobs and forklift operators and design your own career or study pathway.

What hours is the Aspire2 Trades campus open to students?2017-06-26T08:43:56+13:00

8:00am to 4:00 pm Monday to Friday.

What documents should I bring with me?2017-06-26T08:43:40+13:00

Try to bring the following documents with you:

Birth certificate or Passport

Marriage certificate (if applicable)

Driving license (if applicable)

IRD Number

Bank Account details

References from previous employers or schools

What if my details (phone number, address) change while doing the course?2017-06-26T08:43:20+13:00

Please let someone in our student services team know asap so we can update your details on the system.

How are my fees protected?2017-06-26T08:43:03+13:00

Fees paid by students are banked directly into a Public Trust student trust account, and paid by Public Trust in instalments to Aspire2 Trades throughout the duration of your course.

Are Student Loans/Allowances available?2017-06-26T08:42:43+13:00

The course is NZQA accredited so you can apply for loans and allowances through Studylink. We have a student service team who can help you with your applications for either a loan, allowance or both.

How old do you have to be to study at Aspire2 Trades?2017-06-26T08:42:27+13:00

Over 16 years old. (If you are under 18 years old you will need a parent to sign you up.)

Is there an application fee?2017-06-26T08:42:10+13:00

No. There is no application fee to study at Aspire2 Trades.

How do I pay my fees?2017-06-26T08:41:52+13:00

Most of our students will apply through Studylink to get a student loan to pay for their fees. They can also help with financial support while you are a student. Alternatively, you can make a bank transaction or pay by cheque. Just let us know if you intend to do this and we can provide you with details.

What happens if I do not come to class or if I withdraw from my course?2017-06-26T08:41:30+13:00

Contact our office staff to let them know if you will be absent from your course. If you are absent for more than three days with no contact, we will advise Studylink. This may affect your allowance.

If you start your course and decide it’s not for you, let our office staff know. If you withdraw in the first eight days this is called an Early Withdraw and you will not be charged full fees. If you withdraw any time after the first eight days, you will not be entitled to a refund.

What if I have a complaint?2017-06-26T08:41:08+13:00

You should speak to our Student Support Services team. They will discuss your complaint with you. They will also advise you about how the complaints procedure works. During Induction Week you will be given more information about this process.

How are the fees that I have paid protected?2017-06-26T08:40:50+13:00

Fees paid by students are banked directly into a Public Trust student trust account, and paid by Public Trust in instalments to NZWS throughout the duration of your course.

Who can help me if I have a problem while I’m studying?2017-06-26T08:40:23+13:00

We have dedicated student support service who can provide advice and assistance, or refer you to relevant professional on a broad range of matters such as health, personal problems, banking, accommodation, public transport and insurance information.

Can I arrive late for the start of my course?2017-06-26T08:40:03+13:00

It is very important that you arrive on time for the duration of your course otherwise you will run the risk of not completing your training.

What will happen during my first week?2017-06-26T08:39:38+13:00

Your first week at Aspire2 Trades is Orientation Week. You will learn all about the campus, staff and facilities, our rules and regulations.

You will be required to attend classes during Orientation Week. On your first day you will be given a welcome pack, which will include a Student Handbook to help you through the week and provide you with important information to help you during your time with us. Please read everything in it carefully.