Career Preparation for Engineering Trades (Level 3)2019-04-23T15:48:28+13:00

Career Preparation for Engineering Trades (Level 3)

This 20 week course is designed to kick-start your Welding career, opening a world of career opportunities or further training (L4).

What you learn

  • Study skills and employment options
  • Setting learning goals and progress checks
  • Identifying barriers to learning and problem solving
  • Health and Safety, job ergonomics and risk assessment
  • Industry terminology and workplace numeracy
  • Safe use of tools, machinery and equipment
  • Industry related tasks
  • Basic workplace documentation
  • Industry related projects
  • Effective team work
  • Communication skills and problem solving

What you get

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

  • We have a new custom-built trade campus close to public transport
  • We will assist you with work or apprenticeship placement
  • You will complete a Site Safe Passport
  • You get to work alongside other trades

Entry requirements

  • You need to have reasonable numeracy and literacy skills.
  • You need to be 16 years old or over
  • Be physically able to complete the course

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

You can call us on 0800 236 765 to get started or contact us here for more information.

Course fees

$3,792.00 for Domestic Students

$12, 390 (NZ Dollars) International Students

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

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

  • Steel cap boots
  • Overalls
  • Ear Plugs
  • Gloves
  • Welding Helmet
  • Safety Glasses

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Do You Have a Question About this Course?

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


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.

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


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?2017-12-07T02:41:10+13:00

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.

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


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


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 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.

For a full list of frequently asked questions please click here.

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