NZ Certificate in Infrastructure Works (Plant Operation) (Level 3)

Study Options



1 year


Level 3

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Get essential skills for this vital industry

Are you already working in the infrastructure industry and are seeking formal qualifications?

The NZ Certificate in Infrastructure Works (Plant Operation) (Level 3) provides an introduction to road construction for those working in the infrastructure industry.

You will have the opportunity to gain your Wheels, Tracks and Rollers endorsement, as well as your Forklift endorsement.


There is one entry date per year:

  • January

Your future career and study opportunities

Your possible employment opportunities include:

  • Infrastructure Industry
  • Road Construction
  • Traffic Management
  • Forestry Roading
  • Quarry Employment Opportunities
  • Civil Construction

Your study pathway could progress onto:

  • NZ Certificate in Infrastructure Works (Level 4)


During the NZ Certificate in Infrastructure Works (Plant Operation) programme you will learn the following:

  • Health and safety
  • First aid
  • Industry specific skills
  • Plant and equipment maintenance and operation

You are welcome to make an appointment to talk to a teaching staff member about this programme.

Entry requirements

Academic requirements

  • This programme is open entry

Standard requirements

  • Applicants must have a minimum Restricted Licence and in the process of gaining their Full Class 1.
  • Applicants must be aged 17 years or over, have a reasonable physical level in order to complete the programme and be employed within the industry.

English language entry requirements

If English is not your first language a level of English language fluency is required for the programme. This may be demonstrated through successful study of a programme in English, completion of a NZ Certificate in English Language Level 3, approved scores on IELTS tests (5.0 Academic with no band score lower than 5.0), completion of an EIT | Te Pūkenga assessment.

Entry with credit

If you wish to claim credit from previous studies or experiences, you can do so by applying for Cross Credit (CC) or Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL).

  • CC is based on the equivalency of courses or qualifications. You would apply for CC if you have passed a very similar course at the same level.
  • RPL is based on the assessment of your current knowledge and skills. You would apply for RPL if you had gained the relevant knowledge and skills through life experiences and informal learning situations.

Please identify any credit you may wish to be considered as part of the programme application. Please note recognising prior learning may reduce your study load in this programme and impact on your ability to receive funding.

For information and enquiries about CC and RPL please contact Lynne Turnbull, the Programme Administrator, on 06 830 1294.





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