Qualification Overview

Qualification Title New Zealand Certificate in Infrastructure Works (Level 3) with optional strand in Plant Operation
Qualification Type Certificate
Level 3
Credits 75 - 95
Subject Area
  • Engineering and Related Technologies » Civil Engineering » Civil Engineering not elsewhere classified
Strategic Purpose Statement
The purpose of this qualification is to provide the infrastructure industry with people who have relevant knowledge and skills that can be applied to a range of standard infrastructure works processes. It is the cornerstone qualification for those graduates wanting to move into an infrastructure career pathway.

Graduates of this qualification are able to carry out infrastructure works operations safely and to a quality standard in a variety of infrastructure works contexts.

Graduates of the optional strand in Plant Operation are also able to safely and effectively operate plant for infrastructure works.

All graduates will be capable of working under limited supervision.
Graduate profile
Graduates of this qualification will be able to:

- Apply safe work practices and comply with environmental requirements on an infrastructure works site.
- Apply quality and industry best practice principles for infrastructure works.
- Apply work processes to carry out infrastructure works operations.
- Inspect, operate and maintain small plant for infrastructure works.

Graduates of the Plant Operation strand will also be able to:
- Inspect, operate and maintain plant for infrastructure works.
Education pathways
This qualification may build on the New Zealand Certificate in Infrastructure Works (Level 2) [Ref: 2522], and can lead to Level 4 qualifications in the infrastructure works industry, such as:

- New Zealand Certificate in Infrastructure Works (Civil) (Level 4) with strands in Earthworks, Road Construction, and Road Maintenance [Ref: 2725];

- New Zealand Certificate in Infrastructure Works (Bitumen Surfacing Construction) (Level 4) [Ref: 3775];

- New Zealand Certificate in Bituminous Product Manufacturing (Level 4) with strands in Binder Manufacturing Operation, Bituminous Mixes Operation, and Bitumen Spraying Operation [Ref: 2687];

- New Zealand Certificate in Infrastructure (Forestry Earthworks) (Level 4) [Ref: 3782];

- New Zealand Certificate in Infrastructure Works (Pipeline Construction and Maintenance) (Level 4) with strands in Drinking-Water, Wastewater and Stormwater, and Trenchless Technologies [Ref: 3858].
Employment pathways
Graduates of this qualification may be employed as operators in a broad range of sectors within the infrastructure works industry in the following contexts:
- civil works
- bitumen surfacing
- pipeline construction and maintenance
- water reticulation
- forestry earthworks
- piling and deep foundations.

Graduates of the optional strand in Plant Operation may be employed as plant operators in a similar broad range of sectors within the infrastructure works industry.To find out more about employment opportunities click on the CareersNZ logo, then the provider who offers this qualification.
Entry Requirements
It is recommended that candidates achieve the New Zealand Certificate in Infrastructure Works (Level 2) [Ref: 2522], or demonstrate equivalent knowledge and skills prior to enrolling in programmes leading to this qualification.
Education Organisation 7 Organisations can assist in gaining this qualification
Developed By Connexis Infrastructure ITO
Quality Assured By New Zealand Qualifications Authority
Number 3856
Status Current
Created September 2018
Next Review August 2023
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