New Zealand Apprenticeships

New Zealand Apprenticeships provide a premier vocational pathway and quality support for all apprentices regardless of age.

New Zealand Apprenticeships:

  • provide an entry point into an occupation setting a person up for a career in an industry
  • meet any regulatory requirements for entry into an occupation
  • contain a strong theoretical component to support further learning, as well as a practical element.

The detailed criteria for New Zealand Apprenticeships are that:

  • an apprentice must be employed in the occupation for which they are training
  • throughout the apprenticeship, an apprentice must be supported by a training plan agreed by the apprentice, the employer and the organisation arranging the training
  • all New Zealand Apprenticeships will result in (at least) a level 4 New Zealand qualification comprising a minimum of 120 credits (ensuring a strong theoretical component).

It is expected that on completing a New Zealand Apprenticeship, the apprentice will be ‘work competent’ for the occupation in which they have been training, and that industry will determine the standard of competency to be met.

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Code of Good Practice for New Zealand Apprenticeships

An apprentice training code called the Code of Good Practice for New Zealand Apprenticeships has been published. The Code sets out the responsibilities and expectations of all parties involved in a New Zealand Apprenticeship: the apprentice, the employer and the industry training organisation.

The Code was developed in conjunction with apprentices, employers and industry training organisations.

During February and March 2015, the TEC consulted on the draft Code of Good Practice for New Zealand Apprenticeships.  Read the Summary of the consultation feedback (PDF, 76 Kb).

Download the Code of Good Practice for New Zealand Apprenticeships (PDF, 577 Kb)

Contact the Sector Helpdesk for a print out of the Code.


Information for apprentices

The TEC approves all New Zealand Apprenticeships and maintains a register. To find out what apprenticeships are available, and which industry training organisation to contact, refer to the New Zealand Apprenticeships Register (XLS, 90 Kb).

Some New Zealand Apprenticeship programmes may contain more than one qualification.


Support for New Zealand Apprenticeships

The Government expects all New Zealand Apprentices and employers to be well supported by their industry training organisations to achieve a high level of successful completions of apprenticeships.

Industry training organisations will need to make sure each apprenticeship receives pastoral support in accordance with their needs and that good communication with both the apprentice and employer is maintained.

New Zealand Apprentices are funded at a higher rate than industry trainees from 2014 to ensure organisations provide this level of support.


Modern Apprenticeships

On 1 January 2014, the Modern Apprenticeship scheme was replaced by the New Zealand Apprenticeships scheme. There is a four-year transition (through to the end of 2017) to allow those Modern Apprentices still in training to continue with their current arrangements, including support provided from their Modern Apprenticeship Coordinator.

How to confirm completion of an apprenticeship

The TEC might be able to provide a record of completion of your apprenticeship. We will search the Register of Apprentices on your behalf. Details of apprenticeships completed after 1993 are likely to be held by the respective industry training organisation instead.

Fill in the Request for Apprenticeship Record form (Word, 61 Kb) and email it, with a photocopy of your identification, to or send to:
Tertiary Education Commission
PO Box 27-048
Wellington 6141


Information for industry training organisations

Applying for the TEC's approval of New Zealand Apprenticeships

The TEC has developed guidelines on its New Zealand Apprenticeships approval process for industry training organisations in consultation with the New Zealand Qualifications Authority:

An industry training organisation must have an NZQA-approved programme for each New Zealand Apprenticeship before any enrolments will be funded by the TEC.

Interim arrangements for apprenticeships

The following criteria will enable some industries to have New Zealand Apprenticeships where there is no level 4 qualification of at least 120 credits. These will be funded at the New Zealand Apprenticeships rate through to 1 January 2018:

  • a trainee must be employed as an apprentice in the occupation for which they are training
  • throughout the apprenticeship a trainee must be supported by a training plan agreed by the apprentice, the employer and the organisation arranging the training; and
  • be enrolled in two or more qualifications totalling at least 120 credits, provided it includes only level 3 and 4 qualifications and at least 60 credits out of the total credits are at level 4.

New Zealand Apprenticeship requirements from 2018

A review of the qualification requirements for New Zealand Apprenticeships is anticipated in 2017. The outcomes of this review will inform the future qualification criteria for New Zealand Apprenticeships.


Logo and certificates for New Zealand Apprenticeships

The TEC has created guidelines for the use of the New Zealand Apprenticeships logo. The logo may only be used for New Zealand Apprenticeships funded through the Industry Training Fund. Refer to the logo use guidelines for more detail:

New Zealand Apprenticeships logo use and certificate creation (Word, 55 Kb)

  • Last changed: 21 September 2015
  • Last verified: 21 September 2015