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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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).

While the minimum requirement for a New Zealand Apprenticeship is a New Zealand qualification at level 4 of at least 120 credits, some New Zealand Apprenticeship programmes may contain additional qualifications.

Support for New Zealand Apprenticeships

The Government expects all New Zealand Apprentices and employers to be well supported by their ITO to achieve a high level of successful completions of apprenticeships. ITOs will need to make a minimum of four visits a year to the apprentice and maintain good communication with both the apprentice and employer. New Zealand Apprentices are funded at a higher rate than industry trainees from 2014 to ensure ITOs provide this level of support.

Apprenticeship Reboot Subsidy

To lift participation in apprenticeships, new apprentices/trainees who sign up for training before 31 December 2014 will be able to apply for $1,000 towards the cost of tools and off-job course costs, or $2,000 for those in priority trades.

Employers will also be eligible for an equal payment.

Please see a list of Priority Trades on page 4 of the Apprentice Reboot information sheet (PDF, 198 Kb) .

Who can get the Reboot subsidy?

To be eligible for the Reboot subsidy, apprentices/trainees will:

  • have signed a new industry training agreement commencing between 6 March 2013* and 31 December 2014 (inclusive); and
  • have been actively training for at least 90 days and have completed those 90 days training by 30 June 2015; and
  • be either:
  • a New Zealand Apprentice (for new training agreements signed after 1 January 2014); or
  • for training agreements signed before 31 December 2013, apprentices/trainees must be either:
     a New Zealand Apprentice; or
     a trainee enrolled in a programme of study of at least 120 credits at Level 4 on the New Zealand Qualifications Framework (NZQF)**; or
     a Modern Apprentice enrolled in a programme of study at Levels 3 or 4 on the NZQF; and
  • not be in employment subsidised by a Ministry of Social Development (MSD) wage subsidy or other government funding; and
  • have not already received, or have applied for, other government funding for tools and equipment.

To be eligible for an equal payment an employer will:

  • be employing an apprentice/trainee that is eligible for the Reboot subsidy; and
  • not be receiving a MSD wage subsidy, or other government funding, for the eligible apprentice/trainee.

*A new training agreement must also be associated with a new enrolment on or after 6 March 2013.

** This means a qualification at level 4 on the NZQF that is comprised of at least 120 credits. Some credits within the qualification may be at lower levels on the NZQF.

Read Frequently Asked Questions about the Reboot subsidy (Word, 64 Kb)

Apply now

Eligible apprentices or trainees and their employers can submit their application for the Reboot payment to their industry training organisation.

Applications must be submitted to industry training organisations by 30 June 2015 to be considered for payment.

You can download or print the application form and supporting information:

Modern Apprenticeship and Modern Apprenticeship Coordinators

On 1 January 2014, the Modern Apprenticeship scheme was replaced by the New Zealand Apprenticeships. There will be 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 ITOs in consultation with the NZQA:

Interim arrangements for apprenticeships

The following criteria will enable some current apprenticeship qualifications to be funded at the New Zealand Apprenticeships rate through to 1 January 2016:

  • 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 either
  • complex arrangements (multiple qualifications) of at least 120 credits can make up a NZ Apprenticeship, provided they include only level 3 and 4 qualifications and at least 60 credits of any complex arrangement is at level 4; or
  • national qualifications at level 4 of at least 120 credits can make up a NZ Apprenticeship.

New Zealand Apprenticeship requirements from 2016

From 2016, New Zealand Apprenticeship programmes must contain a level 4 qualification of at least 120 credits. 

ITOs can apply to include additional qualifications as part of a New Zealand Apprenticeship in conjunction with a level 4 qualification of at least 120 credits. Additional qualifications will only be approved if they are integral to the apprenticeship.

New Zealand Apprenticeships will be approved jointly by the TEC and NZQA; who will consider both the qualification and the programme of training through NZQA’s programme approval process. 

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

Interim arrangements to expire at the end of 2015

Interim arrangements (New Zealand Apprenticeships consisting of multiple qualifications) were intended to enable some previous apprenticeship qualifications to be funded at the New Zealand Apprenticeships rate through to 1 January 2016.

Interim arrangements will expire at the end of 2015.

Interim arrangements have been approved for some New Zealand Apprenticeships that do not include a qualification that meets the 2016 New Zealand Apprenticeship criteria.  It is expected some of these New Zealand Apprenticeships will meet the criteria once New Zealand qualifications have been approved following targeted review of qualifications (TRoQ).

From 2016, interim arrangements that comprise two or more qualifications and do not include one level 4 qualification of at least 120 credits will not be recognised as New Zealand Apprenticeships.  After this time, such interim arrangements will not be funded at the higher New Zealand Apprenticeship rate and must not be promoted as New Zealand Apprenticeships.

New interim arrangements will not be approved

The TEC will not approve any new interim arrangements as New Zealand Apprenticeships.

Trainees will only be able to enrol in existing interim arrangements (and be recognised as a New Zealand Apprentice) until 31 December 2015.

These trainees will be classed as New Zealand Apprentices and funded at the New Zealand Apprenticeship rate until they complete their training.

Extensions to current interim arrangements may be approved

ITOs may apply to the TEC for an extension of interim arrangements beyond 31 December 2015.

Extensions may be allowed if NZQA has already approved the development of a qualification which will meet the criteria for a New Zealand Apprenticeship and will replace interim arrangements. 

Logo and certificates for New Zealand Apprenticeships

The TEC has created guidelines for the use of the New Zealand Apprenticeships logo and its use for any collateral providers may require:

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

  • Last changed: 23 June 2015
  • Last verified: 23 June 2015