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New Zealand Certificate in Study and Career Preparation (Level 4) - Construction

Are you interested in preparing for further study in construction? The New Zealand Certificate in Study and Career Preparation is your start to an exciting future in the construction and infrastructure industries.

60 (0.5 EFTS)
Mt Albert
Start dates
Programme no longer open for applications
Full-time for 16-weeks or part-time options available

Programme overview

Please note: This programme is no longer open for applications.

This programme is ideal if you want to go on to higher-level study in construction at Unitec. You’ll gain the literacy, math and basic construction principals requirements for your entry into our construction programmes.


  • 16-week programme full-time: Speed your way into the NZ Diploma in Architectural Technology, NZ Diploma in Construction*, or Bachelor of Construction
  • *Cross-credits into these programmes: this means you’ll need to gain fewer credits in gaining this qualification.
  • Tailored content for the construction diploma and bachelor: this means the content is highly relevant to the programme you want to enter.
  • In this programme you’ll already be a part of a Construction student body: you’ll be learning with other aspiring construction managers, property developers and/or quantity surveyors.
  • A mix of classroom sessions, practical activities, guest speakers, discussions, presentations and online learning.
  • A chance to engage with Unitec's marae, a great setting to explore mātarangi Māori and the role of culture in communication.

Where to from here?

Graduates of this programme can apply for further study in Unitec’s construction programmes:

Please note: International students who graduate will NOT be eligible for a post-study work visa upon completion of this programme. 

Admission requirements

Academic requirements:

For this programme, you will need:

  1. A minimum of 4 years’ secondary education;
  2. Be 16 years old by the time the programme starts;
  3. 48 or more NCEA credits at level 2 in four subjects, including:
    • 12 credits or more in Mathematics preferably achievement standards in algebra, calculus or trigonometry;
  4. 12 credits or more in English at NCEA level 1 or higher;
  5. If you haven't met the above NCEA requirements, you'll need one of the following:
    • A relevant qualification at Level 3 on the New Zealand Qualifications Framework or equivalent qualifications (e.g. International Baccalaureate or Cambridge: 120 credits in best 4 subjects at AS level plus a D grade or higher in IGCSE English and a D grade or higher in AS Maths), or;
    • Equivalent credits from appropriate trades training and/or demonstrated skills and experience, or;
    • A B- average or above in the New Zealand Certificate in Study and Career Preparation (Level 3) Engineering pathway (FSTU 3926 Identity and Communication, FSTU 3922 Physics, FSTU3914 Maths Algebra, FSTU3912 Intro to Algebra), or;
    • Attend a Skills Review session where your literacy and numeracy levels will be assessed so that we can recommend the programme most suited to your needs for successful study.

English requirements for international students:

If English is not your first language, you will need one of the following:

If you don’t meet the English criteria above, we have a range of English Language programmes available, depending on your current level of ability.

Don’t meet these requirements?

If you don’t meet these requirements, you may still apply under special or discretionary entrance, or try our New Zealand Certificate in Study and Career Preparation (Level 3).​

For more information download the programme regulations:

Programme Regulations

Courses and timetables

For more details on the courses including timetables, please click on the course names below.

Courses Credits Aim
Applied Maths (BPED4006) 15.0 credits (0.125 EFTS) This course introduces pathway-related concepts and develops pathway-related academic skills in order to prepare students for further academic study in their chosen pathway.
Construction Industry Environment (CIBC4001) 15.0 credits (0.125 EFTS) To enable the student to apply and develop skills and knowledge of construction law and documentation; and to communicate effectively within the construction environment.
Materials and Structural Principles (CIBC4002) 15.0 credits (0.125 EFTS) To develop critical knowledge, skills and understanding of structural principles, evaluate the properties of materials and finishes; and their application to construction projects.

Moving to Te Pūkenga

Vocational education in Aotearoa (New Zealand) is changing to better meet the needs of learners like you.

As part of this transformational change, in 2023 Unitec will become fully part of Te Pūkenga, a national network delivering skills training in a wide range of locations throughout Aotearoa.

This means that while you are enrolling with Unitec now, from Semester 1, 2023 you will become a Te Pūkenga learner.

Te Pūkenga has the success and wellbeing of learners at its heart, and a review of all programmes is currently underway to help support this, including this programme. The aim is to make qualifications more portable, consistent and closely aligned with the needs of industry, and more in tune with where the world is headed.

The information contained here is correct at the time of publishing, but as the programme review is ongoing, the courses outlined may be liable to change over time.

Rest assured that we will notify you of any material changes to delivery that might impact what you study, where you study or the ways you learn.