Programme of study
  • Certificate in Welding and Fabrication
  • NZQA Approved
  • New Zealand Certificate in Study and Career Preparation (Level 3)
  • New Zealand Certificate in Study and Career Preparation (Level 4) 
  • 3 and 4
Intake Date:
  • 31 January 2022 - Taking enrolments now!
  • Level 3 - 20 weeks
  • Level 4 - 20 weeks
  • 4 hours per day, 5 days per week
  • 4a Lismore Street, Waltham, Christchurch, New Zealand.
  • Level 3 - 62 credits
  • Level 4 - 61 credits


Course Overview

This level 3 & Level 4 course is split into 2 x 20 week programmes. The course is aimed at people interested in a highly practical career in welding and fabrication that will lead to employment. The programme offers entry level learners the opportunity to learn all the various aspects and applications of welding in theory and practical contexts. Graduates will be capable of working with limited supervision in a welding context.

98% of last years students have gained employment in the Welding industry around New Zealand

*Fees Free for Domestic Students

Fees Free Courses are now available through the Welding Academy under contract to the National Trade Academy.

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*Conditions apply.

Domestic Fees-Free government scheme.

Are you eligible?

Tertiary education is fees-free for eligible domestic tertiary students, including those who have previously undertaken less than 60 credits of study. To check if you are eligible for the scheme, go to and enter your National Student Number (NSN). If you are not eligible you will be responsible for paying your fees.  


 No hidden extras, your fees includes the following

    • All course costs
    • One full set of Personal Protection Equipment (PPE) which includes:
      • Welding Helmet.
      • Safety Glasses.
      • Steel cap boots.
      • Overalls.
      • Ear Plugs.
      • Gloves.
      • Dust Masks.

Course Outline

  • Graduates of the Level 3 qualification will be able to:
    • Identify and apply knowledge obtained from a variety of specialised sources relevant to their chosen field.
    • Manage own learning and work effectively as an individual and as a team-member to achieve relevant goals.
    • Solve problems and communicate clearly using a range of appropriate media.
    • Evaluate opportunities and develop plans for study and career pathways relevant to their chosen field.


  • Graduates of the Level 4 qualification will be able to:
    • Locate, select and analyse relevant information from a variety of sources and apply to context-relevant tasks and problems
    • Work independently and collaboratively on context-relevant academic tasks and problems
    • Construct a reasoned and researched argument, communicated using a range of appropriate media
    • Develop and critique a study and career plan that identifies specific long-term career goals.


  • What you will Learn
    • We will provide training leading to qualifications in each of the main processes of welding: Mig, Arc, Tig, Aluminium and Gas Cutting in mild steel, stainless steel and aluminium.
    • Safe use of engineering machinery and tools.
    • Workshop Health and Safety Procedures.
    • Gain a well balanced theoretical knowledge of welding, including creating and interpreting drawings and plans.
    • We will work with students through the interview process, writing C.V.s and portfolios giving you the confidence required to gain employment in the engineering industry.


  • You will gain the:-
    • New Zealand Certificate in Study and Career Preparation (Welding Level 3) and
    • New Zealand Certificate in Study and Career Preparation (Welding Level 4)
  • These are both Unit Standard based NZQA approved qualifications.

Qualification Pathways

  • With further Work Experience and/or qualifications:
    • Workshop Supervisor.
    • Welding Inspector.
    • Welding Supervisor.
    • Welding engineer.
    • Manufacturing engineer.
    • Mechanical Engineer.
    • Engineering Contractor.

Career Opportunities

  • Welding is used in:
    • Automotive i.e. Towbars (Mig, Arc and Tig).
    • Agricultural equipment i.e. Dairy – Silos, irrigation systems, installation. (Mig, Tig and Arc).
    • Construction i.e. earthquake strengthening and construction of modern high rise building (Mig and Arc).
    • Oil and Gas Industry – i.e. pipes or working in refineries (Mig, Arc and Tig).
    • Kitchen manufacturing Industry i.e. manufacturing stainless steel kitchenware (Tig).
    • Aviation Industry ie Tig welding (Tig).
    • Marine ie underwater welding and boat building and repairs  (Mig, Arc and Tig).
    • Gas Cutting ie metal recycling.
    • Manufacturing in general.


Admission information

Application Criteria -

  • No previous welding experience needed.
  • Applicants should have sufficient physical stamina to be able to weld for several hours per day.
  • Applicants must be able to perform the mechanical tasks required to complete the course unit standards.
  • All applicants must prove their legal status to allow them study in New Zealand.


Enrolment Procedure

  • STEP ONE: Submitting your application
    • Contact us either in person or by phone, email or post.
    • We will send you an information pack and Application to Enrol Form.
    • Read all the information thoroughly and complete Application to Enrol Form.
    • Check that you have completed all parts of the form and included all required documentation.
    • Submit your application form (by email or by post).


  • STEP TWO: 
    • Receive a Letter of offer of place.
    • Pay fees (if applicable)


    • Start attending class.




This webpage is intended to provide general information only and is not an exhaustive treatment of the course. Accordingly, the information in this Website is not intended to constitute any legal, consultative or other professional advice, service or contract in any way. For full details of the course and application process must be obtained by email or phone from the Welding Academy directly.


Stainless Steel & Aluminium Welding Academy
4a Lismore Street, Waltham
Christchurch, 8011
New Zealand
P: 0800 770 092

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