Construction Mixed Trades

You will have the opportunity to learn a wide range of skills in the fields of Construction including Plumbing, Painting and Electrical trades.

This will include Health and Safety, workshop practice, the chance to work on projects and how to use hand tools safely.

Each Trade offers an insight into the techniques, range of work and both employment and further study opportunities.

You will also learn some beneficial communication skills, required to work within the Trades and how to present yourself for the industry.


Campus: Porirua
Cost:  Free
Days: There will be two cohorts taught across either Monday & Tuesday or Thursday & Friday.
Hours: 9.00am – 2.30pm (half hour lunch) 
Equipment: Protective clothing and safety equipment is provided if appropriate
Travel: This is provided free, subject to students meeting the MoE requirements 
Dates:  Tuesday 9 February – Tuesday 9 November 2021 (34 weeks) or Thursday 11 February – Friday 12 November 2021 (34 weeks), normal school holidays apply
Application:  Students must be enrolled in a secondary school in the Wellington region and be enrolled in the WTA by their secondary school 
Interview: Students may be requested to attend an interview with a family member or school representative 



NCEA Level 2 with credit towards Vocational Pathway award



On successful completion of this course, students will have gained 51 credits


Learning Outcomes

A student successfully completing this strand will be able to:

  • perform basic residential plumbing maintenance
  • draw simple patterns for, and cut and join sheet metal for plumbing and gasfitting components
  • perform basic residential and painting and decorating
  • select and install flexible cords
  • read and interpret plans and specifications for construction projects
  • plan, construct, monitor and quality check a non-consent timber-framed utility building 
  • use tools and equipment safely, and follow health and safety procedures in a workshop and construction site



Assessment is competency-based against unit standard outcomes and related evidence requirements.
They will follow the processes required by NZQA and relevant industry requirements as outlined by the relevant Industry Training Organisations.


Students will be assessed against the following criteria:

Course Title Level  Credits  Version 


Comprises the following unit standards:

2 13  
24357   Receive instructions and communicate information in relation to BCATS projects 2 4 3
25068   Perform basic residential plumbing maintenance under supervision 2 5 1
25069   Perform basic residential roofing maintenance under supervision 2 4 1

Painting and Electrical

Comprises the following unit standards: 

2 8  
5907   Work safely with electrical equipment  2 1 6
17799  Demonstrate knowledge of testing for electrical safely for electrical appliance servicing – single-phase  2 2 6

25067  Perform basic residential painting and decorating under supervision

2 5 1

Construction Projects

Comprises the following unit standards: 

2 30  
12927  Identify, select, maintain, and use hand tools for BCATS projects   2 6 5
12932  Construct timber garden furniture and items of basic construction equipment as a BCATS project 2 8 5
12936 Construct a non-consent timber framed utility building as a BCATS project  2 8 6
22145  Handle construction materials 2 2 2
22607  Read and interpret plans, working drawings and specifications for BCATS projects  2 3 4
24358  Plan and monitor the construction of a BCATS project, and quality check the project  2 3 3


Study Pathways


NZ Certificate in Construction Trade Skills (Carpentry) (Level 3) WelTec

NZ Certificate in Construction Trade Skills (Carpentry) (Level 3) Whitireia

NZ Certificate in Construction Trade Skills (Painting and Decorating)

NZ in Construction Trade Skills (Tiling) (Level 3)

NZ Certificate in Plumbing, Gasfitting and Drainlaying (Pre-apprenticeship) (Level 3)

NZ Certificate in Electrical Engineering Theory (Level 3) WelTec

NZ Certificate in Electrical Engineering Theory (Level 3) Whitireia