Irrigation New Zealand

The Irrigation Engineering Apprenticeship will be delivered over 4 years and is made up of two certificates. The apprenticeship will be of a mix of: block courses, eLearning and on-job training.

NZ Certificate in Irrigation Installation (Level 3) Years 1 & 2

This qualification covers:

  • Work safely and communicate effectively with customers
  • Fabricate, fasten, weld, install and maintain irrigation components,
  • Understand electrical safety for irrigation systems
  • Understand irrigation water supply, piping, pumping, and backflow prevention

NZ Certificate in Irrigation Installation (Level 4) Years 3 & 4

This qualification covers:

  • Health and safety procedures for irrigation installation worksites
  • Electrical Service Technician (EST) requirements to service, connect and disconnect electrical components of irrigation systems
  • Water reticulation design and hydraulics to install irrigation systems.
  • Communication skills and organisational reporting for irrigation projects
  • Mechanical system knowledge to install, commission, maintain and service irrigation systems

Next steps:

  1. Developing the industry training programme - The ‘mix’ of off-job and on-job training
  2. Developing block course content

We have established a technical working group who has been helping us determine the content of the block courses, if you would like to be involved please get in touch with us.

When is it available?

The aim is to have registration open in 2019. Specific dates will be confirmed once we have an outcome from NZQA.

What will it cost?

The current estimated annual cost per apprentice is approximately $3,000 - $4,000 (the actual cost is dependent on the mix of training each year). The cost will be updated and made more accurate as we have more detail.

Competenz administer the qualification. To know more about Competenz and the apprenticeship programmes typically work, click here

For further information contact our Event Co-ordinator 03 341 2225, DDI: 03 974 1425 or email: