​With a nationwide network of trained and experienced staff, BCITO is dedicated to providing expert advice and training resources to help start your career in the Interior Systems industry. You can be qualified in plaster board or fibre cement linings fixing and/or finishing, fibrous plaster manufacture or installation, and suspended ceilings or interior partitions installation.

There are two pathways to achieving an Interior Systems National Certificate:

Apprenticeship, Competency Based Training – see below

Short Duration (experience recognition) – see below

In most cases Interior Systems New Zealand Certificates are completed doing an apprenticeship. The length of time to complete a New Zealand Certificate depends on how quickly you can meet the level of skill and knowledge required. Once all the requirements have been met, you receive your ` Certificate.

Having qualified in an Interior Systems trade, there are a variety of career paths to choose from including:

  • Specialising in residential or commercial construction
  • Working for a large construction company
  • Running your own business and being your own boss

In October 2021, our qualification standards-setting functions transferred to a new entity, called Waihanga Ara Rau the Construction and Infrastructure Workforce Development Council (WDC).

The mahi we do to arrange, support and assess work-based training (apprenticeships, traineeships and micro-credentials) transferred to Te Pūkenga Work Based Learning Limited (WBL), a subsidiary of Te Pūkenga. BCITO is a separately branded business division within WBL.

Our qualifications and services are not changing. As usual, support for employers and learners will continue with the same BCITO people who you work with now.

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1. Competency Based Training

Competency Based Training is an agreement between an employer and apprentice to train and assess skills, and is designed for someone entering the trade for the first time. The qualification is structured so you can learn at your own pace, and be assessed as you go.

2. Short Duration - experience recognition

Short Duration is a means of recognising the skills and knowledge of those already working in the industry as a trade professional. To qualify through this process you are required to provide evidence of your work and undergo an accelerated assessment process. Contact your nearest BCITO office for more information or call 800 422 486.


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