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Course Overview

This 26 week programme is aimed at people interested in a highly practical career in welding 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.


  • You will gain the New Zealand Certificate in Study and Career Preparation (Welding Level 4) which is an NZQA approved qualification.

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

  • You could start earning a $30,000.00 salary,
  • Welding is used in:
    • Automotive ie Towbars  (Mig, Arc and Tig).
    • Agricultural equipment ie Dairy – Silos, irrigation systems, installation. (Mig, Tig and Arc).
    • Construction ie earthquake strengthening and construction of modern high rise building (Mig and Arc).
    • Oil and Gas Industry – ie pipes or working in refineries (Mig, Arc and Tig).
    • Kitchen manufacturing Industry ie 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
    • All Students
      • No previous welding experience needed.
      • Applicants must be 18 years or over.
      • 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.
      • Proven competency in maths.
      • All applicants must prove their legal status to allow them study in New Zealand.
    • International Students
      • Must have an overall IELTS English test score of 5.5 band with no individual score lower than 5.0.
      • Correct visa to study in New Zealand.
Course fees:
  • NZ$12,500  for all International Students


Course Outline
  • Building from the knowledge gained in the Level 3 course Graduates of this 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.


  • 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.
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Start today towards a welding qualification. From introduction to certification we can accommodate all your training requirements in a small, supportive, professional, teaching environment.

Our brand new, purpose built premises houses 14 individual fully equipped ventilated work stations. We have fully trained and trade qualified tutors that deliver Courses and Certification designed to meet industry requirements.

The Welding Academy was established in Christchurch in December 1998 and was registered with NZQA on 1 May 1999.

Along with our industry Board of Advisors and daily contact with professionals in the Welding and Engineering Industry, we are confident our courses meet current industry demand and provide the correct qualifications and training to meet this demand; whether it be AS/NZS 2980 or ASME IX Trade Welding Certificates, ticket renewal, Unit Standards or in-company training.

The Welding Academy also offers the New Zealand Certificate in Study and Career Preparation (Welding Level 3), a 26 week, full time NZQA approved course designed to assist students in moving forward with their chosen career path in welding.
Stainless Steel & Aluminium Welding Academy
4a Lismore Street, Christchurch, New Zealand 8011
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