Certificate in Welding (Level 3)

Are you practical, strong and safety-conscious with a steady pair of hands? New Zealand needs more welders and this certificate helps open doors in this diverse industry.

Welders have a vital role because they make, join and repair all the various metal parts of the machines and equipment we depend on every day.

This 17-week programme develops core theory and practical welding skills and offers valuable work experience opportunities at local businesses.

You’ll learn vital skills in workshop health and safety, and measurement and drawing interpretation.

Graduates also earn the highly regarded AS/NZS2980 welding qualification and a First Aid Certificate. Demand for welders is strong, so job prospects are sparking bright!

Content Details

Topics include:

  • Health and Safety - Working safely in a workshop situation and using sound welding techniques
  • Welding General Skills - General purpose (GMAW, FCAW (Mig) and MMAW (Arc) welding processes in mild steel, as well as thermal cutting techniques
  • Welding Specialist Techniques - Welding techniques in aluminium and stainless steel sheet using GTAW (Tig) processes
  • Measurement and Drawing Interpretation - Using measuring equipment and interpreting structural engineering drawings under supervision
  • Practical Experience - Gain AS/NZS2980 welding qualifications in Arc and/or MIG (solid wire and flux core wire)

Work Experience

The programme includes a work experience component so you can use the skills you have learnt at the institution in the workplace, and experience a full workshop environment.


The programme is 17 weeks with classes scheduled for approximately 22 hours per week as follows:

  • Two days - usually Tuesdays and Thursdays 8.00am to 4.30pm
  • Wednesdays 8.00am to 2.30pm
  • The first Monday you will be invited attend a powhiri and orientation

You will also be required to undertake self-directed study beyond scheduled class time. After learning and developing your thermal cutting and mild steel working skills you will be able to undertake work experience.

FebruaryFull-timeTauranga (Windermere Campus)1 semester
JulyFull-timeTauranga (Windermere Campus)1 semester

Indicative Fees

2017 domestic students $3,193.00 plus course related costs

2017 international students $10,974.00 plus course related costs

2017 course related costs $800.00 which includes tools and tool bag $500.00, stationery $15.00, essential personal protection equipment $135.00, textbooks $150.00

Other course related costs may apply and will be explained in your letter of offer.

The fee shown for domestic students is applicable to New Zealand citizens and permanent residents. If an international fee is not listed above please refer to the international fees page. All fees are indicative only and subject to change.

You MAY be eligible for a StudyLink Student Loan for your tuition fees.

Find out if your programme qualifies by visiting the Studylink website.

If you also need to pay course related costs, i.e. if outlined in programme costs above, you need to apply separately to StudyLink (up to $1,000/academic year for eligible students). Note course related costs are paid directly into your bank account by StudyLink and you will be required to pay this to Toi Ohomai Institute of Technology.

Qualifications Gained

On successful completion of this programme you will receive:

  • Certificate in Welding (Level 3)
  • First Aid Certificate
  • AS/NZS2980 Welding qualification

Career Opportunities

  • Production welding
  • Heavy fabrication welding
  • Transport fabrication welding
  • Alloy welding

Entry Criteria

  • 10 unit/achievement standard credits at NCEA Level 1 in literacy
  • 10 unit/achievement standard credits at NCEA Level 1 in numeracy (measurement recommended)

Other subjects that would assist in this programme include physics and technology.

Alternatively, applicants with life skills and / or work experience who do not meet these requirements but have the equivalent ability and experience are encouraged to apply.

Special Admission

Students who do not satisfy the standard academic entry requirements of a programme will be considered for special admission if, in the opinion of the Programme Coordinator, they are capable of achieving the programme outcomes.

Information Meeting/Interview

We may require you to attend an information meeting prior to your acceptance onto the course. This is your opportunity to find out more about the course to see if it fits your career aspirations and for us to ensure you meet our entry requirements.


International applicants for whom English is not their first language will be required to show evidence of language competency, issued within the last two years, before being eligible to enrol in any non-English programme. The level of competency required is outlined in Rule 18 and Appendix 2 of the NZQF Programme and Accreditation Rules 2013. And below under the title English Competency.

English Competency

Level 3 certificate IELTS General or Academic score of 5 with no band score lower than 5 or completed NZ Certificate in English Language L3 with an endorsement of either General, Workplace or Academic, or meets a relevant English Proficiency Outcome as outlined in Rule 18 and Appendix 2 of the NZQF Programme and Accreditation Rules 2013.

For domestic applicants for whom English is not their first language, evidence of language competency may be required.