National Certificate in Welding (Level 3)

Programme highlights

Meet the demand from industry with essential welding skills, and go on to get your industry tickets.

Here is your chance to become a qualified welder and learn a wide range of cutting and welding processes used on different kinds of materials and in different situations, as well as how to inspect and repair welds to industry standards.

Apply these skills in industry to make metal products, or repair and maintain plant and equipment, or work on site shutdown projects.

In our comprehensive workshops you will gain practical skills in gas, arc, MIG and TIG welding for different materials. You will have the opportunity to gain work experience and to sit your welding tickets.

Completing this qualification will prepare you for industry certifications to the following standards:

  • AS/NZS 1554.1 (GP)
  • AS/NZS 1554.6 (Class B)
  • AS/NZS 1665 (Category B)

Key facts

Study Method 20 weeks (full-time) (four days per week)
Applications Close when the programme is full
Level 3
Credits 68
Fees Free* or $3,900 (approx.)
International Student Fees NZD$11,100 (approx.)
Study Location MIT Otara

*Free Study for Level 3 may be available for 16 to 19 year olds (Youth Guarantee). Proof of residency status required. Entry criteria, and some costs may also apply. Visit for more information. Information is correct at November 2016. Programme fees may vary depending on your final selection of courses that make up your programme. To provide you with an indication of costs, the approximate fees quoted on this website are based on the indicative 2017 fee structure. All fees are in New Zealand Dollars. If your fees are paid by credit card, a credit card fee will be payable in addition to programme fees. You will be advised of the current fees at the time of enrolment. All courses and programmes will proceed subject to numbers and academic approval. Manukau Institute of Technology is accredited under the provisions of the Education Act 1989.

Career opportunities

This programme enables graduates to work in any industry that manufactures metal products or repairs and maintains plant and equipment, shutdown work, site works or fabrication products. A qualified welder is regarded as a craftsperson and highly skilled tradesperson.

Programme structure

Students complete the following courses:

  • Engineering Core Skills
  • Welding Technology.

Further study

National Certificate in Welding Level 4

Programme Code NC1615
Qualification National Certificate

18 weeks (full-time) (3 days per week) incl. two weeks break

Start Dates February and July

Start dates

To find the start date of your programme intake listed above, please view our Academic Year and Key Dates

Offered by

Faculty of Engineering and Trades - School of Engineering

Entry requirements

Applicants must meet the following entry requirements:

  • be physically capable of completing the practical aspects of the programme;
  • be independently mobile and not require assistance from another person or device; and
  • have English language competence to undertake this programme, which is taught and assessed in English. Any applicant whose first language is not English must provide evidence of an overall IELTS (Academic) band score of 5.5 (with no score below 5.0) or equivalent.

Applicants will be selected in order of successful application.

While not part of the entry all students will be interviewed to ensure that students have made an informed choice of the programme they are enrolling in.

International students

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Provisional Entry

Students who have attained the age of 20 years and do not hold the minimum entry requirements for a programme will be eligible to be enrolled as a student where their previous educational, work or life experience indicates they have a reasonable likelihood of success. Students who have not attained the age of 20 years and do not hold the required minimum entry requirements for a programme may also be eligible to enrol in exceptional circumstances. Such decisions will be made by the Faculty Dean.

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