Education & Training

In addition to the many building and construction related qualifications offered by tertiary institutions across New Zealand, there are a range ‘training’ options (some with associated qualifications) related specifically to concrete.  These are offered in-person here in New Zealand or online from the United Kingdom.


CCANZ has for a number of years offered these popular 1-day courses designed both as a introduction and refresher. They are offered at least once a year throughout the main centres in New Zealand, or as demand requires.  Recently these courses have been supplemented with fresh and hard concrete testing videos, which are available via the CCANZ YouTube channel -

Introduction to the Concrete Industry

  • Properties of Concrete. (An overview of materials used in concrete - cement, aggregates, water and admixtures)
  • Concrete Production. (A summary of the important aspects of NZS 3104:2003)
  • Concrete Construction. (Construction practice issues from NZS 3109:2003)
  • Concrete Testing. (An overview of fresh and hardened concrete testing NZS 3112)

Assessment is via discussion, worksheets and participant demonstration.

Concrete Testing

  • Carry Out Routine Tests on Fresh Concrete (Unit Standard 26053)
    • Testing Fresh Concrete
    • Review of Sampling Fresh Concrete
    • Slump Test (practical demonstration of competency)
    • Yield and Air Content Tests (practical demonstration of competency)
    • Review of Spread Test
  • Carry Out Routine Tests on Hardened Concrete (Unit Standard 26063)
    • Methods of Testing Hardened Concrete Making Cylinders
    • Hardened Density - measurement by water suspension method (practical demonstration of competency)
    • Compressive Strength (practical demonstration of competency)
    • Review of Splitting and Flexural Tensile Strength

Assessment is via discussion, worksheets and participant demonstration.

Concrete Technology

  • New Zealand and Australian Standards for Concrete Production
    • NZS 3101:2006 Concrete structures standard
    • NZS 3104:2003 Specification for concrete production
    • NZS 3109:1997 Concrete construction
    • NZS 3111:1986 Methods of test for water and aggregate for concrete
    • NZS 3121:1986 Specification for water and aggregate for concrete
    • NZS 3112.1:1986 Methods of test for concrete — tests relating to fresh concrete
    • NZS 3122:2009 Specification for Portland and blended cements
    • NZS 3604:1999 Timber framed buildings
    • AS 1478.1:2000 Chemical admixtures for concrete, mortar and grout
  • Admixtures for Concrete
  • Concrete Mix Design Principles
  • Test for Concrete Raw Materials

Assessment is via discussion, worksheets and participant demonstration.

To find out when and where the next CCANZ concrete technician course is being held contact CCANZ using or call 04 499 8820.


CCANZ has developed a Concrete Construction Course designed for those responsible for supervising the receipt and placement of fresh concrete on-site - typically this would be the site foreman (or equivalent) and the formwork carpenter. Building apprentices will also find the course invaluable.

The aim of the course is to promote quality concrete construction.

Built around NZS 3109 Concrete Construction, the curriculum for the 2-day classroom based course will meet both industry needs and the relevant NZQA standards.

The course is comprised of the following 5 modules:

  • Introduction to Concrete
    • Cement manufacture
    • Ready mixed concrete production
    • Constituent materials
    • Applications
  • Properties of Fresh and Hardened Concrete
    • Relevant Standards
    • Fresh & hard concrete tests
  • Reinforcement
    • Reinforcement types
    • Manufacture
    • Handling & installation
  • Formwork
    • Requirements of formwork
    • Formwork materials, systems and design
    • Falsework
    • Construction
  • Site Practice
    • Handling & placing
    • Compaction, finishing & curing
    • Hot & cold weather concreting
    • Control of surface finishes & cracks

The popular CCANZ publication The Guide to Concrete Construction is an ideal resource to accompany the course.

Assessment is via discussion, worksheets and participant demonstration.

Download a brochure of CCANZ Concrete Courses.


The BCITO is the largest provider of construction trade apprenticeships in New Zealand.  As one of the most successful educational institutions in the country, the BCITO is recognised for best practice training methods , it is also the standard-setting body appointed by the Government to develop and implement industry qualifications for the building and construction sector.

National Certificate in Concrete Core Skills (Level 2)

This base level programme is designed to be relevant to all areas of the concrete industry. It also enables entry into any of the specialised Level 3 and 4 concrete qualifications, and offers some elective choices. Broadly speaking, the qualification covers areas such as materials and proper handling, tools, testing, health and safety, forklift driving and handling construction equipment.

National Certificate in Concrete Production (Level 3)

This qualification covers the core skills and knowledge of batching including hazard identification and safety, first aid, industry practices, concrete materials, use and maintenance of equipment, handling of orders and production of ready-mixed concrete and concrete testing. It builds on the National Certificate in Concrete Core Skills, and shares common content with other concrete qualifications, allowing skills to be transferred.

National Certificate in Concrete Product Manufacture (Masonry Product, Level 3)

This covers all aspects of the masonry product manufacturing process including safety, use of plant and equipment and curing of concrete. An elective section offers a range of skills which can be tailored to each apprentice’s area of specialisation, such as testing of product and secondary processing. A separate, though closely related qualification deals specifically with pipe manufacture.

National Certificates in Concrete Construction (Placing & Finishing, Level 3) & (Sawing & Drilling, Level 3)

These two qualifications relate to the specific skills and activities of workers in these fields. Both contain elective sections which allow the apprentice, employer and the BCITO Training Advisor to tailor the programme chosen to the particular workplace experience available to apprentices.

National Certificate in Precast Concrete (Level 3)

This has a compulsory core that recognises the core skills and knowledge of precast manufacture including testing, mould manufacture and fabrication, cutting and drilling and lifting operations. Each apprentice must complete the compulsory section and also choose a specialist strand in structural or pre-stressing, or precast tank or traditional tank manufacture.

National Certificate in Concrete Construction (Level 4)

People who are awarded this qualification have broad knowledge and skills in all aspects of concrete construction, relating to first aid, health and safety, maintaining plant and equipment, lifting systems, standards and codes of practice, environmental management, site preparation, building set-out, footings and foundations, scaffolding, formwork; suspended floors; transportation, curing, measurement, and remedial work to name a few.

An elective section includes ordering materials, testing fresh concrete, use of moulds, crane operation, working at heights and in confined spaces, as well as more in-depth coverage of site preparation, set-out, scaffolds, and lifting systems. This allows for some flexibility depending on the type of construction work available to apprentices.

As well as sharing content with other concrete qualifications, Concrete Construction also shares some common ground with the National Certificate in Carpentry (Level 4).

For any enquiries around BCITO qualifications, simply contact the BCITO on 0800 422 486 or visit  If necessary, a BCITO Training Advisor will meet with you to discuss your options.


The Institute of Concrete Technology in the United Kingdom administers an up-to-date, industry-endorsed four-stage qualification framework which is directly linked to its professional grades of membership.

Institute membership status is internationally recognised and highly valued, with its attainment widely viewed as a significant personal achievement and a benchmark of competence and professional standing.

All qualifications are designed around detailed lists of learning objectives prepared by the Institute’s ‘Technical and Education’ committee. Learning objectives are continually reviewed and updated to reflect industry needs and advancements.

Stage 1 – Concrete Practice

An entry-level qualification, intended for those starting in the construction industry or for personnel embarking in a career linked to production, use or quality control.

Stage 2 – General Principles

This qualification is designed to provide participants with an in-depth understanding of the fundamentals of concrete. Detailed information is provided on constituent materials, specification, concrete properties, production and performance. It is intended for candidates who have some prior knowledge and experience or possess the Institute’s Stage 1 qualification.

Stage 3 – Practical Applications

This qualification provides participants with detailed understanding of the effective application of concrete.  It covers the practicalities of materials selection, achievement of quality and performance in site procedures and construction methods. It is intended for candidates who have significant knowledge and experience or possess the Institute’s Stage 2 qualification.

Stage 4 – Advanced Concrete Technology

Recognised globally as the leading award in advanced concrete technology, this qualification is designed to provide comprehensive understanding of the subject. Original research is an essential component of the qualification. It is intended for candidates who have acquired considerable experience and responsibility.

The Concrete Technology& Construction scheme has been established for more than 40 years to provide graded progression for individuals throughout their career, leading to membership of The Institute of Concrete Technology.  Institute membership status is internationally recognised and highly valued, with its attainment widely viewed as a significant personal achievement and a benchmark of competence and professional standing.

For further information please visit the ICT website: or contact the Executive Officer using or on Tel 01276 607140.