Packaging

Competenz can provide training plans, support and qualifications – tailored to your businesses specific needs.

How we work with you

We partner with your industry association PrintNZ and members of your industry to help recruit and build talented employees. This support includes promoting careers in your industry, identifying potential apprentices, and encouraging work placements.

We also ensure your industry’s qualifications continue to meet needs, support industry events like the annual PrintNZ conference and celebrate your learners’ success, including as a joint venture partner in the annual Print Industry Apprentice of the Year Awards.


Competenz has different training options to suit the needs of your staff and the equipment in your workplace.

These include completing an apprenticeship, a shorter training programme or just one or two modules. The length of time it takes to complete the training will vary depending on which option is chosen.

The general skills involved in the apprenticeship programme include:

  • Safety
  • Trade knowledge including machine design, colour terms, workflow and warehousing
  • Maintenance
  • Trade calculations
  • Business and quality principles
  • Quality practices and environment

Qualification on offer

New Zealand Certificate in Fibreboard Packaging, Level 2, 3, and 4

New Zealand Certificate in Fibreboard Packaging is available at Level 2, Level 3 and Level 4. Apprenticeships for fibreboard packaging are available. Other options include completing just one National Certificate or a limited credit training program to suit your particular needs. Specialisations within these qualifications include:

  • Corrugated Board Manufacture
  • Gluing
  • Diecutting
  • Diemaking
  • Printing

Study Programme

Most of the learning for printing and binding and finishing qualifications is completed on the job. Depending on the area of training selected there may be the requirement to attend a short course. Your account manager will advise you on these as necessary

National Diploma in Print Industry Management, Level 5

The Level 5 Diploma in Management – Print is a great way to advance your career in the fibreboard packaging industry. If you already work or are planning to work in production, administration, sales or management, this is the ideal way to advance your knowledge, skills and qualifications for the present and future.

This diploma has been designed with flexibility, understanding you already have busy jobs. It is also challenging. Like stepping into a management role, the diploma is a step up from apprenticeships you may have done in the past.

The Diploma in Management – Print is a flexible qualification, providing several options depending on whether you wish to complete just a few papers, or the full diploma qualification. You may be able to have previous study cross-credited to this qualification.

Study Programme

Most of the learning for printing and binding and finishing qualifications is completed on the job. Depending on the area of training selected there may be the requirement to attend a short course. Your account manager will advise you on these as necessary.

The best part? Earn while you learn - there's no student loan

You’ll get qualified without a student loan, all while learning practical skills from industry experts. You can put that money towards something else you really want – might be a new car, new tools or a new house.

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Industries we serve

We provide training in 37 sectors across New Zealand from engineering, signmaking and printing through to bakery and textile manufacture.

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