Plastics

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

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The New Zealand Certificates in Plastics Processing and Plastics Engineering have been developed by leading New Zealand plastics manufacturers to equip staff with the skills and knowledge to work productively and safely.

Together with the Level 2 programme in manufacturing (with a plastics specialisation) the qualifications form a pathway of learning from entry level plastics operators, die setters and technicians to experienced plastics production engineers.

The programmes have specialisations designed with the future in mind.

We partner with industry associations like Plastics New Zealand to help recruit and build talented employees.

Qualification on offer

New Zealand Certificate in Manufacturing (Plastics), Level 2

The purpose of this qualification is to provide the manufacturing sector with people who have foundation skills and knowledge to work in entry-level operational, or non-operational roles in the plastics manufacturing sector.

Graduates will be able to complete tasks at entry-level and will have the skills and knowledge to meet workplace safety requirements.

This is an entry-level qualification, designed for people already working in the industry or people wishing to enter the industry in an entry-level role.

New Zealand Certificate in Plastics Processing with an optional strand in Plastics Engineering, Level 3

The purpose of this qualification is to provide the plastics processing industry with people who have the skills and knowledge to operate plastics processing machinery competently and safely. It is intended to be attainable in a variety of plastics processing contexts.

Learners will benefit by gaining a qualification within a training pathway that recognises progression through the plastics processing industry, as well as increased skills and knowledge to improve job performance and career opportunities.

This qualification is designed for people already working in the industry or people wishing to complete a pre-trade qualification before entering the industry.

Graduates will be able to work as competent operators, under limited supervision, in plastics processing operations.

The optional strand in plastics engineering recognises the knowledge and skills required to work in installation, maintenance, and servicing of plastics processing machinery and equipment.

New Zealand Certificate in Plastics Engineering, Level 4

The purpose of this qualification is to provide the plastics processing industry with competent employees who have the skills and knowledge to manage, optimise, and maintain the processing of plastics. It is intended to be attainable in a variety of plastics processing contexts.

Learners will benefit by gaining a qualification within a training pathway that recognises progression through the plastics processing industry, as well as increased skills and knowledge acquisition to improve job performance and career opportunities.

Learners will typically be already working in the plastics processing industry. Graduates will be able to work as competent plastics engineers under broad guidance and may have some responsibility for the performance of others.


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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