NZ Certificate in Building Regulatory Environment (In employment)
NZ Certificate in Building Regulatory Environment (Level 4)
No Fees under TTAF*
20 weeks
Who can apply:
18 years & above , NZ Citizen / NZ PR
Distance Learning
Next Intake:
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Highlights of the programme

Learn how to operate effectively in a support role within the building regulatory environment including related government departments, industry bodies and stakeholders. Gain technical and administrative skills to support approval processes in the building regulatory environment. Boost your communication skills with colleagues and customers.

Course Fees

This is a FREE programme due to TTAF (Targeted Training and Apprenticeship Fund) by the Government in response to Covid-19 recovery. It would usually be $3,388 incl. GST. For more information, please click here.


Student loans and allowances will be available for those who meet the StudyLink criteria pending NZQA and TEC approval.

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Looking to work as administrative support staff in the building regulatory environment?

This 20-week programme allows you to study while working in the field. It will arm you with skills in administration and support services to help building control operations and compliance processes in councils around the country.

Applicants must meet the In-Employment Admission conditions and either the General Admission or the Special Admission conditions. 
Applicants must provide evidence of: NZ citizenship or residency, or Australian citizenship or residency.


Applicants must:

Provide confirmation from their employer that they are currently working in administration or a support service role either as an employee or intern within a Building Consent Authority, Territorial Authority or similar regulatory environment, performing a building regulatory function; and

Provide confirmation that the employer will allocate them hours of work and relevant duties in order for the applicant to complete the work experience required hours and learning outcomes for the programme; and

Have been trained to meet their employer’s health and safety requirements for entering a building site and use personal protection equipment including a hard hat, hi-viz vest, capped boots and safety glasses.


Applicants must have a minimum of 4 years secondary education and a minimum of 10 NCEA credits in English and 10 NCEA credits in Mathematics at level 1 or above OR equivalent OR completion of an appropriate qualification at Level 3 or above OR relevant work experience in a building control environment.


Applicants must have:

– attained the age of 20 years on or before the first day on which study for the certificate is to commence;


– provided sufficient evidence of aptitude or appropriate work or other life experience that would indicate a successful outcome in the qualification. This can be provided with written evidence, an interview, referee checks or a combination of these.

– Special Admission for domestic applicants, for whom English is an additional language (EAL), may be required to provide evidence that they have and appropriate level of  English proficiency for study at Level 4.

Graduates of this programme will be able to:

– Communicate effectively with the public, customers, and colleagues to provide appropriate customer service

– Check building regulatory documentation for completeness, within predetermined parameters, and to receive, resolve, and escalate enquiries

– Apply knowledge of the relevant aspects of the regulatory framework within the building and/or building regulatory environments

– Operate effectively in a support role within the building and/or building regulatory environment including related government departments, industry bodies, and stakeholders

– Apply the relevant technical and administrative aspects of the building regulatory process to support approval processes.

There are 10 days of teacher-directed-learning spaced over the duration of the programme. This can be achieved by holding several block courses or by a mix of face-to-face learning and regular short sessions using video conferencing.

Students also complete 360 hours of practicum learning in their building regulatory workplace and engage in on-line learning and assessment. BCA may wish to negotiate a longer delivery timeframe to meet specific regional needs.

Programme courses

Regulatory Environment and Key Stakeholders -15 credits

Regulatory Support Processes in Building Control Operations -15 credits

Regulatory Certification and Communication - 30 credits