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Does NZWS provide transport for students?

We have a mini buses at both campuses that drive along set routes and do pickups and drop offs. You will need to talk to each campus to set which routes the mini buses take. 

How many students will be in my class?

We like to have small classes to ensure that all students get excellent tuition and enough direct time with the tutors. Our normal class sizes are between 5 - 15. 

Are student loans and allowances available for my course?

If you’re a New Zealand or Australian citizen or a Permanent Resident (over 3 years) you can apply for a student loan and/or allowance. Our Student Services team will be able to help you with your application and answer any questions you might have.

Do I have to do anything if I change my address?

Yes.
You must tell our Student Services Team if you change your contact details especially your phone number and your residential address.

How easy will it be for me to get a job after I finish my course?

We pride ourselves on delivering real skills with real results. Your education with us will give you a great start to your career, however your employment success is mainly up to you. If you have an excellent attitude and are committed to finding work after completing our courses and gaining the qualifications, then the chances of finding a job are very high.

NZ Welding School has a great support team to help you find employment. 

What will happen during my first week?

Your first week at NZWS is Induction Week. You will learn all about the campus, staff and facilities, its rules and regulations. 

You will be required to attend classes during Induction Week. On your first day you will be given a welcome pack, which will include a Student Handbook to help you through Induction Week and provide you with important information to help you during your time with us. Please read everything in it carefully.

Can I arrive late for the start of my course?

Generally speaking, no. It is very important that you arrive in time for the start of your course as there will not be much time to catch up. 

Who can help me if I have a problem while I’m studying?

NZ Welding School has Student Support Services who can provide advice and assistance or refer you to the proper professional on a broad range of matters such as health, personal problems, banking, accommodation, public transport, visa and insurance information.

How are the fees that I have paid protected?

Fees paid by students are banked directly into a Public Trust student trust account, and paid by Public Trust in instalments to NZWS throughout the duration of your course. 

Is a welding ticket part of the course?

No.
A welding ticket is offered as an incentive for having good attendance and good attitude through-out the course. Your tutor will decide if you qualify to be given the chance to sit a welding ticket once you have completed your course.

What if I have a complaint?

You should speak to our Student Support Services team. They will discuss your complaint with you. They will also advise you about how the complaints procedure works. During Induction Week you will be given more information about this process.

Is this course full time?

Yes.
We run full time courses that start at 8am everyday so you will need to be on site before 8. We finish Monday to Friday 3.45pm and 12.45pm on Fridays.

Do I need to bring my own gear?

No.
As part of the course fee we provide all required Personal Protection Equipment (PPE) gear for you.

What happens if I do not come to class or if I withdraw from my course?

We ask you to contact our staff to let them know if you will be absent from course. If you are absent for more than 3 days with no contact we will let Studylink know and this may affect your allowance. 

If you start course and decide its not for you let our office ladies know. If you withdraw in the first 8 days this is called an Early Withdraw and you will not be charged full fees. If you withdraw any time after the first 8 days is a normal Withdraw and you not be entitled to a refund.

How do I pay my fees?

Most of our students will apply through Studylink to get a student loan to pay for their fees. They can also help with financial support while you are a student. Alternatively you can make a bank transaction or pay by cheque. Just let us know if you intend to do this and we can provide you with details. 

Additionally we have limited scholarships available *conditions apply, please talk to our staff to see if you qualify for any of these.

Is there an application fee?

No.
There is no application fee to study at NZ Welding School.

How old do you have to be to study at NZWS?

Over 16 

If you are under 18 you will need a parent to sign you up. 

What documents should I bring with me?

Try to bring the following documents with you:

  • Birth certificate or Passport
  • Marriage certificate (if applicable)
  • Driving license (if applicable)
  • IRD Number
  • Bank Account details
  • References from previous employers or schools


What is the difference between NZS 4711 and AS/NZS 2980?

Standards NZ withdrew NZS 4711 and 4703 on 1 April 2011. They are replaced with the new qualifications AS/NZS 2980: 2007

Although the welder qualifications are similar there are some changes.
The main differences include:

  • The welder qualification will no longer be issued by a Standards NZ approved test authority, instead by an "Examining Body".
  • The test will need to be witnessed by an Examiner who is appointed by the examining body.
  • When welding a test piece the welder is to follow a welding procedure.
  • Qualification covers a material group or groups, and a thickness range.
  • Test pieces can be on plate or pipe, weld can be a fillet or a butt depending on the range of qualification required.
  • A test in a "difficult" position qualifies "easier" positions e.g. an overhead butt weld can also qualify the welder in the flat, horizontal, vertical up positions.
  • The qualification is valid for 2 years.

What tickets can we do tests for?

Here are some common tickets that you can be trained to do tests for:

  1. AS/NZS 2980: 2007 – Qualification of Welders for Fusion Welding of Steel. Structural Steel Welding including all processes (replaced NZS 4711) - MMAW, GMAW, FCAW, GTAW.
  2. AS/NZS 2980 Appendix F – Stainless Steel Pipe Welding  commonly associated with Food Industry specifically Dairy (replaced NZS  4703).
  3. AS/NZS 1665 – Aluminium Welding primarily used in Structural and Marine welding especially extrusions. Sometimes used in Food Industry as well. GMAW Aluminium, GTAW Aluminium, Pulse and non-pulse processes.
  4. ASME IX – predominantly Pipe Welding involving pressure. Used in Food, Petrochemical, Nuclear, Geothermal industries. Very stringent regulation because standard set by American Society of Mechanical Engineers. WPS is owned by company and each site/ Contractor/Fabricator must have own specific WPS.

What does ticket training consist of?

  • On site assessment of current Welders (from inexperienced to very experienced)
  • Design & provide specific training requirements:

Examples of ticket training we have supplied:
- Kiwi Rail: Setting up a gas torch for steel cutting of rails
- Mitek NZ: Procedures for fully automatic processes(robotic),Semi-automatic and Manual Processes
- Smith and Davies: Staff training in Carbon steel and aluminium for repair of truck bodies
- FonterraTraining:  Staff in dairy quality GTAW welding process with purged pipe stainless Steel
- Fruehauf New ZealandTraining:  Staff for certification to AS/NZS 2980

What is the difference between NZS 4711 and AS/NZS 2980?

Standards NZ withdrew NZS 4711 and 4703 on 1 April 2011. They are replaced with the new qualifications AS/NZS 2980: 2007

Although the welder qualifications are similar there are some changes.
The main differences include:

  • The welder qualification will no longer be issued by a Standards NZ approved test authority, instead by an "Examining Body".
  • The test will need to be witnessed by an Examiner who is appointed by the examining body.
  • When welding a test piece the welder is to follow a welding procedure.
  • Qualification covers a material group or groups, and a thickness range.
  • Test pieces can be on plate or pipe, weld can be a fillet or a butt depending on the range of qualification required.
  • A test in a "difficult" position qualifies "easier" positions e.g. an overhead butt weld can also qualify the welder in the flat, horizontal, vertical up positions.
  • The qualification is valid for 2 years.

What tickets can we do tests for?

Here are some common tickets that you can be trained to do tests for:

  1. AS/NZS 2980: 2007 – Qualification of Welders for Fusion Welding of Steel. Structural Steel Welding including all processes (replaced NZS 4711) - MMAW, GMAW, FCAW, GTAW.
  2. AS/NZS 2980 Appendix F – Stainless Steel Pipe Welding  commonly associated with Food Industry specifically Dairy (replaced NZS  4703).
  3. AS/NZS 1665 – Aluminium Welding primarily used in Structural and Marine welding especially extrusions. Sometimes used in Food Industry as well. GMAW Aluminium, GTAW Aluminium, Pulse and non-pulse processes.
  4. ASME IX – predominantly Pipe Welding involving pressure. Used in Food, Petrochemical, Nuclear, Geothermal industries. Very stringent regulation because standard set by American Society of Mechanical Engineers. WPS is owned by company and each site/ Contractor/Fabricator must have own specific WPS.

What does ticket training consist of?

  • On site assessment of current Welders (from inexperienced to very experienced)
  • Design & provide specific training requirements:

Examples of ticket training we have supplied:
- Kiwi Rail: Setting up a gas torch for steel cutting of rails
- Mitek NZ: Procedures for fully automatic processes(robotic),Semi-automatic and Manual Processes
- Smith and Davies: Staff training in Carbon steel and aluminium for repair of truck bodies
- FonterraTraining:  Staff in dairy quality GTAW welding process with purged pipe stainless Steel
- Fruehauf New ZealandTraining:  Staff for certification to AS/NZS 2980

How many students will be in my class?

We like to have small classes to ensure that all students get excellent tuition and enough direct time with the tutors. Our normal class sizes are between 5 - 15. 

Are student loans and allowances available for my course?

If you’re a New Zealand or Australian citizen or a Permanent Resident (over 3 years) you can apply for a student loan and/or allowance. Our Student Services team will be able to help you with your application and answer any questions you might have.

Do I have to do anything if I change my address?

Yes.
You must tell our Student Services Team if you change your contact details especially your phone number and your residential address.

How easy will it be for me to get a job after I finish my course?

We pride ourselves on delivering real skills with real results. Your education with us will give you a great start to your career, however your employment success is mainly up to you. If you have an excellent attitude and are committed to finding work after completing our courses and gaining the qualifications, then the chances of finding a job are very high.

NZ Welding School has a great support team to help you find employment. 

What will happen during my first week?

Your first week at NZWS is Induction Week. You will learn all about the campus, staff and facilities, its rules and regulations. 

You will be required to attend classes during Induction Week. On your first day you will be given a welcome pack, which will include a Student Handbook to help you through Induction Week and provide you with important information to help you during your time with us. Please read everything in it carefully.

Can I arrive late for the start of my course?

Generally speaking, no. It is very important that you arrive in time for the start of your course as there will not be much time to catch up. 

Who can help me if I have a problem while I’m studying?

NZ Welding School has Student Support Services who can provide advice and assistance or refer you to the proper professional on a broad range of matters such as health, personal problems, banking, accommodation, public transport, visa and insurance information.

How are the fees that I have paid protected?

Fees paid by students are banked directly into a Public Trust student trust account, and paid by Public Trust in instalments to NZWS throughout the duration of your course. 

Is a welding ticket part of the course?

No.
A welding ticket is offered as an incentive for having good attendance and good attitude through-out the course. Your tutor will decide if you qualify to be given the chance to sit a welding ticket once you have completed your course.

What if I have a complaint?

You should speak to our Student Support Services team. They will discuss your complaint with you. They will also advise you about how the complaints procedure works. During Induction Week you will be given more information about this process.

Is this course full time?

Yes.
We run full time courses that start at 8am everyday so you will need to be on site before 8. We finish Monday to Friday 3.45pm and 12.45pm on Fridays.

Do I need to bring my own gear?

No.
As part of the course fee we provide all required Personal Protection Equipment (PPE) gear for you.

What happens if I do not come to class or if I withdraw from my course?

We ask you to contact our staff to let them know if you will be absent from course. If you are absent for more than 3 days with no contact we will let Studylink know and this may affect your allowance. 

If you start course and decide its not for you let our office ladies know. If you withdraw in the first 8 days this is called an Early Withdraw and you will not be charged full fees. If you withdraw any time after the first 8 days is a normal Withdraw and you not be entitled to a refund.

How do I pay my fees?

Most of our students will apply through Studylink to get a student loan to pay for their fees. They can also help with financial support while you are a student. Alternatively you can make a bank transaction or pay by cheque. Just let us know if you intend to do this and we can provide you with details. 

Additionally we have limited scholarships available *conditions apply, please talk to our staff to see if you qualify for any of these.

Is there an application fee?

No.
There is no application fee to study at NZ Welding School.

How old do you have to be to study at NZWS?

Over 16 

If you are under 18 you will need a parent to sign you up. 

What documents should I bring with me?

Try to bring the following documents with you:

  • Birth certificate or Passport
  • Marriage certificate (if applicable)
  • Driving license (if applicable)
  • IRD Number
  • Bank Account details
  • References from previous employers or schools