Toolmakers craft the tools essential for New Zealand’s industrial processes.


We can provide training plans, support and qualifications - tailored to your businesses specific needs.

What do we offer?

We partner with 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 conferences, competitions and graduations and help celebrate your learners’ success.

When apprentices enrol, we assign them a Competenz account manager. Our account managers understand the engineering industry and the skills learners and businesses need to gain.

Qualifications available

The Toolmaking strand is for those employed in enterprises making tooling, press tooling, moulds, dies, gauges, jigs, and fixtures for industrial processes. Tools are typically used in sheet metal presses, or in injection moulding, blow moulding, extrusion, and pressure diecasting operations. The making of these tools requires knowledge of tool operation and Computer-Aided Design/Computer-Aided Manufacturing (CAD/CAM) techniques, and may involve machining using CNC machining centres or electro discharge machines (EDM).

NZQA qualification overview

National Certificate in Mechanical Engineering Level 4