Kā Mahi a Rehe  Trades

At the Trades Innovation Institute we prepare and up-skill our students for careers in a variety of trades. Whether you are a school leaver needing to enter pre-trade training prior to an apprenticeship, or a seasoned trade’s person looking to up-skill, we have full-time and part-time courses to suit your needs.

The Trades Innovation Institute is located on Ensors Road in Christchurch.

Subjects we teach

We offer a broad range of trade training in the areas of construction, electrical, motor industry and engineering trades. Our training programmes are designed with flexible timeframes for completing your qualifications and most are offered as both full and part time options. Usually you will start out with a pre trade programme to get the core skills and knowledge ideal for starting work as a trainee or apprentice. You can then complete further training with us as well as in your workplace.

You can become work ready for a trade in under four months.

Our programmes also offer the opportunity for you to continue study at higher levels, or move into other related areas of study.

You can also study our trades short courses which include Heat Pump/ Split Systems, Electrical Service Technician, Electrical Service Technician A and Solar Hot Water Installations. 

Facilities and resources

Perhaps the best trades training facility in the country, CPIT’s Trades Innovation Institute has real-world learning environments including:

  • Training building barns
  • State-of-the-art equipment and machinery
  • Custom built workshops and machine rooms
  • Purpose-built Engineering Technology Centre
  • South Island Plastics and Polymer Centre of Excellence

CPIT also hosts TradeFIT, a simulated subdivision where trades students are trained in key infrastructure trades in a real world environment, alongside other trades trainees and experienced tutors. TradeFIT includes: residential and commercial building construction; civil works; electrical distribution; telecommunications installation; plumbing and gasfitting; brick and block laying; drainage and water reticulation, and steel structures.

Industry and community

CPIT’s Trades Innovation Institute is at the forefront of training with qualifications that are nationally recognised and endorsed by more than 160 industry partners. Together we ensure you have access to the latest techniques, equipment and technologies. Our strong industry ties guarantee that our qualifications and work experience are relevant to current workforce needs and equip you to be work fit when you complete your programme.

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Childcare available 

We have two early learning centres at our Madras Street campus. Both centres are open to students, staff and members of the community. Find about more about childcare at CPIT.