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Proposed Career Pathway and Qualification Structure

Proposed Career Pathway & Qualification Structure

The proposed Fencing Career Pathway and Qualification structure has been circulated with Fencing Contractors NZ Members for consultation.

Should you have any questions, comments or concerns regarding the structure, please contact any of the FCNZ Board members who would be happy to talk you through the proposed changes.

Careers & Training


  • Worker level qualification
  • NZQA National Certificate in Fencing Level 3
  • Apprenticeship – being explored

FCANZ Certified Fencer


  • Individual qualification – Foreman level or business owner
  • Annual Certificate
  • Renewed annually


  • FCANZ current member and employed in the industry
  • NZQA National Certificate in Fencing Level 4
  • Employer verification confirming that the fencer is a foreman or capable of running a job

FCANZ Registered Fencing Contractor 


  • Business Entity qualification
  • Subject to five-year renewal audit
  • Not transferable on sale of the business
  • Application process – refer to criteria list below


  • FCANZ current member
  • One of the ‘Principals’ of the business must be a Certified Fencer
  • Three client testimonials (including contact details)
  • Signed declaration and agreement to comply with the Registered Fencing Contractor programme, FCANZ Rules and Standards
  • Professional Development: Attendance at two FCANZ Best Practice Days and one FCANZ Conference over five year period (evidence required for renewal)

Must also provide evidence of:
– A minimum of three years in business
– Current First Aid Certificate
– Employment Contracts
– Sub-contractor Contracts (if used)
– Public Liability Insurance (minimum $1 Million)
– Completed third-party Health & Safety prequalification  OR  working Health & Safety manual audited by an External Auditor

Master Fencer


  • Proposed – for future use
  • FCANZ has permission from Fletcher Steel Limited New Zealand to use the trademark