At Skills, we are closely monitoring the coronavirus situation and its impact on all our Skills family – our trainees, our employers, our assessors and our staff.

We understand that many people have questions about the impact of COVID-19 on training and assessments. This page will provide you with live updates as information becomes available to us.


Trades updates

Block courses – Updates from Providers on the running of courses – This is a live page that is regularly updated.

Block courses – Update on Trades Block Courses

Apprentices: Alert level 3 – Update for Apprentices on COVID-19 Alert Level 3

Employers: Alert level 3 – Update for Employers on COVID-19 Alert Level 3

Apprentices: 4-week fee suspension – How to get your 4-week fee suspension if you pay annually – 14 April 2020

Businesses: 4-week fee suspension – Update for businesses- more details on 4-week fee suspension – 14 April 2020

EWRB EWRB FAQ – 07 April 2020

Apprenticeships – Extending the fee suspension for apprentices – 03 April 2020

Apprenticeships – Update for learners – 31 March 2020

Keeping trades training on track – Update for learners – 25 March 2020

Block coursesUpdate for employers on block courses – 18 March 2020

Block coursesUpdate for apprentices and learners – 18 March 2020


Real Estate updates

Assessments – Update for employers on assessments – 19 March 2020

Assessments – Update for learners on assessments – 19 March 2020


First Aid updates

Providers  First Aid Training Resumes as Normal

Providers No further updates. Refer to First Aid Provision at Alert Level 2 and 3 – 24 April 2020 for details.

Providers – First Aid Provision at Alert Level 2 and 3 – 24 April 2020

Refresher Training Grace period extended to 5 months – 25 March 2020

Training NZ Resuscitation Council postpones training – 20 March 2020

Training – Update for Providers – 19 March 2020


Communications from Skills

Please be assured that we will keep you constantly updated. Again, this is an evolving situation and it is important to us that you know what is happening and are immediately contacted with any changes that may affect you.

If we have any further updates in the coming weeks and months, we will be in touch to let you know.


COVID-19 and tips for coping with uncertainty

Wishing you knew what to do in the face of COVID-19? You’re not alone? It’s a challenge facing for everyone in New Zealand.

Skills has partnered with Instep – a leading provider for mental health support in the workplace. They’ve created a great flyer with tips and advice to help you through these difficult times.

COVID-19 and guidance for leaders

COVID-19 makes leading a team challenging. As a leader, your job is to keep the business moving – but your team’s physical and mental health should be your first priority. We’ve pulled together some useful guidelines for you to help you navigate your team through the current climate.