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Fee Information

As an apprentice, you earn while you learn and won’t end up with a student loan! Since the New Zealand government is behind getting people into trades, they help subsidise training. 

If you are a first-time tertiary learner, you may be able to get up to $12,000 of your fees covered for one year’s study or two years’ training. If you are eligible, we’ll organise payment with the Tertiary Education Commission.

Check if you are eligible by visiting

This apprenticeship doesn’t have a fixed cost because it is based on competency.  You will finish your apprenticeship when you complete both on-job and off-job components, are deemed competent by your assessor, and when Etco receives confirmation from NZQA you have completed your apprenticeship. Because of this the cost is worked out per week and covers all your training.   

Fees Free Information

  • Etco Employed Apprentices
    • Etco will cover the cost of all training.
  • Directly Employed Apprentices Training With Etco
    • If you are not eligible for Fees Free, you are required to pay $55 per week, which is by direct debit.  


Please note: Etco strives to ensure that the information provided on this website is up-to-date and accurate.  Please note the information provided, including information on fees and courses, is regularly reviewed, and no warranty or representation is given about the ongoing accuracy of such information. All fees may change without notice. Etco does not accept liability for any damage or losses that occur directly or indirectly from you relying on the information on this website.


Our booking portal is currently under maintenance from Friday the 8th December and returning Monday 18th December 2023.
Please return to make your bookings then, or alternatively please ring 0800 ASK ETCO to speak with your local Training Centre Administrator.