Regional Competition

Carpentry apprentices from around New Zealand compete at regional locations in an eight-hour competition involving a unique building project. Judged by a panel of experienced building practitioners and industry educators, the successful regional winner is the apprentice that shows the highest standard of craftsmanship, safe working technique and time management.

Every apprentice receives a prize for taking part on the day with prizes available for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place setters.  Plus, regional winners win an all-expenses paid trip to the NZCB National Conference and Expo to compete in the National Challenge. The Conference and Expo is a valuable opportunity to network, learn, be inspired and gain a big picture view of the building industry.

The 2023 Regional events will be held on Saturday 1 April 2023 at these locations nationwide:

Bay of Islands











Palmerston North










Materials, Supplies and Prizes for all 2023 NZCB Apprentice Challenge Sponsored by ITM, are proudly supported by ITM – Your Building Partner.

Entries for regional events close on Friday 17 March 2023.


National Challenge

Held in conjunction with the annual NZCB National Conference and Expo, regional finalists are put through their paces competing for the Ken Read Memorial Trophy and $50,000 in prizes.

To compete, each apprentice must:

  • Introduce themselves by submitting a CV and cover letter
  • Submit a work portfolio showcasing their building experience to date
  • Be interviewed by a judging panel of industry experts
  • Give a professional presentation, including public speaking to 500 conference delegates.
  • Undertake a formal Carpentry examination.

The winner of the NZCB Apprentice Challenge is the carpentry apprentice with the highest practical ability combined with the paramount industry knowledge required of a Trade Qualified Building Professional.

The 2023 National final will be held in Christchurch on the 26 – 27 May 2023.

NZCB Apprentice Challenge 2023 Application

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  • Answer the Following to Support your Application

  • Employer Information

  • Provider Information

  • Authorisation: Apprentice/Employer/Provider

  • I hereby endorse the above apprentice as having the necessary skill sets and trade ability to undertake the 2023 New Zealand Certified Builders Apprentice Challenge. I understand if he/she is successful and is selected as the regional winner, that he/she will be required to attend the National Final Competition held in Christchurch on 25-27 May 2023 which is held in conjunction with the Annual NZCB National Conference and Expo. I give permission for the use of my name and photo in any media/promotional material related to the NZCB Apprentice Challenge 2023.

  • Competition Conditions

  • Competitors must be enrolled a recognised formal Training Agreement with Te Pukenga.
    Any Apprentices employed by a current NZCB Association member or who are enrolled with ITAB are eligible to take part in the NZCB Apprentice Challenge.
    Competitors can be at any stage of their apprenticeship however must remain an apprentice at the time of the National Final.
    Judges decision is final for selection of regional winners.
    Apprentices can be any age to enter the NZCB Apprentice Challenge.
    All sections of this application form must be completed in full for the application to progress.
    All applications for entry should be submitted online only.
    In locations where no regional event is available, competitors may be able to compete in an alternative event location. Please contact NZCB National Support Office for further information. is is a requirement for all regional event location.

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