Targeted Training & Apprenticeship Fund (TTAF)

Targeted Training and Apprenticeships Fund (TTAF; also known as free trades training) is a government initiative that supports learners to undertake vocational education and training for free. The fund covers tuition fees between 1 July 2020 and 31 December 2022 for a targeted range of programmes at certificate and diploma level.
The TTAF is designed to support New Zealanders to study and train in industries where demand is expected to grow as the country recovers from the impacts of COVID-19.

You could consider studying at WITT in the following areas covered by the TTAF:

Nursing, Health and Wellness

New Zealand Certificate in Health & Wellbeing (Health Assistant) (Level 3)
New Zealand Certificate in Health & Wellbeing (Social and Community Services) (Level 4) with Strand in Mental Health and Addiction Support

Information Technology

New Zealand Certificate in Information Technology Essentials (Level 4)
New Zealand Diploma in Information Technology Technical Support (Level 5)

Trades, Construction & Infrastructure

New Zealand Diploma in Construction (Level 6) 
New Zealand Certificate in Construction Trade Skills (Carpentry) (Level 3)
New Zealand Certificate in Infrastructure Works (Level 3)
New Zealand Certificate in Electrical Engineering Theory (Level 3)
New Zealand Certificate in Plumbing, Gasfitting and Drainlaying (Level 3)

Primary Industries

New Zealand Certificate in Agriculture (Farming Systems) (Level 3) 
New Zealand Certificate in Pest Operations (Rural Pest Control) (Level 3) 
New Zealand Certificate in Horticulture (Level 3)

Engineering & Energy

New Zealand Certificate in Mechanical Engineering (Level 3)
New Zealand Diploma in Engineering - Civil (Level 6)
New Zealand Diploma in Engineering - Mechanical (Level 6)
New Zealand Certificate in Energy Process Operations (Level 3)

Click here to see a full list of eligible programmes and qualifications on the TEC website.

Career Advice


We can help you to work out a pathway, plan the next step, and take action toward your career goals. 

If you want to chat to someone about your career and study options, our friendly Careers Advisor Nikki Truman is available to provide expert guidance to help you make informed decisions. Get the right advice to find the right career!



How do I apply for TTAF?

If you've enrolled in a programme that is eligible for TTAF, there's nothing you need to do to apply for the funding. The TTAF will automatically cover your tuition fees from 1 July 2020 to 31 December 2022.

Who is eligible?

All domestic students eligible for government tuition subsidies are eligible to access TTAF. This includes all New Zealand citizens or residence visa holders studying in New Zealand. You can access TTAF for both part-time and full-time study. 

Can I access TTAF if I have already used my Fees Free entitlement?

Yes. You can access TTAF regardless of prior study you have done, including any study undertaken through the existing Fees Free funding. Click here for more information about Fees Free

Will I still be eligible for Fees Free in the future if I access TTAF?

Yes. If you access eligible programmes starting from 1 July 2020 for free through TTAF, this does not impact on, or use up, your entitlement to the existing Fees Free funding.

For answers to more Frequently Asked Questions, check out the TEC website.