National Competitions are held every two years. Competitors are selected from one of four place:

  1. the regional WorldSkills competitions,
  2. other industry specific competitions,
  3. directly from the industry or
  4. from apprentice block courses.


Selected competitors in each of the skills, who meet the entry criteria, are brought together at a single venue to find the country’s highest skilled champions.

The national competitions combine the excitement of the competition with the educational elements of a practical examination. They highlight on-the-job excellence by testing the key skills in each category.

In some skills, this involves working from a blueprint to make a specific object. In others, competitors follow a routine set of tasks that are frequently met in the working environment.

From the national competitions, a team is selected to represent New Zealand at the WorldSkills International competition where they will compete as the NZ Skills Team against other member countries.