Competitors need to be between 16 and 20 years of age when joining a regional competition, and no more than 21 years old by the national competition; taking into consideration that both are held every even year.


Competitors are either currently learning a vocational skill under a skills training provider or a skilled apprentice.



Why should I compete?

To try something new and exciting and see how you stack up against other young people in your skill. You could also get the chance to travel overseas representing New Zealand and be noticed by your peers and colleagues. You may want to use the external feedback about your skills and abilities at your next work performance review.


What can I expect competing in a regional competition?

An eight-hour challenge – you will have to complete a project in this timeframe. You will receive support and training prior to competing, and you will compete against a group of other young people at the same time.


What can I get out of joining a regional competition?

You will become recognised as the best in you region in your skill area, which is a great point of difference for your CV and will give you clearer idea of your strengths and what you want for your future. All competitors receive a participation certificate.


How does the competition work?

At the competition, you will be provided with a work area identical to that of your fellow competitors, as well as the same materials, equipment and instructions and a list of tools to bring. You will be given a competition project to complete over one day.

What happens if I win?

You may be invited to the WorldSkills New Zealand National Competition, with the potential to be famous in your district through press publicity!

What if my skill category isn’t competing locally?

If a category is not being run in your local region, you may be able to compete in a neighbouring region. Contact national office to check it out.


What if I have already competed?

Past regional and national competitors within the age limit may enter again, but past international winners are excluded.


What are the legal requirements for me to compete?

  1. Applicants must work, live or study in the region where they apply for entry into competition (unless the category is not being run in their region, then it is permissible to participate in a neighbouring region running that category).
  2. Have approval of their employer to participate for the one day of competition.
  3. Undertake to abide by the rules of competition



What do I do if I’m ready to compete?

  1. Read the regional competition rules (hyperlinked, new tab)
  2. Discuss competing with your employer
  3. Contact your regional coordinator (hyperlinked to list of regional coordinators, new tab) if would like further information
  4. Complete a registration form (hyperlinked to online form, new tab)


Note: Any application found to contain false information will be disqualified. The decision of the judges will be final and there will be no correspondence.


How can I join a national competition?

You must have either competed in the prior regional competition or have been selected to participate by your industry depending on the skill category. For more information contact the WorldSkills New Zealand national office.

Regional committees will be responsible for nominating their most appropriate competitor for the National Finals. WorldSkills New Zealand has the right to accept or decline written nominations for additional competitors in each category.


What do I do if I want to join the international competition?

After the national competition, you will be advised if you have been successful in making it through to the next stage of the selection process for the international team. This will involve an interview, participation at a training camp, and WorldSkills Oceania.

There is no guarantee that winners of the national competition will be selected for the international team.