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Update 23 April 2020 - printable resources


Thank you for all the positive feedback about the electronic resources. 


We have been working with the Ministry of Education to enable access to printed resources for secondary school students who need them.  We are pleased to be able to inform you that these are now available for ordering through: http://youthguarantee.education.govt.nz/initiatives/opportunities-at-school-and-beyond/trades-academies/itolearningresources/


Teacher resources

The issue of students being tempted by the model answers in the teacher resources will likely be exacerbated by those accessing their electronic resources directly from this site.

To help assessors manage this risk, all teacher resources that include model answers have been removed. 

School teachers, please continue to access teacher resources through the myBCITO site. 

Tertiary education organisations who haven't already downloaded them can request copies by emailing [email protected] 


Level 3 lockdown alternatives

We are pleased to be able to inform you of an alternative for those temporarily unable to continue with L3 BCATS due to schools being closed.


Due to the unprecedented circumstances, our National Moderator has issued a judgment that the standard of commercial competency does not need to be met for specified non-BCATS unit standards for students learning via distance during the Covid-19 lockdown. During this period only, students can work through BCITO-specified carpentry theory standards.


The resources will be released progressively.  The first, 12998 (DKO carpentry hand tools), is available in the ‘Level 3 – 2020 lockdown resources’ folder.  The second, 13000 (DKO power tools), was added on 28th April and the third, 13032 (DKO equipment) on 11 May 2020. A fourth resource, for US 12999, Demonstrate knowledge of timber machining equipment used on construction sites, is also available.  At this stage (11 May 2020), it is not envisaged that any more will be added - it is expected that students will be able to resume their projects and L3 BCATS within the next four weeks.  


The student resource is a PDF and the worksheets are Word templates that need to be downloaded and saved with the unit standard and student’s name.



The non-BCATS standards are:

  • only to be used during the 2020 lockdown period
  • only to be used when students are not able to attend class for an extended period of more than two weeks, excluding term breaks
  • only to be used by year 13 students
  • only to be undertaken by students that can contextualise the learning by referring back to practical activity either in the class in year 11 or 12 or to date in year 13, and/or during suitable Gateway placements.
  • only to be assessed as achieved after in-depth oral questioning to ensure proper understanding of the written answers on worksheets
  • not to be used in other areas of the school to build credits.


Consent to assess

It is important to us that your students continue being able to learn and achieve. BCITO will report the results for all schools without consent to assess the non-BCATS standards. We will be in touch closer to the time about moderation required before we report the results on your behalf.


Update 24 March 2020 – Level 1 and 2 electronic resources for students studying at home

Since Wednesday we’ve been working to create versions of the Building, Construction, and Allied Trades Skills (BCATS) activity and worksheets that students can complete electronically. They are all now on this site.

These are templates we recommend you download and save before you share them with your students. This will give you more control over the file name.

We suggest you ask your students to add their name to the file name when they save their answers. 

Best wishes to you, your students, and communities during these trying times.

Ngā mihinui,
The BCATS team.
[email protected]


BConstructive are practical and multi-disciplinary programmes for students, providing them with the skills and knowledge to springboard into any career in the construction industry.

Rather than focusing on any one trade, Building, Construction, and Allied Trades Skills (BCATS) programmes build skills and an understanding of all trades in the construction industry. They also develop literacy, numeracy and communication skills and contribute to NCEA qualifications.

Students who participate in the BConstructive programme can go on to consider apprenticeships in a variety of trades such as: carpentry, brick and blocklaying, painting and decorating, flooring, joinery, frame and truss, aluminium joinery, and so on.


Level 1 National Certificate

Level 2 National Certificate

Level 3 Unit Standards