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About Apprentice of the Year

What is the Apprentice of the Year?

The Registered Master Builders Apprentice of the Year, in association with CARTERS, aims to recognise excellence among carpentry apprentices and raise awareness of career opportunities in the building and construction industry. It’s a competition that looks to test several aspects of a well-rounded apprentice, not just your skills on the tools.

What’s in it for you?

Apart from the fantastic prizes (see below), previous Apprentice of the Year entrants have said they got the following out of entering:

  • A chance to compare themselves against other apprentices to see how they measure up
  • Recognition of their skills, which is valuable for future employment opportunities
  • A head start on business skills, through preparing the entry form, being interviewed and undertaking a site visit
  • Builds confidence in themselves and their skills.
“I wanted the opportunity to get an idea of where I was at compared to my peers. Also, I knew that entering the competition would only make me a better apprentice by putting me to the test and making me work and study harder.” – 2017 Apprentice of the Year Vincent Hubbard

The Prizes


Regional winners are in to win a great prize pack, all thanks to our sponsors. Winners also receive an apprentice membership to the Registered Master Builders Association.

The winner from each region will receive:

  • A place at a specially designed Outward Bound course (plus travel costs).
  • The honour of representing your region at the national competition in Auckland 7- 8th November 2019 – with travel and accommodation for you and up to three guests. Your employer also receives one free ticket to the awards, and one nights accomodation inc breakfast.
  • Attendance at the Registered Master Builders House of the Year, National Awards Gala Dinner in Auckland 23rd November 2019. Includes travel and accommodation.
  • High quality trade products and tools from a range of CARTERS' top suppliers
  • $2000 to spend at CARTERS
  • Trophy and certificate for you and your employer.

Second place getter from each region will receive:

  • prize pack including high quality trade products and tools from a range of CARTERS' top suppliers. 

Third place getter from each region will receive:

  • prize pack including high quality trade products and tools from a range of CARTERS' top suppliers. 

Please note that the above prizes are subject to change.


The national winner of Apprentice of the Year competition will receive:

  • Use of a brand new Nissan Navara for one year, proudly provided by principal sponsor CARTERS
  • CARTERS Business Tools Grant – a $5,000 grant towards furthering your career, e.g. courses, laptop, or travel to industry conferences or expos.
  • Travel, accomodation and tickets to attend the Registered Master Builders House of the Year national awards gala dinner 23rd November 2019 in Auckland.
  • $2,500 towards NZQA approved professional development supplied by Building Performance, part of MBIE.

Second and third place will receive

High quality tools from one of CARTERS’ top suppliers.


The National Winners' Employer will receive a prize of a $300 travel voucher from House of Travel Lakers.


** All prizes must be redeemed by 31 December 2020, and are not transferable or able to be redeemed for a cash equivalent. Participation in the Outward Bound course is not compulsory, although the course is not redeemable or transferable for a cash equivalent. 

 Apprentice of the Year winners at Outward Bound

Important Dates

Important Dates 2019

  • Entries open 1 April 2019 - 20 May
  • Heads up meetings.  Get details of the info sessions around NZ where you can find out more about the competition
  • Regional Practical Saturday 22 June
  • July and August – Regional Judging and Interviews
  • August and September – Regional Awards Events (see dates below)

    National Judging and Awards are held in Auckland on 7-8th November 2019 at ASB Showgrounds. This two day event comprises interviews and the practical building challenge open from 9.30-1pm followed by the National Awards Gala dinner 6.30pm (Ticket only).

Regional Awards Events 2019

(These dates/venues are subject to change based on entry numbers, please check closer to the time for confirmation).

  • Auckland/Northern: AUT Auckland Campus - Friday 23 August
  • Waikato: Southwell School - Friday 23 August
  • Bay of Plenty Central Plateau: Tauranga Yacht and Power Boat Club - Friday 16 August
  • Central North Island: The Avenue Kingsgate Hotel, 379 Victoria Avenue, Whanganui - Friday 30 August
  • Hawke's Bay East Coast: Havelock North Function Centre, 30 Te Mata Peak Road, Havelock North - Friday 6 September
  • Lower North Island: Boulcott's Farm Heritage Golf Club - Friday 23 August
  • Upper South Island: Pic's Peanut Butter Factory Friday 6 September
  • Central South Island: Hagley Oval - Thursday 22 August
  • Southern: Golden Gate Cromwell- Friday 30 August

For more information contact:

Registered Master Builders
Contact us: 0800 762 328



Owned By Registered Master Builders
Principal Sponsor Carters
Event Partner BCITO
Sponsor Building Performance