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Who is eligible to enter in 2018?

Please read the terms and conditions to confirm your eligibility which includes:

  • 27 years old or younger on 31 December 2018 and therefore born after 31 December 1990.
  • Currently employed by, or contracted to a building firm or a builder at the time of the regional competition being judged.
  • You may only enter the competition a maximum of two times, provided you are not a national winner the prior year in which case you may not enter again.

You'll also need to have:

Completed at least two years of your National Certificate in Carpentry on-site by Monday 4 June (or have finished your apprenticeship no more than eight months before applications close i.e. not before 4 October 2017).

Note that you do not need to be working for a Registered Master Builder to enter. The competition is open to any carpentry apprentice, regardless of their training provider i.e. you don't have to be a BCITO apprentice.

How to enter

Entries for 2018 closed midnight 4th June 2018 

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What to Expect

Entry to the Apprentice of the Year is made up of the following things:

  • Personal information section - this is where you tell us who you are and where you're from and give us some contact info so we can get in touch
  • Employer information section - this is just some information about who you're working for and contact information for them
  • Apprenticeship information section -  we also need a few details about your employer and your training provider
  • So Apprentice - Why You? section - this is where you tell us in a few words (only 120 or so) why you think you've got what it takes to be the Registered Master Builders CARTERS Apprentice of the Year 2018
  • Project Details section - this is where you submit details of a project you are currently working on or have completed while you were training (you can upload online or post to your local RMBA Regional Branch Manager in hard copy)
  • Employer Reference -  all you need to do here is ask your employer nicely to send us a letter telling us a few things about you
  • Education and Training Advisors Reference - the same as for your employer, but this time from your Training Advisor (view the template for TA reference)
  • Declaration section - just a tick in a box from you!

And that's it, you can kick back and relax until entries close on 4th June 2018.

Consult our tips for apprentices to ready yourself in case you make the cut: After entries close we'll be in touch to arrange the next stage of the competition, which - is a 2 hour practical challenge.

Completed entry examples

If you'd like to see some winning examples, click on the links below.

Vinnie Hubbard - RMBA CARTERS 2017 Apprentice of the Year National Winner

Jack Clifford - RMBA CARTERS 2017 Apprentice of the Year Waikato Region Winner

What happens next?

From here the judging process begins, and is made up of the following stages.


Written Application (100 points) April 9 - June 4 2018

It all starts here - points are allocated for the quality of your initial entry, so take your time with it. Get your entry finished before 4th June 2018.

Practical challenge (100 points) June 30 8.30am for 9am sharp start - 11.45am

Complete a two hour practical challenge in your local area on Saturday 30 June.

*Details will be forwarded to all entrants in the week of 11 June by the regional branch AOY coordinator. Apprentices MUST report to their designated CARTERS store by 9am or will be out of the competition so we recommend you arrive between 8.30-8.45.


From all the entries in Stage 1, a maximum of ten will be shortlisted to progress to Stage 2 of the competition which will include an interview and a site visit. 

The judging panel is made up of a regional representative from  Registered Master Builders, BCITO and CARTERS.

Interview (100 points)

This may be carried out the same day as the site visit or an alternative date which will be confirmed with you.

Site visit (100 points)

Entrants  will be visited onsite by the judging panel to discuss the project and their personal contribution to it.

It is to your advantage to link your site visit to your submission - complete builds are fine. Also note your tool kit will be assessed at the site visits and contribute towards your points.

Regional Results August and September 2018

Regional winners and placegetters are announced at award events in your region during August and September.

The 10 regional winners then compete for the Registered Master Builders Apprentice of the Year in Association with CARTERS title.

National Final 8-9 November 2018

National judging takes place over two days on 8-9 November 2018 and includes a 45-minute interview with the national judging panel and a practical skills test at Build Auckland (trade show). The practical skills test is open to the public on the morning of Friday 9th November.

Important Dates

Important Dates 

  • Entries open 1 April 2019 - 20 May
  • 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 in Auckland in 7-8 November 2019 (comprising the practical building challenge & interviews).
  • National Final - Practical Build Challenge (open to the public 9.30-1pm) ASB showgrounds, Hall 2 at Auckland Build.
  • National Awards Gala Friday 8th November 2019 6.30pm ASB Showgrounds (ticket only)
  • Heads up meetings – details of the info sessions around NZ in April & May where you can find out more about the competition [coming soon for 2019]

Regional Awards Events 2019
(these dates are subject to change, please check closer to the time for confirmation).

  • Auckland and Northern - Thursday 22 August
  • Waikato - Friday 6 September
  • Bay of Plenty Central Plateau - Friday 23 August
  • Central North Island - Friday 13 September
  • Hawke's Bay East Coast - Friday30 August
  • Lower North Island -  Friday 30 August* TBC
  • Upper South Island - Friday 16 August* TBC
  • Central South Island - Thursday 22 August
  • Southern - Friday 30 August

    To view 2019 venue and RSVP information click here for details once live

For more information contact:

Registered Master Builders
Contact us: 0800 762 328



Owned By Registered Master Builders
Principal Sponsor Carters
Event Partner BCITO
Sponsor Ministry of Business, Innovation & Employment