Carpentry

NZ Certificate in Construction Trade Skills

  • Level 3
  • 38 weeks
  • Fees apply

Programme overview:

Are you an outdoors, hands-on person? Would you like a career in a growing industry?

The carpentry industry offers a lifetime career working locally or overseas. Learn the basic skills and knowledge to begin a new career in building and construction. This entry-level programme will prepare you for an apprenticeship or entry into the construction field.


Are you eligible for fees-free study?

First time tertiary students studying for fee paying programmes at Te Wānanga o Aotearoa will be fees-free from 2018.

We’ve been providing fees-free study for the majority of our programmes for more than 30 years and are committed to tauira success.

To find out whether you are eligible for fees-free study for our fee paying programmes visit the Fees Free Website.


You'll learn about:

  • Health & Safety requirements
  • operating power, portable and hand tools used in the construction process
  • functions of building, legislation and compliance
  • the Building Act
  • building a single level, timber-framed, relocatable house as part of a team.

You'll know how to:

  • apply Safe Work practices on-site
  • construct sub flooring
  • erect wall and roof framing
  • install exterior cladding
  • install interior lining and finishing.

Where will this take me?

I want to keep studying

You'll be ready to enter an apprenticeship scheme with another training provider. The industry qualification takes 3-4 years to complete.

I want to use my qualification

There are opportunities for graduates to seek an apprenticeship in carpentry or similar trades in the building industry with construction companies and contractors.


How you'll study:

  • in class on weekdays

Māori and Pasifika Trades Training (MPTT) eligible:

What is Māori and Pasifika Trades Training?

The key objective of Māori and Pasifika Trades Training (MPTT) is to increase access for Māori and Pasifika learners to vocational training and pre-employment training. This enables learners to develop the skills for sustainable employment and achieve better employment outcomes.

Who is eligible?

Māori and Pasifika learners aged between 16 to 40 years

How much does it cost?

Eligible tauira can attend this course fees free.


Entry criteria:

You'll need to:

  • be at least 16 years old
  • have a level 2 qualification or,
  • obtain competence in a level 2 pre-assessment that reflects literacy and numeracy abilities.

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