NZ Certificate in Construction Trade Skills

  • Level 3
  • 38 weeks - full-time
  • 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.

When you pass this programme, you'll get this qualification:

  • New Zealand Certificate in Construction Trade Skills (Carpentry) Level 3

You'll learn about:

  • applying Safe Work practices on-site
  • constructing sub flooring
  • erecting wall and roof framing
  • installing exterior cladding
  • installing 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 labouring roles or an apprenticeship in carpentry or similar trades in the building industry with construction companies and contractors.

How you'll study:

This is a full-time programme that consists of 120 credits, delivered over 38 weeks. Throughout the programme you will be required to:

  • 4 x 6 hour classes per week
  • 1 x noho (25 hours)

You'll also need to complete in your own time set activities for approximately:

  • 10 hours per week


Some learning activities will need to be completed online. You'll need to have access to an internet-connected device for this programme.

Entry criteria:

To enrol in this programme, a potential student must:

  • be at least 16 years of age
  • be a New Zealand citizen (or citizen of Australia, Tokelau, Niue, Cook Islands) or permanent resident
  • reside in New Zealand

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Fee detail:

If you meet the criteria for funding, fees will not apply for this programme.

Māori and Pasifika Trades Training (MPTT)

MPTT aims to increase the number of Māori and Pasifika learners accessing pre-employment or vocational training. As part of this initiative, Māori and Pasifika applicants aged between 16-40 years can apply for scholarships that will pay for their study fees.


Targeted Training and Apprenticeship Fund (TTAF)

For provider-based study, all domestic students eligible for government tuition subsides are eligible to access TTAF. This includes all New Zealand citizens or residence visa holders studying in New Zealand.

If you do not meet the criteria for the above funding, fees will apply for this programme.

The 2022 fees are:

$5,473 GST Inclusive.

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