This programme is designed to prepare you for an apprenticeship in the construction industry. The programme fulfils the requirements of the Building and Construction Industry Training Organisation (BCITO) and is approved by the New Zealand Qualifications Authority. It is also recognised by the New Zealand Master Builders’ Association. Topics are based on unit standards for ease of study.

  • Level:
  • Credit Value:
  • Awards:
    New Zealand Certificate in Construction Trade Skills, Carpentry
  • Location:
  • Method of Study:
    Full time
  • Holiday Duration:
    6 weeks
  • Teaching Duration:
    34 weeks
  • Total Duration:
    40 weeks
  • Start Date:
    12 February 2018
  • End Date:
    16 November 2018
  • $6,274

  • Domestic Breakdown
  •   Tuition Fee:
  •   Student Service Fee:
  • International Fee (2018):

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Core Elements

Core elements in this programme include:

  • Workplace safety and practices
  • Core skills for construction trades
  • Carpentry terminology and concepts
  • Building technology and properties
  • Construction and installation processes and techniques
  • Carpentry project preliminaries
  • Carpentry project foundation and support structures
  • Carpentry project frames, structures and building envelope
  • Carpentry project interior linings and finishing

Programme Structure and Workload

The programme is divided into nine courses which will even out the workload throughout the year.

The rationale used to structure the teaching and learning hours, workshop hours and supervised practice is based on students having more tutor directed learning at the start of the programme which will decrease as the programme progresses to more self directed learning.

Courses with a high technical content will have more tutor directed hours to reflect the complexities of the topic.

Further Study Pathways

  • New Zealand Certificate in Construction Trade Skills Level 4
  • National Certificate in Construction Site Management

Career Opportunities

Graduates of this programme will have the skills to pursue a career in the construction industry in a variety of positions such as Apprentice Carpenter, Hammer hand or Skilled Labourer.

Entry Criteria

  • Ideally applicants will have a minimum of three years secondary schooling and NCEA Level 2
  • Literacy and numeracy at Level 2, although assistance will be given if required.
  • Applicants for whom English is a second language must meet IELTS (or equivalent) Level 5.5.


Check out what students built for the Project House 2018

This is a Safety Sensitive Programme