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

This programme focuses on all aspects of residential construction. Full time with student allowances* or part time with evening classes and weekend practical workshops. Fees Free for eligible learners*.
*Conditions and eligibility criteria apply.

Key Info


Level 3


40 weeks (full time) or 60 weeks (part time)




NZ Citizen or Permanent Resident


Kelston, Papakura, Mangere


$5566.00 or fees free for eligible domestic students.

Course Details

The purpose of this qualification is to provide the wider construction trades sector with work-ready people able to enter the construction trades as a labourer or an apprentice who has developed essential transferable skills as well as underpinning knowledge applicable to a wide range of construction-related trades.
It is designed for people intending to enter the construction trades, as well as those who would like to gain essential skills to do DIY projects or renovations.


This programme contains modules covering competencies required for the construction trade which includes:
• Health and Safety;
• Workplace Communication;
• Construction Specifications and Drawings.
• Carpentry Terminology and Concepts;
• Preliminary Carpentry Work;
• Foundation Work;
• Frames and Related Structures;
• Wall Claddings;
• Interior Linings;
• Trim and Finish;
• Demolition Work.

$5566.00 or fees free for eligible domestic students.

• 16 years of age or over.
• Building and construction qualifications at level 2, including Building, Construction and Allied Trades qualification at level 2, or equivalent knowledge and skills are preferred.
• Literacy and Numeracy levels to support studies at level 3.
• NZ Citizen or Permanent Resident.


This qualification can lead to level 4 qualifications in carpentry, joinery or another construction-related allied trade or apprenticeship.


Graduates of this qualification will be able to enter employment in trades within the construction industry as a labourer or begin an apprenticeship. With additional training and/or experienced learners they may progress to further roles in the construction industry e.g. carpenter, joiner or plasterer.

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Intake Dates


2020- Please call the campus for the next intake date


2020- Please call the campus for the next intake date


2020- Please call the campus for the next intake date

What are the benefits

This level 3 certificate is a pre-entry to a building apprenticeship. As such, it can support you into a job in the construction industry and assist you to gain an apprenticeship. With increasing infrastructure investment in new homes and labour shortage in commercial projects, jobs are plentiful locally and abroad. Increase your skills, employability, and pay check with this level 3 qualification.

Learners gain essential carpentry skills using industry-recognised hand and power tools, thus enabling you to do DIY projects or home renovations.

Study can be undertaken either full-time or part-time, allowing for flexible study around your work and home commitments.

This course is suited to those interested in learning new skills, as well as those thinking about building and construction as a career.

Students testimonials

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“I am pleased to say that I have learned a lot after taking this course. Learning about NZ standards in building and construction has directed me on things that a builder should do and shouldn't do.”


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