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

Prepare for a carpentry apprenticeship and a career in construction.

About the programme

This 34-week programme gets you ready for work. You’ll be trained in every aspect of a house build – including foundations and roofing – so you’re ready for work on the West Coast where our builders do the lot. You’ll even get to build a three-bedroom house alongside your classmates to get a feel for the real job.

You’ll also undertake three weeks’ work experience with a local West Coast builder, which can often lead to offers of apprenticeships after your training is finished.

Our tutors make sure you know how to handle yourself on a building site. You’ll learn how to use hand and power tools, understand health and safety practices on-site and become more confident and more employable on a building site.

Graduates of this programme are in-demand. Local builders are busy right now and they’re keen to employ graduates who have learned the basics and know how to get the job done.

Core elements

This programme will provide you with knowledge and skills in a range of areas including:

  • Construction site safety
  • Hand and power tools
  • Construction site organisation
  • Building consents and regulations
  • Site set out
  • Foundations, subfloors and flooring
  • Framing
  • Roofing (framing and roof cladding)
  • Exterior cladding
  • Interior linings
  • Fitting of windows and doors
  • Insulation
  • Fitting interior joinery
  • Skirtings, architraves and furnishing

Further study options

This qualification can lead on to the New Zealand Certificate in Construction Trades Skills Level 4 and the National Certificate in
Construction Site Management.

Career opportunities

Upon successful completion of this qualification, you’ll have the skills to pursue a career in the construction industry, in a
variety of positions including Apprentice Carpenter, Hammer hand or Skilled Labourer.

You will be offered a place subject to meeting the entry and selection requirements and the availability of places on the programme. The Polytechnic reserves the right to not accept late applications, i.e., after the programme has started. The Polytechnic reserves the right to cancel, prior to commencement, any programme which does not attract a minimum number of students. The fees shown are indicative only. Both domestic and international fees are subject to change. For further information visit here.