Certificate in Construction Trade Skills (Level 3) (Carpentry)

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The New Zealand Certificate in Construction Trade Skills (Level 3) with a focus on carpentry, aims to arm you with the basic carpentry skills so you are work-ready.

This programme will give you the skills and knowledge you need so you can enter the workforce ready to embark on an apprenticeship. It has a strong vocational focus, so you'll gain lots of basic skills about timber-framed construction, including tools and machinery, and developing practical skills. Get hands-on experience at our purpose built trades campus building a prefabricated timber sleepout and even a two bedroom home.  You will also learn about the building industry, and the role of contractors and sub-contractors. This is a full-time study programme to achieve 120 credits, and you can continue with your apprenticeship training to achieve the Level 3 qualification. 

This course is now also available at our new Trades West Campus from February 2021.  

What will I learn?

  • Construction core skills and best practice
  • Safe use of hand and power tools, and safe working procedures on construction sites (so you'll be ready to start onsite work as soon as you graduate)
  • Learn about timber-framed construction, the principles of construction and all the fundamentals to build a house - foundations, framing, roof framing, exterior cladding, interior lining and trim
  • Workplace health and safety
  • Workplace communications and timekeeping requirements for construction sites
  • Learn how to interpet and use project specifications and drawings to complete simple construction projects
  • How to complete simple builiding calculations 
  • Construction installation and application processes
  • Learn about the building industry, and the role of contractors and sub-contractors. 
  • Carpentry project 

What qualifications will I gain?

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


Course Costs

Targeted Training and Apprenticeships Fund (TTAF)

As part of the government's Targeted Training and Apprenticeships Fund (TTAF), our Trades courses are now free because they are focused on areas that are important for the New Zealand economy. Find out more here.

Māori and Pasifika Trades Training (MPTT)

This course is part of the Māori and Pasifika Trades Training (MPTT) programme. If you’re Māori or Pasifika and aged 16-40, you might be able to get a scholarship to pay your course fees. You’ll also get one-on-one career coaching, help finding work, and other learner support.  You can enroll in the MPTT programme once you’ve gotten into your course, so ask NZMA about how to apply. 

Student Loans

Student loans and allowances are available if you meet the criteria.
Find out if you're eligible by calling StudyLink on Freephone 0800 88 99 00 or visit www.studylink.govt.nz.

Entry Requirements

  • Have completed the Vocational Pathway in Construction and Infrastructure (Level 2) or NZQF level 2 qualification or equivalent or meet the minimum requirements of the NZMA Level 3 Placement Test

  • Must be physically able to carry out the practical aspects of the programme.

All our Construction courses

  • Free Vocational Pathway for Construction and Infrastructure (Level 2)

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

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