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Certificate in Carpentry Trade Skills (Level 3)

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

With a focus on carpentry, this course aims to arm you with the basic carpentry skills and knowledge you need so you can enter the workforce ready to embark on an apprenticeship. You'll gain lots of basic skills about timber-framed construction, including tools and machinery, and developing practical trades skills.

You'll get hands-on experience at our purpose built trades campuses 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.

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 

This is a full-time study programme to achieve 120 credits, and you can continue with your apprenticeship training to achieve the Level 4 qualification. 

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  • You will learn:

  • About the building industry, and the role of contractors and sub-contractors.  

  • 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)

  • Workplace health and safety

  • Workplace communications and timekeeping requirements for construction sites

  • Learn how to interpret and use project specifications and drawings to complete simple construction projects

  • How to complete simple building calculations 

  • Construction installation and application processes

  • Carpentry project 



Course start dates

Trades West

Parrs Park, 443 West Coast Road, Oratia, Glen Eden, Auckland 0602

Feb 6, 2023
Apr 3, 2023

Trades South

807 Great South Road, Mount Wellington, Auckland 1060

Feb 6, 2023
May 8, 2023
Jul 17, 2023
Oct 16, 2023

Trades Whangārei

8 Commerce St, Whangārei 0110

Feb 20, 2023
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