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

This course is available


Level of Study



1 year

Next start date

Expected Jul 2023


Palmerston North Campus (Main Campus)


The construction industry is the fifth largest sector in New Zealand's economy. The growing need for residential buildings, extensive infrastructure development, and rebuild projects will create heaps of job opportunities in the coming years. They’re looking for skilled, job-ready workers, so now is the perfect time to gain the skills you need to join the industry.

With this programme you will build your practical skills and get the knowledge required to become a carpenter in the building and construction industry. The first part of this programmes covers the basic knowledge in construction trade and the second part focuses on courses related to the carpentry trade - trade mathematics, hand tools, and project work related to different aspects of the construction industry.

You'll graduate work-ready with transferable skills for a wide range of construction-related trades.

Career & Study Outcomes

Successful graduates of the New Zealand Certificate in Construction Trade Skills (Carpentry) (Level 3) can further specialise in carpentry by enrolling in the New Zealand Certificate in Carpentry (Level 4).

Graduates entering the industry will be ready to find an apprenticeship or entry-level jobs in the building and construction sector. You will be able to execute your work with limited supervision.

To find out more about possible job prospects and salaries, see Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment's Occupation Outlook for Carpenters & Joiners, Construction Workers and Quantity Surveyors.

Course Information

Note: As a subsidiary of Te Pukenga - New Zealand Institute of Skills and Technology, UCOL is committed to providing the best learning outcome for you. As part of this, all programmes are currently being reviewed to make them portable, consistent, and closely aligned with the needs of the industry. When published, this course information is correct, but the courses offered may change over time.

This programme consists 120 credits. The courses include:

  • Workplace Safety Frameworks and Practices (20 Credits)
  • Skills for Construction Trades (10 Credits)
  • Carpentry Terminology and Job Role Knowledge (10 Credits)
  • Building Assembly Techniques and Properties of Building Materials (10 Credits)
  • Construction and Installation Processes and Techniques (10 Credits)
  • Carpentry Project Preliminaries (15 Credits)
  • Carpentry Project Foundations and Support Structures (15 Credits)
  • Carpentry Project Frames, Structures and Exterior Envelope (15 Credits)
  • Carpentry Project Interior Linings and Finishing (15 Credits)

Entry criteria

NCEA Level 1 or equivalent.

English language Requirement: IELTS - General or Academic: Score of 5.0 with no band lower than 5; TOEFL (iBT) - Score of 35 (with a writing score of 14); Cambridge English Qualifications - B2 with score of 154; no less than 154 in each skill; OET - Minimum Grade C or 200 in all subtests; NZCEL - Level 3 (General); and Pearson Test of English (Academic) - Score of 36 with no band less than 36.

Under 20 years of age

In addition to this, international applicants under 20 years of age must have NCEA equivalency.

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