New Zealand Certificate in Carpentry (Level 4)

This is an apprenticeship qualification to become a qualified builder, and a pathway to becoming a Licensed Building Practitioner (LBP). Work as an apprentice under the supervision of a qualified builder, learn from industry professionals and gain sought-after skills through a carpentry apprenticeship pathway.

About the programme

Become a carpenter, site supervisor, building project manager, construction firm owner, or self-employed builder.

Learn from professionals and gain sought-after skills with this carpentry apprenticeship pathway brought to you by Otago Polytechnic and Industry Training Association Building (ITAB). This apprenticeship option allows you to work in the construction industry as an employee, under the supervision of someone who is prepared to train you. It addresses industry standards and provides learners with the full support of regional coordinators.

Apprentices can also gain ITAB membership which offers additional benefits like discount vouchers, awards, competitions and scholarships. For more information on ITAB member discounts including savings on clothing and electronics and much more visit

At the completion of your apprenticeship - which allows you to earn while you learn - you will achieve a respected and in-demand qualification, the New Zealand Certificate in Carpentry (Level 4). This qualification is a gateway qualification to becoming a Licensed Building Practitioner (LBP) and will be awarded to you by Otago Polytechnic.

Record of work 

The Otago Polytechnic ITAB app is a tool that can be used by carpentry apprentices to capture the notes, images, dates and locations of their on-site practical work for assessment. Download the app here:

New Zealand Carpentry Apprentice Challenge

Once a year, Otago Polytechnic hosts a regional carpentry apprentice challenge for the New Zealand Certified Builders. The winner of the regional competition gets to compete at the Apprentice Challenge, held each year at the National Certified Builders Conference.

Further study options

The apprenticeship scheme will prepare you for full-time employment in the construction industry. Alternatively, you may wish to complete a further qualification and the New Zealand Diploma in Construction (Level 6) (Construction Management) or (Quantity Surveying) or Bachelor of Construction provides the perfect study option! 


While every effort is made to ensure that this sheet is accurate, Otago Polytechnic reserves the right to amend, alter or withdraw any of the contained information. The fees shown in this document are indicative only. Both domestic and international fees are subject to change and are dependent on the development and implementation of Government policies. Please note that additional fees may from time to time be required for external examination, NZQA fees and/or additional material fees.