New Zealand Certificate in Construction Trade Skills (Carpentry) (Level 3)
Get the foundational skills and knowledge of worksite safety and tools, providing you with a head-start for a future apprenticeship. Enjoy hands-on training in our workshops and building projects, in a supportive environment without the pressure of a real-world worksite.
About the programme
Carpentry involves the construction and maintenance of buildings, and there is high demand for qualified carpenters.
This programme will give you the work-ready skills to enter the construction trades as an apprentice carpenter working under supervision.
With additional training and/or experience, you could become a carpenter, junior and senior foreperson, or be self-employed.
During your studies you will enjoy hands-on training in our workshops and the chance to be involved in real-world, community-based building projects – which will lead to you gaining knowledge about health and safety, trade calculations and hand tools.
During this Certificate, students will also have the opportunity to work on Otago Polytechnic's charity house project.
16-19 years old and identify as Māori or Pasifika?
We also offer a version of this programme called He Toki. With He Toki, you'll get a unique and empowering learning experience that has te reo, tikaka and mentorship at the heart of everything. Find out more and apply here >
What You Study
This programme has a credit range of 60-120.
|Trade Skills 1||Develop preliminary skills and knowledge for working in the construction industry.||15|
|Trade Skills 2||Enhance your trade skills knowledge and gain practical experience on a construction site or in a construction-related industry.||30|
|Foundations||Learn how to set out and prepare to construct foundation structures (up to and including floor level) using specified materials.||15|
|Structures||Gain an understanding of how to construct walls and roofs using specified materials.||30|
|Exterior Claddings||Develop an understanding of how to install external cladding and roofing to a structure using specified materials.||15|
|Interior Lining||Learn how to install interior linings, trim, fixtures and fittings using specified materials while working with others in a safe working environment.||15|
On-site class timetable hours are Monday to Thursday, 8.30am-4.30pm.
Fridays are required when doing work experience (as per employers working hours). You are required to complete at least six weeks of work experience and up to three hours of additional self-directed study a week.
This is how your study year will look. It shows when you're on work experience and when the programme breaks are:
- Open entry.
- If English is not your first language, you must provide:
- New Zealand University Entrance OR
- Overall Academic IELTS 5.0 with no individual band score lower than 5.0 (achieved in one test completed in the last two years), OR
- Acceptable alternative evidence of the required IELTS (see here for NZQA proficiency table and here for list of recognised proficiency tests).
If you need to improve your English Language skills, we offer a wide range of English programmes.
This programme is not available to international students.
- Preference will be given to applicants with a minimum of NCEA Level 1 and four years of secondary education OR the National Certificate in Building, Construction and Allied Trades Skills (BCATS) (Level 2) programme.
Please note: The BCATS programme is offered through trades academy, secondary schools and some private training establishments.
Study for free during 2022!
You can study this programme for free during 2022 due to the Government's Targeted Training and Apprenticeship Fund (TTAF).
- You'll still need to pay for any additional course-related costs such as textbooks or protective footwear (see more info in Additional Costs section).
- You can pay for this yourself or apply for a loan/allowance via Studylink.
TTAF will only cover your study during 2022. You may be eligible for some additional tuition fees cover under the Government's Fees Free scheme during 2023. See the Paying for your study section below for more info.
Student Services Fee
For most students, your tuition fee shown above includes a Student Services Fee – also known as the Student Levy. This compulsory fee covers your access to the student services we offer. This cost is tailored depending on how you're studying.
This is a list of the equipment you'll need for the programme. You'll need some of it before you start so make sure you read through the information carefully.
Equipment can be bought with your course-related costs through StudyLink and assistance is also available through WINZ.
Paying for your study
The Government’s Targeted Training and Apprenticeship Fund (TTAF) is currently running but will end in December 2022. That means only your 2022 study will be covered. You may be able to get some financial help for your remaining study through the Fees Free scheme if you’re eligible (see info below).
Whilst this programme is free for you to study during 2022, the TTAF fund only covers tuition fees and compulsory costs such as student levies. It does not cover any additional costs or living costs. You can pay for additional and living costs by yourself if that is possible or by applying for a loan or allowance through Studylink (which is only available for domestic learners).
It is important to apply for your student loan/allowance at the same time as you apply for this programme, due to the length of time Studylink take to process. Loan/allowance applications can be cancelled at any time if you decide to withdraw your programme application or if it is unsuccessful.
The Government is also running a funding scheme called Fees Free for domestic learners. This scheme normally pays for your first year of study if you’ve never been enrolled in tertiary study over 60 credits at Level 3 or higher in New Zealand. They have confirmed that TTAF does not impact on a learner’s entitlement to also access the Fees Free scheme.
So, you’ll be covered by TTAF for your 2022 study and, if you would have originally been eligible for Fees Free, you’ll be able to access that to cover some of your remaining study.
Fees Free only covers your tuition fees. You would still need to pay for things like accommodation, living costs and placement transport costs.
Again, you can pay for these costs by yourself if possible or by applying for a loan or allowance through Studylink (only available for domestic learners).
If you have any questions about student loans and allowances, please email our Studylink Advisor: Amanda.McAra@op.ac.nz
A change for 2023 enrolments
When you apply to study with Otago Polytechnic in 2023, you will be enrolled with Te Pūkenga, the new national network of vocational and applied education in Aotearoa New Zealand. You will learn in the same way, in the same place, and with the same people. The great news is that this enables us to share skills and knowledge across a network of passionate education providers, to better help you succeed. Enrolling in programmes that start in 2023, means that you will graduate with a Te Pūkenga qualification.
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.