Looking to become a carpenter, site supervisor, building project manager, self-employed builder or even have your own construction firm? You'll earn while you learn with our carpentry apprenticeship pathway!
Not sure where to start?
ITAB Carpentry Apprenticeships
The one-year New Zealand Certificate in Construction Trade Skills (Level 3) Carpentry gives you the skills you need to enter the industry as an apprentice carpenter and do the four-year New Zealand Certificate in Carpentry (Level 4).
If you can find a construction employer who'll take you on as an apprentice, you can enter directly into the apprenticeship scheme and do the compulsory block courses and practical on-site apprenticeship assessment without doing New Zealand Certificate in Construction Trade Skills (Level 3) Carpentry.
Carpentry is a big and varied industry. As a carpenter you might build houses, garages or 50-storey buildings, or specialise in renovations and alterations. You could work for a company or be a self-employed contractor. You could work overseas or stay in NZ. As you gain experience as a carpenter, you can be in control of projects as a foreman or leading hand.
- One year
- Level 3
- Starts February, March and July
- Apply now
Gain the work-ready skills you need to enter the construction trades as an apprentice carpenter working under supervision.
- Dunedin and Central
- Three and a half to four years
- Level 4
- Starts flexible
- Apply Now - contact Carpentry@op.ac.nz
Want to become a carpenter, site supervisor, building project manager, construction firm owner or self-employed builder? Learn from professionals and gain sought after skills with a carpentry apprenticeship pathway brought to you by Otago Polytechnic and Industry Training Association Building (ITAB).
New Zealand Certificate in Carpentry (Level 4)
now offered in Cromwell
We are now delivering our ITAB Carpentry block courses at our Central Campus – this means first- and second-year managed apprentices can complete their training in Central!
Contact Matt Thompson
03 470 4382
Apprentices can get ITAB membership, with benefits like discount vouchers, awards, competitions and scholarships.
Scholarships for carpentry students
You may be entitled to assistance under the scholarships to fund your study. Check your eligibility now!
Once a year, Otago Polytechnic holds a regional carpentry apprentice challenge. The winner of the regional competition gets to compete at the New Zealand Carpentry Apprentice Challenge, held each year at the national Certified Builders Conference