Otago Polytechnic

New Zealand Certificate in Carpentry (Level 4)


Dunedin and Central

Three and a half to four years
  • Location
    Study breaks
  • Dunedin
    1 February 2019
  • Central Otago
    1 February 2020
  • Dunedin
    1 February 2020

Carpentry apprenticeships (ITAB)

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). 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.

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.

Apprenticeship benefits

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 https://www.itab.co.nz/itab-benefits/

Entry requirements
  • You must have sourced your own employment as an apprentice in the construction industry. 

If English is not your first language, you must provide:

If you need to improve your English Language skills, we offer a wide range of English programmes.

Your workload 

You will undertake three block courses in Year One and Year Two. You will also undertake two block courses in your third year. There are no block courses during your fourth year (unless you have missed previous block courses and then the fourth year gives you a chance to attend these and catch up). 

Practical Record of Work - (Paper or e-Portfolio)

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:


Block course scholarships

If you need to attend block courses, live outside Dunedin or Cromwell and require assistance with travel and accommodation, you may be entitled to assistance under the Apprenticeship Scholarship Trust. For more information on this, please visit https://www.itab.co.nz/grant-application-form/

New Zealand Carpentry Apprentice Challenge

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.

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), (Quantity Surveying) or Bachelor of Construction* provides the perfect study option! 

*subject to final approval

Contact us

Grant Beel

Apprentice Manager

027 436 3908

Matt Thompson

ITABS Coordinator

03 470 4382



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.

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