Otago Polytechnic

New Zealand Certificate in Carpentry (Level 4) - TTAF funded


Dunedin and Central

Three and a half to four years
Now - contact Carpentry@op.ac.nz

Carpentry apprenticeships (ITAB)

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.

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 
  • To enrol in this programme you must have sourced your own employment as an apprentice in the construction industry.
  • Contact one of the assessors through the contact us section to make an initial appointment with yourself and your employer to discuss your apprenticeship.

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 the first year and two block courses in your second and third year's. 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). 

The pathway will be slightly different if you have completed a Pre-Trade programme prior to an apprenticeship. This pathway will be discussed with you in your initial sign up meeting.

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

Apprenticeship Assessor

027 436 3908

Matt Thompson

Apprentice Coordinator

022 068 2460


Simon Brookes

Central Otago Apprentice Coordinator

027 281 5338


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.