Programme overview

Students in this programme are in a formal apprenticeship agreement with an on-site supervisor and Unitec. The majority of your learning will take place through real life and practical work-based settings. Timetabled off-job training sessions complement the workplace learning and focus to integrate your practical workplace learning experiences and to make sense of complex situations.


  • Flexible study; we have day, evening or block course study options
  • Range of employment and work competencies to increase your fundamental knowledge and skills in order to become a well-rounded commercially competent carpenter
  • Staff who are members of the Certified Builders Association of New Zealand, the Registered Master Builders Federation, Building Officials Institute of New Zealand and other industry groups.
  • Access to well-equipped workshops.

Qualification and what next

This programme replaces the Certificate in Applied Technology (Carpentry).

Once you’ve successfully completed this programme and apprenticeship you’ll receive the New Zealand Certificate in Carpentry (Level 4) and are considered a trade qualified carpenter.

You can step up into further study in the related programmes:

Admission requirements

For this programme, you will need the following:

1. NCEA Level 1 including 10 credits in English (5 in reading, 5 in writing) and 10 credits in Mathematics
2. A minimum of 4 years secondary education
3. Be at least 16 years old by the time the programme begins
4. If English is your second language, you will need one or more of the following:

  • Have achieved NCEA Level 3 and New Zealand University entrance
  • Be able to provide evidence you satisfy our criteria for existing English proficiency
  • Have achieved at least one English proficiency outcome in the last two years

Don’t have NCEA? We also accept:

  • A relevant qualification at Level 2 on the NZQF or above or an equivalent qualification; or
  • Provide sufficient evidence to be eligible for special or discretionary admission.

For more information download the programme regulations:

Programme Regulations

Courses and timetables

For more details on the courses including timetables, please click on the course names below.

Carpentry Introduction 1 (Sem A) (CIBC4101-SA) 5.0 credits (0.042 EFTS)To enable students to select tools and equipment of the trade, identify and show an understanding of legislation, consent process and licensing, and identify building types and construction methods and have a basic understanding of each.
Carpentry Introduction 2 (Sem A) (CIBC4102-SA) 5.0 credits (0.042 EFTS)To enable students to use tools and equipment of the trade, and apply appropriate health and safety legislation in everyday construction operations.
Preliminaries 1 (Sem A) (CIBC4103-SA) 5.0 credits (0.042 EFTS)To develop skills in building mathematics, planning and communication, site establishment and maintenance, and site set-out.
Preliminaries 2 (Sem A) (CIBC4104-SA) 5.0 credits (0.042 EFTS)To be able to carry out building mathematics, planning and communication, and, establish and maintain sites.
Interiors 1 (Sem A) (CIBC4105-SA) 5.0 credits (0.042 EFTS)To enable students to identify thermal insulation, linings and finishing trim, and carry-out building mathematics.
Exterior Structures 1 (Sem A) (CIBC4106-SA) 5.0 credits (0.042 EFTS)To enable to fix and brace wall frames, and fix roof support members.
Walls and Roofs 1 (Sem A) (CIBC4107-SA) 5.0 credits (0.042 EFTS)To identify how wall and roof structures, and ceiling framing are constructed, and to perform building mathematics.
Joinery 1 (Sem A) (CIBC4108-SA) 5.0 credits (0.042 EFTS)To develop an understanding of the principles used to manage weathertightness issues, and install interior joinery.