Builders, carpenters, and furniture and cabinetmakers are involved in projects of all sizes. Residential and commercial buildings. Tables, chairs and the interiors of boats. There are still plenty of opportunities out there. And if you want to make the most of them, you’ll need a qualification.
Study at the Department of Building Technology and you won’t just learn the theory. We like to create things with our hands. Which means that you’ll spend many hours in our well-equipped workshops. Certificate in Applied Technology (Carpentry) students also build new houses on campus, which are sold to the public once they’re completed. And if you’re studying the Certificate in Applied Technology (Carpentry) or Diploma in Applied Technology (Building), the Unitec Apprenticeship Training Trust could even help you find an apprenticeship.
We’re on a first name basis with the big players in the building industry. The Certified Builders Association of New Zealand, Registered Master Builders Federation and Building Officials Institute of New Zealand are all on our frequent caller list. As are the Joinery Industry Training Organisation (JITO) and Master Joiners. For you this means that what you learn in our building, carpentry, and furniture and cabinetmaking programmes reflects best industry practice, and the latest technology, methods and materials.
Building Technology programmes
If you're just starting out:
Bridgepoint foundation education programmes can get you ready to apply for certificate, diploma or degree level study. Find out more about Bridgepoint programmes on offer.
If you’re not sure what area you want to specialise in:
To prepare yourself for a carpentry apprenticeship:
To complete your carpentry apprenticeship:
If you have a job but need to get qualified:
- National Certificate in Carpentry (theoretical focus)
- Short course: Portfolio development for carpenters (practical focus)
To qualify with a degree in building:
To prepare yourself for a furnituremaking apprenticeship:
There is also a special pathway for experienced carpenters to Get Qualified.
Last edited: 23 January 2013