Certificate in Applied Technology (Carpentry)

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4, 120 1.0
Full-time for one year. Part-time (day) options available for apprentices
Starts February or July
Mt Albert campus | Northern campus
Semester dates for 2014:
Semester 1: 24 February - 27 June; Semester 2: 21 July - TBC
NZ$5708 (Approximate fee only, find out more about the costs of study)

International fees

Programme summary

Are you ready to start your apprenticeship in the building industry? Develop a sound knowledge of the carpentry industry, exterior wall and roof cladding, foundations, interior lining and finishing, and wall and sub-floor framing. Build a three-bedroom houseWork with your fellow students.

Want a career as a builder? In the Certificate in Applied Technology (Carpentry) you learn to carry out carpentry tasks within a variety of construction projects on campus. You'll develop a sound knowledge of the carpentry industry, and learn to identify, select and correctly install the right building materials and fastening systems. Become proficient in the use of hand tools, electrical portable tools and machinery, and learn to interpret building plans and calculate building materials. You also become familiar with health and safety issues in the building industry, and increase your knowledge of building codes and regulations.


  • Emphasis on the fundamental construction skills required for a wide range of building construction tasks.
  • A mix of theory and practice.
  • Together with your fellow building technology students you build a three-bedroom, two-bathroom house on campus. The house will be sold to the public once it is completed.
  • 2000 hours towards your apprenticeship training.
  • The Unitec Apprenticeship Training Trust may also be able to find you an apprenticeship with an employer in the building and furniture and cabinetmaking industries.

Prepare for success

Well-prepared students have the best chance of success in their studies, so we've put together a free online guide so you can refresh and sharpen some of the skills you'll use on this programme.


Last edited: 16 December 2013