Become a qualified builder with us

With a Unitec apprenticeship, you have full support from our expert tutors and access to New Zealand’s most advanced trades training centre, Mataaho.

Our building apprenticeship programme, the New Zealand Certificate in Carpentry, is a part-time, four-year programme designed to accelerate your carpentry skills and build your confidence in the building trade.

  • Learn everything from constructing walls, roofs, ceilings, and floors, to planning, compliance, and legislation, right through to communication and customer service.
  • Learn on the job at work and in a supportive learning environment at Unitec once or twice weekly.
  • Get tutored by well-respected industry leaders who will guide and support you throughout your apprenticeship.
  • Access our world-class trades training centre, Mataaho, where you’ll learn new skills using the latest tools and technology.

Our tutors will work closely with you and your employer to help you succeed. Then when you graduate, we’ll support you with career advice and guidance.

This programme qualifies for the government’s fees-free scheme – which means there are no fees to pay until 2023.

Not ready to do an apprenticeship?

You could take our pre-trade carpentry course (New Zealand Certificate in Construction Trade Skills - Carpentry) to help you prepare for an apprenticeship and increase your chances of getting a job.

Employers prefer to hire those who already have a qualification. A pre-trade qualification shows potential employers you’re keen and ready to build a successful career within that industry.

The course is currently fees-free, plus you can cross-credit this qualification towards your apprenticeship.

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