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At Unitec, we like to build things. For our students, this means you won’t just learn the theory, you'll spend most of your time on building sites or in our well-equipped workshops in our purpose built trades building.
If you are new to the trade and are not yet employed in the industry, join one of our pre-trade programmes, and you could be building new houses on-campus, which are sold to the public once completed. It’s a great way to get a sound knowledge of exterior wall and roof cladding, foundations, interior lining and finishing, and wall and sub-floor framing.
If you're already in the trade or are ready to undertake your apprenticeship with your employer, you can undertake the necessary level 4 carpentry training with us and work towards your qualification and industry registration.
Programmes and study path
|PROGRAMME||LEVEL||DURATION||CAREER OPTIONS||START DATES|
|New Zealand Certificate in Construction Trade Skills - Allied Trades||3||Full-time for 6 months||Assistant tradesperson||February or July|
|New Zealand Certificate in Construction Trade Skills - Carpentry||3||Full-time for 1 year||Assistant tradesperson, Apprentice carpenter, Journeyman||February or July|
|New Zealand Certificate in Construction Trade Skills - Joinery||3||24 weeks full-time||Assistant tradesperson, Assistant Joiner, Apprentice carpenter, Assistant builder||2019 applications are closed. Register your interest for 2020.|
|New Zealand Certificate in Carpentry||4||Part time over 4 years. You must be in full time employment.||Qualified carpenter||February or July|
|New Zealand Certificate in Construction Related Trades (Supervisor)||4||Full-time for 6 months, or part-time options available||Business Owners/Operators, Construction Assistant, Construction Co-ordinator, Contract administrator, Assistant Project Manager||2019 applications are closed. Register your interest for 2020.|
|New Zealand Certificate in Construction Related Trades (Main Contract Supervision)||5||Part-time||Main Contract Supervisor, Business Owners/Operators||February or July|
Unitec is on first name terms with the big players in the building industry. That includes the Certified Builders Association of New Zealand, Registered Master Builders Federation, Building Officials Institute of New Zealand, Joinery Industry Training Organisation (JITO) and Master Joiners. For you it means that what you learn in our carpentry and building courses reflects best industry practice, and the latest technology, methods and materials.
An apprenticeship is a commitment between an apprentice (the student), Unitec (the trainer) and an employer (the mentor) to combine study with work experience. It’s the best way to complete the set number of hours of theory and practice you need to become qualified and registered in your trade.
Unitec’s New Zealand Certificate in Carpentry programme is closely linked with the industry to give you the theoretical skills that employers need.
Māori and Pacific Trades Training fees free scholarships
If you are Māori or Pacific, aged 18 to 40, and you want to train as a carpenter, Unitec has a scholarship for you. We have a significant number of Māori and Pacific Trades Training Scholarships up for grabs which cover your tuition fees for selected certificate programmes.