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Explore your options
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 in our well-equipped workshops.
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 and ready and/or ready to undertake your apprenticeship with your employer we can help you get registered with our managed apprenticeship.
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||February/April, or July|
|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||February or July|
|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 isclosely linked with the industry to give you the theoretical skills that employers need.
Māori and Pacific scholarships
If you are Māori or Pacific, aged 18 to 34, 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. You will need to cover any additional course costs.