Explore your options
Study building or train as a carpenter at Unitec 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.
Choose one of our carpentry courses and you could build 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.
Train as a builder and you’ll learn the plumbing, plastering, painting and joinery skills to kick-start your career. Or study construction methods and learn how to manage a building project. The diploma and bachelor programmes give you the chance to practice what you learn on a major industry project.
Programmes and study path
|PROGRAMME||LEVEL||DURATION||CAREER OPTIONS||START DATES|
|New Zealand Certificate in Construction Trade Skills - Allied Trades||3||6 months full-time||Assistant tradesperson||February or July|
|New Zealand Certificate in Construction Trade Skills - Carpentry||3||1 year full-time||Assistant tradesperson, Apprentice carpenter, Journeyman, Construction Labourer||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||6 months full-time. 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|
|Bachelor of Applied Technology - Building||7||Full-time for three years or part-time (day) options available||Building manager, Project manager, Property developer||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.
Whether you want to start an apprenticeship or you’re already doing one, Unitec’s carpentry courses and building courses are closely linked with the industry to give you the theoretical skills that employers need. Study the New Zealand Certificate in Carpentry and the Unitec Apprenticeship Training Trust could help you find an apprenticeship.
Watch Unitec student Tuiti about how he combines study at Unitec with his on-site practical experience.
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 70 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.