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Study Building and Carpentry

New Zealand Certificate in Construction Trade Skills - Allied Trades

Do you want to learn the basic skills for a variety of trades in the building industry? In this six month programme, you’ll learn about essential principles and practices in preparation for employment and apprenticeships across various building trades.

60 (0.5 EFTS)
Mt Albert
Start dates
This programme no longer offered
Full-time for 6 months

Programme overview

Please note, this programme is no longer open for applications.

Become knowledgeable about the basic principles and practices in general construction including calculations, communications, health and safety, site safe and site safe passport, first aid, and hand and power tools.

In the first four weeks (30 credits) of this programme, you’ll develop the essential skills required for a career in the building industry. For the other half of the programme (additional 30 credits), you’ll focus on the Allied Trades strand. Allied Trades gives you a broad introductory understanding of multiple trades by introducing you to small projects and full-size practical projects that incorporate fence building, plumbing, electrical, carpentry, joinery, concreting, plastering, and painting.


  • Allied Trades is a great way to experience a number of different trades to help you better understand and choose the field in which you want to study and/or work
  • This programme is designed to prepare students who haven’t had previous tertiary training for employment in the building industry
  • Practical projects using a variety of hand tools, portable tools, and machines
  • Learn in Mataaho, Unitec’s brand new purpose built trades building, with new, top-of-the-line machinery
  • Small classes, with plenty of one-on-one time with our industry-experienced staff
  • Can serve as a pathway into further study including an apprenticeship

Qualification and what next

Once you’ve successfully completed this programme, you’ll receive the New Zealand Certificate in Construction Trade Skills. From here you can enter the workforce as an apprentice tradesperson or work in an assistant role in the building industry. You can also go onto further study in your apprenticeship with the New Zealand Certificate in Carpentry.

Admission requirements

For this programme, you will need the following:

1. 10 NCEA credits at Level 1 in English and Mathematics

2. A minimum of 3 years secondary education

3. Be at least 16 years old by the time the programme begins

4. If English is not your first language, you will need one or more of the following:

  • Have achieved NCEA Level 3 and New Zealand University entrance
  • Be able to provide evidence you satisfy our criteria for existing English proficiency
  • Have achieved at least one English proficiency outcome in the last two years

Don't meet these requirements? We also accept:

  • A relevant qualification at Level 2 on the NZQF or above or an equivalent qualification; or
  • Provide sufficient evidence to be eligible for special or discretionary admission.

For more information download the programme regulations:

Programme Regulations

Courses and timetables

For more details on the courses, please click on the course names below. Please note that our systems are updating with new course timetable information for 2021; please check back again soon.

Courses Credits Aim
Skills for Construction Trades (CIBC3512) 10 credits (0.083 EFTS) To enable the student to identify and apply a range of introductory communication, specification and drawings, and calculation skills that underpin effective practice in the construction industry.
Workplace Safety Framework and Practices (CIBC3911) 20 credits (0.167 EFTS) To introduce students to the legislative framework and requirements for workplace safety in the construction industry and to select and consistently apply safe working practices.