- Current students
This programme is closed to applications. If you have already applied for this programme we'll contact you.
In the first four weeks (30 credits) of this programme, you’ll develop the essential skills for a career in the building industry. Become knowledgeable about the basic principles and practices for general construction including calculations, communications, health and safety including your site safe passport, first aid, hand tools, power tools and machinery.
For the majority of this programme (an additional 60 credits), you’ll focus on the joinery strand. This is an in-depth introduction to joinery skills and includes machining, construction, assembly, and installation techniques while carrying out joinery projects.
- 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
- Designed to prepare students who haven’t had previous tertiary training for employment in the building industry
- Obtain the basic trade skills required for anything from DIY jobs, through to pre-apprenticeship joinery skills in preparation for employment and apprenticeship
- Small classes, with plenty of one-on-one time with our industry-experienced staff
- Can serve as a pathway into further study, apprenticeship and/or work in joinery, cabinetry or furniture-making
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 into work, go onto your apprenticeship in industry, or study the New Zealand Certificate in Carpentry.
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:
Courses and timetables
This programme is not open to new applicants. If you have already applied for this programme we'll contact you.