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New Zealand Certificate in Construction Trade Skills - Carpentry

Start your career as a builder or carpenter. Learn the essential basic principles and practices in preparation for employment and apprenticeship in carpentry or building related trades.

Level
3
Credits
120 (1.0 EFTS)
Campus
Mt Albert
Start dates
February or July
Duration
Full-time for 1 year

Programme overview

In the first four weeks (30 credits) of this programme, you’ll develop the essential skills required for a career in the building industry. Become knowledgeable about the basic principles and practices for general construction including calculations, communications, health and safety, site safe and site safe passport, first aid, hand and power tools. 

For the majority of this programme (additional 90 credits), you’ll focus on the carpentry strand. If you want to become a builder, this is the ideal pre-apprenticeship study path before entering a carpentry apprenticeship and/ or entering employment; most employers prefer apprentices who have some form of prior training. In carpentry, you’ll learn the pre-apprenticeship skills needed to become a carpenter in a practical on-site building project by building a 3 bedroom, 2 bathroom house. 

This is the NZQA aligned standard across New Zealand in pre-apprenticeship carpentry training. Once successfully completed, you can cross-credit 1000 hours of your ITABs carpentry apprenticeship training and continue your training to become a trade-qualified
carpenter in the New Zealand Certificate in Carpentry

Highlights

  • Build a house from start to finish
  • Practical projects using a variety of hand tools, portable tools, and machines
  • Learn in Unitec’s brand new purpose built trades building, Mataaho, with new, top-of-the-line machinery 
  • Designed to prepare students who haven’t had previous tertiary training for employment in the building industry or building related trades 
  • Obtain basic trade skills for anything from DIY jobs, through to pre-apprenticeship carpentry skills in preparation for employment and/or apprenticeship 
  • Work in teams and on collaborative projects similar to what you’ll undertake when in the workforce 
  • Can serve as a pathway into further study 

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 carpenter or 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 2019; 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.
Carpentry Terminology and Concepts (Sem A) (CIBC3513-SA) 5.0 credits (0.042 EFTS) To introduce students to fundamental carpentry concepts and terminology when carrying out carpentry tasks.
Carpentry Terminology and Concepts (Sem B) (CIBC3513-SB) 5.0 credits (0.042 EFTS) To introduce students to fundamental carpentry concepts and terminology when carrying out carpentry tasks.
Building Technology and Properties (Sem A) (CIBC3514-SA) 5.0 credits (0.042 EFTS) To enable students to understand basic building technology, the properties of timber, steel and composite products, interior and exterior linings and fixings and apply this knowledge to carpentry projects.
Building Technology and Properties (Sem B) (CIBC3514-SB) 5.0 credits (0.042 EFTS) To enable students to understand basic building technology, the properties of timber, steel and composite products, interior and exterior linings and fixings and apply this knowledge to carpentry projects.
Construction and Installation Processes and Techniques (Sem A) (CIBC3515-SA) 5.0 credits (0.042 EFTS) To enable students to identify and apply a range of construction and installation processes and techniques when carrying out carpentry tasks.
Construction and Installation Processes and Techniques (Sem B) (CIBC3515-SB) 5.0 credits (0.042 EFTS) To enable students to identify and apply a range of construction and installation processes and techniques when carrying out carpentry tasks.
Carpentry Project Preliminaries (Sem A) (CIBC3516-SA) 7.5 credits (0.063 EFTS) To enable students to complete a carpentry project that focuses on preliminary work and consent and compliance requirements.
Carpentry Project Preliminaries (Sem B) (CIBC3516-SB) 7.5 credits (0.063 EFTS) To enable students to complete a carpentry project that focuses on preliminary work and consent and compliance requirements.
Carpentry Project - Foundations and Support Structures (Sem A) (CIBC3517-SA) 7.5 credits (0.063 EFTS) To enable students to identify and carry out foundation and support structure work within the context of a defined carpentry project.
Carpentry Project - Foundations and Support Structures (Sem B) (CIBC3517-SB) 7.5 credits (0.063 EFTS) To enable students to identify and carry out foundation and support structure work within the context of a defined carpentry project.
Carpentry Project - Frames, Structures and Exterior Envelope (Sem A) (CIBC3518-SA) 7.5 credits (0.063 EFTS) To enable students to complete frame and related structures and exterior envelope work for a defined carpentry project.
Carpentry Project - Frames, Structures and Exterior Envelope (Sem B) (CIBC3518-SB) 7.5 credits (0.063 EFTS) To enable students to complete frame and related structures and exterior envelope work for a defined carpentry project.
Carpentry Project - Interior Linings and Finishing (Sem A) (CIBC3519-SA) 7.5 credits (0.063 EFTS) To enable students to complete interior lining and finishing work and investigate and comply with consenting, quality and compliance requirements for a defined carpentry project.
Carpentry Project - Interior Linings and Finishing (Sem B) (CIBC3519-SB) 7.5 credits (0.063 EFTS) To enable students to complete interior lining and finishing work and investigate and comply with consenting, quality and compliance requirements for a defined carpentry project.
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.