Certificate in Elementary Construction

Dargaville, Kaikohe, Kaitaia, Whangarei
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Are you aged 16-19? The Youth Guarantee Scheme provides the chance to study for free for up to two years, and can support you with transport and pastoral care.

Classes are still running! All learning is now taking place online due to the COVID-19 lockdown.
Further information can be found on our COVID-19 information page.

About this programme

This programme covers general construction and maintenance knowledge. It provides training across a wide range of construction and maintenance areas by giving you practical experience on small building projects. It will enable you to undertake construction jobs within your local community and can help you fi nd work in the industry or carry out commercial/house maintenance work.

This programme is also an ideal starting point for further study in the construction and painting sector.

What you will learn

You will learn to:

  • Read plans

  • Draw detailed project sketches

  • Construct garden furniture or small sheds

  • Be able to safely use hand tools, power tools and machinery

  • Have knowledge of current building practices

  • Be able to discuss the use of selected building materials

  • Have knowledge of building calculation.

Career opportunities

  • Carpentry apprenticeships

  • Trade assistants

  • Joinery apprenticeships

Admission information

All applicants must:

  • be at least 16 years old at the time the programme commences

  • be able to read, write, and communicate in English at a basic level

  • be physically able to complete the programme specific outcomes

Qualification gained

Northland Polytechnic Certificate in Elementary Construction

Courses and programmes may be cancelled, postponed or have their content or configuration changed from time to time (including during the academic year) at the discretion of NorthTec. Fees are an indication, include GST and apply to domestic students only. View terms and conditions

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Mark Pearson
Mark Pearson

Mark teaches carpentry and is Northland coordinator for the New Zealand Carpentry Apprentice Challenge.




Full time


1 Semester

Start Dates

Dargaville: July

Kaikohe: February

Kaitaia: February

Whangarei: February

Cost Incl. GST (Approx):

Domestic: Fees free

International: Programme not open to international students

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Phone 0800 162 100
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