New Zealand Certificate in Construction Trade Skills (Level 3) (Carpentry)

Kaitaia, Kerikeri, Whangarei
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About this programme

The purpose of this qualification is to provide the wider construction trades sector with work-ready people able to enter the construction trades as a labourer or an apprentice who have developed essential transferable skills and underpinning knowledge applicable to a wide range of construction-related trades.

What you will learn

Students will be able to:

  • Work safely and in accordance with compliance and regulatory requirements in the construction trades sector

  • Communicate effectively with colleagues and customers within the construction industry

  • Read and use specifications and drawings to complete simple construction projects

  • Perform simple calculations to complete a range of familiar tasks in the construction sector.

  • Understand and apply specific carpentry terminology and concepts when carrying out carpentry work in a project environment

  • Understand basic building technology, the properties of timber, concrete, steel and composite products, interior and exterior linings and fixings, and apply this knowledge to carpentry projects

  • Use construction and installation processes and techniques while carrying out carpentry projects

  • Carry out assigned carpentry work in a project environment.

Courses in this programme

Courses Level Credits
BULD3059 - Workplace Safety Frameworks and Practices 3 20
BULD3060 - Skills for Construction Trades 3 10
BULD3063 - Carpentry Terminology and Concepts 3 10
BULD3064 - Building Technology and Properties 3 10
BULD3065 - Construction and Installation Processes and Techniques 3 10
BULD3066 - Carpentry Project Preliminaries 3 15
BULD3067 - Carpentry Project Foundations and Support Structures 3 15
BULD3068 - Carpentry Project Frames, Structures and Exterior Envelope 3 15
BULD3069 - Carpentry Project Interior Linings and Finishing 3 15

Entry Requirements

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

New Zealand Certificate in Construction Trade Skills (with strand in Carpentry) (Level 3)

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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“I love seeing the students change themselves during the course. Most of our students didn’t have a good experience of learning at school and the way we teach adults here can help turn that around. It’s very satisfying to see the results. The change in individuals ripples out to change the community.”




Full time


1 Year

Start Dates

Kaitaia: July

Kerikeri: February

Whangarei: February

Cost Incl. GST (Approx):

Domestic: $2,498.00

Student levy may apply

International: Programme not open to international students

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