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

Dargaville, Kaitaia, Kerikeri, Whangarei
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The Targeted Training and Apprenticeship Fund (TTAF; also known as free trades training) supports learners to undertake vocational education and training without fees. The TTAF covers fees until 31 December 2022.

Note: Fees may apply for training continuing after 1 January 2023 on this programme.

Kick-start your career

Prepare for an apprenticeship or a job as a labourer on construction projects with this programme. You’ll learn the theory and practice underpinning construction, and transferrable knowledge like reading drawings, performing calculations and understanding carpentry terminology.

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

From 1 January 2023, all NorthTec learners will be part of Te Pūkenga. Please note that these programmes of study are currently under review as part of the reform of vocational education training and may be subject to change.

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Full time


1 Year

Start Dates

Dargaville: February

Kaitaia: February

Kerikeri: February

Whangarei: February

Cost Incl. GST (Approx):

Domestic: Fees Free

International: Programme not open to international students

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