Course Overview

Are you working in the building industry and want to get your carpentry trade qualification? This flexible course can be completed alongside your everyday work. We offer the best training with experienced tutors managing your apprenticeship every step of the way.

You’ll need to be currently working and have an employer who is willing to train you as an apprentice. You’ll then enrol with Toi Ohomai as a part-time student.

The practical components of the course are taught on-site by your employer or supervisor. Our on-site tutors cover the whole Bay of Plenty and regularly come to you for assessment using our custom record of work app. You’ll also attend three, week long block courses per year for the first three years.

Students enrolling in the New Zealand Certificate in Carpentry with Toi Ohomai will also become ITAB (Industry Training Association Building) apprentices. This association has been set up to help raise industry standards. ITAB membership offers additional benefits like discount vouchers, awards, competitions, scholarships and a Certified Builders’ Due Completion of Apprenticeship certificate. The annual $150 ITAB fee will be covered by Toi Ohomai as part of the course fee. 

If you don’t have employment in the building industry, but are still keen to get a building qualification, have a look at our full-time course New Zealand Certificate in Construction Trade Skills (Level 3).

Upon successfully completing the requirements you'll receive the award of:

  • New Zealand Certificate in Carpentry (Level 4)
Locations Wider BOP/Other
Next intake Jul 2024 View more details
Study options

4 years part-time

Total credits 320
StudyLink assistance Available
Indicative Fees $1,264 per year for domestic students View full fees information
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Career opportunities

  • Qualified carpenter

Topics you'll cover

  • Carpentry Introduction
  • Preliminaries
  • Interiors
  • Exterior Structures
  • Walls and Roof
  • Joinery
  • Walls
  • Exterior Envelope
  • Support Structures
  • Concrete Structures
  • Alterations and Additions
  • Capstone

Course Fees

Indicative Fees * $1,264 per year for domestic students

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Are you Eligible for Free Fees?

There are several ways to take advantage of free study at Toi Ohomai. Find out how on our Fees Free FAQ page.

Student Loans and Allowances

This course meets the requirements for student loan applications through StudyLink.

  • A student loan helps to pay for your course fees (the compulsory fees), study materials e.g. books, equipment, and living costs. You'll have to pay this money back.

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Scholarships are one way you might be able to get some financial help. Any scholarships specifically related to this course are shown below, otherwise check out the full list of scholarships promoted by Toi Ohomai.

Course Entry Information

Entry criteria

Standard Entry Criteria

Admission, entry, selection, and enrolment into programmes will be in accordance with the Academic Regulations and/or, where approved, specific programme regulations.

For courses at Level 4, domestic students will normally be required to have:

NCEA Level 2 with passes in English/Te Reo Māori or education achievement at least equivalent to NCEA Level 2; OR

Evidence of ability to complete academic and any other programme requirements.

Other Considerations

To be accepted on to this course you must:

  • be working in the construction industry as an employee or contractor
  • be supervised by someone who is prepared to support the training.

Enrolment into this course will also require you, your employer, and Toi Ohomai to enter into a training agreement.

This agreement will outline the responsibilities of each party to the apprenticeship, and will align with the principles in the Code of Good Practice for New Zealand Apprenticeships.

English language requirements

Level 4 certificate IELTS General or Academic score of 5.5 with no band score lower than 5 or completed New Zealand Certificate in English Language Level 3 with an endorsement of either General, Workplace or Academic, or meets a relevant English Proficiency Outcome as outlined by NZQA.

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Course Locations and Intake Information

Location Campus Start Date
Wider BOP/Other --- 8 Jul 2024 Apply now
Wider BOP/Other --- 30 Sep 2024 Apply now

Study options

  • 4 years part-time

Important dates

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