Course Overview

Would you like to work in the construction industry? Get a head start by gaining the right skills and knowledge you need to succeed. 

By choosing the Carpentry strand, you’ll gain a specific Carpentry focus and will get you ready to enter the construction workforce as an apprentice. 

You’ll enjoy trips to local construction sites and visits from industry experts. You’ll also work as part of a team building a house or similar structure! 

Once you’ve graduated you can apply for labourer or apprentice roles in the construction industry.  If you get an apprenticeship you'll continue your education by being enrolled part-time in a Level 4 qualification in carpentry. 

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

  • New Zealand Certificate in Construction Trade Skills (Carpentry) (Level 3)
Locations Rotorua, Tauranga, Tokoroa, Whakatāne
Next intake Feb 2025 View more details
Study options

1 year full-time, including holidays (if applicable)

Total credits 120
StudyLink assistance Available
Indicative Fees $7,537 for domestic students View full fees information
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Career opportunities

  • Labourer or apprentice within the construction industry

Topics you'll cover

  • Workplace Safety Frameworks and Practices
  • Skills for Construction Trades
  • Carpentry Terminology and Concepts
  • Building Technology and Properties
  • Construction and Installation Processes and Techniques
  • Carpentry Project Preliminaries
  • Carpentry Project Foundations and Support Structures
  • Carpentry Project Frames, Structures and Exterior Envelope
  • Carpentry Project Interior Linings and Finishing

You'll also cover safety, tools, materials, construction terminology, construction tasks and projects, processes, and techniques.

Course Fees

Indicative Fees * $7,537 for domestic students

This course is eligible for Youth Guarantee funding.

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Student Loans and Allowances

This course meets the requirements for student allowance and 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.
  • A student allowance is a weekly payment that can help with your living expenses while you're studying. You don't have to pay the money back.

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Course Entry Information

Entry criteria

  • 10 credits in each of literacy (reading and writing) and numeracy at NCEA Level 1, OR
  • be able to demonstrate suitable knowledge and skills

If you do not meet the academic requirements you may be given special admission if Toi Ohomai staff are satisfied you are capable of successfully completing the requirements.

Special admission may also apply for applicants over 20 years.

Information Session

You’ll be invited to an information meeting. This is your opportunity to find out more about the course content and to make sure you're on the most appropriate course for your career aspirations and current level of experience.

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 levels 1-3, domestic and international students will be required to:

Provide evidence of ability to complete academic requirements.

Other Considerations

You must be physically capable of meeting the course requirements.

English language requirements

Level 3 certificate IELTS General or Academic score of 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
Rotorua Mokoia Campus 17 Feb 2025 Apply now
Tauranga Windermere Campus 17 Feb 2025 Apply now
Tokoroa Tokoroa Campus 17 Feb 2025 Apply now
Whakatāne Whakatāne Campus 17 Feb 2025 Apply now

Study options

  • 1 year full-time, including holidays (if applicable)

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