Construction Trade Skills2021-07-20T18:09:01+13:00

Project Description


Nail your next step in the construction trade.

NZ Certificate Level 3 – 120 Credits

Open the door to an apprenticeship with this practical Level 3 certificate. Develop your industry knowledge and skill – from workplace safety, communication and construction terminology, to mastering calculations and basic building technology. Complete real-world carpentry projects and graduate work-ready with this programme that qualifies for the Targeted Training and Apprenticeship Fund (free trades training)*.

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Key Information

Start date: March and July 2021, see website for the next/additional start date(s)
Duration: One year (40 weeks)
Credits: 120
Entry requirement: Must be 16 years of age or older, and a school leaver . Successful applicants must have the physical capability and a level of literacy and numeracy to achieve success.


This programme is free to Maori and Pasifika 16 – 40 years old or if you’re eligible for fees free*. Contact us on 0800 622 871 to see if you are eligible for a free training!

Course Topics

Course one – Safety and Compliance (20 weeks)
Course two – Project Planning and Implementation (20 weeks)

Teaching Styles

Develop the skills construction employers want by studying in our ‘on the job’ carpentry environment.

  • Project based learning demonstrations
  • Theory sessions supporting workshop practice
  • Practical building projects
  • Group work
  • Plenty of feedback and direction, individual support and guidance from industry experienced tutors who know their stuff
  • Opportunities for workplace experience after hours and during semester breaks

What will I learn?

  • Workplace safety and compliance
  • Interpret specifications and drawings
  • Perform calculations
  • On the job communication and teamwork
  • Apply carpentry terms and concepts
  • Understand basic building technology
  • Employer expectations – and how to meet them
  • In semester one your focus is skills development and practice
  • In semester two you put your new skills into practice by building a 2-bedroom bach

How will OCA support me?

  • Unique programme tailored to Pasifika students
  • Learn in a culturally responsive and inclusive environment
  • Ongoing guidance and mentoring – even once you’re working in the industry
  • Wrap-around Whanau Ora support
  • Easy access to health and social services through the Fono

What will I walk away with?

  • An NZQA-accredited qualification recognised by construction employers
  • Transferable skills that will get you ahead in the industry
  • You’ll be work-ready – get a job as a labourer or start your apprenticeship
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Course Tutors

Peni Naivaluvou
Peni NaivaluvouLead Tutor Level 3
Soane Naivaluvou
Soane NaivaluvouTutor Level 3
Sakiusa Niumataiwalu
Sakiusa NiumataiwaluTutor Level 3

Graduate Profiles

Oceania Career Academy

Phone us on
0800 622 871
09 903 3550

Visit us at 92 Ascot Road, Airport Oaks, Mangere, Auckland 2022

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