Certificate in Construction Trades Skills2023-11-13T11:41:07+13:00


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.

Key Information

Start date: 2024 enrolments are now open! Our courses start throughout the year, please enquire for the most convenient date for you.

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.


Free training. Contact our team now to find out more!

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

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?

  • NZ Certificate in Construction Trades Skills (Carpentry) Level 3
  • 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

Course Tutors

Soane Naivaluvou
Soane NaivaluvouTutor Level 3
Sakiusa Niumataiwalu
Sakiusa NiumataiwaluTutor Level 3
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