Carpentry Trade Skills

OCA Certificate Level 3

If you want to join the carpentry trade, this Level 3 course will help you to develop the transferable skills you need to become work-ready as an apprentice.

Wrap-around support

Learn in a culturally responsive workshop and learning environment with wrap-around Whanau Ora support tailored to Pasifika students.

Develop your resilience

You’ll be encouraged and supported to develop your resilience in terms of attitude, initiative and reliability, and enhance your self-confidence, self-esteem, self-management and other attributes to match the requirements of employers.

Work-readiness

You’ll be supported to get ready for your entry into apprenticeships in a range of contexts, but particularly through increasing your understanding of employer expectations of entry level employees.

OCA Certificate in Carpentry Trade Skills

Develop the transferable skills you need to become work-ready for the construction trades as an apprentice. 

The OCA Certificate in Carpentry Trade Skills includes project based learning with individual support, digital learning through use of an e-portfolio, guest speakers, work experience, co-operative learning and team work. 

You’ll learn about workplace safety, communication on the job, completing construction tasks, doing calculations, understanding and applying carpentry terms, understanding basic building technology and apply this knowledge to carpentry projects. You’ll also use construction and installation processes and techniques and carry out assigned carpentry work in a project environment. 

What You Learn

Develop your transferable skills and become work-ready for an apprenticeship in the construction trades.

  • Work safely and in accordance with compliance and regulatory requirements in the carpentry trades sector
  • Communicate effectively with colleagues within the construction industry
  • Work under supervision to complete simple construction projects
  • Perform building calculations to complete a range of familiar tasks in the carpentry sector
  • Understand and apply specific carpentry terminology and concepts such as line, level, square and plumb when carrying out carpentry work in a project environment
  • Understand basic building technology, the properties of timber, the use of carpentry hand tools and portable power tools on construction sites 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

Quick Facts

Study method and duration1 day per week for 4 terms310 hours (248 classroom, 62 self-directed learning) 
NZQA level3
Credits 31
CostFree for eligible students
Start date2018
Enrolment Open now 
Further studyNew Zealand Certificate Level 4 
Career opportunitiesEntry level positions in trades industries 

Success Stories

Alumni: Ezra Cossill

Studied: Levels 1 and 2 Certificate in Mechanical Engineering with Trades at School

Working as: Building Apprentice, NR Developments Limited

At age 18, Ezra Cossill can’t imagine doing anything else than what he does now as an apprentice carpenter/builder.

Employer: Nathan Robertson

Director, NR Developments

Finding good, reliable builder apprentices has sometimes been a challenge for NR Developments Director Nathan Robertson, who has been in the business since leaving school.

Industry News

“OCA was good because I wanted to use my hands and it’s a good practical way of learning and it’s really beneficial for some people” 

Ezra Cossill, Trades at School alumni 

Employer Spotlight: Phillip Ward

When John Kotoisuva knocked on the door of Metal Skills Ltd in East Tamaki, Factory Manager Phillip Ward was more than interested.

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Employer Spotlight: Nathan Robertson, NR Developments

Finding good, reliable builder apprentices has sometimes been a challenge for NR Developments Director Nathan Robertson, who has been in the business since leaving school.

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