New Zealand Certificate in Construction Trade Skills (Carpentry Strand)

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 Construction Trade Skills (Carpentry Strand)

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

The aim of this programme of study is aligned to the strategic purpose of the New Zealand Qualification in Construction Trades Skills (Carpentry Strand) to provide the carpentry trades sector with work-ready people able to enter the construction trades sector as a labourer or an apprentice. The programme builds on the construction related generic trades transferable skills and underpinning knowledge in the context of carpentry 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

On successful completion of the programme graduates will be able to

  • Work safely in accordance with compliance and regulatory requirements in the construction trades sector.
  • Communicate effectively  with colleagues and customers within the construction industry.
  • Read and use specifications and drawings to complete simple construction projects.
  • Perform simple to more complex (but still aligned with level) construction projects.
  • Perform simple calculations to complete a range of familiar tasks in the construction industry.
  • Understand and apply specific carpentry terminology and concepts when carrying out carpentry work in a project environment.
  • Understand basic building technology, the properties of timber, concrete, steel and composite products, interior and exterior linings and fixings, 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 duration

4 days per week for 4 terms, 42 weeks (Including holiday weeks) 36 teaching weeks.

NZQA level

3

Credits 

120

Cost

Free for eligible students

Start date

2020

Enrolment 

Open now 

Further study

New Zealand Certificate Level 4 

Career opportunities

Entry level positions in trades industries 

 

2020 February Intake Cohort

 The Current 2020 LVL 3 students are working in their groups to build their shed project

                   

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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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