Certificate in Construction Trade Skills (Carpentry)

2024 Enrolments are now open!

Our courses start throughout the year, please enquire for the most convenient intake date for you.

Next intake:

  • Enrolling now for July 2024

Fees FREE* training:

This programme is fees free* to eligible students. Contact our team now to find out!

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.

Duration and study options:

  • Full-time study: One year (42 weeks)
  • Part-time study: Two years (80 weeks)

Credits: 120

Entry requirement:

  • Must be 16 years of age or older
  • May be a school leaver
  • A New Zealand Citizen or Permanent Resident

Course topics:

  • Safety and Compliance (20 weeks)
  • Project Planning & Implementation (20 weeks)

Teaching style:

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

  • Project based learning demonstrations
  • Workshop practice supported by theory sessions
  • 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
  • Carpentry terms and concepts
  • Understand basic building technology
  • Employer expectations – and how to meet them
  • Skills development and practice

How will OCA support me?

  • Unique programme tailored to your learning style
  • Learn in a culturally responsive and inclusive environment
  • Ongoing guidance and mentoring – even once you’re working
  • Wrap-around Whānau Ora support
  • Easier access to The Fono services

What will I walk away with?

  • A Level 3 NZQA-accredited qualification recognised by carpentry and 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

Course Tutors

George Kama
George KamaLevel 3 Carpentry Tutor
Titania Junior Finau
Titania Junior FinauLevel 3 Carpentry Asst. Tutor