Carpentry managed apprenticeship

New Zealand Certificate in Carpentry (Level 4)

Programme highlights

Roll up your sleeves and become a qualified carpenter with this three year managed apprenticeship.

This qualification is designed for people who are employed in the construction industry. You will learn all the required aspects of the carpentry trade and the knowledge you need to succeed in this industry.

To gain this qualification you will need to be employed in the construction industry with an employer who is willing to support you with regular work to meet the graduate outcomes of this qualification.

Study will take place one evening per week in class, while employers and tutors will verify your practical skills when you are at work.

You will be visited on-site throughout the programme.

Please note: Aspects of this programme are physically demanding, please talk with an Ask Me! agent if you face fitness or mobility challenges. A small component of this programme is delivered by a sub-contractor.

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Check to see if your employer qualifies for the apprenticeship boost. This can help you to keep earning while you train towards your qualification. Available until the end of December 2023.

Key facts

Start month(s)

February, July

Study location(s)

MIT TechPark

Level 4
Domestic fees

$3,600 (approx.)

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Youth Guarantee (fees-free*)

Not available

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Programme code NZ2738

Full-time for 3 years (34 teaching weeks per year)

Study method

One night per week and work place assessment

Credits 320
International fees Not available to international students
Māori and Pasifika Trades Training Scholarship (fees-free*)

Not available

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Qualification leads to

New Zealand Certificate in Carpentry (Level 4)

Entry requirements


Open entry for domestic students

There are no academic requirements that need to be met to enter this programme.

English language entry requirements

You will need English language competence to undertake this programme which is taught and assessed in English (an assessment may be required if your first language is not English).


Programme structure

You will need to complete the below 16 courses (320 credits):

215.319 Core skills 1 (20 credits)

Students will learn to use carpentry hand tools and equipment safely.

215.408 Core skills 2 (20 credits)

Students will develop the skills to safely use a range of hand tools, power tools and scaffolding.

215.409 Legislation (20 credits)

Students will gain an understanding of the legislation governing safety, quality and compliance within the building industry.

215.320 Basic industry skills (20 credits)

Students will develop skills of reading plans, measuring and calculating quantities, and principles of framing.

215.321 Building science 1 (16 credits)

Students will learn the principles of thermal and acoustic insulation, adhesives and sealants, construction programming.

215.322 First aid (4 credits)

Students will learn the management of first aid situations on a construction site setting and gain first aid certification.

215.410 Building science 2 (20 credits)

Students will learn the principles of weather tightness, concrete, retaining walls.

215.411 Foundations 1 (20 credits)

Students will learn principles of site establishment and foundations.

215.412 Concrete and steel (20 credits)

Students will develop the skills to place reinforcing steel and concrete on building sites.

215.413 Structures 1 (20 credits)

Students will learn about, and carry out wall framing, roof framing and trusses.

215.414 Envelopment 1 (20 credits)

Students will learn, and carry out fitting and fixing of exterior claddings, joinery and hardware.

215.415 Core skills 3 (25 credits)

Students will develop the skills to carry out preliminary work and set out buildings.

215.416 Foundations 2 (25 credits)

Students construct foundations.

215.417 Structures 2 (25 credits)

Students will develop the skills to construct building structure.

215.418 Envelopment 2 (25 credits)

Students will fix cladding and install joinery.

215.419 Interiors (20 credits)

Students will install insulation, linings and fix trim.

Key dates and timetables

To find the key dates and timetables of this programme, please view the trades calendar.

Career opportunities

Graduates of this qualification will be qualified carpenters.

They may go on to further roles such as site supervision, project management, contracts management, quantity surveying, business owner, building inspection and assessment, tutor or training advisor.

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Further training or study

Graduates of this qualification may choose to continue their education with the following:

MIT is becoming Te Pūkenga

Vocational education in Aotearoa is changing to better meet the needs of learners like you.

As part of this transformational change, MIT will next year become fully part of Te Pūkenga, a national network delivering skills training in a wide range of locations throughout Aotearoa. This means that while you’re applying with MIT now, from Semester 1, 2023 when you enrol you’ll become a Te Pūkenga learner.

The new system has the success and wellbeing of learners at its heart, and a review of all programmes is currently underway to help support this, including the programme that you’ve enrolled with. The aim is to make qualifications more portable, consistent and closely aligned with the needs of industry, and more in tune with where the world is headed.

As the programme review is ongoing, the courses outlined may be liable to change over time. Rest assured that we’ll notify you of any material changes to delivery that might impact what you’re studying, where you’re studying or the ways you’re learning.

Information is correct as at 6 September 2022. Programme fees are based on a full-time student and may vary depending on your final selection of courses that make up your programme. To provide you with an indication of costs, the approximate fees quoted in this publication are based on the indicative 2023 fee structure. The indicative programme fees for 2023 do not include the Compulsory Student Services Fee (CSSF). The CSSF is an additional levy to your 2023 programme or course fees. Further information about the CSSF can be found here Programmes stated as eligible for free study in 2023 are based on the 2022 fee structure and subject to funding confirmation for 2023. All fees are in New Zealand Dollars. You will be advised of the current fees at the time of enrolment. All courses and programmes will proceed subject to numbers and academic approval. Manukau Institute of Technology Limited is accredited under the provisions of the Education and Training Act 2020. International students must study in class and will not be able to enrol for online study options.