New Zealand Certificate in Carpentry (Level 4)

Programme highlights

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

To study this programme, you must be employed in the construction industry or find an employer who is willing to support you.

You will learn all aspects of the construction trade and the knowledge you need to succeed in this industry.

Study will take place in the evenings, while employers and tutors will verify your practical skills when you are at work.

You will be visited on-site at least once a term.

Flexible study option

Key facts

Start Month(s) February, July
Study Location(s) MIT Otara
(MIT TechPark from mid-2020)
Level 4
Domestic fees $3,200 (approx.) per year
Youth Guarantee Not Available
Programme Code NZ2738

Three years

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 Not Available
Qualification New Zealand Certificate

Entry requirements


Open entry for Domestic students

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

International students: English Language Entry Requirements

For the minimum English language requirements refer to the requirements set out in the NZQF Programme and Accreditation Rules

International students will generally be required to provide evidence of English language proficiency, for this programme an IELTS General or Academic score of 5.5 with no band score lower than 5 is required. Equivalent acceptable evidence can be seen at the following NZQA link:

Provisional Entry

Students who have attained the age of 20 years and do not hold the minimum entry requirements for a programme will be eligible to be enrolled as a student where their previous educational, work or life experience indicates they have a reasonable likelihood of success. Students who have not attained the age of 20 years and do not hold the required minimum entry requirements for a programme may also be eligible to enrol in exceptional circumstances. Such decisions will be made by the Director/Head of School.

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.

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

To find the start date of your programme intake listed above, please view the trades calendar.

Further training or study

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

Once you’ve achieved this qualification, explore your next study option and see how you could become one of MIT degree grads who earn more*, to be among the highest employment rates and those who are the best paid.

Information is correct as at October 2019. 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 2020 fee structure. The indicative programme fees for 2020 do not include the Compulsory Student Services Fee (CSSF). The CSSF is an additional levy to your 2020 programme or course fees. Further information about the CSSF can be found here Programmes stated as eligible for free study in 2020 are based on the 2019 fee structure and subject to funding confirmation for 2020. 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 is accredited under the provisions of the Education Act 1989. International students must study in class and will not be able to enrol for online study options.