Level 4

Carpentry managed apprenticeship

Are you already working in the industry and want to become a qualified carpenter? This three year managed apprenticeship will help you learn all the required aspects of the trade that you need to succeed.

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.

Already in an apprenticeship?

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 2024.

Entry requirements

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).

Give yourself credit with Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)

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Your previous work experience and on-the-job skills, volunteering, professional development, and other providers’ qualifications can be recognised as prior learning, matched against credits in our courses, and put towards your qualification – potentially saving you money and possibly helping you to complete your qualification faster Learn more.

Programme structure

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.

Do you want to study a single course, without enrolling into the full programme?

Courses within some of our programmes may be offered as an individual Certificate of Proficiency (COP). Programme entry requirements and course fees apply. For more information, please speak to our friendly Ask Me! team.

Careers and pathways

Further training or study

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

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.

For potential salaries visit careers.govt.nz.

Free study for the first year of your Level 3 or above qualification may be available under the government’s fees-free study scheme. Visit feesfree.govt.nz for eligibility criteria and more information. Students must be eligible to study as a domestic student. All free study is subject to funding confirmation. Proof of residency status required. Entry criteria, and some costs, may also apply. Eligibility for student allowances or student loans may vary. Contact StudyLink for more information.

Information is correct as at 15 March 2024. 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 2024 fee structure. The indicative programme fees for 2024 do not include the Compulsory Student Services Fee (CSSF). The CSSF is an additional levy to your 2024 programme or course fees. Further information about the CSSF can be found here www.manukau.ac.nz/cssf. Programmes stated as eligible for free study in 2024 are based on the 2023 fee structure and subject to funding confirmation for 2024. 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 part of Te Pūkenga – New Zealand Institute of Skills and Technology. Te Pūkenga 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.