Free^ carpentry and construction pre-trade apprenticeship

New Zealand Certificate in Construction Trade Skills (Level 3) with a strand in Carpentry

As part of the government’s Targeted Training and Apprenticeships Fund (TTAF) to rebuild New Zealand's economy, this programme is now free^. For terms and conditions, more information, and other programmes covered by this scheme, click here.

Due to high demand, we recommend applying early.

Programme highlights

Do you want to become a builder?

This qualification is for anyone wanting to start out in the construction industry who doesn't have an apprenticeship.

You will get hands-on experience building projects and gain skills to operate power tools and hand tools.

When you graduate, you will have the practical experience to get a job as an apprentice carpenter or labourer under supervision.

Start up tool kit

Tool kit supplied

You will receive a tool kit of equipment you need to complete your studies.

Please note this image is not an exact representation of tool kit supplied.

Aspects of this programme are physically demanding, please talk with an Ask Me! agent if you face fitness or mobility challenges.

Key facts

Start month(s)

February, July

Study location(s)

MIT TechPark

Level 3
Domestic fees


Youth Guarantee (fees-free*) Available (eligibility criteria applies)
Programme code NZ2834

Full-time for 1 year (34 teaching weeks)

Study method

Three days per week

Credits 120
International fees Not available to international students
Māori and Pasifika Trades Training Scholarship (fees-free*) Available (eligibility criteria applies)
Qualification leads to

New Zealand Certificate in Construction Trade Skills (Level 3) 

with strands in Carpentry, Scaffolding, Masonry Trades, Paint and Plaster, and Roofing

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 nine courses (120 credits):

211.313 Workplace safety frameworks and practices (20 credits)

This course aims to introduce students to the legislative frameworks and requirements for workplace safety in the construction industry and requires students to select and consistently apply safe working practices and effective communication skills as they undertake project-based work

211.314 Skills for construction trades (10 credits)

Students will identify, read, and use specifications and drawings and calculation skills that underpin effective practice in the construction industry

217.301 Carpentry terminology and concepts (10 credits)

This course aims to introduce students to fundamental carpentry concepts and carpentry terminology when carrying out carpentry tasks

217.302 Building technology and properties (10 credits)

In this course, students will explain a range of basic building technologies and outline the properties of building materials/products and linings that are used in a variety of carpentry projects

217.303 Construction and installation processes and techniques (10 credits)

Students will identify and apply a range of construction processes and installation processes and techniques when carrying out carpentry tasks

217.304 Carpentry project: preliminaries (15 credits)

Students will complete preliminary work  for building site layout  for an identified building project

217.305 Carpentry project: foundations and support structure (15 credits)

Students will identify and carry out foundation and support structure work for an identified building project

217.306 Carpentry project: frames, structures and exterior envelope (15 credits)

Students will complete frame and related structures and exterior envelope work for a defined carpentry project

217.307 Carpentry project: interior linings and finishing (15 credits)

Students will complete interior lining and finishing work and comply with consenting, quality and compliance requirements for a defined carpentry project

Key dates and timetables

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

Career opportunities

This programme is designed for people who are beginning a career in the construction trade sector.  

On completion, you will have entry-level skills to enter the construction trade as a carpentry/building apprentice or labourer working under supervision.

Further training or study

Upon graduating you could enter an apprenticeship with the ITO, or remain with MIT to complete the next level qualification. Apprenticeships in the construction industry includes the New Zealand Certificate in Carpentry (Level 4) through the ITO or MIT.

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Information is correct as at February 2021. 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 2021 fee structure. The indicative programme fees for 2021 do not include the Compulsory Student Services Fee (CSSF). The CSSF is an additional levy to your 2021 programme or course fees. Further information about the CSSF can be found here Programmes stated as eligible for free study in 2021 are based on the 2020 fee structure and subject to funding confirmation for 2021. 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 Act 1989. International students must study in class and will not be able to enrol for online study options.

^Free study for this qualification may be available to you under the government’s Targeted Training and Apprenticeships Fund (TTAF). Visit for eligibility criteria and more information. Students must be eligible to study as a domestic student and meet any other entry criteria as required. Some costs may also apply. Free study is subject to funding confirmation.