Level 3

Study a carpentry and construction pre-trade apprenticeship

Do you want to become a builder? You will get hands-on experience building projects and gain skills to operate power and hand tools.
Due to high demand, we are unable to take any more applications for February 2024.

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.

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).

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Programme structure

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

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

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.

For potential salaries visit careers.govt.nz.

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.

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. Free study for Level 3 may be available for 16 to 24 year olds (Youth Guarantee). Free study for up to one year for Levels 3 and 4 may be available under Māori and Pasifika Trades Training (MPTT), a government-led training initiative to encourage young Māori and Pasifika people to gain trade qualifications. 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 February 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.