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

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 in building a house, from the foundations through to the finishing work. 

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

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

Please note the image below is not an exact representation and safety boots will not be included. You will need to supply these.

Key facts

Start Month(s) February, July
Study Location(s) MIT Otara
(MIT TechPark from mid-2020)
Level 3
Domestic fees Free* or $5,700 (approx.)
Youth Guarantee Available
Programme Code NZ2834

One year (full-time)

Study Method Three days per week
Credits 120
International Fees Not Available to International Students
Māori and Pasifika Trades Training Scholarship 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 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

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.

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 a 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 a 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

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

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 include the New Zealand Certificate in Carpentry (Level 4) through the ITO or MIT.

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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.