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Academy Construction

Academy Construction

Level 2 & 3

Discover if carpentry is right for you while still in secondary school with the UCOL | Te Pūkenga Academy Construction Programme.

A photograph of a young lady working on a skill saw in a workshop at UCOL.
Quick info

Level: 2 & 3

Locations: UCOL | Te Pūkenga Manawatū in Palmerston North, UCOL | Te Pūkenga Whanganui, UCOL | Te Pūkenga Wairarapa in Masterton, Ōtaki

13 Feb 2023 - 22 Sep 2023

Level 2, 26 Credits
Palmerston North - Tuesdays and Wednesdays
Whanganui - Fridays
Masterton - Thursdays

Level 2, 25 Credits
Ōtaki - Wednesdays

Level 3, 22 Credits
Palmerston North - Mondays
Whanganui - Fridays
Masterton - Fridays
Ōtaki - Fridays

Domestic Fees: *
Fees-free.Scholarship info

International Fees:*
Please enquire for details

Additional Fees
Compulsory course costs may apply.

* Fees are indicative only, and are inclusive of the student services levy and GST (goods and services tax). The fee shown is for one year of study.

The building and construction industries offer a range of different job opportunities. The UCOL | Te Pūkenga Academy Construction Programme gives you the opportunity to work towards NCEA Level 2 or 3 whilst experiencing some of what the trade has to offer.

You will gain knowledge and practical skills in a range of areas including:

  • Health and safety
  • Carpentry
  • Joinery
  • Power tools
  • Lay pavers
  • Concrete
  • Interior systems
How to apply
If you're interested in applying for this programme, talk to your careers advisor at school. Application is arranged in partnership with your parents/caregivers and your school. Once you've talked to everyone required, you can fill out the application form as follows:

 Career & Study Outcomes

Successful completion of the UCOL | Te Pūkenga Academy Construction Programme is the first step in a journey. Equipped with new skills and a taste for the industry, you will know what you need to do to pursue a career in carpentry, demolition, excavation, concreting, architectural design, quantity surveying, joinery, flooring, scaffolding, tiling or glazing. If this is for you, you can undertake further tertiary studies in:

To find out more about possible job prospects and salaries for Carpenters and Joiners and Construction Workers, see careers.govt.nz

 Course Information

The UCOL | Te Pūkenga Academy Construction Programme (Level 2) in Otaki comprises 25 Credits. 

Unit Standard 19238 (Level 2) (Version 5) (4 Credits)
Lay Paving blocks as a BCATS project.

Unit Standard 12933 (Level 2) (Version 5) (6 Credits)
Complete minor concrete works as a BCATS project.

Unit Standard 24357 (Level 2) (Version 3) (4 Credits)
Receive instructions and communicate information in relation to BCATS projects.

Unit Standard 12936 (Level 2) (Version 5) (8 Credits)
Construct a non-consent timber framed utility building as a BCATS project.

Unit Standard 24361 (Level 2) (Version 3) (3 Credits)
Apply mathematical processes to BCATS projects. 

The UCOL | Te Pūkenga Academy Construction Programme (Level 2) in Manawatū, Whanganui and Wairarapa comprises 26 Credits.

Manawatū (Tuesday) Wairarapa (Thursday) Whanganui (Friday) 

Unit Standard 19238 (Level 2) (Version 5) (4 Credits)

Lay Paving blocks as a BCATS project.

Unit Standard 12927 (Level 2) (Version 4) (6 Credits)
Identify, select, maintain, and use handtools for BCATS projects.

Unit Standard 24350 (Level 2) (Version 3) (6 Credits)
Identify, select, maintain, and use portable power tools for BCATS projects.

Unit Standard 24354 (Level 2) (Version 3) (4 Credits)
Demonstrate knowledge of and apply safe working practices in a BCATS environment

Unit Standard 25921 (Level 2) (Version 3) (6 Credits)
Make a cupboard as a BCATS project

The UCOL | Te Pūkenga Academy Construction Programme (Level 3) comprises 22 Credits.

Otaki (Friday) Manawatū (Monday) Wairarapa (Friday) Whanganui (Friday) 

Unit Standard 29677 (Level 3) (Version 1) (2 Credits)
Follow safe workplace practices, and contribute to a health and safety culture, in a BCATS environment.

Unit Standard 29680 (Level 3) (Version 1) (5 Credits)
Communicate and work collaboratively in a Stage 3 BCATS project.

Unit Standard 29681 (Level 3) (Version 1) (3 Credits)
Measure and calculate for a Stage 3 BCATS project.

Unit Standard 29684 (Level 3) (Version 1) (12 Credits)
Undertake a Stage 3 BCATS project.

 Learning Facilities

Study at the UCOL | Te Pūkenga dedicated trades facility.

 Domestic Entry Requirements

For year 11 - 13 secondary school learners (NZ Citizens, permanent residents or learners with an applicable visa allowing them to be enrolled in a secondary school).

Applications are to be received from participating schools.

Recommended school subjects include:

  • Maths
  • English
  • Technology
  • Computing


For more information about NCEA Credits see the UCOL Te Pūkenga NCEA explained page.

 International Entry Requirements

Not applicable.

 Advice & Guidance

This short course is part of a suite of Academy programmes offered by UCOL | Te Pūkenga to secondary learners seeking to explore their career options while still in school. Gain practical experience and NCEA Credits.

How to apply
If you're interested in applying for the UCOL | Te Pūkenga Academy Construction Programme, talk to your careers advisor at school. Application is arranged in partnership with your parents/caregivers and your school.

Fees-free when criteria are met.

Transport assistance is available if you meet the criteria.

Attendance expectations
Learners must maintain appropriate attendance at both secondary school and Academy to remain enrolled in the Academy Programme.

 Additional Costs

There are no additional costs associated with this programme. Simply, bring a pen, paper and your lunch each week.