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New Zealand Certificate in Construction Trade Skills (Carpentry)

New Zealand Certificate in Construction Trade Skills (Carpentry)

Level 3

If the construction industry is where you want to build your career, you will hit the ground running with UCOL's New Zealand Certificate in Construction Trade Skills Carpentry strand.

A carpentry student works on a cutting machine at UCOL in Palmerston North
Quick info

Level: 3

Locations: UCOL Manawatū in Palmerston North, UCOL Horowhenua Levin, Taumarunui, UCOL Whanganui, UCOL Wairarapa in Masterton, Marton (based at Ngati Apa site)

Duration: 1 year full-time (42 weeks)
Part-time option available.
(See Course Hours & Duration for details)

Dates:
Palmerston North & Taumarunui
01 Aug 2022 - 19 May 2023 (Apply online)
13 Feb 2023 - 01 Dec 2023
31 Jul 2023 - 17 May 2024

Levin, Whanganui, Marton (based at Ngati Apa site):
13 Feb 2023 - 01 Dec 2023

Masterton
20 Feb 2023 - 08 Dec 2023

(For 2023 intakes, call 0800 468 265 or register your interest at https://www.ucol.ac.nz/contact-us )

Domestic Fees: *
$6666.00 (2022) [Fees-free (up to $6500) until 31 Dec 2022]; $6834.00 (2023)Scholarship info

International Fees:*
$20,500.00

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 construction industry is the fifth largest sector in New Zealand's economy. The growing need for residential buildings, extensive infrastructure development, and rebuild projects will create heaps of job opportunities in the coming years. They’re looking for skilled, job-ready workers, so now is the perfect time to gain the skills you need to join the industry.

With this programme you will build your practical skills and get the knowledge required to become a carpenter in the building and construction industry. The first part of this programmes covers the basic knowledge in construction trade and the second part focuses on courses related to the carpentry trade - trade mathematics, hand tools, and project work related to different aspects of the construction industry.

You'll graduate work-ready with transferable skills for a wide range of construction-related trades.

Fees-Free

This programme is eligible for fees-free study under the Targeted Training and Apprenticeships Fund.

You don’t need to apply to access the fund - just enrol in an eligible programme, and the TTAF process will take care of the fees until 31 December 2022.

Please contact the info centre for more details.


COVID-19 vaccination and work

Some private companies and organisations may require staff to be vaccinated. If placement or internship is part of your programme, please check with the companies or organisations about their policy. You can see more information on UCOL's Covid-19 page and on the Unite Against Covid-19 website.


 Course Hours & Duration

This programme runs for 42 weeks, including 6 holiday weeks.

Per week, your learning will include approximately:

Class Time
21 hrs

Lectures, tutorials and/or online recordings, workshop practicals and builds, timetable set by your lecturer.
Study Time
12 hrs

Study in your own time.

You can also choose to study part-time, or possibly by paper. Talk to us about your options with this programme.

 Career & Study Outcomes

Successful graduates of the New Zealand Certificate in Construction Trade Skills (Carpentry) (Level 3) can further specialise in carpentry by enrolling in the New Zealand Certificate in Carpentry (Level 4).

Graduates entering the industry will be ready to find an apprenticeship or entry-level jobs in the building and construction sector. You will be able to execute your work with limited supervision.

To find out more about possible job prospects and salaries, see Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment's Occupation Outlook for Carpenters & JoinersConstruction Workers and Quantity Surveyors.

 Course Information

Note: As a subsidiary of Te Pūkenga - New Zealand Institute of Skills and Technology, UCOL is committed to providing the best learning outcome for you. As part of this, all programmes are currently being reviewed to make them portable, consistent, and closely aligned with the needs of the industry. When published, this course information is correct, but the courses offered may change over time. If you have any questions call an Enrolment Advisor on 0800 468 265.

From 2023, UCOL and the programme you have enrolled in will become part of Te Pūkenga. So, if you join UCOL in 2023, you will be awarded Te Pūkenga certification. And, if you are a current learner graduating in 2023, you will be awarded a co-branded certificate.

This programme consists 120 credits. The courses include:

Workplace Safety Frameworks and Practices (20 Credits)
Students will learn about the broad legislative frameworks that regulates the construction industry; and requirements for workplace safety in the construction industry. Students are exposed to construction environments where they are able to apply their knowledge of safe working practices, the legislative framework and develop effective communication skills. After this course, you will be able to:

  • Identify the broad legislative frameworks that regulates the construction industry; and requirements for workplace safety in the construction industry.
  • Apply a range of effective communication skills when working with colleagues and customers within the construction industry.
  • Apply safe working practices and basic legislative knowledge applicable to work in the construction industry. 

Skills for Construction Trades (10 Credits)
Student will learn how to interpret and use construction specifications and drawings. Students will develop calculation skills that underpin construction practices in the industry. After this course, you will be able to:

  • Intrepret and use specifications and drawings to complete simple construction projects.
  • Perform simple calculations to complete a range of familiar tasks in the construction sector.

Carpentry Terminology and Job Role Knowledge (10 Credits)
Student will learn fundamental carpentry concepts and carpentry terminology when carrying out carpentry tasks. After this course, you will be able to:

  • Recognise and apply fundamental carpentry concepts when carrying out carpentry work.
  • Use correct carpentry terminology when working with building plans, working drawings and specifications.
  • Use correct carpentry terminology when undertaking carpentry calculations.
Building Assembly Techniques and Properties of Building Materials (10 Credits)

Students will learn broad range of basic building techniques and properties of building materials/products and linings that are used in a variety of carpentry projects. After this course, you will be able to:

  • Explain a range of basic building technologies assembly techniques used in carpentry projects.
  • Outline the properties of building materials/products and linings and fixings used in a variety of carpentry projects.

Construction and Installation Processes and Techniques (10 Credits)
Students will learn a range of construction and installation processes and techniques when carrying out carpentry tasks. After this course, you will be able to:

  • Use a range of construction processes and techniques when carrying out carpentry tasks.
  • Describe and employ correct installation processes and techniques when carrying out carpentry tasks.

Carpentry Project Preliminaries (15 Credits)
Students will complete a carpentry project that focuses on preliminary work and consent and compliance requirements. After this course, you will be able to:

  • Carry out appropriate preliminary work for a defined carpentry project in accordance with consenting, quality and other compliance requirements.

Carpentry Project Foundations and Support Structures (15 Credits)
Students will carry out foundation and support structure work and meet compliance requirements for a defined carpentry project. After this course, you will be able to:

  • Complete foundations work for a defined carpentry project in accordance with consenting, quality and compliance requirements.
  • Complete support structure work for a defined carpentry project in accordance with consenting, quality and compliance requirements.

Carpentry Project Frames, Structures and Exterior Envelope (15 Credits)
Students will carry out frames, structures and exterior envelope work in accordance with compliance requirements for a defined carpentry project. After this course, you will be able to:

  • Carry out appropriate frame and related structures work for a defined carpentry project in accordance with consenting, quality and other compliance requirements.
  • Complete exterior envelope work structures for a defined carpentry project in accordance with consenting, quality and other compliance requirements. 

Carpentry Project Interior Linings and Finishing (15 Credits)
Students will complete interior lining and finishing work and meet compliance requirements for a defined carpentry project. After this course, you will be able to:

  • Complete interior lining work for a defined carpentry project in accordance with consenting, quality and other compliance requirements.
  • Complete interior finishing work for a defined carpentry project in accordance with consenting, quality and other compliance requirements.

 Student & Staff Profiles

 Industry Connections

UCOL staff are well connected to our stakeholders. We will prepare you for the workplace and help manage your apprenticeship.

 Learning Facilities

The Regional Trades and Technology Centre in our Palmerston North campus is a state-of-the-art ten million dollar facility, with the latest industry fit equipment and teaching technology, complete with an indoor space large enough to build a 3-bedroom house.

 Domestic Entry Requirements

NCEA Level 1 
Or

equivalent academic achievement

English language proficiency
If English is not your first language, you must also demonstrate English language skills equivalent to an IELTS overall band score (academic) of 5.0 with no band score less than 5 (or equivalent including TOEFL). IELTS scores used must be taken from a single IELTS Test Report Form (i.e. combining scores from more than one test is not permissible). UCOL is a TOEFL testing centre.

 

For more information about NCEA Credits see UCOL's NCEA explained page.

 International Entry Requirements

In addition to the Domestic Entry Requirements, the following applies to international student applicants.

English language proficiency
International student applicants whose first language is not English must have an IELTS Academic score of 5.0 with no band score lower than 5 (or equivalent including TOEFL). IELTS scores used must be taken from a single IELTS Test Report Form (i.e. combining scores from more than one test is not permissible). UCOL is a TOEFL testing centre.

Under 20 years of age
In addition to this, international applicants under 20 years of age must have NCEA equivalency.

 Advice & Guidance

To successfully complete this programme, you need to be aware of the physical demands required for this career pathway.

Work experience
There is no work experience component as part of this programme.

Attendance
To optimise chances of student success, 100% attendance is strongly recommended.  

Equipments
Students must supply their own equipment as specified in the Student Handbook.

Recognition of prior learning
Applications for Recognition of Prior Learning, including Cross Credit, Credit Transfer and Assessment of Prior Learning may be made on the Recognition of Prior Learning Form where a student believes all learning outcomes for a course have already been met. Applications will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis in accordance with the UCOL Academic Statute and other relavant policies and procedures.

Application checklist
It will make the process easier if you prepare the following before you apply:

  • National Student Number (NSN) (If you don't have a NSN, you may request one from NZQA, or you can supply a verified copy of your birth certificate, passport or Whakapapa statement.)
  • Evidence of your highest level of academic achievement (and evidence of prior learning, if applicable)
  • Evidence that you meet the entry requirements of the programme
  • Check if you're eligible for additional support or a scholarship. If you're 19 years or younger, you may be eligible to enrol in one of our free Youth Transition programmes.

Note that you will need to provide any verified documents in person, via post or email (not via the online application form).

Previous related programmes
The New Zealand Certificate in Construction Trade Skills supersedes and takes the best from the following programme of study, which is no longer offered:

  • Certificate in Carpentry

 Additional Costs

Please note that there are additional costs associated with the New Zealand Certificate in Construction Trade Skills:

  • Steel cap boots $100 - $150
  • Scientific calculator $30
  • Drawing equipment - set squares (45 and 60 degree), pencils (H and 2H), soft rubber, compass, and scale rule (1:5, 1:10, 1:20 etc) $60

Approx $150.00

  • Faber Castel graphite sketch pencils (6B-2H)
  • Pilot Hi Tech Rectractable Roller Pen
  • Pilot Hi Tech Rectractable roller pen fine black
  • Staedler Academy scale ruler 300mm
  • Staedler Mechanical Pencil 0.9mm
  • A3 Sketch Pad Quad/Grid type, compass set, protractor, USB memory stick 8GB
  • Office eraser max large, french curves, triangles 200mm
  • Pencil sharpener, lecture pad a4 7mm ruled 200 leaf

 Accreditation

The programme is approved by the New Zealand Qualifications Authority under the provisions of the Education and Training Act 2020, and Universal College of Learning Limited, a subsidiary of Te Pūkenga is accredited to teach it.

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