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Certificate in Carpentry

Certificate in Carpentry

Level 4

UCOL’s Certificate in Carpentry is a pre-apprenticeship programme that will help get your career started as a builder.

A carpentry student works on a door frame in the Regional Trades and Technology Centre at our Palmerston North campus
Quick info

Level: 4

Locations: Palmerston North, Wairarapa, Taumarunui, 

Duration: 1 year, full-time

Dates to be confirmed.

Domestic Fees: *
To be confirmed.Scholarship info

International Fees:*
To be confirmed.

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.

If you are interested in building, labouring, carpentry or construction work then this carpentry programme is ideal for you.
Graduates of UCOL’s Certificate in Carpentry are highly valued by the building industry so gaining this qualification will fast forward your apprenticeship and help you secure employment. 
This programme is also offered in Taumarunui and Opunake.

Hear from 2017 graduate, Neal Mijares:


 Career & Study Outcomes

  • Construction workers
  • Carpenters
  • Apprenticeship
  • Design
  • Building firms
  • Building inspection
  • Labourers
  • Or staircase to further study 

 Course Information

  • First Aid
  • Safety and Hand Tools
  • Machinery and Power Tools
  • Timber and Sub-Floor
  • Concrete Foundations
  • Wall Structure
  • Roof Structure
  • Interior and Exterior Linings
  • Construction
  • Building Techniques

 Industry Connections

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

 Learning Facilities

The Regional Trades and Technology Centre 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

Open entry.


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

 International Entry Requirements

English proficiency entry requirements:
The minimum entry requirement for international students is IELTS General or Academic score of 5.5 with no band score lower than 5 (or equivalent). IELTS scores used must be taken from a single IELTS Test Report Form (ie combining scores from more than one test is not permissible).  

 Advice & Guidance

An ability to work with your hands or have completed related materials technology areas would be an advantage.
It is recommended that students under the age of 20 would have met the literacy and numeracy requirements of NCEA Level 1 or equivalent.
To successfully complete this programme, students need to be aware of the physical demands required for this career pathway.
Students must supply their own equipment as specified in the Student Handbook.
To optimise chances of student success, 100% attendance is strongly recommended.  
Students who do not meet the requirements for the award of the Certificate in Carpentry, Level 4 but who complete a minimum of 60 credits of which at least 40 are at Level 3 may apply for the award of the Certificate in Introduction to Carpentry, Level 3.

The Certificate in Carpentry is being replaced by the New Zealand Certificate in Construction Trade Skills (Carpentry Strand) Level 3 in 2017.


The programme is approved by the New Zealand Qualifications Authority under the provisions of the Education Act 1989, and Universal College of Learning (UCOL) Trading as Universal College of Learning (UCOL) is accredited to teach it.