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National Certificate in Carpentry

National Certificate in Carpentry

Level 4

If you want a career as a builder or qualified carpenter, UCOL’s National Certificate in Carpentry will provide you with a nationally recognised qualification as well as the relevant skills and knowledge to work as a competent tradesperson.

Carpentry students building a house inside our Regional Trades and Technology Centre at our Palmerston North Campus
Quick info

Level: 4

Locations: Palmerston North

Duration: 4 years, part-time

19 Feb 2018 - 23 Nov 2018

Domestic Fees: *
$1,214.60Scholarship 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.

UCOL’s National Certificate in Carpentry allows apprentices to gain this qualification while fully-employed so there are no major interruptions to your work schedule.
Students of this four year, part-time carpentry programme will also receive ongoing support from our industry experienced UCOL lecturers through regular onsite visits.

 Career & Study Outcomes

  • Foreman
  • Site manager
  • Self-employed
  • Building inspector/advisor
  • Industrial, commercial, residential and multistory
  • Construction
  • Or staircase to further study

 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

This programme has open entry.


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

 International 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 including TOEFL).  IELTS scores used must be taken from a single IELTS Test Report Form (ie combining scores from more than one test is not permissible). UCOL is a TOEFL iBT testing centre.

 Advice & Guidance

UCOL's National Certificate in Carpentry comprises 294 credits.

Students need to be in full-time employment to be assessed against practical unit standards. 

It is recommended that students have met the literacy and numeracy requirements for NCEA Level 1 or equivalent. 

The availability of a particular Elective (or Optional Course) is subject to an appropriate number of students enrolling in that Elective (or Optional Course). 

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.

 Additional Costs

Please note that there are additional costs associated with the National Certificate in Carpentry. They do not need to be new, but serviceable.
  • Scientific calculator
  • Drawing equipment - set squares (45 and 60 degree), pencils (H and 2H), soft eraser, compas, and scale rule (1:5, 1:10, 1:20 etc)
  • Sensible work clothing, including footwear
Hand tools
  • Smoothing plane
  • Combination square
  • Panel Saw
  • Chisel set
  • Apron
  • Ear muffs (grade 3 minimum)
  • Two nail punches (small and medium)
  • Safety glasses
  • Cross cut saw
  • Spirit level
  • Saw bag
  • Pincers
  • Chalk line
  • Marking gauge
  • Hammer
  • Rule
  • Bevel
  • Oilstone
  • Tape measure
  • Screwdriver (spir/rat/med)
  • Coping saw
  • Marking gauge
  • Steel square
  • Hacksaw
  • 200mm adjustable spanner
  • Plumb bob
  • Pinch bar
The following items are optional:
  • Canvas kit bag
  • Butt gauge


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.