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New Zealand Certificate in Carpentry (Trade)

New Zealand Certificate in Carpentry (Trade)

Level 4

Are you currently a carpenter in the construction industry and want to upgrade your carpentry skills? UCOL’s New Zealand Certificate in Carpentry (Trade) (Level 4) will provide you with the skills needed to become a qualified carpenter.

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Quick info

Level: 4

Locations: UCOL Manawatū in Palmerston North

Duration: Four years, part-time

Dates:
14 Feb 2022 - 02 Dec 2022
25 Jul 2022 - 26 May 2023

Domestic Fees: *
Eligible for fees-free until 31 Dec 2022Scholarship 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.

This programme is specifically developed for enhancing the carpentry skills of those currently employed in the construction field. Our programme consists of various carpentry courses delivered through a combination of block courses at UCOL and the practical components at your workplace, letting you learn while you earn and helping you gain a nationally recognised qualification.

You will gain the practical skills and knowledge required to work unsupervised, constructing, repairing, and installing building structures to the level required of a commercially competent carpenter.

Fees-Free

Don’t miss your chance to study fees-free under TTAF – this free funding closes at the end of 2022!

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

You don’t need to apply to access the Fund - just enrol in an eligible 2022 programme, and the Fund will take care of a full year of your programme’s fees, covering up to 31 December 2022.

Get enrolled now! Please contact the info centre for more details. 

 Career & Study Outcomes

Successful graduates of the New Zealand Certificate in Carpentry (Trade) (Level 4) will be able to take up site supervision, project management, contract management, quantity surveying, business ownership, building inspection and assessment, tutor or training advisor roles. Those who wish to study further may specialise in:

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

 Course Information

This programme comprises 320 credits. The courses include;

Year 1

Workplace Safety Fundamentals (15 Credits) (50 practical learning hours)
Students will learn to work safely in a construction environment. After completing this course, you will be able to:

  • Identify and locate appropriate legislation relevant to specific tasks in the construction industry.
  • Apply safe working practices when completing tasks in a construction environment.
  • Ensure a safe work environment is maintained for the duration of the task.

Core Construction Communication Skills (15 Credits) (50 practical learning hours)
Students will learn core construction and communication skills. After completing this course, you will be able to:

  • Interpret basic drawings and specifications to complete simple construction tasks.
  • Perform calculations to solve simple problems in a construction environment.
  • Communicate effectively in a construction environment.

Preliminary Works for Construction Activity (15 Credits) (50 practical learning hours)
Students will learn to prepare a building site for building work. After completing this course, you will be able to:

  • Prepare a building site for construction to meet plans and specifications.
  • Set up and operate levelling equipment to establish levels on a building site.
  • Use literacy and numeracy to interpret drawings and set out a building site.
  • Define sub-contractor's roles in construction.
  • Prepare a site for demolition in line with industry requirements.

Skill Development for Construction (15 Credits) (80 practical learning hours)
Students will learn safe practical skills for building work. After completing this course, you will be able to:

  • Accurately measure and cut materials to specified dimensions.
  • Excavate and prepare the base for a building site in line with plans and specifications.
  • Load and safely stack construction materials in line with industry best practices.
  • Dismantle and remove construction materials in line with industry best practices.
  • Install propriety fixings according to manufacturer’s specification.

Year 2 - 4

Sub Structure Task Development in Concrete and Timber (15 Credits) (50 practical learning hours)
Students will develop practical capability in foundation and floor systems for building works. After completing this course, you will be able to:

  • Build substructures in a construction environment.
  • Construct solid and suspended floor systems on site.
  • Use specifications to construct a retaining wall.

Structural Task Development for Construction (15 Credits) (80 practical learning hours)
Students will develop practical capability in foundation and floor systems for building works. After completing this course, you will be able to:

  • Manufacture and assemble loose timber structures in a construction environment.
  • Fit proprietary beams and connections on site.
  • Erect prefabricated timber-framed structures on site using documentation.

Roof Structural Task Development for Construction (15 Credits) (50 practical learning hours)
Students will develop practical capability in roof structure for building work. After completing this course, you will be able to:

  • Use calculations to build pitched and flat roof structures in a construction environment.
  • Set out and safely erect prefabricated roof structures on site.

Exterior Envelope Task Development for Construction (15 Credits) (100 practical learning hours)
Students will develop practical capability in weather tightness for building works. After completing this course, you will be able to:

  • Construct cavity drainage systems.
  • Fit exterior joinery in a construction environment.
  • Seal exterior joinery and cladding on a construction site.
  • Fix exterior claddings and trim in a construction environment.
  • Fix long run roof cladding and flashings in a construction environment.

Interior Fit out Task Development for Construction (15 Credits) (50 practical learning hours)
Students will develop the practical capability to fit out interiors for building work. After completing this course, you will be able to:

  • Prepare structure and fit insulation for wall linings in a construction environment.
  • Fix interior linings and a sound control system.
  • Install joinery fixtures in a construction environment.
  • Fix interior trim and hardware furniture.

Construct Support Structure (15 Credits) (120 practical learning hours)
Students will learn to construct concrete and timber structures. After completing this course, you will be able to:

  • Use documentation to build a concrete substructure and floor system on site.
  • Use documentation to assemble a timber substructure and flooring system on site.
  • Construct a timber retaining wall.

Prepare a Site for Building Work (15 Credits) (80 practical learning hours)
Students will learn documentation to prepare a construction site for building work. After completing this course, you will be able to:

  • Use documentation to set out and prepare a site for building work.
  • Plan and safely carry out demolition work in preparation for construction activity.

Frame and Roof Structures (15 Credits) (80 practical learning hours)
Students will learn to construct frame and roof structures. After completing this course, you will be able to:

  • Calculate, set out, manufacture and erect timber or metal roof framing in a construction environment.
  • Set out, erect and brace prefabricated timber or metal roof framing according to documentation.
  • Use documentation to fix prefabricated beams, assemble roof finishings, penetrations and ceiling components on site.

Exterior Envelope (15 Credits) (80 practical learning hours)
Students will learn to complete an exterior envelope for building work. After completing this course, you will be able to:

  • Use a specification to install long run roofing and flashings.
  • Use documentation to build a cavity system on site.
  • Install exterior joinery on site.
  • Fabricate sheet and linea cladding systems from a specification.

Interior Lining and Finishing (15 Credits) (80 practical learning hours)
Students will learn to prepare and fit out an internal environment. After completing this course, you will be able to:

  • Prepare walls and ceilings for lining on site.
  • Use a specification to install interior linings, sound system and trim on site.
  • Install interior joinery, door furniture and finishings in a construction environment.

Supervision on Site (15 Credits) (100 practical learning hours)
Students will learn to supervise building work on site. After completing this course, you will be able to:

  • Manage and supervise site safety.
  • Plan and supervise building work.
  • Erect and inspect scaffolding up to 5 metres.

Project Management for Building Work (10 Credits) (10 practical learning hours)
Student will learn to plan for building work on site. After completing this course, you will be able to:

  • Plan building work and safety aspects of a construction project.
  • Quantify a table of materials for a construction project.
  • Apply introductory building law and contracts for a sole trader working in construction.

Support Structures for Building Work (15 Credits) (20 practical learning hours)
Students will learn to identify the requirements for support structures and floor systems for construction. After completing this course, you will be able to:

  • Identify the materials and construction process for timber and concrete support structures.
  • Describe the materials and construction process for timber and concrete floor systems.
  • Outline the best practice and construction process for a retaining wall.

Frames and Structures for Building Work (15 Credits) (30 practical learning hours)
Students will learn the requirements to construct wall structures. After completing this course, you will be able to:

  • Describe the processes to fabricate and erect timber-framed structures.
  • Use a manufacturer’s specification to explain the construction light gauge steel frame structures for residential buildings.
  • List the best practices and processes to construct masonry structures for residential building work.
  • Discuss the manufacturer’s / engineer’s specifications for installation of prefabricated beams in construction.
  • Outline the recommended best practices to construct insitu and precast concrete, including the installation of manufactured precast structural and floor systems.

Roof Structures for Building Work (15 Credits) (20 practical learning hours)
Students will learn the requirements to construct roof structures. After completing this course, you will be able to:

  • Explain the processes to fabricate and erect timber roof framed structures.
  • Use a manufacturer’s specification to plan the installation of prefabricated timber/light gauge steel roof structures.
  • Describe the recommended best practices to complete roof finishing components, roof bracing, ceiling framing, roof penetrations for roof structures.

Interior Linings and Finishing for Building Work (15 Credits) (20 practical learning hours)
Students will learn the requirements to fit out the interior of a building. After completing this course, you will be able to:

  • Outline the procedures to prepare and install interior linings and trim.
  • Identify thermal and sound insulation systems for use in residential construction.
  • Describe the fundamental components and installation of internal joinery.
  • Use manufacturer’s specifications and best practices for the installation of building hardware and door furniture.

Exterior Envelope Roof (10 Credits) (20 practical learning hours)
Students will learn the requirements for roof cladding systems. After completing this course, you will be able to:

  • Describe the preparation and installation for long run roofing material.
  • Identify and list the recommended best practice to install roofing accessories.

Exterior Envelope Cladding (15 Credits) (20 practical learning hours)
Students will learn the requirements for weather-tight cladding systems. After completing this course, you will be able to:

  • Identify from the Building Code cavity systems used in residential building work.
  • Outline the best practices for the installation of external joinery and accessories to meet compliance.
  • Use sketches/details to describe the installation of external wall claddings.

 Learning Facilities

The Regional Trades and Technology Centre in our Palmerston North campus has 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 2

OR

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

OR

Equivalent academic achievement.

OR

On a case-by-case basis at the discretion of the Executive Dean.

 

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 proficiency entry requirements
International student applicants whose first language is not English must have an 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 (i.e. combining scores from more than one test is not permissible). UCOL is a TOEFL iBT testing centre.

Applicants under 20 years of age
For international applicants under 20 years of age who do not hold NCEA, International Academic Qualifications Entry Criteria apply.

 Advice & Guidance

This qualification supports the knowledge and skill requirements of the Carpentry class of the Licensed Building Practitioner (LBP) scheme.

Work experience
To successfully complete this programme of study, candidates must be employed in the carpentry industry at time of study and must be supervised by someone willing to support their training.

Candidates must enter into a 3-way training agreement between the candidate, employer and UCOL.

Students will complete the practical learning in their own place of employment, or at a site agreed to by both parties, the student and the employer.

The students will be visited on a regular basis by carpentry lecturers from UCOL.

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.

The students entering the New Zealand Certificate in Carpentry Level 4 programme who have already completed the New Zealand Certificate in Construction Trade Skills (Carpentry) L3 programme successfully can have the matched courses recognised as prior learning.

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 Carpentry supersedes and takes the best from the following programme of study, which is no longer offered:

  • National Certificate in Carpentry

 Additional Costs

Please note that there are additional costs associated with the New Zealand Certificate in Carpentry (Trade):

  • 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

 Accreditation

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.

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