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New Zealand Certificate in Construction Trade Skills (Allied Trades)

New Zealand Certificate in Construction Trade Skills (Allied Trades)

Level 3

If you like working in construction and building industry, UCOL’s New Zealand Certificate in Construction Trade Skills Allied Trades strand will gain you the skills needed to kick-start your career.

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Quick info

Level: 3

Locations: UCOL Manawatū in Palmerston North

Duration: 20 Weeks

25 Jul 2022 - 09 Dec 2022

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.

The New Zealand construction industry is the fifth largest sector in the economy and is growing fast. The industry are crying out for qualified tradespeople to meet the demand in residential, commercial building, and infrastructure development projects. Now is the perfect time to join this crucial industry. 

This programme will give you the practical skills and knowledge you need to carry out various construction-related jobs. The courses cover essential skills in building and construction, including workplace safety and allied trades specific knowledge and projects.

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


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 Construction Trade Skills (Allied) (Level 3) strand 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 & Joiners and Construction Workers.

 Course Information

This programme consists of 60 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.

Terminology and Job Role Knowledge (10 Credits)
Students will learn common construction industry terminology, job roles, and inter-relationship knowledge of allied trades. You will then apply these while completing familiar construction tasks using hand tools and materials. After this course, you will be able to:

  • Apply generic construction industry terminology and display job role and inter-relationship knowledge while carrying out allied trades tasks.
  • Identify and use appropriate hand tools and materials in accordance with manufacturers instructions, to complete familiar tasks in the allied trades. 

Allied Trades Project 1 (20 Credits)
You will complete a range of allied trade projects consisting of:

  • Manufacture and assemble construction trade items relevant to defined construction projects.
  • Select appropriate materials for construction projects and apply coatings and finishes for the selected materials.
  • Apply compliance requirements to assigned project work.

 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 


Equivalent academic achievement.


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 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

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.

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

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
  • 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
  • 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, compass set, protractor, usb memory stick 4gb
  • Office eraser max large, french curves, triangles 200mm
  • Pencil sharpener, lecture pad a4 7mm ruled 200 leaf


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