Fees-FREE | NZ Certificate in Building, Construction and Allied Trades Skills [Level 3]

Study Options



15 weeks (including 1 week break)


Level 3

Build a great career in construction

The aim of this course is to allow students to develop knowledge and skills to plan and prepare for a stage 3 Building, Construction and Allied Trades Skills (BCATS) project, to apply those skills to undertaking the project and to compare against given requirements.

You will learn about using hand and power tools safely, health and safety, materials, plans and documentation, communication, measurement and calculation, collaborating with other trades, undertaking projects, and reviewing quality of work.


Tairāwhiti: Monday, 20 July 2020 –  Friday, 30 October 2020

Hawke’s Bay:  Monday, 24 August 2020 –  Friday, 4 December 2020

Career Opportunities and Outcomes

Your possible employment opportunities include: Entry level trade pre-apprentice programme.

Your study pathway could progress onto:

  • NZ Certificate in Construction Trade Skills (Carpentry) [Level 3]
  • NZ Certificate in Construction Trade Skills (Joinery) [Level 3]
  • NZ Certificate in Carpentry [Level 4]


What you will learn:

  • Using hand and power tools safely
  • Health and safety
  • Materials, plans and documentation
  • Communication
  • Measurement and calculation
  • Collaborating with other trades
  • Undertaking projects
  • Reviewing quality of work


Applicants must:

  • Have achieved NCEA Level 1, or provide evidence of achievement at an equivalent level. An applicant under the age of 20 years who does not meet the academic entry requirements may be granted entry to the programme where they supply evidence of their ability to succeed on the programme.
  • Or be over the age of 20 and able to demonstrate an interest in the industry and the potential to succeed.


EIT offers a variety of scholarships across various subjects and programme levels.  Some scholarships are based on your age, some are specific to the subject you want to study.  Not all scholarships are based on your academic ability and anyone wanting to study should investigate what scholarships are available to them.  

You can find a list of EIT scholarships here however there are many more scholarships offered nationally.  Information about these is on an database called “givME”. givME is accessible at EIT or at some public libraries. If you would like to come to EIT to look through the giveME database don’t hesitate to contact scholarships@eit.ac.nz or call in for a chat.