NZ Certificate in Construction Trade Skills (Carpentry) (Level 3)

Study Options



1 year


Level 3

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Build your construction trade career

At EIT | Te Pūkenga we don’t just talk about doing things – we actually do them. Project and task-based learning offers you real world experience. Kick-start your training in our modern Trades and Technology facilities.

You can get a head-start for a career in building and construction and gain credits towards the NZ Certificate in Carpentry (Level 4). Work experience within the local industry is an important part of the programme. Our facilities and tutors are excellent, with graduates being highly regarded by employers.

The NZ Certificate in Construction Trades Skills (Carpentry) (Level 3) is a pre-employment programme which offers you practical studies and provides a pathway to a career in the construction industry.


During the NZ Certificate in Construction Trade Skills (Carpentry) (Level 3) programme you will learn the following:

  • Apply basic knowledge, including workshop safety frameworks and practices
  • Skills for construction trades
  • Carpentry terminology and concepts
  • Building technology and properties
  • Construction and installation processes and techniques
  • Carpentry project – preliminaries
  • Carpentry project – foundations and support structures
  • Carpentry project – frames, structures and exterior envelope
  • Carpentry project – interior linings and finishing

EIT | Te Pūkenga will provide an “on loan” basic tool belt, that must be returned in full.

You are welcome to make an appointment to talk to a teaching staff member about this programme and to have a tour of the Trades workshops.

Your future career and study opportunities

Employment opportunities

During the programme you will be able to achieve skills that count towards the NZ Certificate in Carpentry (Level 4). After graduation you can be employed as an apprentice by a builder or building contractor to complete your trade qualification. Within the industry you could enter as an apprentice in residential construction, commercial construction or associated trades within the construction industry (truss making, framing fabrication).

Study opportunities

  • NZ Certificate in Carpentry (Level 4)
  • NZ Certificate in Construction Trades (Supervisor) (Level 4)
  • NZ Certificate in Construction (Main Contract Supervisor) (Level 5)
  • NZ Diploma in Architectural Technology (Level 6)


There are two entry dates per year:

  • February (Hawke’s Bay and Tairāwhiti)
  • July (Hawke’s Bay only)


Entry requirements

Standard entry

Applicants under 20 years old:

  • NCEA Level 1 (including NCEA L1 Maths and English) or an equivalent qualification

Non-standard entry

  • Successful completion of the NZ Certificate in Building, Construction and Allied Trades Skills (Level 3) and successful completion of the alternative academic entry test; or
  • Successful interview with a member of the academic staff and successful completion of the alternative academic entry test.

The alternative academic entry test will measure applicants’ literacy and numeracy ability to ensure that is of a level to cope with the demands of the programme.

The interview will allow parties to exchange information about what the programme both provides to, and requires of, its students. Included in the interview will be discussion of possible career paths for the student, motivation, physical and emotional requirements and the applicant’s abilities, background, experiences and interests. Attendance of whānau members and/or supporting associates is encouraged at all interviews.

All applicants are required to have the physical mobility needed to meet the demands of construction site work. If it is determined that an applicant does not have the required physical mobility they will be referred to a more appropriate programme.

English language entry requirements

If English is not your first language you are required to have attained an acceptable level of English language fluency prior to acceptance in the programme. Ways in which English language fluency may be demonstrated include successful study of a programme in which English was the language of instruction (conditions apply), completion of a New Zealand Certificate in English Language (Level 3 with any endorsement), approved scores on IELTS tests (Academic score of 5 with no band score lower than 5) or completion of accepted international equivalents.

Industry-based training and partnerships

You will gain practical experience through project-based learning with our industry partners Hawke’s Bay Homes and K3 Kahungunu Property.



Academic learning services

Academic Learning Services is here to assist you on your journey towards the successful completion of your studies at EIT | Te Pūkenga. Our aim is for you to become confident, competent and independent learners.

We have dedicated advisors who can assist with your learning.

Find out more:

Hawke’s Bay Campus
Tairāwhiti Campus


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