Certificate in Carpentry Level 4.xml Certificate in Carpentry Level 4

Qualifications and courses Study options
programme cert in carpentry

CertificateFull time - 1 year (or optional 3 x 12 week courses to complete qualification)

Annual Fees(indicative 2016)

Programme code



$3,290 - $3,850 or $1043 per 12 week course


February, May, August


$19,630Please enquire



Course related costs

Advised before enrolment



Domestic Applications due

Received all year

International Applications due

Please enquire


Christchurch - Ensors Road and Timaru


You will apply your learning in the real world with regular work experience on actual construction projects with our Certificate in Carpentry.

You will develop a wide range of practical skills as well as an understanding of carpentry theory, calculations, quantities, drawing, communication skills and related studies. This certificate also includes the study of tools, machines and timber plus the construction of single and two storey residential buildings and light commercial buildings.

It is important to note that the theory unit standards in this programme make up the theory component of the National Certificate in Carpentry Qualification.

Programme structure

To complete this Certificate you are required to complete a minimum total of 120 credits. Please browse the guide below to view the course options currently available within this qualification.

Core courses
Elective Courses

To be a full time student you need to maintain a workload of 120 credits per year. We recommend you talk with us to ensure you choose electives to benefit your future career.

Entry requirements

Academic requirements
  • This programme has open entry.
Alternative requirements
  • Evidence of literacy, numeracy and an ability to study at the appropriate level. This can be through study, work and/or life experience. Literacy and numeracy assessments are available.

Additional requirements
English requirements
  • If English is not your first language you may also be required to provide evidence of your English language skills. If you have no evidence of your English language skills and are a New Zealand citizen or permanent resident, contact us for an assessment.

    Note: If you have achieved NCEA Level 3 University Entrance requirements you are not required to provide evidence of English Language Skills.










Acceptable Alternatives Chart

Next steps

To apply for this programme please:

  • complete an Admission and Enrolment form

If you feel you have gained your learning through on the job experience talk to us about recognition or assessment of prior learning

Due to Immigration New Zealand visa requirements international students may be ineligible to complete this qualification.

Application documents

Career opportunities

Starting an apprenticeship is the ideal path to securing a future in the construction industry where you will complete practical units on the job for three to four years.

Many qualified carpenters choose to work as a leading hand, a foreman, a construction manager, or a project manager within a company structure as well as work as a sole trader and/or contractor.

Study pathways

Taking on an apprenticeship and completing the National Certificate in Carpentry means you become a qualified carpenter with further study options available such as the National Certificate in Construction Trades (Supervisor), or the National Diploma in Construction Management or Quantity Surveying.

Recommended school subjects

  • English
  • Mathematics
  • Design
  • Technology
  • Woodwork