New Zealand Certificate in Carpentry.xml New Zealand Certificate in Carpentry

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CertificatePart-time, 4 years

Annual Fees(indicative 2019)

Programme code



$780 - $900per course




This programme is not available to international students



Course related costs

Advised on enrolment



Domestic Applications due

Received all year

International Applications due

This programme is not available to international students


Christchurch - Ensors Road and Timaru


Develop your carpentry skills plus the qualities of organisation and motivation needed to thrive in a construction environment.

This qualification is for those working as carpenters, and for those wishing to work as carpenters, in the construction industry.

The qualification is designed to provide the building and construction industry with trained people who have achieved the practical skills and knowledge required to construct, repair and install building structures to the level required of a commercially competent carpenter.

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

Please note: This programme includes an apprenticeship.

Credit recognition

If you have work experience in this area, or a relevant prior qualification, you may be eligible for credit recognition towards this qualification.

Programme structure

To complete this Certificate you are required to complete a minimum total of 320 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
  • 40 credits NCEA Level 1, including 10 literacy credits and 10 numeracy credits, OR New Zealand Certificate in Construction Trade Skills (Level 3) Carpentry strand

Alternative requirements
  • Skills for tertiary study (including literacy and numeracy) may be acquired through study, work and/or life experience. Students who can demonstrate these skills may be approved for alternative entry. Ara literacy and numeracy assessments are available.

Additional requirements
  • To successfully complete this programme of study, candidates must be employed in the Carpentry industry at time of study.

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

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: IELTS scores used must be taken from a single IELTS Test Report Form and are valid for two years from the date of the test. Students who have achieved NCEA Level 3 University Entrance requirements are not required to provide evidence of English language skills.










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Selection criteria

Applications will be processed in the order that they are received.

Next steps

Application documents

Career opportunities

Study pathways

People undertaking this qualification may:

  • Be a school leaver
  • Have attained the Construction and Infrastructure Vocational Pathway for NCEA level 2
  • Be a graduate of a pre-apprenticeship qualification in a building and construction field
  • Have a background in an area related to the building and construction sector.

Graduates of this qualification may choose to continue their education with the following:

  • New Zealand Certificate in Construction Related Trades (Supervisor) (Level 4)
  • New Zealand Certificate in Construction Related Trades (Main Contract Supervision) (Level 5)
  • New Zealand Diploma in Construction Management (Level 6) with strands in Construction Management and Quantity Surveying

Recommended school subjects

  • English
  • Maths
  • Physics