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Certificate in Carpentry (ITAB)

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

This qualification is for those currently working as apprentice carpenters, and wishing to become qualified 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. Part-time, 4 years.

Please note: this programme is FEES-FREE for domestic students, between 1 July 2020 and 31 December 2022. Find out more >

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40 credits NCEA Level 1, including 10 literacy credits and 10 numeracy credits

OR New Zealand Certificate in Construction Trade Skills (Level 3) or equivalent

If you have undertaken examinations other than NCEA (e.g. International Baccalaureate, Cambridge Examination), Ara will assess your qualification for academic entry equivalency.

Be employed in the Carpentry industry at time of study. Enter into a 3-way training agreement between the candidate, employer and Ara.

Still want to study but don't meet the Academic Requirements?

If you show that you have equivalent skills for tertiary study gained through study, work and/or life experience, you may be able to gain alternative entry.

Note: The number of courses you have to complete for this qualification may be reduced where you have relevant credits from previous study, or evidence of similar learning or experience in the workplace.

What if English is not my first Language?

What if English is not my first Language?

If English is not your first language, we want to make sure that you will be successful in your chosen programme of study.

  • Please provide a result from a test or qualification on the acceptable alternatives English Proficiency Outcomes Chart.
  • If you are a New Zealand Citizen or Permanent Resident, complete an Admission and Enrolment form and Ara will contact you regarding a free assessment.
  • If you are not a New Zealand Citizen or Permanent resident, book an IELTS or other test through the Ara Examination Centre or in your home country.
  • 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.
  • What if I have achieved NCEA Level 3 University Entrance?
  • You do not need to provide additional evidence of English Language skills.

Overall IELTS 5.5 Academic

  • 5.0 Listening
  • 5.0 Reading
  • 5.0 Writing
  • 5.0 Speaking

Funding assistance

If you face unexpected financial hardship during your studies, we have several funds that you can apply for. These are designed to enable you to continue your current course of study. We also have a wide range of scholarships and awards that can provide financial assistance.

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Career opportunities

People with this qualification can become a Licenced Building Practitioner (LBP). They may also undertake further study to become Project Managers.

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
  • Technology
  • Maths
  • Woodwork
  • Design

New Zealand Certificate in Carpentry

PART-TIME - 4 Years

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

Information
Type Certificate
Code NZ2738
Credits 320
Level 4
Additional Equipment/Fees NULL
May be eligible for Studylink? Yes
Available Part time Yes
May be eligible for Fees Free? Yes
Reference NZ2738-STRU
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Additional Entry Requirements

Be employed in the Carpentry industry at time of study. Enter into a 3-way training agreement between the candidate, employer and Ara.

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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.

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