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Carpentry Level 3 (Youth Guarantee)

Gain in-demand carpentry skills and apply your learning in the real world with regular work experience on actual construction projects.

Youth Guarantee programmes are FREE* and a great way to learn practical skills and gain a qualification. You can apply for these options if you're 16 to 19 years of age and no longer at school, or you're planning on leaving school.

This programme will equip you with a wide range of practical skills as well as an understanding of carpentry theory, calculations, quantities, drawing, communication skills and related studies. You'll also learn about tools, machines and timber, plus the construction of single and two storey residential buildings and light commercial buildings.

In order to undertake this programme you must be physically able to work safely in an industry-related work environment.

This programme contains unit standards that count towards NCEA.

*Funding availability dependent.

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Programme Credits

Unit Standard Title Version Number NZQF Credits Level 1 Credits Level 2 Credits Level 3 Credits Level 4 Credits
6400 Manage first aid in an emergency situation 6 2 2
6401 Provide first aid 6 1 1
6402 Provide basic life support 8 1 1
12997 Demonstrate knowledge of safe working practices on construction sites 4 3 3
13016 Demonstrate knowledge of the erection and dismantling of scaffolding up to five metres in height 4 3 3
24378 Perform building calculations 1 4 4
9184 Erect and dismantle non-notifiable prefabricated frame scaffolding up to five metres in height 6 5 5
12998 Demonstrate knowledge of carpentry hand tools 3 4 4
13031 Demonstrate knowledge of regulations and precautions for demolition work 3 1 1
13053 Erect and dismantle scaffolding up to five metres in height 4 6 6
24362 Demonstrate knowledge of working drawings and specifications for building work 1 3 3
24378 Perform building calculations 1 4 4
12999 Demonstrate knowledge of timber machining equipment used on construction sites 3 3 3
13000 Demonstrate knowledge of portable power tools used on construction sites 3 4 4
13037 Safely use and maintain carpentry hand tools on site 3 6 6
13038 Safely use and maintain bench saws to machine timber on site 3 2 2
13039 Safely use and maintain portable power tools and attachments for construction work on site 3 8 8
13010 Demonstrate knowledge of making and placing concrete 3 3 3
13043 Excavate and prepare for footings and slab on ground on site 3 8 8
13046 Fabricate and place reinforcing steel and steel mesh on site 3 5 5
21008 Manually set out and mark timber framing plates for fabrication from shop drawings 2 4 4
21015 Assemble wall frames in a controlled environment 2 8 8
24381 Demonstrate knowledge of floor framing and flooring construction 1 3 3
24398 Cut, fit and fix exterior cladding on site 1 16 16
13058 Cut, fit and fix interior linings and trim on site 3 10 10
24388 Demonstrate knowledge of cutting, fitting and fixing interior linings and trim 1 5 5
Total: 122 1 1 89 31

If you're a New Zealand citizen or permanent resident and between 16 to 19 years old, you can apply to study if you have left school or are intending to leave school & you have not achieved the equivalent level NCEA qualification at school

If English isn't your first language, you may be required to provide evidence of your English language skills. Refer to the Acceptable Alternative Chart or contact us for an assessment.

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

Starting an apprenticeship is the ideal path to securing a future in the construction industry where you will undertake practical and theory tasks to gain the full trade qualification.

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

Study pathways

This programme can lead to the New Zealand Certificate in Carpentry Level 4 apprenticeship.

Recommended school subjects

  • English
  • Technology
  • Mathematics
  • Woodwork
  • Design

New Zealand Certificate in Construction Trade Skills (Carpentry Strand) (YG)

PART-TIME - 26 Weeks

Gain in-demand carpentry skills and apply your learning in the real world with regular work experience on actual construction projects.

Type Youth Guarantee
Code NZ2834
Ara Credits 120
Level 3
May allow Dual Enrolment Yes
Available Part time Yes
May be eligible for Fees Free? Yes
Reference NZ2834-CARY
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