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 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.

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
  • Maths
  • Physics

Programme structure

To complete this Certificate you are required to complete 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,


    New Zealand Certificate in Construction Trade Skills (Level 3) Carpentry strand

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

Alternative requirements
  • 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. Contact Ara for advice.

Additional requirements
  • In addition, you need to:

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










Acceptable Alternatives Chart

Selection criteria

Applicants who meet the entry requirements will be accepted into the programme in the order that applications are received.

Next steps

Application documents

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.