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New Zealand Certificate in Construction Trade Skills (Carpentry strand)

ProgrammePart-time, 1 year (while still at school)

Annual Fees(indicative 2019)

Qualification name

New Zealand Certificate in Construction Trade Skills (Carpentry strand) (DE) Fees may apply to international students

Programme code




NZQF credits




Applications due

Received all year


Christchurch - Ensors Road, SIT

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Programme Content

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

Dual Enrolment programmes are FREE if you're in Years 11, 12 or 13 and a great way to earn NCEA credits and get a feel for tertiary study, while you’re still at 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 will also learn about tools, machines and timber, plus the construction of single and two story 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.

You'll earn a New Zealand Certificate in Construction Trade Skills (Carpentry strand) (DE).

This programme is delivered two days per week (Thursdays and Fridays 9:00am - 3:00pm).

*Places are limited and funding is dependent on availability. Some courses may incur costs, depending on the learner's eligibility.

Programme Credits

NZQF credits in the table below are awarded to you on completion of this programme. These credits contribute to achieving your NCEA qualification.

Entry requirements

Academic requirements
  • To enroll you must be in Year 11, 12 or 13 at a secondary school and a New Zealand citizen, permanent resident or hold a visa that allows you to be enrolled in a New Zealand secondary school.

    If you are interested in enrolling in a Dual Enrolment course, you should first talk to your secondary school or with Ara.

    As different programmes are offered, entry requirements, application, and interview processes (including selection criteria) may vary.

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

Acceptable Alternatives Chart

Application Documents

Unit / Achievement Standard Number Unit Standard Title Version No NZQF Credits Level 1 Credits Level 2 Credits Level 3 Credits Level 4 Credits
24380 Demonstrate knowledge of construction of pile foundations. 1 4 4
24362 Demonstrate knowledge of working drawings and specifications for building work. 1 3 3
13053 Erect and dismantle scaffolding up to five metres in height. 4 6 6
13031 Demonstrate knowledge of regulations and precautions for demolition work. 3 1 1
12998 Demonstrate knowledge of carpentry hand tools. 3 4 4
9184 Erect and dismantle non-notifiable prefabricated frame scaffolding up to five metres in height. 6 5 5
13039 Safely use and maintain portable power tools and attachments for construction work on site 3 8 8
13038 Safely use and maintain bench saws to machine timber on site 3 2 2
13037 Safely use and maintain carpentry hand tools on site 3 6 6
13000 Demonstrate knowledge of portable power tools used on construction sites 3 4 4
12999 Demonstrate knowledge of timber machining equipment used on construction sites 3 3 3
24378 Perform building calculations 1 4 4
13016 Demonstrate knowledge of the erection and dismantling of scaffolding up to five metres in height 4 3 3
12997 Demonstrate knowledge of safe working practices on construction sites 4 3 3
6402 Provide basic life support 8 1 1
6401 Provide first aid. 6 1 1
6400 Manage first aid in an emergency situation. 6 2 2