There’s high demand for carpenters. Gain core skills from setting out and levelling to framing and roofing. Learn in the workshop and on the building site where you’ll construct a house that will become a family’s home. Learn to apply safe work practices and build a solid CV for entering an industry apprenticeship.

Programme outline

The programme covers practical trade skills (with underpinning theory) in the following:

  • use and maintenance of carpentry tools and equipment including hand tools, portable power tools, machine tools
  • erecting profiles, setting out and levelling houses exercises
  • sub-floor framing
  • erecting frames and trusses
  • erecting ceilings
  • construction of framework as required
  • site safe certificate
  • first aid
  • health and safety

Class times for semester one and two are Monday to Thursday, 9am to 3pm. 

Course materials

Students will need their own set of tools, including builder's apron, steel cap boots, cutting knife (with snap blade), nail punch set, folding rule, 8m measuring tape, combination square, claw hammer, chisel set, carpenter's pencil, small padlock, screwdrivers, calculator, pen and paper. A smartphone or tablet is also required to access online learning resources. 

Entry criteria

10 credits NCEA Level 1 literacy and 10 credits NCEA Level 1 numeracy or equivalent

Youth Guarantee places may be available; Youth Guarantee entry criteria applies, please contact us

Please note this programme is not available for international students. 

Government's Targeted Training and Apprenticeship Fund (TTAF)

These programmes are FREE under TTAF, covering; compulsory tuition fees, compulsory course costs and compulsory student services fees. Visit for more information about TTAF.