National Certificate in Carpentry (Level 4)

Get your carpentry trade qualification with this flexible building course that can be completed while you work.

You’ll get quality carpentry training so when it comes time to prove yourself as a builder in the real world, you’ll have everything you need.

If you’ve not done our level 3 carpentry course you'll complete your theory through block courses, and training completed with another provider may be credited.

You'll be employed as an apprentice by your builder, and enrolled with Toi Ohomai Institute of Technology as a part-time student. We work with employers and supervisors to train their apprentices to be the best possible carpenters, managing the process from start to finish.

As an apprentice you can rest assured you’re in good hands. We’ll evaluate your skills, provide convenient block courses to improve your theoretical knowledge, and visit your worksites several times a year to oversee and assess your on-site learning.

It’s a proven method of training; a three way partnership between the apprentice, the employer and Toi Ohomai Institute of Technology, which meets industry training standards and lets apprentices collaborate with students of a similar skill level during the focused learning block courses.

Apprentices can also sign up with ITAB (Industry Training Association Building) which has been set up to help raise industry standards.

ITAB membership offers additional benefits like discount vouchers, awards, competitions, scholarships and a Certified Builders’ Due Completion of Apprenticeship certificate. There is a fee of $150.00 p.a. (not included in the programme fee); payable to ITAB.

Content Details

Apprentices in employment will undertake practical training and be assessed on-site by Toi Ohomai Institute of Technology tutors. Theory block courses will be offered to students who have not gained theory units.

To become a qualified carpenter you need to gain the National Certificate in Carpentry (Level 4). To be awarded this qualification you need to complete:

  • 42 theory units
  • 28 practical units
  • 2 first aid units

Block courses are run throughout the year for those who need to complete theory units.

For the practical units you are required to complete, we’ll monitor and assess your skills on-site at your place of employment. This will take place on a regular basis in conjunction with your employer.

Recognition of Current Competency (RCC) for Current Builders
This is for the builder/carpenter who is in full-time work within the building industry who has a minimum of seven years experience and wants to gain the National Certificate in Carpentry (Level 4). A tutor works with you to determine your existing knowledge of the trade and your range and level of skills. This includes visits to your workplace and helping you develop a portfolio of completed work.

To see full details of the next available intake please visit the application form.

Indicative Fees

2017 domestic students Year 1 (new students) $931.00

2017 domestic graduates of Toi Ohomai Institute of Technology's Tauranga Campus Certificate in Carpentry Level 3: Year 1 $466.00

Fees may vary depending on your existing credits towards the qualification.

The fee includes Toi Ohomai's theory block courses and assessment, and practical assessment on-site at your place of employment and any courses held at Toi Ohomai

Recognition of Current Competency: approximately $2,500.00 – $3,000.00

Domestic students: fees are set annually for each year of study.

The fee shown for domestic students is applicable to New Zealand citizens and permanent residents. If an international fee is not listed above please refer to the international fees page. All fees are indicative only and subject to change.

You MAY be eligible for a StudyLink Student Loan for your tuition fees.

Find out if your programme qualifies by visiting the Studylink website.

If you also need to pay course related costs, i.e. if outlined in programme costs above, you need to apply separately to StudyLink (up to $1,000/academic year for eligible students). Note course related costs are paid directly into your bank account by StudyLink and you will be required to pay this to Toi Ohomai Institute of Technology.

Qualifications Gained

Upon successful completion of the programme you will receive:

  • National Certificate in Carpentry (Level 4)
  • First Aid Certificate
  • Site Safe Induction Passport

This means you are a qualified carpenter.

Career Opportunities

  • Carpenter
  • Business owner
  • Supervisor or Site/Project Manager
  • Self-employed builder

Study Pathways

Toi Ohomai Institute of Technology Pathways

New Zealand Certificate in Construction Related Trades (Supervisor) (Level 4)

New Zealand Diploma in Construction [Construction Management strand] (Level 6)
New Zealand Diploma in Construction [Quantity Surveying strand] (Level 6)

Entry Criteria


  • Must be working in the construction industry as an employee or contractor
  • Must be supervised by someone prepared to train you

Recognition of Current Competency (RCC) for Current Builders
To be eligible for RCC you must be able to provide evidence that you are currently working in the building industry, and have been for a minimum of seven years.

Information Meeting
We may require you to attend an information meeting prior to offering you a place on the course. This is your opportunity to find out more about the course to see if it fits your career aspirations and for us to ensure you meet our entry requirements.


International applicants for whom English is not their first language will be required to show evidence of language competency, issued within the last two years, before being eligible to enrol in any non-English programme. The level of competency required is outlined in Rule 18 and Appendix 2 of the NZQF Programme and Accreditation Rules 2013. And below under the title English Competency.

English Competency

Level 4 certificate IELTS General or Academic score of 5.5 with no band score lower than 5 or completed NZ Certificate in English Language L3 with an endorsement of either General, Workplace or Academic, or meets a relevant English Proficiency Outcome as outlined in Rule 18 and Appendix 2 of the NZQF Programme and Accreditation Rules 2013.

For domestic applicants for whom English is not their first language, evidence of language competency may be required.