New Zealand Certificate in Carpentry (Level 4)

Are you interested in starting or completing a carpentry apprenticeship and developing skills and knowledge that will take your career forward?

You'll study this course part-time over four years, graduating as a qualified builder, ready to take advantage of the building boom!

Most of your work will be completed on the job in your workplace with scheduled off-the-job training activities. All aspects of the training are aligned with the Tertiary Education Commission’s Code of Good Practice for NZ Apprenticeships.

As you progress through your training, your tutor will work in partnership with you and your employer to guide you in your training. Feedback during this process will also provide information for your assessments.

Your tutor will visit you at your workplace to assess your work and you'll have electronic contact and support in between visits.

Off-the-job classes are a mix of night classes, day release, and blocks, with an element of online learning. This totals the equivalent of between 40 and 60 days over the four years.

Content Details

During this course you'll study topics such as:

Year One

  • Carpentry Introduction 1
  • Carpentry Introduction 2
  • Preliminaries 1
  • Preliminaries 2
  • Interiors 1
  • Exterior Structures 1
  • Walls and Roofs 1
  • Joinery 1

Year Two

  • Exterior Structures 2
  • Walls 1
  • Exterior Envelope 1
  • Support Structures 1
  • Support Structures 2
  • Exterior Envelope 2
  • Support Structures 3
  • Exterior Structures 3

Year Three

  • Exterior Structures 4
  • Support Structures 4
  • Concrete Structures
  • Interiors 2
  • Exterior Envelope 3
  • Exterior Envelope 4
  • Roofs 1
  • Roofs 2

Year Four 

  • Preliminaries 3
  • Preliminaries 4
  • Exterior Envelope 5
  • Interiors 3
  • Alterations and Additions
  • Preliminaries 5
  • Capstone 


Planned intakes*: Various
Delivery modes: Part-time
Locations*: Rotorua (Mokoia Campus), Taupo, Tauranga (Windermere Campus), Tokoroa, Whakatane
Duration: Four years

* subject to change. Intakes may vary between locations.

Note: Students can enrol at any time throughout the year.

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: approx $2,500.00 – $3,000.00

2018 fees to be confirmed

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 course you will receive:

  • New Zealand Certificate in Carpentry (Level 4)
  • Site Safe Construction Passport

Career Opportunities

Graduates of this course will be qualified carpenters. 

They may go on to further roles such as site supervision, project management, contracts management, quantity surveying, business owner, building inspection and assessment, tutor or training advisor.

Study Pathways

Toi Ohomai Institute of Technology Pathways

New Zealand Certificate in Construction Related Trades (Supervisor) (Level 4)
New Zealand Diploma in Construction [Quantity Surveying strand] (Level 6)
New Zealand Diploma in Construction [Construction Management strand] (Level 6)

Entry Criteria

  • Must be working in the construction industry as an employee or contractor
  • Must be supervised by someone who is prepared to support the training

Enrolment into this course will also require the apprentice, employer, and provider to enter into a training agreement. The agreement will outline the responsibilities of each party to the apprenticeship, and will align with the principles in the Code of Good Practice for New Zealand Apprenticeships.


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.