New Zealand Certificate in Construction Trade Skills with strands in Allied Trades and Carpentry (Level 3)

Would you like to work in the construction industry? Get a head start by gaining the right skills and knowledge you need to succeed.

This programme prepares you to enter the construction workforce in a range of areas, including as an apprentice.

There are two strands to choose from - Allied Trades for general construction skills, or Carpentry for a specific carpentry focus.

You’ll enjoy trips to local construction sites and visits from industry experts, and work on a range of exciting projects. If you choose the Carpentry strand you’ll work as part of a team building a house! Both strands give you the opportunity to earn a Site Safe Construction Passport too.

Once you’ve graduated you can continue your education towards a Level 4 qualification in carpentry, joinery or another construction-related allied trade, or apply for labourer or apprentice roles in the construction industry.

With additional training and/or experience you can go on to further roles in the construction industry like carpenter, joiner, plasterer, painter or roofer.

Content Details

During the programme you'll learn about safety, tools, materials, construction terminology, construction tasks and projects, processes, and techniques.


Planned intakes*: February, July
Delivery modes: Full-time
Locations*: Other, Rotorua (Mokoia Campus), Rotorua (Waipa Campus), Taupo, Tauranga (Windermere Campus), Tokoroa, Whakatane
Duration: 1 semester, One year

* subject to change. Intakes may vary between locations.

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

Indicative Fees

2018 domestic students Carpentry strand $6,678.00

2018 international students $19,950.00

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:

  • New Zealand Certificate in Construction Trade Skills with strands in Allied Trades, Carpentry & Joinery (Level 3)
  • Site Safe Passport

Career Opportunities

  • Apprentice carpenter/joiner
  • Labourer/hammer hand

Study Pathways

Toi Ohomai Institute of Technology Pathways

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

Entry Criteria

  • 10 credits in each of literacy (reading and writing) and numeracy in NCEA Level 1 OR,
  • Be able to demonstrate suitable knowledge and skills

Domestic applicants aged 20 years or above who do not meet the academic entry requirements, but who can demonstrate their skills, education and / or work experiences, may be eligible for special admission. 

Students must be physically capable of meeting programme requirements. Applicants are also required to attend an information session where students must demonstrate their ability, interest, motivation and commitment to succeed in the programme. 


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 3 certificate IELTS General or Academic score of 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.