New Zealand Certificate in Construction Trade Skills
Level 3

New Zealand Certificate in Construction Trade Skills

  • NMIT is part of Te Pūkenga

    This means that you will now graduate with a Te Pūkenga qualification. Read more

  • Locations and dates


    17 February 2025
    Joinery Strand


    17 February 2025
    Carpentry Strand
  • Study options


  • Length

    Carpentry strand: 40 weeks full-time - 34 teaching weeks plus 6 holiday weeks. Joinery strand: 30 weeks full-time - 26 teaching weeks plus 4 holiday weeks.

  • Total credits


  • Fees

    2024: Carpentry Strand (120 credits) - $6,880 plus $246 Student Services Levy; Joinery Strand (90 credits) - $5,160 plus $186 Student Services Levy

    Compulsory Student Services Levy applies ($2 per credit).

    Fees listed are for each year of the programme, indicative only and may vary with course selection.

    View course details for individual fees.

  • National qualification code


Get your building career off to a great start with a qualification that prepares you for the workforce.

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Set yourself up for an apprenticeship or entry-level job in the building and construction industry with these popular programmes.

This programme offers two strands of qualifications for you to choose from, carpentry or joinery. NMIT offers joinery students a dedicated workshop on the Nelson Campus, while the Richmond Campus provides a real-life, all-weather construction environment to carpentry students.

Carpentry suits students who enjoy working outdoors on large-scale construction projects. Joinery is more suited to students who have an eye for detail and enjoy working with precise measurements. Both specialisations have excellent job prospects in New Zealand and globally.

As a graduate, you will be qualified to work as an entry-level construction site worker, pre-cut factory worker, and in the retail sector of the construction and joinery industries or drafting or architectural roles.

The qualification will also assist you in obtaining an apprenticeship. Many students are offered an apprenticeship before completion of the programme due to the training undertaken and the relationship the tutors have directly with employers region-wide.

NMIT’s tutors are qualified building practitioners with extensive industry experience and our top-notch facilities include a carpentry barn and an enclosed construction yard.

Our students are strongly represented in the regional and national Apprentice of the Year competition, which speaks to the real-world education available at NMIT.

The programme is supported by the Industry Training Association Building (ITaB) scheme and the BCITO(external link).







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