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From 2023, NMIT and the programme you have enrolled in will become part of
Te Pūkenga, and you will graduate with a Te Pūkenga qualification. See more here.
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.
2022: Carpentry Strand (120 credits) - $6,520 plus $240 Student Services Levy; Joinery Strand (90 credits) - $4,890 plus $180 Student Services Levy
A 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.
Get your building career off to a great start with a qualification that prepares you for the workforce.
Set yourself up for an apprenticeship or entry-level job in the building and construction industry with this popular programme.
You can choose to specialise in:
Carpentry is more suited to 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.
The qualification will also assist you in obtaining an apprenticeship.
NMIT’s tutors are Licenced Building Practitioners with extensive industry experience and our top-notch facilities include a carpentry barn and 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.
See the skills you will learn in your classes.
Learn how to make wood panel products and more in the joinery class.
During the programme you will be working with tools on real life building projects.
Read Levi's story below that has led to his successful construction career.
You will be spending some time in the classroom learning the theory before putting what you have learnt into practise in the workshop.
Learn the different ways to make corner joins in window frames.
See what you can do with lamination in the joinery class.