What will I learn?

Building the future or restoring the past, UCOL is dedicated to preparing the best employees to enter the construction industry – you will hit the ground running.

If the construction industry is where you want to build your career, UCOL's New Zealand Certificate in Construction Trade Skills is for you.

Gain practical competencies and skills in health and safety, trade mathematics, hand tools and project work related to different aspects of the construction industry.

You'll graduate work-ready with transferable skills for a wide range of construction-related trades.

Possible roles include working as a labourer with limited supervision, or an apprentice.

This course is also offered in Taumaranui (Feb) & Marton (Sep).

Career & Study Outcomes

Successful graduates will be able to:

  • Understand and apply specific carpentry terminology and concepts such as line, level, square and plumb when carrying out carpentry work in a project environment
  • Understand basic building technology, the properties of timber, concrete, steel and composite products, interior and exterior linings and fixings, and apply this knowledge to carpentry projects
  • Use construction and installation processes and techniques while carrying out carpentry projects
  • Carry out assigned carpentry work in a project environment

Education pathway

  • New Zealand Certificate in Carpentry

Course Information

  • Workplace Safety Frameworks and Practices
  • Skills for Construction Trades
  • Carpentry Terminology and Concepts
  • Building Assembly Techniques and Properties of Building Materials
  • Construction and Installation Processes and Techniques
  • Carpentry Project Preliminaries
  • Carpentry Project Foundations and Support Structures
  • Carpentry Project Frames, Structures and Exterior Envelope
  • Carpentry Project Interior Linings and Finishing

Industry Connections

UCOL staff are well connected to our stakeholders. We will prepare you for the workplace and help manage your apprenticeship.

Study options

Full Time (1 year)

Tuition fees
NZ$20,500.00 (10,75,807) per year
Start date

Expected February 2022


UCOL Horowhenua Campus

160 Oxford Street,



5510, New Zealand

Full Time (1 year)

Tuition fees
NZ$20,500.00 (10,75,807) per year
Start date

Expected February 2022


UCOL Wairarapa Campus

143-159 Chapel Street,


5810, New Zealand

Entry requirements

For international students

NCEA Level 1 or equivalent.

Applicants whose first language is not English must have an IELTS General or Academic score of 5 with no band score lower than 5 (or equivalent including TOEFL). IELTS scores used must be taken from a single IELTS Test Report Form (i.e. combining scores from more than one test is not permissible).TOEFL (iBT) score of 35 (with a writing score of 14); Cambridge B2 First (for Schools), C1 Advanced, C2 Proficiency: B2 with score of 154; no less than 154 in each skill; OET: Minimum Grade C or 200 in all subtests; PToE (Academic) score of 36 with no band less than 36.

Applicants under 20 years of age:

For international applicants under 20 years of age who do not hold NCEA, International Academic Qualifications Entry Criteria apply (Entry requirements vary from country to country). For more details, please visit the institution website.

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.