What will I learn?

Learn safe working practices and gain a range of basic trade skills, qualities and attributes that will enable you to seek further training and/or employment in the construction industry.

The New Zealand Certificate in Building, Construction and Allied Trade Skills (BCATS) has been designed specifically to provide a progressive pathway for you to integrate into a wide range of trade-related occupations.

You will develop a flexible approach to learning through a range of skills and activities, allowing you to make informed choices on the subjects that are relevant and appropriate to your needs and purposes.

Career & Study Outcomes

  • Construction worker
  • Building firms
  • Carpentry trades
  • Joinery trades
  • Labouring / Hammer-hand
  • Plasterer
  • Painter
  • Roofer
  • Or staircase to further study

To find out more about possible job prospects and salaries, see Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment's Occupation Outlook for Carpenters & joiners, Construction Workers, Quantity Surveyors, and Painters and Floor Finishers.

Education pathway

  • New Zealand Certificate in Construction Trade Skills (Carpentry)

Study options

Full Time (10 weeks)

Tuition fees
Information not available
Start date

10 October 2022


UCOL Wairarapa Campus

143-159 Chapel Street,


5810, New Zealand

Full Time (10 weeks)

Tuition fees
Information not available
Start date

25 July 2022, 10 October 2022


UCOL Whanganui Campus

16 Rutland Street,


4500, New Zealand

Entry requirements

For international students

This programme has open entry.

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.

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


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