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Certificate in Carpentry
Certificate in Carpentry

Certificate in Carpentry

  • ID:CPIT640171
  • Level:1-Year Post-Secondary Certificate
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Admission Requirements

Entry requirements

  • 40 credits NCEA Level 1, including 10 literacy credits and 10 numeracy credits,


  • New Zealand Certificate in Construction Trade Skills (Level 3) Carpentry strand
  • If you have undertaken examinations other than NCEA (e.g. International Baccalaureate, Cambridge Examination), Ara will assess your qualification for academic entry equivalency.

  • If you show that you have equivalent skills for tertiary study gained through study, work and/or life experience, you may be able to gain alternative entry.

Note: The number of courses you have to complete for this qualification may be reduced where you have relevant credits from previous study, or evidence of similar learning or experience in the workplace. Contact Ara for advice.

English requirements

  • If English is not your first language, we want to make sure that you will be successful in your chosen programme of study.
  • Please provide a result from a test or qualification on the acceptable alternatives English Proficiency Outcomes Chart.


  • If you are a New Zealand Citizen or Permanent Resident, complete an Admission and Enrolment form and Ara will contact you regarding a free assessment.
  • If you are not a New Zealand Citizen or Permanent resident, book an IELTS or other test through the AraExamination Centre or in your home country.
  • IELTS scores used must be taken from a single IELTS Test Report Form and are valid for two years from the date of the test.
  • Overall IELTS requirements 5.5 academic: speaking 5.0, reading 5.0, writing 5.0, listening 5.0.

Course Information

Develop your carpentry skills plus the qualities of organisation and motivation needed to thrive in a construction environment.

This qualification is for those currently working as apprentice carpenters, and wishing to become qualified carpenters in the construction industry.

The qualification is designed to provide the building and construction industry with trained people who have achieved the practical skills and knowledge required to construct, repair and install building structures to the level required of a commercially competent carpenter.

This qualification supports the knowledge and skill requirements of the Carpentry class of the Licensed Building Practitioner (LBP) scheme.

Please note: This programme includes an apprenticeship.

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Pre Courses

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Pathway Courses

People undertaking this qualification may:

  • Be a school leaver
  • Have attained the Construction and Infrastructure Vocational Pathway for NCEA level 2
  • Be a graduate of a pre-apprenticeship qualification in a building and construction field
  • Have a background in an area related to the building and construction sector.

Graduates of this qualification may choose to continue their education with the following:

  • New Zealand Certificate in Construction Related Trades (Supervisor) (Level 4)
  • New Zealand Certificate in Construction Related Trades (Main Contract Supervision) (Level 5)
  • New Zealand Diploma in Construction Management (Level 6) with strands in Construction Management and Quantity Surveying
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Career Opportunity

Career Opportunity

  • People with this qualification can become a Licenced Building Practitioner (LBP). They may also undertake further study to become Project Managers.

Ability to settle

Overseas Student Health Cover

Insurance/year: 700 NZD/ per year

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