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Certificate in Building (Level 4)


  • Semester 1 starts 23 January 2017
  • Semester 2 starts 17 July 2017
  • One year, full-time
  • Fee Guideline: $6,796 *Fee free if under Māori and Pasifika Trades Training
  • Rotokauri Campus, Hamilton

Up your chances of getting an apprenticeship in the building industry with Wintec’s Certificate in Building (Level 4).

This programme gives you the foundation knowledge and skills that will enhance your ability to gain employment and apprenticeships in the building and construction sector. You will get the theoretical knowledge and the introductory practical skills that are valued by employers selecting new apprentices.

Programme Content - Full Time

The Certificate in Building (Level 4) includes compulsory content associated with health and safety in the workplace, first aid, communications skills, and timekeeping. It also includes the correct and safe use of hand tools, power tools and machines used in carpentry and safe working procedures on construction sites.

The elective component of the programme includes carpentry theory and aspects of practical skills in carpentry and on construction sites.

Work experience is included as an important component of the programme.

This programme will allow you to complete part of the theory component of the National Certificate in Carpentry (Level 4). You will also gain the introductory practical skills and work site familiarity that will assist in gaining employment and apprenticeships in the building and construction sector. You will be able to continue the practical training during your apprenticeship which would allow you to complete the National Certificate in Carpentry (Level 4).

Career Opportunities

The Certificate in Building (Level 4) is a first step in a training pathway. The modules selected for this programme form part of the National Certificate in Carpentry (Level 4) and graduates can continue training in the workplace to complete this qualification.  Those who go on to gain the National Certificate in Carpentry (Level 4) will have a broad enough knowledge and skill base to work as a competent tradesperson. 

The National Certificate in Carpentry (Level 4) leads to four further qualifications in Construction or possibly an alternative career in joinery.

Entry Criteria

There is open entry to this programme although students must demonstrate reasonable likelihood of success. Evidence of this may be required, in the form of Communication and English standards /achievement standards at level 2 or above, or the demonstration of equivalent knowledge and skills.

To meet legal and health requirements, candidates must be physically able to carry out the practical components of the programme.

As some of the practical components within this programme are considered high risk, students will be required to submit to an initial drug screen as per Wintec’s Drug and Alcohol Policy. 

Applicants who have English as a second language are required to have an International English Language Test System (IELTS) score of 5.5, with no individual band score lower than 5.0; or equivalent.​

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Additional Information

You will study at Wintec’s Rotokauri campus which is widely regarded as one of the best Trades training areas in the country. Its modern, open plan workshops contain up-to-date equipment to help you learn all the necessary practical skills. The tutors are well-qualified, industry experienced and well-versed in the latest technology.  All this makes Wintec Trade graduates well sought after in the industry.

Secondary School Students

Want to experience carpentry for a day? Talk to your STAR Coordinator or Careers Advisor and do a Wintec Taster in Carpentry and Joinery.

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