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Construction Trade Skills Level 3

New Zealand Certificate in Construction Trade Skills (Level 3) with strand in Carpentry


Course details


Students in this programme will gain skills and knowledge in health and safety, trade calculations, hand tools, and project work related to different aspects of the construction industry.

Please note: Fee-free scholarships are available for domestic students in 2020 only (excludes Industry Training Organisation students). These scholarships apply to the following programmes: Mechanical Engineering Level 3, Electrical Engineering Level 3, Automotive Engineering Level 3, Construction Trade Skills Level 3; and Plumbing, Gasfitting and Drainlaying (Pre-Apprenticeship) Level 3.

What you'll study

Students will study four core modules, and complete all modules in the Carpentry strand.

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Core modules


Module codeModule titleLevelCreditsPre-requisitesCo-requisites
BILD301​Construction Health and Safety315  
COMS303​Communication Skills35  
BILD302​Plans and Specifications for Simple Projects35  
BILD303​Construction Calculations35  
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Carpentry strand

Module codeModule titleLevelCreditsPre-requisitesCo-requisites
BILD307​Carpentry Terminology310  
BILD308​Basic Building Technology310  
BILD309​Construction and Installation Processes310  
BILD310​Building Foundations Project320  
BILD311​Building Envelope and Structural Elements Project320  
BILD312​Building Interiors Project320  
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Career/further opportunities

Graduates will have the skills and knowledge to work as a labourer or an apprentice. With additional training and/or experience they may go on to further roles in the construction industry such as carpenter, plasterer, painter or roofer.

Entry criteria

General academic admission

There is open entry to this programme although students must demonstrate a reasonable likelihood of success.

Selection criteria

a) Candidates may be required to undertake a Needs Assessment to help identify any support they may need in order to be successful in the programme.

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

English language requirements

Candidates who have English as a second language are required to have an International English Language Test System (IELTS) score of 5, with no individual band score lower than 5; or equivalent.


As some of the practical components within this programme are considered high risk, students will be required to submit to an initial drug screen, and may be required to submit to further drug screening if there is reasonable cause to suspect a student is under the influence of drugs or alcohol, as per Wintec’s Drug & Alcohol Policy (OP-16/04).

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Wintec Trades pathway

Please check the entry criteria for each programme to see which course is the best level for you to begin with. The entry criteria information can be found on each of the programme pages here online. You can also contact us directly to discuss the appropriate level for you at

Your first day

Are you ready for your first day of class? Check out your start date and where you need to be. You can also find useful information about studying at Wintec on our Welcome page.

Year 1 students starting February 2020

Date: Monday 10 February 2020
Time: 8am-4pm
Location: Student Street, G block, Rotokauri Campus 

Date: Tuesday 11 February 2020
Time: 8am-4pm
Location: Student Street, G block, Rotokauri Campus

Date: Wednesday 12 February 2020
Time: 8am-4pm
Location: Student Street, G block, Rotokauri Campus

Year 1 students starting July 2020

​Date: Tuesday 28 July 2020
Time: 8am
Location: Powhiri at The Hub Rotokauri Campus

Date: Wednesday 29 July 2020
Time: 8am
Location: Student Street, G block, Rotokauri Campus

Date: Thursday 30 July 2020
Time: 8am
Location: Student Street, G block, Rotokauri Campus

What you will need

Please ensure you have your Safety boots and glasses on this first day.

Students will need to purchase their own safety gear and also tools - tool list as follows:

  • Steel cap boots
  • Hammer 20oz
  • Tape measure auto lock 8m kp85
  • Punch nail 3/32 2.4mm
  • Folding rule bevel 1m
  • Combination square contractor grade
  • Chisel impact m750 32mm
  • Pro nail bar 250mm
  • Builder's apron
  • Earmuff class 5 26db safety extra

The most important equipment for you to buy is safety boots. These must be steel-capped. Students must have safety boots & safety glasses before they can begin any practical sessions in the course.

If you are having difficulty with purchasing the tools above, please speak with your tutor in the first week.

Timetable information

All timetables are available via Timetable Net on our website.

How to find your way around

Campus maps can be found here.

Parking and bus information

Both the Rotokauri and City campuses have parking available - permits are required. Learn more about parking and find out about discounted bus services here.

Wintec pōwhiri/nau mai, haere mai

Wintec extends a warm invitation to all new students to attend a Pōwhiri to welcome the semester ahead. After formalities, light refreshments will be served in the marae dining room, Te Kōpū Mānia o Kirikiriroa, Wintec City Campus.

Click here to find out where and when the next Pōwhiri will be.

Paying for your study

Course related costs

Additional information


Purchasing textbooks

If your programme requires you to have access to textbooks, these can be purchased through a range of suppliers listed below:

Hamilton-based supplier

  • Bennetts (Bennetts has a store operating on campus at the University of Waikato, Hamilton)

New Zealand-based suppliers

General book suppliers

First aid certificate

Health status



Clinical placement

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