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Construction Trade Skills Level 3

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


Course details

  • Jul 2023
    Feb 2024
  • One year
  • Full-time
  • $7,809
  • You may qualify for fee-free study under MPTT
  • Level 3
  • Hamilton Rotokauri Campus


This one-year course will help you develop your technical knowledge, as well as your practical skills relating to many aspects of building and the construction industry. Our graduates go on to become carpenters, builders, project managers, and much more.

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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. They may wish to register as a Licensed Building Practioner.


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

To check what you need to gain entry to a course, review the entry criteria available on each programme page. These assist you in understanding what qualifications or experience are typically required to gain entry. You can contact our team at or 0800 2 Wintec at any time for further guidance.

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.

Students starting Semester 2 2023

Whānau evening:
Date: Wednesday 12 July 2023
Time: 5.30pm-6.30pm
Venue: G Block, Student Street, Rotokauri Campus

Induction day:
Date: Monday 17 July 2023
Time: 8am-4pm
Venue: G Block, Student Street, Rotokauri Campus

What you will need

As part of the Centre for Trades Safety Guidelines, you will be required to wear NZ-approved safety steel cap footwear at all times while in the workshop. NZ-approved safety glasses will also be required to be worn, which we will provide to you at induction. 

As the course progresses, you may need to purchase some basic tooling that we will cover in detail at induction. We also recommend you bring a notebook, laptop or tablet with you. We recommend you wait to recieve more details at induction before purchasing any items.

MPTT students, please note that all tools and safety boots will be provided to you.

Timetable information

All Wintec timetables are available online here.

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.

He reo pōwhiri, your official welcome to Wintec

Tēnei te mihi mahana ki a koe e piki nei, e kake nei ki te Kuratini o Waikato.

You are warmly invited to attend the official welcome to Wintec for all new students, staff and whānau (family) at either our marae, Te Kōpū Mānia o Kirikiriroa or Rotokauri campus. The pōwhiri is a welcoming ceremony involving mihimihi (speeches), waiata (singing), and will conclude with kai timotimo (light refreshments). Please gather at the campus hubs, and a staff member will guide you through our pōwhiri.

Click here to find out 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:

    New Zealand-based suppliers

    General book suppliers

    First aid certificate

    Health status



    Clinical placement

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