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Level 3 - Building & Construction Waikato Trades Academy

The construction industry can lead you to an exciting range of possible careers. These include all aspects of the building and construction industry, building design, maintenance and repairs. This programme has an emphasis on practical content and is based around the construction of a sleep out building. Theory content is directly related to the practical projects at each stage of construction, so your learning has real industry relevance.

Upon successful completion of the programme you should be ready to take on an apprenticeship within the construction industry or pathway into the National Certificate in Carpentry Level 4 at Wintec. ​​


Please see for a comprehensive list of vocational opportunities in this Pathway.

Vocational Pathway: Construction and Infrastructure

Entry Level: To move on to year two you will need to have completed 80% of the available credits in year one. Candidates who do not meet this may be accepted at the discretion of the WTA.

NCEA Level: Level 3

Number of Credits: 28

Duration of Programme: 32 days

Programme Structure:  1 day per week (8:30am - 3:00pm) during the school term.

Location: Depending on your closest location, it will be one of the following:

  • Wintec Rotokauri Campus, 51 Akoranga Rd, Hamilton
  • 25 Kopu Road, Thames

(Note: delivery at Kopu is dependent on the number of students who select it as their first choice) 

Cost: Free to the student.

Transport: To be arranged with your school and covered by WTA (if applicable)

Further Details: and

You must enrol through your school. See your Careers Advisor.


Unit StandardTitleCreditLevelVersion
12998Demonstrate knowledge of carpentry hand tools. 433
12999knowledge of timber machining equipment 333
13037Safely use and maintain carpentry hand tools on site. 633
13038Safely use and maintain bench saws 233
24378Perform building calculations. 431
24381Knowledge of floor framing and flooring construction. 331
​24401Install thermal insulation materials in buildings on site 131
13032Non-mechanical, Mechanical Construction Equipment 1 34
16407Use and maintain hand and power tools for electrical work 3 36
Total NZQA Credits​​                 28