Course details

New Zealand Certificate in Carpentry (Level 4)
NZQF Level 4

About the course

Carpentry 4 is a Wintec/ITAB managed apprenticeship scheme that will get students qualified, and help them get through their apprenticeship. We’ll help students find an apprenticeship, and our qualified tutors and student learning support staff will be there to help students along the way, in order to provide the best support, we'll visit students at their workplace nine times a year.

While studying Carpentry 4 students will be working full-time towards their apprenticeship. They’ll attend Wintec three times a year (for one week at a time), and we’ll visit them at their workplace to assess learning. Unlike other apprentice schemes students are trained by a qualified educator with hands-on class time where students will be networking with other apprentices as well as their time on the building site with their employer. Class time can vary between block course or night school.

One of the advantages of our programme is that students will be able to use an app on their phone to take photos of their work for assessment as they go (no need for interruptions!)

What is the ITAB apprentice scheme?

The Industry Training Association – Building (ITAB) apprentice scheme is a New Zealand Certified Builders (NZCB) initiative that draws on the knowledge and expertise of polytechnics, large construction companies and employers throughout New Zealand.

Students are taught and assessed by professionals with years of industry experience. This means gaining a better, more relevant range of skills that future employers can rely on.

Entry requirements

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

Selection Criteria

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. 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 5,5 with no individual band score lower than 5 or equivalent.

About the provider

Based in Hamilton, the Waikato Institute of Technology (Wintec), is one of the country’s largest institutes of technology. We deliver high-quality education across vocational (technical) and professional fields of study to approximately 13,000 students, across over 130 different courses.

At Wintec students are educated in a way that builds their confidence and gets them work-ready. We differ from other types of tertiary providers in the way students get the chance to put their theoretical learning into practice from the very start. You will get to work on real-life projects based on relevant topics and themes as if you were in the workplace. You will also get involved in work placements. This means that by the time you graduate, you will be confident in your skills and knowledge, and know-how to apply your learnings. Our academic staff have years of industry experience between them, which means they can guide you on your journey.

Wintec maintains collaborative relationships with local industry and iwi to identify the needs of the region and community. Fostering strong networks that our students and graduates benefit from is a high priority for us.  Understanding the needs of local industry, what type of graduates they need now, and what they will need in the future is critical to assisting industry and our graduates.