What carpenters do
Qualified carpenters are New Zealand's builders. They work with materials such as timber, concrete, steel and brick to lay foundations, erect framing, fit out interiors and apply cladding to buildings. They build new houses, and complete renovations or small repairs. They might work on historic buildings, architecturally designed houses, hospitals or high rises.
Carpenters are required to be licensed in New Zealand – the industry demands a high level of professionalism.
BCITO carpentry qualifications
BCITO manages carpentry apprenticeships. In your apprenticeship you will be working towards the National Certificate in Carpentry Level 4. You’ll work under an experienced builder who'll provide on-job coaching and support throughout your apprenticeship. You'll also receive the guidance of a BCITO training advisor.
There are no strict entry requirements, although it will help if you have good maths and English skills – you need to be able to understand instructions, and work out measurements, quantities and angles.
Your apprenticeship is the start of a professional career
Carpentry isn't just a job – it's a professional career. By doing an apprenticeship and getting qualified, you're setting yourself up for ongoing employment as a well-paid tradesperson. You’ll also open up opportunities to do further study in supervision or site management, go to university, or start a business and train your own apprentices.