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National Certificate in Building, Construction and Allied Trade Skills

National Certificate in Building, Construction and Allied Trade Skills

Level 2

Learn safe working practices and gain a range of basic trade skills, qualities and attributes that will enable you to seek further training and/or employment in the construction industry.

Student working with power tool
Quick info

Level: 2

Locations: UCOL Manawatū in Palmerston North, UCOL Whanganui, UCOL Wairarapa in Masterton

Duration: 10 weeks (4 days per week), full-time

Pamerston North (capped)
12 Oct 2020 - 18 Dec 2020

18 Sep 2020 - 13 Dec 2020

Domestic Fees: *
Nil fees

International Fees:*
Please enquire for details

Additional Fees
Compulsory course costs may apply.

* Fees are indicative only, and are inclusive of the student services levy and GST (goods and services tax). The fee shown is for one year of study.

The National Certificate in Building, Construction and Allied Trade Skills (BCATS) has been designed specifically to provide a progressive pathway for you to integrate into a wide range of trade-related occupations.

You will develop a flexible approach to learning through a range of skills and activities, allowing you to make informed choices on the subjects that are relevant and appropriate to your needs and purposes.

 Career & Study Outcomes

  • Construction worker
  • Building firms
  • Carpentry trades
  • Joinery trades
  • Labouring / Hammer-hand
  • Plasterer
  • Painter
  • Roofer
  • Or staircase to further study

Education pathway
New Zealand Certificate in Construction Trade Skills (Carpentry)

 Course Information

  • Identify, select, maintain, and use hand tools for BCATS projects
  • Identify, select, maintain, and use portable power tools for BCATS projects
  • Demonstrate knowledge of and apply safe working practices in a BCATS workplace
  • Receive instructions and communicate information in relation to BCATS projects
  • Plan and monitor the construction of a BCATS project, and quality check the product
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the carpentry industry within a BCATS environment
  • Construct timber garden furniture and items of basic construction equipment as a BCATS project
  • Demonstrate knowledge of and create sketches and drawings for BCATS projects
  • Demonstrate knowledge of timber and other construction materials used in BCATS projects

 Student & Staff Profiles

 Industry Connections

  • Registered Master Builders Association of NZ Inc.
  • New Zealand Certified Builders

 Learning Facilities

Our approach to learning a trade is practical learning delivered in modern equipped workshops by industry-proven lecturers to give you the solid foundation you need to build a great career on.

 Domestic Entry Requirements

This programme has open entry.


For more information about NCEA Credits see UCOL's NCEA explained page.

 International Entry Requirements

International student applicants whose first language is not English must have an IELTS (or equivalent including TOEFL) score of 5.0 with no band score lower than 5.0. UCOL is a TOEFL iBT testing centre. The English Proficiency test is accepted for English language entry into all UCOL programmes. 

 Advice & Guidance

UCOL's National Certificate in Building Construction and Allied Trade Skills comprises 43 credits.

It is recommended that students under the age of 20 have met the literacy and numeracy requirements of NCEA Level 1 or equivalent. Students need to be aware of the physical demands required for this career pathway and must supply their own equipment as specified in the Student Handbook.

To optimise chances of student success, 100% attendance is strongly recommended.

Application checklist
It will make the process easier if you prepare the following before you apply:

  • National Student Number (NSN) (If you don't have a NSN, you may request one from NZQA, or you can supply a verified copy of your birth certificate, passport or Whakapapa statement.)
  • Evidence of your highest level of academic achievement (and evidence of prior learning, if applicable)
  • Evidence that you meet the entry requirements of the programme
  • Check if you're eligible for additional support or a scholarship. If you're 19 years or younger, you may be eligible to enrol in one of our free Youth Transition programmes.

Note that you will need to provide any verified documents in person, via post or email.

 Additional Costs

Please note that there are additional costs associated with the National Certificate in Building, Construction and Allied Trade Skills:

  • Steel cap boots $100 
  • Scientific calculator $30
  • Drawing equipment - set squares (45 and 60 degree), pencils (H and 2H), soft rubber, compass, and scale rule (1:5, 1:10, 1:20 etc) $60
Approx $150.00
  • Faber Castel graphite sketch pencils
  • Pilot Hi Tech Rectractable Roller Pen 
  • Pilot Hi Tech Rectractable roller pen fine black
  • Staedler Academy scale ruler 300mm
  • Staedler Mechanical Pencil 0.9mm 
  • A3 Sketch Pad, compass set, protractor, usb memory stick 4gb
  • Office eraser max large, french curves, triangles 200mm
  • Pencil sharpener, lecture pad a4 7mm ruled 200 leaf


The programme is approved by the New Zealand Qualifications Authority under the provisions of the Education Act 1989, and Universal College of Learning (UCOL) is accredited to teach it.