Construction Projects

You will have the opportunity to learn a wide range of skills in the field of Construction trades.

This will include Health and Safety, workshop practice, the chance to work on projects and how to use hand tools safely.

This Trade offers an insight into the techniques, range of work and both employment and further study opportunities.

You will also learn some beneficial communication skills, required to work within the Trades and how to present yourself for the industry.


Campus: Porirua 
Cost: Free
Days:    Monday / Tuesday
Hours:    9.00am – 2.30pm (half hour lunch)
Equipment: Protective clothing and safety equipment is provided if appropriate
Travel:    This is provided free, subject to students meeting MoE requirements

This course is split into two cohorts for the year.

Tri One: Tuesday 9 February – Tuesday 22 June (16 weeks), normal school holidays apply

Tri Two: Monday 28 June – Tuesday 9 November 2021 (14 weeks), normal school holidays apply

Application: Students must be enrolled in a secondary school in the Wellington region and be enrolled in the WTA by their secondary school
Interview:   Students must attend an interview. We encourage a family member or school representative to attend


NCEA Level 2 with credit towards Vocational Pathway award


On successful completion of this course, students will have gained 22 credits 

Learning Outcomes

A student successfully completing this strand will be able to: 

  • gain the skills to undertake basic building and construction projects 
  • plan, construct, monitor and quality check a non-consent timber-framed utility building and garden furniture 
  • use tools and equipment safely, and follow health and safety procedures in a workshop and building construction site.


Assessment is competency-based against unit standard outcomes and related evidence requirements.
Assessments will follow the processes required by NZQA and relevant industry requirements as outlined by the relevant Industry Training Organisations.

Students will be assessed against the following criteria:

Course Title Level Credits Versions

Construction Projects

Comprises the following unit standards:

2 22  
12927 Identify, select, maintain, and use hand tools for BCATS projects 2 6 5
12932 Construct timber garden furniture and items of basic construction equipment as a BCATS project 2 8 5
12936 Construct a non-consent timber framed utility building as a BCATS project 2 8 6

Study Pathways

NZ Certificate in Construction Trade Skills (Carpentry) (Level 3) WelTec

NZ Certificate in Construction Trade Skills (Carpentry) (Level 3) Whitireia

NZ Certificate in Construction Trade Skills (Painting and Decorating)

NZ in Construction Trade Skills (Tiling) (Level 3)

NZ Certificate in Plumbing, Gasfitting and Drainlaying (Pre-apprenticeship) (Level 3)

NZ Certificate in Electrical Engineering Theory (Level 3) WelTec

NZ Certificate in Electrical Engineering Theory (Level 3) Whitireia