Pay for carpenters usually depends on their skills and experience.
Sources : Trade Me, 'Salary Guide', 2016; and Careers New Zealand research, 2016.
This information is a guide only. )
What you will do
Carpenters may do some or all of the following :
Skills and knowledge
Carpenters need to have :
There are no specific entry requirements for becoming a carpenter. However, many employers prefer to hire carpenters who have, or are working towards, a qualification.
You can complete an apprenticeship and gain a National Certificate in Carpentry (Level 4). The Building and Construction Industry Training Organisation (BCITO) oversees carpentry apprenticeships.
If you are an experienced carpenter with no qualifications, you can approach BCITO to have your skills assessed and gain a National Certificate in Carpentry (Level 4).
National certificates can also be completed through the New Zealand Army.
NCEA Level 2 in English, maths, design and visual communication, science, woodwork or workshop technology are useful.
Year 11 and 12 students can learn more about the construction industry, and gain relevant skills, by doing a National Certificate in Building, Construction and Allied Trades (Levels 1 and 2) through the BConstructive programme.
For Year 11 to 13 students, the Gateway programme is a good way to gain industry experience.
These programmes may help you gain an apprenticeship, but do not reduce the amount of time it takes to complete it.
Carpenters need to be :
Useful experience for carpenters includes :
Building work can involve a lot of heavy lifting, so carpenters need to be fit, healthy and strong.
Some building work has to be carried out or overseen by a Licensed Building Practitioner. To get a licence, you have to prove your experience and / or have appropriate qualifications.