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Trades Training

Empowerment, Education, Enterprise

Courses & Programmes


OCA offers a range of trades training programmes with a focus on practical training linked to industry needs.

Whatever pathway you choose, while studying a trade at OCA, you’ll be mentored and supported throughout. We believe in walking alongside our students and empowering you to succeed.

We help all of our students in an innovative and positive way to cross the bridge between school or unemployment into trade careers.

Training element

We offer training at the OCA training centre and learners will be guided and supported to make informed decisions about your work readiness and future goal setting.

Mentoring element

While studying a trade at OCA, students are mentored and supported throughout. We believe in walking alongside students and empowering you to succeed. Students receive help in an innovative and positive way to cross the bridge between school and exposure to industry, into productive jobs and careers in a trade of your choice.

Key life values and skills we focus on include work ethic, team building, leadership training, financial literacy, business dynamics, personal development, drug and alcohol awareness.

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Our Programmes

Foundation Skills (Carpentry and Fabrication)

NZ Certificate Level 2 – 60 Credits

This level 2 course combines pathways and goals focused learning with projects and team work. You will be able to relate your own culture to design and incorporate your own style and designs into cabinetry, stools and café tables. 

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Building and Construction

National Certificate Levels 1 and 2

This level 1 and 2 course provides a pathway for students to enter into a range of trade-related occupations. It focuses on giving students practical skills for construction as they build a house on-site at OCA.

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Carpentry Trade Skills

OCA Certificate Level 3

If you want to join the carpentry trade, this Level 3 course will help you to develop the transferable skills you need to become work-ready as an apprentice.

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Infrastructure Works

NZ Certificate Level 2

Gain an understanding of the infrastructure works industry and the health, safety and environmental knowledge required to work safely on sites and with others, under direct supervision with this Level 2 programme. This qualification leads to labourer jobs in a broad range of sectors within the infrastructure works.

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Introductory Business Management

OCA Certificate Level 3

The OCA Certificate in Introductory Business Management is a level 3 qualification that enables you to build on the knowledge and skills you have achieved in a trades-related qualifications or training schemes to help you operate as a small business owner or sub-contractor. 

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Trades at School

OCA Certificate in Preparing for Work

Trades at School (TAS) is a programme for Year 12 and 13 secondary students. We offer the OCA Certificate in Preparing for Work, with the option to complete a major in Building and Construction or Manufacturing / Mechanical Engineering. 

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Work Readiness

OCA Certificate

This introductory 120 hour course is for students who have an interest in following a trades-related position and need to acquire transitional skills to help gain entry-level employment.  

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Study and Career Preparation

NZ Certificate Level 3

This level 3 course aims to support and enable young people who require further development and guidance to consolidate your study and career preparation. The programme encourages you to engage with the discipline and thinking you need to develop your skills, knowledge and attributes required to prepare you for a future career of your choice.

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Mentoring Services

For MIT and Unitec Students

Oceania Career Academy is part of the Maori and Pasifika Trades Training Initiative Consortium, providing mentoring services to Pasifika students studying a trade at Manukau Institute of Technology (MIT) and Unitec.  

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