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Trades Training

Empowerment, Education, Enterprise

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.

Wrap-around support 

Learn in a culturally responsive workshop and learning environment with wrap-around Whanau Ora support tailored to Pasifika students.

Develop your confidence

You'll be encouraged and supported to develop your self-confidence, self-esteem, self-management and other attributes to enhance your future study and career planning and work-readiness.


Get ready for your entry into apprenticeships, employment and further education in the carpentry context, gaining increased understanding of employer expectations of entry level employees. 

NZ Certificate in Study and Career Preparation

Gain the skills and knowledge you need to to pursue a level 4 qualification or above within a trade career pathway. This qualification is relevant to apprenticeship / pre-apprenticeship/entry-level employment and is linked to continuing educational and vocational training.

Gain an understanding of the contemporary workplace and the value of qualifications as well as the health, safety and environmental knowledge required to work safely in your work environment and with others.

You will be supported by Oceania Career Academy with guidance to further develop and consolidate your study and career preparation. You will be encouraged to engage with the discipline and thinking that leads to acquiring the skills, knowledge and attributes required to prepare for a future career along a pathway of your choice.

The programme offers activity based learning in the context of construction to prepare you for the world of work and gives you the opportunity to develop transferable skills enhancing your employability and work readiness.

What You Learn

Gain skills and knowledge through integrated learning and a range of carpentry-related projects while developing your business administration skills. 

  • Identify and apply knowledge obtained from a variety of specialised sources relevant to your chosen fields(s)
  • Manage your own learning and work effectively as an individual and as a team-member to achieve relevant goals
  • Solve problems and communicate clearly using a range of appropriate media
  • Evaluate opportunities and develop plans for your study and career pathways relevant to your chosen field(s)

Quick Facts

Study method and duration One year – part-time (80/20 split of directed learning and self-directed learning hours)
OCA programme Available through OCA
NZQA level 3
Credits 60
Cost FREE for eligible students
Start dates 2018 
Enrolments Open now
Further study

Holders of this qualification will be able to progress to further study or training related to their vocation at NZQF level 4 and above, including the New Zealand Certificate in Study and Career Preparation (Level 4)

Career opportunities Leading to Level 4 qualifications in career fields of your choice

Success Stories


Alumni: Ezra Cossill 

Studied: Levels 1 and 2 Certificate in Mechanical Engineering with Trades at School 

Working as: Building Apprentice, NR Developments Limited

At age 18, Ezra Cossill can’t imagine doing anything else than what he does now as an apprentice carpenter/builder.

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Employer: Nathan Robertson 

Director, NR Developments

Finding good, reliable builder apprentices has sometimes been a challenge for NR Developments Director Nathan Robertson, who has been in the business since leaving school.

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"OCA was really good, because it's not only teaching you in the moment - they mentor you and help you with life skills. It's like insurance - you're with them and they’ll help you throughout your whole life" 

Edward Fa'alolo, Trades at School alumni 

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