Carpenter Jobs

How to Enter

Although there are no specific education requirements for Carpenter jobs within the Trade & Industrial sector, many New Zealand employers look for candidates who are working towards or have a carpentry-related qualification, such as a National Certificate in Carpentry (Level 4).


If you’re an experienced Carpenter but have no qualifications, you can approach the Building and Construction Industry Training Organisation (BCITO) who will evaluate your skills and, if you meet the criteria, award you a National Certificate in Carpentry (Level 4).


It’s also worth noting that some work will need to be carried out or overseen by a Licensed Building Practitioner. To get licensed, you will need relevant work experience and/or appropriate carpentry qualifications.


Typical Responsibilities

The typical responsibilities of a Carpenter can include some or all of the following:

  • Interpreting building plans and drawings
  • Researching and choosing building materials
  • Measuring and cutting materials to the correct size and shapes
  • Constructing and forming building frames and supports
  • Carrying out finish carpentry work on built projects
  • Installing doors, windows, staircases and other structures
  • Repairing, removing or replacing damaged item



After a few years’ experience, Carpenters can progress their careers in several directions. These include moving into a Senior Carpenter role, or in a supervisory position such as a Site Foreman. In addition, many successful Carpenters also become self-employed contractors. Throughout their careers, most Carpenters will either specialist in Residential, Commercial or Civil Construction.


Salary Range

Entry: 34K – 48K per annum (NZD)

Experienced (Apprenticeship): 48K – 58K per annum (NZD)


To view our latest Carpenter jobs throughout New Zealand, click here.


Physical Address:
Level 4, Aviation House
12 Johnston Street
Wellington 6011
New Zealand

Postal Address:
PO Box 5555,
Wellington 6140

Tel: +64 4 499 8800
Fax: +64 4 499 0955



Physical Address:
Level 1, Altrans House,
104 Quay Street
Auckland 1010
New Zealand
Tel: +64 9 951 5011 


Physical Address:
50A Ossian Street
Napier 4110
New Zealand
Tel: 0800 868 436


Brisbane, Australia

Physical Address:
477 Boundary Street
QLD 4000
Tel: +61 7 3085 7427