National Certificate in Frame and Truss Manufacture

Building and Construction Industry Training Organisation

Subject area

Carpentry and Joinery

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Entry requirements

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About the course

What can I expect out of this qualification?

The National Certificate in Frame and Truss Manufacture (Level 3) [Ref: 1619] is designed for people who want to work in the frame and truss manufacturing industry. It also provides a means of recognising current competence for those already working in the industry.

The qualification includes a Compulsory section which recognises the core skills and knowledge required by industry for frame and truss manufacturers. These skills and knowledge relate to first aid; knowledge of timber; reading and interpreting plans; performing calculations; use of tools and equipment; making up orders for materials; marking, setting out and assembling wall frames and roof trusses; and packaging and stacking prefabricated timber products.

Elective 1 provides a choice of standards covering health and safety and environmental practices, and Elective 2 covers cutting components for wall frames and roof trusses, allowing candidates to choose between manual or computer controlled methods depending on the requirements of their workplace.

The optional standards are for on-site health and safety practice or maintenance of wall frame assembly machinery.

This qualification stands alone as recognition of competence in frame and truss manufacturing, while sharing standards with the National Certificate in Carpentry (Level 4) [Ref: 0016], allowing movement between industries. It also provides the trade knowledge and skills for those wishing to move into supervisory roles within the industry.

What graduates earn

Graduates who studied Building at this level can earn:


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Contact details

Main Campus Office

Phone: (04) 381 6430
Fax: (04) 381 6431

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