Certificate in Furniture and Joinery Level 3 Certificate in Furniture and Joinery Level 3

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CertificateFull time - 22 weeks

Annual Fees(indicative 2016)

Programme code



$2,190 - $2,800


February, July


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Course related costs

Advised before enrolment



Domestic Applications due

Received all year

International Applications due

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Christchurch - Ensors Road


This certificate has been developed to teach you the best practice skills and quality standards at an intermediate level required in the joinery and furniture making industry.

You will learn various techniques in shaping, planning, dovetailing and sawing, edge jointing, edge banding, boring and drawing as well as cabinetry and furniture construction. Within unit standards you will also learn how to employ best practices and maintain the tools and equipment used.

We will connect you with our industry partners for optional work experience.

Successful applicants must be able to understand, interpret and speak English at a level that is safe in the workshop environment due to the risks associated with working with workshop machinery. You will need to have good literacy and numeracy skills to assist with your understanding of theory and calculations.

You must be able to work in a busy trades-related environment.

Programme structure

To complete this Certificate you are required to complete a minimum total of 80 credits. Please browse the guide below to view the course options currently available within this qualification.

Core courses
Elective Courses

To be a full time student you need to maintain a workload of 120 credits per year. We recommend you talk with us to ensure you choose electives to benefit your future career.

Entry requirements

Academic requirements
  • You must have completed the Certificate in Furniture and Joinery (Level 2) or equivalent

Alternative requirements
  • Evidence of literacy, numeracy and an ability to study at the appropriate level. This can be through study, work and/or life experience. Literacy and numeracy assessments are available.

Additional requirements
English requirements
  • IELTS 6.0 General (no lower than 6.0 in speaking, 6.0
  • If English is not your first language you may also be required to provide evidence of your English language skills as listed below. If you have no evidence of your English language skills and are a New Zealand citizen or permanent resident, contact us for an assessment.

    Note: If you have achieved NCEA Level 3 University Entrance requirements you are not required to provide evidence of English Language Skills.










Acceptable Alternatives Chart

Next steps

To apply for this programme please:

  • complete an Admission and Enrolment Form

If you don't meet the criteria for entry into this programme, we can help you meet entry level with our foundation and bridging programmes.

Alternatively, if you feel you have gained your learning through on the job experience talk to us about recognition or assessment of prior learning .

Due to Immigration New Zealand visa requirements international students are ineligible to enrol in this certificate.

Application documents

Career opportunities

On successful completion of this programme, you will be skilled and capable, ready to apply for employment as a machine operator, furniture and kitchen assembler in the furniture or joinery industry.

You may choose to work in specialist areas like the boat building industry, caravan, motor home building, vehicle restoration, or even instrument making.

Study pathways

The next certificate in this trade is the Certificate in Furniture and Joinery Level 4

Recommended school subjects

  • English
  • Woodwork
  • Mathematics
  • Design
  • Technology