Certificate in Furniture and Joinery Level 4 Certificate in Furniture and Joinery Level 4

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CertificateFull time – 22 weeks

Annual Fees(indicative 2016)

Programme code



$1,930- $2,150


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


Learn how to set up spindle moulders, routers and speed sander and further develop joinery and furniture making techniques such as dovetailing, veneering and laminating, construction of windows, doors, stairs and fixtures.

Our industry-endorsed programme gives you the necessary advanced skills and knowledge required to succeed in the joinery and furniture making field.

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

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 72 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
  • Successful completion of the Certificate in Furniture and Joinery Level 3 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. 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.










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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

With this certificate, you will be highly skilled and ready to apply for jobs as a machine operator, exterior joiner with windows and doors or a cabinetmaker. You could also work in niche areas such as boat building, motor home building or vehicle restoration.

On completion of this programme, you will have completed the off job training requirements towards becoming a qualified tradesperson. You will need to complete further unit standards in industry to complete appropriate national qualifications.

Study pathways

Further studies could be continued with a Certificate in Business (First Line Management) if you are interested in starting your own business.

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