CertificatePart-time, 4 years
Annual Fees(indicative 2019)
Domestic$1,650 - $3,400
|Throughout the year||
InternationalThis programme is not available to international students
Course related costsPlease enquire
Domestic Applications due
|Received all year|
International Applications due
|This programme is not available to international students|
|Christchurch - Ensors Road|
Extend your joinery expertise to suit your employment circumstances.
This programme offers specialisations in four areas: cabinetry, timber door and windows, timber stairs, and laminate fabrication. Depending on your employment circumstances and career aspirations, you can choose one strand, or all four strands if you wish to attain 'craftsman' certification. Your training (which is delivered by way of block courses and evening classes) will fill gaps in your experience that might otherwise have been gained in your workplace.
Please note: This programme includes an apprenticeship.
If you have work experience in this area, or a relevant prior qualification, you may be eligible for credit recognition towards this qualification.
To complete this Certificate you are required to complete a minimum total of 158 credits. Please browse the guide below to view the course options currently available within this qualification.
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.
40 credits NCEA Level 1, including: 10 Literacy credits and 10 Numeracy credits,
New Zealand Certificate in Construction Trade Skills (Level 3) or equivalent
If you have undertaken examinations other than NCEA (e.g. International Baccalaureate, Cambridge Examination), Ara will assess your qualification for academic entry equivalency.
Still want to study but don't meet the Academic Requirements?
If you show that you have equivalent skills for tertiary study gained through study, work and/or life experience, you may be able to gain alternative entry.
Note: The number of courses you have to complete for this qualification may be reduced where you have relevant credits from previous study, or evidence of similar learning or experience in the workplace. Contact Ara for advice.
- You need to be employed in the joinery industry at the time of study.
- You must enter into a 3-way training agreement between the candidate, employer and Ara.
What if English is not my first Language?
If English is not your first language, we want to make sure that you will be successful in your chosen programme of study. Please provide a result from a test or qualification on the acceptable alternatives English Proficiency Outcomes Chart .
- If you are a New Zealand Citizen or Permanent Resident, complete an Admission and Enrolment form and Ara will contact you regarding a free assessment.
- If you are not a New Zealand Citizen or Permanent resident, book an IELTS, Pearson or other test through the Ara Examination Centre or in your home country.
IELTS scores used must be taken from a single IELTS test report form and are valid for two years from the date of the test.
What if I have achieved NCEA Level 3 University Entrance?
You do not need to provide additional evidence of English Language skills.
OVERALL IELTS REQUIREMENTS
Applicants who meet the entry requirements will be accepted into the programme in the order that applications are received.
To apply for this programme please:
- complete an Admission and Enrolment Form
Depending on the strands taken, this qualification will enable you to work competently within specialist areas of the trade, manufacturing joinery components such laminated fabrication items, stairs, windows and cabinetry.
Following completion of this programme, you can move into training in supervision or management.
Recommended school subjects
Basic Laminate Tops
Curved Work, Pressers and Formers
Design and Manufacture Shaped Stairs
Design and Manufacture Straight Stairs
Design and Manufacture a Balustrade for Shaped Stairs
Design and Manufacture a Balustrade for Straight Stairs
Dressing and Moulding Machines
Joinery Panel and Timber Cabinetry
Manufacture Advanced Laminate Tops
Manufacture Basic Flat Laminate Tops
Manufacture Complex Laminate Tops
Manufacture Flat Tops
Pricing and Work Scheduling
Shaped Work and Glulam Products
Spatial Planning for Kitchens
Special Windows and Exterior Joinery Installation
Specialty Cabinetry Machinery
Windows and Specialty Machines
Workshop Layouts and Restoration