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CourseSTAR Furniture and Joinery

Annual Fees(indicative 2016)

Programme Code




Flexible *

NZQF Credits





Christchurch - Ensors Road

Vocational Pathways

Construction & Infrastructure

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Course Content

Explore the skills required to make cabinetry, stairs and furniture.

This course looks at many of the skills used in the joinery industry including hole boring and sanding shaped furniture components.

This course can be paid for through your secondary schools' STAR budget.

* We are happy to work with you to create a timetable that best suits your needs. Please contact youthtransition@ara.ac.nz for more information.

Unit / Achievement Standard Number Unit Standard Title Version No NZQF Credits Level 1 Credits Level 2 Credits Level 3 Credits
9786 Set and Operate shaping sanders 4 2 2
9785 Set and Operate a flatbed sander 4 4 4
2220 Set and Operate a single boring machine 4 4 4


Academic requirements

To enrol you must 16 years or over and be a New Zealand citizen or permanent resident, or hold a visa which allows you to be enrolled in a New Zealand secondary school. If you are currently enrolled at a high school you will need to provide Approval of Enrolment from your school Principal.

English requirements

If English is not your first language you are also required to provide evidence of your English language skills as listed below or credits in English rich subjects from New Zealand educational institutions. If you have no evidence of your English language skills and are a New Zealand citizen or permanent resident, contact us for an assessment.

IELTS 5.0 Academic (with no band score lower than 5.0).  For acceptable alternatives refer to the English Proficiency Outcomes Chart.

Acceptable Alternatives Chart

Next steps

To apply for this course please complete:

  • An application form

Application documents

Study pathways

After completion of this course, you can progress through level 2, 3 and 4 Joinery programmes or a joinery traineeship for employment.


Skilled joiners are always in demand and can specialise in areas such as furniture making, kitchens, stairs, interior or exterior joinery, laminates and boat building.