New Zealand Certificate in Construction Trade Skills Joinery strand.xml New Zealand Certificate in Construction Trade Skills Joinery strand

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CertificateFull time, 9 months

Annual Fees(indicative 2019)

Programme code



$1,650 - $2,550


February, July


$20,620 *



Course related costs

Advised on enrolment



Domestic Applications due

Received all year

International Applications due

* If you’re an international student please enquire with us using the ‘Request Information’ so we can assess your eligibility.




Develop the key skills needed for employment or a traineeship

On this programme you'll learn basic joinery skills such as using tools and fixed machinery, selection and properties of materials including timbers, fixings, adhesives and sealants and how to produce internal architecture and fixed objects within buildings. You'll also gain an understanding of the theory, calculations and documentation skills needed in this industry, and be ready to start a traineeship.

Career opportunities

This pretrade qualification will enable you to carry out supervised work in the industry, and help you along the pathway toward full trade qualification. As a graduate of this programme, you can seek work within an established workshop, with a view to gaining an apprenticeship.

Study pathways

Following successful completion of this programme you can pathway into the New Zealand Certificate in Joinery Level 4.

Recommended school subjects

  • English
  • Technology
  • Maths
  • Woodwork
  • Design

Programme structure

To complete this Certificate you are required to complete 90 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
  • This programme has open entry. English Language requirements may apply.

Alternative requirements
Additional requirements
English requirements
  • 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.










Acceptable Alternatives Chart

Next steps

To apply for this programme please:

  • complete an Admission and Enrolment Form

Application documents

Credit recognition

If you have work experience in this area, or a relevant prior qualification, you may be eligible for credit recognition towards this qualification.