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Study Joinery at Unitec

New Zealand Certificate in Construction Trade Skills - Joinery

If you enjoy working with wood and see yourself as a joiner then this programme will get you started. Learn the essential basic principles and practices for apprenticeship and employment in joinery.

90 (0.75 EFTS)
Mt Albert
Start dates
This programme is no longer offered.
24 weeks full-time

Programme overview

This programme is no longer offered for new enrolments. Consider these alternative options:

In the first four weeks (30 credits) of this programme, you’ll develop the essential skills for a career in the building industry. Become knowledgeable about the basic principles and practices for general construction including calculations, communications, health and safety including your site safe passport, first aid, hand tools, power tools and machinery. 

For the majority of this programme (an additional 60 credits), you’ll focus on the joinery strand. This is an in-depth introduction to joinery skills and includes machining, construction, assembly, and installation techniques while carrying out joinery projects.


  • Practical projects using a variety of hand tools, portable tools, and machines
  • Learn in Mataaho, Unitec’s brand new purpose built trades building, with new, top-of-the-line machinery
  • Designed to prepare students who haven’t had previous tertiary training for employment in the building industry
  • Obtain the basic trade skills required for anything from DIY jobs, through to pre-apprenticeship joinery skills in preparation for employment and apprenticeship
  • Small classes, with plenty of one-on-one time with our industry-experienced staff
  • Can serve as a pathway into further study, apprenticeship and/or work in joinery, cabinetry or furniture-making

Qualification and what next

Once you’ve successfully completed this programme, you’ll receive the New Zealand Certificate in Construction Trade Skills. From here you can enter into work, go onto your apprenticeship in industry, or study the New Zealand Certificate in Carpentry.

Admission requirements

You will need the following:

1. 10 NCEA credits at Level 1 in English and Mathematics

2. A minimum of 3 years' secondary education

3. Be at least 16 years old by the time the programme begins

4. If English is not your first language, you will need one or more of the following:

  • Have achieved NCEA Level 3 and New Zealand University entrance
  • Be able to provide evidence you satisfy our criteria for existing English proficiency
  • Have achieved at least one English proficiency outcome in the last two years

Don't meet these requirements? We also accept:

  • A relevant qualification at Level 2 on the NZQF or above or an equivalent qualification; or
  • Provide sufficient evidence to be eligible for special or discretionary admission.

For more information, download the programme regulations:

Programme Regulations

Courses and timetables

This programme is no longer offered. Consider these alternative options: