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New Zealand Certificate in Joinery

Level 4

The New Zealand Certificate in Joinery is a joined managed apprenticeship that will provide you with a nationally recognised qualification as well as the practical skills and experience to work as a professional joiner.

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Level: 4

Locations: Palmerston North

Duration: 3 - 4 years, full-time

19 Feb 2018 - 23 Nov 2018

Domestic Fees:*
$1,463.25Scholarship info

Find out if you're eligible for fees-free study

International Fees:*
Not applicable

Additional Fees
Compulsory course costs may apply.

* Fees are indicative only, and are inclusive of the student services levy and GST (goods and services tax). The fee shown is for one year of study.

UCOL’s New Zealand’s Certificate in Joinery recognises people who have demonstrated competence in the skills and knowledge required to work in one of the specialist joinery areas of cabinetry, timber door and window, or stairs and laminate fabrication. 

 Career & Study Outcomes

Successful graduates of UCOL's New Zealand Certificate in Joinery will be able to work unsupervised as joiners in specialist or generalist joinery companies working with timber.

 Course Information

The compulsory section of the programme covers the knowledge and skills related to operating and maintaining a range of joinery machines to industry standards. The strands enable graduates to select standards to specialise in areas that fit with their job role requirements. 

 Industry Connections

UCOL staff and students are well connected to our stakeholders. We will prepare you for the work place and help manage your apprenticeship.

 Learning Facilities

The Regional Trades and Technology Centre is a state-of-the-art ten million dollar facility, with the latest industry fit equipment and teaching technology, complete with an indoor space large enough to build a 3 bedroom house

 Domestic Entry Requirements

This programme is designed for trainees/apprentices employed in the joinery industry. 

It is recommended students hold either the National Certificate in Educational Achievement (Level 2) or the National Certificate in Employment Skills, or are able to demonstrate equivalent knowledge and skills.


For more information about NCEA Credits see UCOL's NCEA explained page.

 International Entry Requirements

Not applicable.

 Advice & Guidance

UCOL's New Zealand Certificate in Joinery comprises 158-188 credits depending on the strand(s) selected. The availability of a particular strand is subject to an appropriate number of students enrolling in that strand.

Work experience
Students need to be in full-time employment to be assessed against practical unit standards. 

Application checklist
It will make the process easier if you prepare the following before you apply:

  • National Student Number (NSN) (If you don't have a NSN, you may request one from NZQA, or you can supply a verified copy of your birth certificate, passport or Whakapapa statement.)
  • Evidence of your highest level of academic achievement (and evidence of prior learning, if applicable)
  • Evidence that you meet the entry requirements of the programme
  • Check if you're eligible for additional support or a scholarship. If you're 19 years or younger, you may be eligible to enrol in one of our free Youth Transition programmes.

Note that you will need to provide any verified documents in person, via post or email.

Recognition of prior learning
Applications for Recognition of Prior Learning, including Cross Credit, Credit Transfer and Assessment of Prior Learning may be made on the Recognition of Prior Learning Form where a student believes they can demonstrate specified competencies.

 Additional Costs

Please note that there are additional costs associated with the New Zealand Certificate in Joinery:
  • Covered shoes (steel capped boots are not necessary)
  • Scientific calculator
  • Drawing equipment - set squares (45 and 60 degree), pencils (H and 2H), soft eraser, compass, and scale rule (1:5, 1:10, 1:20, etc). 
Students are responsible for finding and funding their own accommodation and travel.


The programme is approved by the New Zealand Qualifications Authority under the provisions of the Education Act 1989, and Universal College of Learning (UCOL) Trading as Universal College of Learning (UCOL) is accredited to teach it.