NZ Certificate in Construction Trade Skills (Joinery) (Level 3)

Please note this programme is on hold for 2024. Register your interest for 2025 by clicking on the Enquire now button.

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30 weeks


Level 3

Get your hands dirty! Trade Training at EIT | Te Pūkenga

At EIT | Te Pūkenga we don’t just talk about doing things – we actually do them. Project and task-based learning offers students real world experience. Kick start your training in our modern Trades and Technology facilities.

You can get a head-start for a career in Joinery and gain skills towards the NZ Certificate in Joinery (Level 4). Work experience within the local industry is an important part of the programme. Our facilities and tutors are excellent, with graduates being highly regarded by employers.

The NZ Certificate in Construction Trade Skills (Joinery) is a pre-employment programme which offers you practical studies and provides a pathway to a career in the construction industry.


PLEASE NOTE: This programme is on hold for 2024.  Register your interest for 2025 by contacting Lynne Turnbull, Programme Administrator, on 06 830 1294 or

Your future career opportunities

Your possible employment opportunities include:

During the programme you will be able to achieve skills that count towards the NZ Certificate in Joinery (Level 4). After graduation you can be employed as an apprentice by a Joiner to complete your trade qualification.

This is a programme for people looking for a hands-on career in the joinery industry. These are areas within the industry that as a graduate you may enter as an apprentice: cabinetry; furniture; timber doors and windows; timber stairs or associated trades within the joinery industry (aluminium joinery, laminate fabrication).

Your study pathways

Your study pathway could progress onto:

NZ Certificate in Joinery (Level 4), NZ Certificate in Carpentry (Level 4), NZ Certificate in Glazing (Level 4), NZ Certificate in Architectural Aluminium Joinery (Joiner with Computer Numerical Controlled Machinery strand) (Level 4), NZ Certificate in Architectural Aluminium Joinery (Estimator) (Level 4), NZ Certificate in Construction (Main Contract Supervisor) (Level 5), NZ Diploma in Design (Kitchen Design/Bathroom Design) (Level 5).


During the NZ Certificate in Construction Trade Skills (Joinery) (Level 3) programme you will learn the following:

  • Workplace safety frameworks and practices (Joinery)
  • Skills for construction trades (Joinery)
  • Joinery terminology and concepts
  • Joinery materials and hardware
  • Machining, construction, assembly and installation of Joinery products
  • Interior and exterior Joinery projects

You are welcome to make an appointment to talk to a teaching staff member about this programme and to have a tour of the Trades workshops.


Entry requirements

Standard entry criteria

Applicants under 20 years old:

  • NCEA Level 1 or an equivalent qualification.

Non-standard entry criteria

  • Successful completion of The NZ Certificate in Foundation Skills [Level 2] or the National Certificate in Building, Construction and Allied Trades Skills [Level 2] and successful completion of the alternative academic entry test,


  • Successful interview with a member of the academic staff and successful completion of the alternative academic entry test.

The alternative academic entry test will measure applicants’ literacy and numeracy ability to ensure that it is of a level to cope with the demands of the programme.

The interview will allow parties to exchange information about what the programme both provides to, and requires of, its students. Included in the interview will be discussion of possible career paths for the student, motivation, and physical and emotional requirements, and applicant’s abilities, background, experiences and interests. Attendance of whānau members and/or supporting associates is encouraged at all interviews.

All applicants are required to have the physical mobility needed to meet the demands of construction site work. If it is determined that an applicant does not have the required physical mobility they will be referred to a more appropriate programme.

English language entry requirements

If English is not your first language you are required to have attained an acceptable level of English language fluency .prior to acceptance in the programme. Ways in which English language fluency may be demonstrated include successful study of a programme in which English was the language of instruction (conditions apply), completion of a New Zealand Certificate in English Language (Level 3 with any endorsement), approved scores on IELTS tests (Academic score of 5 with no band score lower than 5) or completion of accepted international equivalents.


Academic learning services

Academic Learning Services is here to assist you on your journey towards the successful completion of your studies at EIT | Te Pūkenga. Our aim is for you to become confident, competent and independent learners.

We have dedicated advisors who can assist with your learning.

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EIT | Te Pūkenga offers a variety of scholarships across various subjects and programme levels.  Some scholarships are based on your age, some are specific to the subject you want to study.  Not all scholarships are based on your academic ability and anyone wanting to study should investigate what scholarships are available to them.  

You can find a list of EIT | Te Pūkenga scholarships here however there are many more scholarships offered nationally.  Information about these is on an database called “givME”. givME is accessible at EIT | Te Pūkenga or at some public libraries. If you would like to come to EIT | Te Pūkenga to look through the giveME database don’t hesitate to contact or call in for a chat.