New Zealand Certificate in Joinery, Level 4

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How long it takes

The New Zealand Certificate in Joinery Level 4 typically takes 2-4 years to complete depending on what strands you choose.

How much it costs

You can find out more about costs by referring to What it costs and how long it takes page for the 2024 Course Fees and 2024 Off-Job Training Fees. For more information contact the team at BCITO Te Pūkenga.

What you'll learn

You'll learn the skills and gain the knowledge required by people working in timber joinery. 

This qualification covers:

Core compulsory

  • health and safety
  • legislation
  • communication
  • materials and manufacturing methods
  • use of tools and equipment
  • drawings and specifications

Electives - you must choose at least 1 and may choose a maximum of 3 from below.  It's wise to choose depending on what you'll be doing on-the-job.


  • specialist machinery
  • cabinetry manufacture
  • special fitments

Timber doors and windows

  • specialist machinery
  • door and window manufacture
  • door and window hardware installation

Timber stairs

  • stair manufacture
  • geometric stairs

Laminate fabrication

  • specialist machinery
  • HPL (high pressure laminate) manufacture

Need to know more?

For additional qualification information refer to the NZQA website or call us: 0800 422 486.