Architectural Aluminium Joinery

Aluminium doors and windows help to frame great views. They need to be professionally designed, constructed and installed to ensure they're functional and aesthetically pleasing.

Fees Free

Some Architectural Aluminium Joinery qualifications may be eligible for the Government's Fees Free initiative - no fees for the first 2 years of your apprenticeship.  Find out if you're an eligible individual.

Job Prospects

Very good

Total Fees


Time to qualify

2–3 years

Career opportunities

Aluminium Joinery Designer, Assembler, Installer, supervisor, project manager, contract manager, contract supervisor, designer, aluminium architect, business owner


What architectural aluminium joiners do

Architectural aluminium joinery involves considering the design of a building and ensuring it fits comfortably within its environment. Aluminium joinery is often used as a feature or centrepiece in an overall structure – as a qualified professional you'll design aluminium works of art which are both practical and aesthetically pleasing. Your work may be used as the facade of a building, to frame a view, or to spruce up a plain wall. The windows and doors of a building serve the practical purpose of letting in light and providing ventilation, but they’re also the view to the outside world.

Aluminium doors and windows are widely used in New Zealand residential and commercial buildings. The industry needs qualified professionals to design, manufacture and install aluminium joinery to meet building code requirements. Careers in aluminium joinery range from the creation and design of joinery through to the installation of the finished product:

Joinery installation

Professional aluminium joinery installers require an understanding of adhesives, sealants and proper installation techniques. They ensure joinery is installed and fitted to a high standard – and is watertight.


Assembly involves using technology and specialist factory machinery to measure, cut and assemble the finished product. Professionals need to interpret plans and specifications correctly.

Aluminium joinery design

Aluminium joinery designers prepare quotes and make drawing plans on a computer. For architecturally challenging projects they apply creative and practical design skills, treating the finished product as a functional artwork.

Jarrod Broeks from Orewa visits Designwindows and discovers there's more technology involved in making aluminium joinery than he first thought - it's state-of-the-art.

BCITO architectural aluminium joinery qualifications

The BCITO manages apprenticeships for aspiring architectural aluminium joiners. In your apprenticeship you will be working towards one of the following qualifications:

You’ll work under an experienced architectural aluminium joiner who'll provide on-job coaching and support throughout your apprenticeship. You’ll also receive the guidance of a BCITO training advisor.

If you're going to specialise in the installation side of the industry there is an additional one day course you'll need to attend.

There are no strict entry requirements, although it will help if you have good maths and english skills – you need to be able to understand instructions, and work out measurements, quantities and angles.

Your apprenticeship is the start of a professional career

Architectural aluminium joinery isn't just a job – it's a professional career. By doing an apprenticeship and getting qualified, you're setting yourself up for ongoing employment as a well-paid tradesperson. You’ll also open up opportunities to do further study in supervision or site management, go to university, or start a business and train your own apprentices.