A 24-month journey

Timber Joinery qualification review

Amongst the myriad of education mandates, BCITO is the standard skill setting body for the timber joinery qualification. This means every five years; our qualification experts spend time researching trends, collecting evidence, and connecting with people across industries that all have a view of the learnings and skills needed to be proficient in Timber Joinery.

The qualification review started in November 2018, led by Lee Flockton, BCITO's Senior Qualifications and Learning Designer.

In May 2019, we sought feedback from the Timber Joinery National Advisory Group or NAG for short. If you're not aware, this group comprises ten connected people from the industry and serves as your voice to BCITO.

Eight weeks later, a working panel was established. The group includes people representing a diverse range of businesses who play very different roles when interacting with the qualification. These people included Polytechnic tutors delivering on campus and in the field, employers of small traditional regional joiners to manufacturers producing up to 200 kitchens a week, and shop fit-outs that can exceed $1 million per job with a borderless workforce. This panel's critical function was to workshop the skills and knowledge needs to meet current and (where possible) future industry requirements.

Three months of nationwide industry consulting and qualifying changes and inclusions ensued. On returning to Wellington, Lee spent a further three months stitching together documentation ready for sign off by the NAG to then submit to NZQA. There's been a bit of back and forth, but now nine months on, and the news is good! NZQA has approved two qualifications and a new micro-credential to sit on the framework:

  • New Zealand Certificate in Joinery (Level 4) with strands in Cabinetry, Timber Door and Window, Stairs, and Benchtops and Specialty Surfaces
  • New Zealand Certificate in Kitchen Joinery with strands in Manufacture and Installation (Level 4)
  • Micro-credential in CNC operation to go along with the already operational micro-credential in Kitchen Installation.

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