About Joinery and Furniture making
Joiners are skilled craftspeople who use specialised machinery to design, make, assemble and fit doors, windows, kitchen/bathroom cabinetry, stairs and other built-in or fixed components for residential, commercial and industrial buildings. Joiners differ from carpenters in that they work in finer detail to cut and fit joints into wood without using nails. Generally, joiners work in workshops, however they sometimes work on-site when fitting the finished pieces.
Furniture makers are skilled in making pieces that are not fixed in the building, such as tables, chairs, bookshelves and other pieces of furniture for residential or commercial environments. Furniture makers can specialise in contemporary, period, restoration, upholstery or steel furniture, or a particular type of timber.
Studying joinery and furniture making
By studying joinery and furniture making you’ll develop the knowledge, practical skills and attention to detail needed to gain a firm foothold in the industry. You’ll learn joinery theory and techniques from expert tutors and get plenty of opportunity to practice your new skills with hands-on tasks and projects.
Many Ara trades programmes include an apprenticeship. You can find out more here.
Extend your joinery expertise to suit your employment circumstances.
Develop the key skills needed for employment or a traineeship.
Programme Code: NZ2343 Level: 4 Credits: 158 Starts: Throughout the year
Programme Code: NZ2834 Level: 3 Credits: 90 Starts: February, July