Field: Carpentry and Joinery

Change report for the review of Joinery New Zealand Qualification


Reviewed qualifications



Qualification title





New Zealand Certificate in Joinery (Level 4) with strands in Cabinetry, Timber Door and Window, Timber Stairs and Laminate Fabrication (with optional strands in Cabinetry Installation and Computer Numerically Controlled Machinery)




Review information

Qualification Developer

Building and Construction Industry Training Organisation                                                                                                                           

Reason for the review

Scheduled five-year review

Review date

October 2020

Outcome date

October 2020

Next review date

October 2025


Summary of review and consultation process

The BCITO analysed feedback that was received, prior to the review process, since the inception of the qualification. This feedback was received from a mixture of industry members as well as internal training advisors who assess against the GPOs on a regular basis.

A survey was disseminated industry wide to gather information about what changes have happened and how they should be reflected in the new qualification. This information was shared with both the working group and national advisory group for consideration.

Feedback was sought specifically for the review from the National Advisory Group for Timber Joinery regarding changes in skills and knowledge requirements within the industry that impact the qualification in its present form, during their May 2019 meeting.

A working group was then formed to include representation from:

•             Joinery businesses of a range of specialties and sizes

•             A range of geographical locations

•             Provider tutors (WINTEC, SIT and Ara)

This working group met for a full day workshop session in July 2019 and discussed the feedback received, changes in the industry over the past 5-10 years and then looked in detail at what this means in relation to the current GPOs as well as the qualification as a whole. Some GPOs were adjusted, new GPOs developed, some removed and some changes to where they sit within the qualification. The content that the industry expects to be included in a programme meeting the GPOs was also developed into a specifications document (included as part of this submission). This working group and the national advisory group have been regularly consulted, asked for feedback and kept up to date with all development work that has arisen from these meetings and other correspondence.

The next phase of the consultation involved joinery factory visits at various locations around the country (Auckland, Rotorua, Hamilton, Tauranga, Christchurch and Dunedin) to seek feedback from different joinery operations and people from the wider industry about the changes that have been proposed.

Following this last phase of consultation changes were considered and made and then sent out to all working group and National Advisory Group members to do a final check and check the credit allocations and levels were weighted in a way suitable to the industry.


Main changes resulting from the review

Main changes to the New Zealand Certificate in Joinery (Level 4):

·         The strategic purpose statement and graduate profile outcome statements have been checked and updated for currency.

·         Conditions were removed from the graduate profile outcome statements.

·         General conditions were checked and updated where required.

·         Specialist materials knowledge has been written into the graduate profile outcome statements for each strand.

·         The Laminate Fabrication strand has been updated and the strand title changed to Bench Tops and Specialty Surfaces.

·         Content from the Cabinetry Installation optional strand was moved into the cabinetry manufacture strand, and the optional strand removed.

·         The CNC operation optional strand was removed.


A new qualification was developed at the request of industry for kitchen joinery manufacture and installation. 


Review outcome



Reviewed qualification

Outcome category

New qualification details/version

(if applicable)



New Zealand Certificate in Joinery (Level 4) with strands in Cabinetry, Timber Door and Window, Timber Stairs, and Bench Tops and other Specialty Surfaces

B-New version of qualification




New Zealand Certificate in Kitchen Joinery (Level 4) with strands in Manufacture and Installation




Qualification review outcome categories




No changes are identified to the qualification

Qualification version number and NZQF ID remain the same.

New review date is required.


Minor changes are identified to the qualification

New version of qualification is required (NZQF ID remains the same).

New review date is required.


Significant changes are required to the qualification

New replacement qualification is required with a new NZQF ID.

The existing qualification will expire.


The qualification is no longer required by industry

The qualification will expire with no replacement. 



Transition information



Qualification title

Last date       of entry*

Last date of assessment



New Zealand Certificate in Joinery (Level 4) with strands in Cabinetry, Timber Door and Window, Timber Stairs and Laminate Fabrication (with optional strands in Cabinetry Installation and Computer Numerically Controlled Machinery)



*only required for outcome category C or D


Any additional information

Version Information

Version 2 of this qualification was published in October 2020 following a scheduled review.


Please refer to Qualifications and Assessment Standards Approvals for further information. The last date for completion of version 1 is 31 December 2022. Candidates may either complete the replaced version or transfer to the current version.


It is not intended that anyone be disadvantaged by this review. However, anyone who feels they have been disadvantaged can appeal to BCITO at the contact details below:


Building and Construction Industry Training Organisation (BCITO)

PO Box 2615

Wellington 6140


Telephone 64 04 381 6430