Design and construction
If you love woodworking and want a career that requires creativity and an eye for detail, the Fine Furniture/Joinery program is for you.
The Fine Furniture/Joinery program is a full-time, 10-month program offered at the Interurban campus, starting in September each year. Classroom theory is combined with intensive hands-on experience, so you can develop relevant skills and knowledge for employment. At the end of the program, each student will design and build a final project that will be showcased in a public gallery.
If you are currently in high school and you are looking for an early start in the Fine Furniture and Joinery field, check out the dual-credit programs offered through the South Island Partnership.
The Fine Furniture shop is located in the south end of the Jack White building on the Interurban Campus. Our main shop is 3600 sq. ft. (360 sq. metres) in size, in addition to a well equipped tool room and a 420 sq. ft. (42 sq. metre) fully equipped finishing room with a spray booth.
Our stationary power tools include two jointers, two thickness planers, three table saws, a radial arm saw, two bandsaws, two drill presses, shopbot CNC router and a range of sanding equipment including a 25” (630mm) thickness sander.
As a graduate of the Fine Furniture/Joinery program, you'll have the knowledge and skills necessary for entry into the furniture design, construction or finishing/refinishing industries. Components of the course focus on furniture related skills and knowledge, but also cover aspects of the cabinet making and millwork trades.
As a graduate of the program you'll receive credit for Level I of the Joinery apprenticeship. In addition, you’ll study business and presentation concepts that will aid in the marketing of your future work.
For more information about the Joinery Apprenticeship program, visit the Industry Training Authority.
Continuing Education courses
If you are looking for something less intensive to meet your individual needs, we also offer a variety of weekend and evening woodworking and furniture skills courses through Continuing Education.
Fine Furniture/Joinery Trades Foundation
- Certificate (Level 1 Joinery Apprenticeship)
- 10 months
- Study Options
- Full-time only
- Work Experience
- Apprenticeship after completion
- Trades & Technology