Getting Started

All your industry training questions answered

Who can Study?

It is preferable that students are employed in the joinery or design industries because the course assignments have a practical component that needs to be completed in the workplace. It is possible to complete the introductory qualifications prior to employment, however the government subsidy does not apply.

Can I make use of past qualifications?

If you are an experienced designer or have other related qualifications (interior design or architectural drafting for example), you may have earned units that can be cross-credited to these national qualifications. The criteria for cross crediting will depend on the outcome of NZQA’s evaluation of the qualifications.

About the courses

Each course is a combination of distance learning assignments, block courses (which students must attend), and practical experience in the workplace. The block courses are usually held in Auckland, Wellington or Christchurch and vary from 3-5 days.
Once you have enrolled you can start your distance learning assignments and you will be automatically registered to attend the block courses relating to your study level.
Courses are structured to enable progressive skill development. Each course is supported with a comprehensive NKBA training manual and other resource material.

About the tutors

Tutors are experienced, qualified kitchen and bathroom designers with Certified Design Society credentials (CKDNZ, CBDNZ or CMKDNZ or CMBDNZ). They use a variety of teaching aids and technology to cater for all learning styles and to ensure the classroom is interactive.

Training Support

Once you are studying, tutors will be available to answer any technical questions and mentor you through the process.

NKBA Chapter Meetings

All design students are welcome to attend NKBA meetings in your region. This will enable you to meet with NKBA designers, manufacturers and suppliers and to stay up to date with design and industry matters in an informal and supportive environment.

Student Day

This is an enjoyable way for students to share industry experience, increase product knowledge and discuss current design subjects. This is usually scheduled to link with the NKBA annual conference.

NKBA Annual Conference and the NKBA Kitchen & Bathroom Design Awards

By attending these events, design students can meet with designers, manufacturers and industry suppliers and get to view examples of the best and most recent kitchen and bathroom design work in New Zealand.

Need more information?

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