Solid wood

It takes nearly three decades for a radiata pine tree to grow to maturity in the forest, so raw logs need to be processed with great care and accuracy to extract the maximum timber – and value – out of each one.

Employers

We can provide training plans, support and qualifications - tailored to your businesses specific needs.

What do we offer?

We partner with industry associations like the Wood Processors Manufacturing Association and members of your industry to help recruit and build talented employees. This support includes promoting careers in your industry, identifying potential learners, and encouraging work placements.

We also ensure your industry’s qualifications continue to meet needs, support industry events like conferences and regularly celebrate your learners’ success.

  • Solidwood Programme Handbook web

    New Zealand Certificates

    The programme handbook summarises the New Zealand Certificates and how to work towards them.

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Qualifications available

Solid wood manufacturing qualifications are comprised of a number of disciplines, each with a unique qualification variation (strand) and specific unit standards (learning outcomes) to help assess competency and promote best practices in the yard or in the processing factory.

In some cases two programme options exist for each qualification. A shorter duration option may be chosen if the trainee already holds some of the required units and will therefore complete the qualification in a shorter time.

Competenz also offers solid wood manufacturing apprenticeships which result in the completion of both a Level 3 and Level 4 qualification. Our solid wood manufacturing apprenticeships include:

  • Apprenticeship in Finger Jointing
  • Apprenticeship in Saw Doctoring
  • Apprenticeship in Sawmilling
  • Apprenticeship in Timber Machining

All of our apprenticeships comply with the New Zealand Apprenticeship rules.

The purpose of this qualification is to provide the solid wood manufacturing industry with people who have introductory skills and knowledge relevant to entry-level roles within this industry.

Each strand represents a process undertaken in solid wood manufacturing. Graduates will be capable of working safely in entry-level operational roles in one of these processes under general supervision.

Strand:

  • Timber grading: 58 credits, 8-12 months 
  • Sawmilling: 53 credits, 8-12 months
  • Timber drying: 45 credits, 8-12 months
  • Laminating: 55 credits, 12 months
  • Pole, post and pile: 74 credits, 14 months
  • Timber machining: 53 credits, 8-12 months
  • Finger jointing: 53 credits, 13 month
  • Wood panel manufacture: 58 credits, 8-12 months

NZQA Qualification overview

The purpose of this qualification is to provide the wood manufacturing industry with people who have the foundation skills and knowledge relevant to working in this industry.

Graduates of the Foundation Knowledge Strand will have a basic theoretical understanding of safety, environmental and quality requirements, as well as knowledge of operational processes, used in wood manufacturing.

Graduates of the Wood Handling and Distribution Strand will be capable of completing practical tasks required for entry-level roles in log or timber yard operations under general supervision.

Graduates of the Wood Processing Strand will be capable of completing a range of different basic practical tasks required for entry-level operational roles under general supervision.

Strands:

  • Foundation knowledge: 40 credits, 12 months 
  • Wood handing and distribution: 40 credits, 9 months
  • Wood processing: 41 credit, 10 months

NZQA qualification overview

The purpose of this qualification is to provide the solid wood manufacturing industry with people who have the skills and knowledge required to work as an operator in a solid wood manufacturing operation.

Graduates will understand safety, as well as, environmental and quality requirements relevant to solid wood manufacturing. Graduates will be able to safely and efficiently operate plant and equipment used in solid wood manufacturing with limited supervision.

Strand:

  • Timber grading: 74 credits, 8-12 months 
  • Sawmilling: 49 credits, 12 months
  • Timber treatment: 67 credits, 18 months
  • Pole, post and pile: 62 credits, 18 months
  • Timber machining: 79 credits,  18 months
  • Finger jointing: 78 credits, 18 month
  • Saw doctoring: 77 credits, 16 months

NZQA qualification overview

The purpose of this qualification is to provide the wood manufacturing industry with people who have the skills and knowledge relevant to operational roles in the areas of log yard, wood fibre, and timber yard operations.

Graduates will understand hazard management and will be able to perform tasks specific to operational roles within these areas, under limited supervision.

Strand:

  • Log yard operations: 53 credits, 12 months
  • Wood fibre operations: 55 credits, 12 months
  • Timber yarding and dispatch: 50 credits, 12 months

NZQA qualification overview

The purpose of this qualification is to provide the solid wood manufacturing industry with people who have the skills and knowledge required to work as advanced operators in a solid wood manufacturing operation.

Graduates will be responsible for the safe and efficient operation of plant and equipment used in solid wood manufacturing without supervision. Graduates will also be responsible for the maintenance of plant and equipment and will be capable of troubleshooting and making decisions to maintain productivity.

Strands:

  • Timber grading: 50 credits, 8 - 12 months
  • Timber drying: 45 credits, 8 - 12 months
  • Timber treatment: 55 credits, 8 - 12 months
  • Laminating: 48 credits, 12 months

NZQA qualification overview

The purpose of this qualification is to provide the solid wood manufacturing industry with people who have the advanced technical skills and knowledge to operate as trade-level timber machinists.

Graduates will be responsible for the safe and efficient operation of timber machining plant and equipment without supervision. Graduates will also be responsible for the maintenance of plant and equipment and will be capable of troubleshooting and making decisions to maintain productivity.

160 credits, 30 months

NZQA qualification overview

This purpose of this qualification is to provide the solid wood manufacturing industry with people who have the advanced technical skills and knowledge required to operate as trade-level finger jointer operators.

Graduates will be responsible for the safe and efficient operation of finger jointing plant and equipment, without supervision. Graduates will also be responsible for the maintenance of plant and equipment and will be capable of troubleshooting and making decisions to maintain productivity.

120 credits, 24 months

NZQA qualification overview

The purpose of this qualification is to provide the wood manufacturing sector with people who have the advanced technical skills and knowledge required to operate as trade-level saw doctors.

Graduates will be responsible for the safe and efficient operation of saw centre plant and equipment, without supervision. Graduates will also be responsible for the maintenance of plant and equipment and will be capable of making technical decisions related to saw specifications to maintain productivity.

125 credits, 24 months

NZQA qualification overview

The purpose of this qualification is to provide the solid wood manufacturing industry with people who have the skills and knowledge required to work as advanced operators in a sawmilling operation.

Graduates will be responsible for the safe and efficient operation of plant and equipment used in sawmilling without supervision. Graduates will also be responsible for the maintenance of plant and equipment and will be capable of troubleshooting and making decisions to maintain productivity.

80 credits, 18 months

NZQA qualification overview

The purpose of this qualification is to provide the manufacturing industry with people who have the advanced skills and knowledge required to manage and improve a production process on a manufacturing site.

Graduates will be able to manage adherence to compliance standards and apply knowledge of quality assurance to improve end-product quality.

They will be able to achieve and improve on key performance indicators (KPIs) relevant to manufacturing, troubleshoot and resolve production issues at process level and also deliver measurable improvement to productivity and quality.

NZQA qualification overview