Training and education is vital to the future of the furniture and cabinetmaking industry and FCANZ places strong emphasis on promoting training and education programmes to its members.

Competenz is the training arm of the furniture industry in New Zealand and is responsible for maintaining the industry’s apprenticeship qualifications, training programmes and the apprentice assessment system. You can contact them directly through their website for information about furniture apprenticeships and how to take on an apprentice. We will post regular updates of relevant training events.

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In 2010, the Furniture industry training arm and the Furniture and Cabinetmaking Association jointly launched the Furniture Master Seal to improve and increase public awareness of New Zealand made Furniture and the benefits of buying locally made furniture. There are four separate Master Seals, one for each sector of the industry as follows;

  • Master Cabinetmaker
  • Master Furniture Maker (Upholstered furniture)
  • Master Finisher
  • Master Bedding Manufacturer
Currently, the primary criteria for achieving Furniture Master Seal status is that a minimum of 50% of a company’s employees are either trade qualified or are currently in formalised training towards a furniture qualification. Companies that achieve furniture Master Seal status are entitled to display their Master Seal swing tag on their products and furniture retailers are encouraged to support this.

Competenz and the Furniture and Cabinetmaking Association are keen to grow the number of Seal holders and are actively pursuing companies who manufacture furniture in New Zealand. Competenz will work with companies who don’t currently meet the 50% training criteria to help them become eligible.

For further details about how to become a Furniture Master Seal holder, go to: