Carpentry and Joinery (Craft) Certificate


Certificate 2 years


Carpentry is one of the oldest skilled trades and is still widely required in modern construction. It involves the cutting, shaping, and installation of wood (timber) for buildings and other structures.

This carpentry and joinery certificate program promote the trade of carpentry through technical instruction and practical “hands-on” experience for the necessary skill development for employment in the field of construction.

Carpentry is often part of the ‘first fix' of timber components in the construction of roofs, floors, walls, and other timber-framed constructions. It is also often part of ‘second fix' works, such as the construction of skirting boards, architraves, doors, and so on. Carpenters may also be required to prepare shuttering (formwork into which concrete is poured), building stairs, installing door and window frames, and so on.


This Carpentry and Joinery Craft certificate by KNEC teaches the art and trade of cutting, working, and joining timber both for structural timberwork in framing and items such as doors, windows, and staircases.

Graduates of this carpentry and joinery craft certificate will be able to:

  • Interpret drawings to create an item or component.
  • Design and layout items or components.
  • Provide advice about different types of timber and their qualities.
  • Cut and shape timber using hand or power tools.
  • Join and fix timber using nails, staples, screws or adhesives.
  • Check accuracy using rulers, levels, plumb bobs, framing squares, and so on.
  • Install items.
  • Maintenance and repairs.

Entry requirements

  • KCSE mean grade D (plain) or
  • Certificate in relevant artisan course

Colleges offering Carpentry and Joinery Craft Certificate course

St. Dominic’s TATI
Private College
Rift Valley Institute of Science and Technology
Public College
Nakuru Town East Constituency
Comboni Polytechnic
Private College
Gilgil Constituency
The Kabete National Polytechnic
National Polytechnic
Gilgil Constituency

Entry requirements

  • KCSE mean grade D (plain) or
  • Certificate in relevant artisan course

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