How do I become a Certified Designer?

It all starts with the right training …

BCITO (Building Construction Industry Training Organisation) who were formally known as JITO – is the first point of contact for all kitchen and bathroom Design courses – through them you will get information on how to register for courses, course dates, training agreements, government subsidies and distance learning workbooks.

In partnership with BCITO, the NKBA offer the following courses:

  • National Certificate in Kitchen Design (CertKitDes)
  • National Diploma in Kitchen Design (DipKitDes)
  • National Certificate in Bathroom Design (CertBathDes)
  • National Diploma in Bathroom Design (DipBathDes)

Visit the BCITO website information on kitchen and bathroom training
Or contact via Email or 0800 BCITO (0800 422 486)

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.

How to become CDS qualified

Once a designer has completed and passed the relevant level of the NZQA National Diploma Advanced Level in Kitchen Design qualification, they may apply to become a Certified Designer member with the Certified Designers Society.

To apply for membership, designers must complete an application form and submit a portfolio of current work to the CDS board.

More information

If you would like to speak to someone about becoming involved in the NKBA Education process, or would like more information on NKBA Education and CDS Qualifications, please contact

Courses Overview

Courses and Dates