NKBA’s professional development workshops are designed to provide you with the tools and knowledge you need to succeed in the kitchen and bathroom industry.

Kitchen Design Basics (2-day Workshop)

The Kitchen Design Basics workshop is aimed at people who would like to gain an understanding of kitchen design fundamentals, design theory, and professional practice. The workshop is delivered over two days using a combination of tutor-led content, group discussions, and practical activities to give learners a basic introduction to industry standards and how to apply them to kitchen design.

Designed for beginners, the workshop is also perfect for joiners considering adding kitchen design to their repertoire or for people seeking a career change.

This workshop is the ideal stepping stone into the New Zealand kitchen design industry. Learners who complete this workshop can go on to take the New Zealand Diploma in Kitchen Design once they have gained enough industry experience.

Day 1

  • working with clients
  • spatial planning
  • plans, elevations, and drawing standards
  • building and construction
  • cabinetry
  • presenting plans to the client

Day 2

  • professional practice
  • design principles and elements
  • colour and pattern
  • themes and styles
  • product and materials
  • lighting and technology.


Workshop Details

Workshop length

2 days (9.00am-4.00pm)

2024 Workshop dates

  • Christchurch 7-8 May
  • Auckland 11-12 June
  • Wellington 25-26 June

Workshop fee

$900 + GST

Who can take the course?

  • Beginner kitchen designers
  • Career changers


Workshops are subject to minimum numbers.

Learners will receive an NKBA Certificate of Completion at the end of the workshop (this is not an NZQA qualification).

CAD experience is not required for this course.

Keen to learn more about this workshop? Email NKBA or call (03) 322 1957 today!

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Next Steps

People who complete this workshop and then gain 6-12 months industry experience can take the next step in their career by enrolling for the the New Zealand Diploma in Kitchen Design. Learners who take this pathway to the diploma are eligible to apply for a BCTF (Building + Construction Training Fund) Scholarship, valued at up to $3000.