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Course Overview

Course Type:
Accredited course
Mode of Delivery:
On Campus

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Course Duration:
84 weeks
Commencing in:
  • 2024

2024 Intake

Intake Date Campus Attendance Days
Ongoing Bairnsdale Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday 8:00am-4:00pm
Ongoing Yallourn Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday 8:00am-4:00pm

About this course

If you’re preparing to join the building and construction industry, then an entry level Certificate III in Joinery is essential.
This apprenticeship course is your gateway to the world of joinery. Over four dynamic years, you'll work alongside experts, honing your woodworking skills and mastering techniques that will shape your craft. From timber wonders to functional pieces, this program sets you on the path to a rewarding joinery career. Embrace the art of woodworking and enrol today to begin your journey towards a creative and skilled future. Your adventure begins now!

This course will help you develop a broad understanding of manufacturing joinery components while using specialist, computer-controlled machinery. You’ll learn important skills in manufacturing and installing doors and window frames, constructing and assembling stairs and much more.
This hands-on qualification is designed to put your skills into practice as you learn them. That’s why all apprentices attend 10 x three-day blocks per year for the duration of your apprenticeship.
These learning days are designed to make sure your skills are where they should be, with our teachers there to support you through that every step of the way. And because you work and learn at the same time, you can start working in your chosen industry sooner – sounds pretty good to us!
When you complete this course, you’ll be confident and skilled enough to either begin working as a tradesperson or choose to take your career further by becoming a business owner or site supervisor.
Now is the time to get started in this exciting industry, and we are here to help you get to where you want to be.

Career Opportunities

Certificate III in Joinery will lead to opportunities of employment as a tradesperson Joiner with the opportunity to advance in their career to become a Business Owner or Site Supervisor.

Opportunities for Further Study

CPC40120 Certificate IV In Building And Construction (Building)

Skills or Knowledge gained

CPC31920 Certificate III in Joinery offers the following skills and knowledge:
The trade skills required to become a qualified Joiner including safe operation and correct use of hand tools, power tools and static machinery related to the joinery industry. Basic programming and operation of CNC machines. Project based joinery tasks including window and door manufacture.
This covers the skills and knowledge required to perform a range of skills at trade-level for those working in the joinery/shop-fitting/ kitchen manufacturing industries. Installation skills may be applied to new or renovation work. The work is in a defined range of skilled operations, usually within a range of broader related activities involving known routines, methods and procedures, where some discretion and judgement is required in the selection of equipment, services or contingency measures and within known time constraints, this qualification offers a generic Certificate III in Joinery,

Entry Requirements

Are there specified requirements for entry into the course/qualification?: Yes

Mandatory entry requirements:

Students must be employed as an Apprentice in CPC31920 Certificate III in Joinery to undertake this qualification.
Must be 15 years of age or older for a School Based Apprenticeship.
If students are no longer at secondary school and are under 17 years of age they must have a "school leaving certificate" from the Department of Education before they can enrol in this qualification.

Recommended entry Requirements:

Students should have access to a computer or laptop and a reliable internet connection for the 3 years of their studies.

Limitations to course Entry:

For each learner enrolling in a vocational qualification, regardless of eligible or ineligible status under the Victorian Training Guarantee, TAFE Gippsland will conduct a Pre-Training Review of current competencies (including literacy and numeracy skills) prior to commencement in training.

Minimum Industry Requirement

Not applicable.

Licensing/Regulatory Requirements

Will this course/qualification or a constituent unit provide a pathway to an industry licence or regulated outcome: No

Qualifications and Recognition - 2024

Upon successful completion of this course students will be eligible to receive the Certificate III in Joinery.

Work Placement - 2024

Does this course require placement?: No

Further Information - 2024


Fees and charges Government subsidised concession Government subsidised Full-fee paying student
Maximum full course tuition fee* (GST exempt) $968.05 $4,840.25 $19,615.75
Materials fee* (GST exempt) $1,025.00 $1,025.00 $1,025.00
Total $1,993.05 $5,865.25 $20,640.75
VET Student Loans

Not Applicable for this course

Help with fees

Sample course units

CPCCCA2002 Use Carpentry Tools And Equipment
CPCCCA2011 Handle Carpentry Materials
CPCCCA3010 Install windows and doors
CPCCCA3016 Construct, assemble and install timber external stairs
CPCCCA3024 Install lining, panelling and moulding
CPCCCA3026 Assemble partitions
CPCCCM2006 Apply basic levelling procedures
CPCCCM2012 Work Safely At Heights
CPCCCM3004 Identify and apply information in construction plans, drawings and specifications
CPCCJN2001 Assemble Components
CPCCJN2003 Package Manufactured Products For Transport
CPCCJN3002 Use computer-controlled machinery
CPCCJN3003 Manufacture components for doors, windows and frames
CPCCJN3004 Manufacture and assemble joinery components
CPCCJN3005 Cut And Install Glass
CPCCJN3100 Process materials to produce components using static machines
CPCCJS3002 Manufacture Stair Components For Straight Flighted Stairs
CPCCJS3003 Assemble And Install Stairs
CPCCJS3011 Design and set out stairs
CPCCOM1012 Work effectively and sustainably in the construction industry
CPCCOM1013 Plan and organise work
CPCCOM1014 Conduct workplace communication
CPCCOM1015 Carry Out Measurements And Calculations
CPCCOM2001 Read and interpret plans and specifications
CPCCOM3001 Perform construction calculations to determine carpentry material requirements
CPCCSH2003 Apply And Install Sealant And Sealant Devices
CPCCWHS2001 Apply WHS requirements, policies and procedures in the construction industry
CPCSHP3004 Assemble internal shopfitting units and prepare for transport
CPCSHP3005 Apply and trim decorative additions to shopfittings and components
MSFFM3011 Measure and draw site layout for manufactured furniture products

The assessment for each course varies. It may include knowledge questions, practical skills tasks, projects, research work, on the job assessment, etc. Your assessor or educator will provide specific information on the requirements for your course.

You can expect that:

  • assessment methods are clear
  • assessment tasks are relevant and meet the requirements of your course
  • assessor or educator demonstrate fairness and lack of bias when assessing your work
  • educators will provide open and honest feedback about assessment tasks.