Cuts, shapes and fits timber parts in workshops to form structures and fittings, ready for installation. Registration or licensing may be required.
Training time 1 - 4 years
Average pay $50,345
Employment prospects Strong
Employment size 1,300

How do I become a Joiner in Victoria?

To work as a Joiner in Victoria, you'll need:
  • A Certificate III in Joinery
  • Completed apprenticeship
  • Recommended

  • Completion of Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE) or equivalent
  • Strong understanding of Mathematics and English
  • Relevant pre-apprenticeship: Certificate II in Joinery/Shopfitting/Stairbuilding
  • Certificate IV in Building and Construction (Building)
  • Certificate IV in Timber Truss and Frame

What does a Joiner do?

  • Studying drawings and specifications to determine materials required, dimensions and installation procedures
  • Ordering and selecting timbers and materials, and preparing layouts
  • Cutting materials, and assembling and nailing cut and shaped parts
  • Erecting framework and roof framing, laying sub-flooring and floorboards 
  • Verifying trueness of structures
  • Nailing fascia panels, sheathing roofs, and fitting exterior wall cladding and door and window frames
  • Assembling prepared wood to form structures and fittings ready to install
  • Cutting wood joints
  • Constructing concrete formwork
  • Repairing existing fittings


  • Joinery Machinist
  • Joinery Patternmaker
  • Joinery Setter-out

Related courses

Government-subsidised training is marked with this symbol
Certificate II in Joinery/Shopfitting/Stairbuilding (Pre-apprenticeship)
Certificate III in Joinery
Certificate III in Timber Truss and Frame Design and Manufacture
Certificate IV in Timber Truss and Frame Design
Certificate IV in Timber Truss and Frame Manufacture