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Becoming a Joiner
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Becoming a Joiner

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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
Avg. weekly wage $1,377
Employment prospects Strong
Employment size 29,500

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


    • 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

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