Makes and repairs boots or shoes.
Training time 1 year
Average pay $44,326
Employment prospects Poor
Employment size 400

What does a Shoemaker do?

  • cutting and preparing canvas, leather and sailcloth to design specifications, patterns and drawings
  • sewing, gluing and riveting sections of canvas together to make articles such as awnings, tents, tarpaulins and horse rugs
  • attaching grommets, fastenings and other fittings to canvas goods
  • joining parts of leather articles using rivets, hand sewing, sewing machines, tools and adhesive
  • restoring and repairing leather articles
  • fabricating sails
  • designing patterns and prototypes of boots and shoes
  • making and grading patterns using manual and computerised methods
  • clicking synthetics, corrected grains, leather linings and leather outers by hand and machine


  • Medical Grade Shoemaker
  • Shoe Repairer

Related courses

Government-subsidised training is marked with this symbol
Certificate IV in Custom-Made Footwear