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 $52,596
Employment prospects Moderate
Employment size 1,000

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 Building and Construction Pre-apprenticeship
Certificate III in Carpentry and Joinery
Certificate III in Joinery
Certificate III in Shopfitting
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