Becoming a Carpenter and Joiner
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Becoming a Carpenter and Joiner

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Constructs and installs structures and fixtures of wood, plywood, and wallboard, and cuts, shapes and fits timber parts to form structures and fittings. Registration or licensing may be required.
Training time 3 - 4 years
Average pay $62,191
Employment prospects Moderate
Employment size 1,200

How do I become a Carpenter and Joiner in Victoria?

To work as a Carpenter and Joiner in Victoria, you'll need:
  • A Certificate III in Shopfitting
  • Or

  • A Certificate III in Carpentry and 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 Timber Truss and Frame
  • Certificate IV in Building and Construction (Building)

What does a Carpenter and Joiner do?

  • Studying drawings and specifications
  • Determining 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 and 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
  • May construct concrete formwork
  • May repair existing fittings


  • Shopfitter