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  • CPC31912

Certificate III in Joinery

At a glance

At a glance

Prepare for a career as a timber joiner with this hands-on, entry-level course. Develop the skills to manufacture joinery components and use computer-controlled machinery.

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CPC31912 Certificate III in Joinery

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Course overview

Course overview

Gain specialist skills in timber joinery and develop a broad understanding of the building and construction industry with this entry-level course.

Population growth is pushing demand for new housing construction with commercial building forecast to grow over the next five years.

This course will teach you to manufacture joinery components, use computer-controlled machinery, manufacture components for door and window frames, install windows and doors, construct and assemble stairs, and apply decorative finishes. Our industry-experienced staff are the best in the business and will give you the one-on-one guidance you need to get your trade qualification.

Upon completion of this course, you will have the skills and confidence to work as a joiner. If completed as part of an apprenticeship, this course allows you to apply for a trade qualification.


The successful achievement of this qualification requires you to complete all core and 14 elective units from the list below.

Use carpentry tools and equipment
Handle carpentry materials
Work effectively and sustainably in the construction industry
Plan and organise work
Conduct workplace communication
Carry out measurements and calculations
Read and interpret plans and specifications
Apply basic levelling procedures
Use explosive power tools
Work safely at heights
Use static machines
Use computer-controlled machinery
Manufacture components for door and window frames and doors
Manufacture joinery components
Apply OHS requirements, policies and procedures in the construction industry
Set out and assemble cabinets, showcases, wall units, counters and workstations
Install lining, panelling and moulding
Assemble partitions
Construct timber external stairs
Carry out basic demolition
Assemble components
Cut and install glass
Manufacture stair components for straight flighted stairs
Assemble and install stairs
Design and set out stairs
Apply and install sealant and sealant devices
Apply and trim decorative finishes
Apply finishes

Note: For some courses, not all electives are available at all campuses.

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Ways to study

Ways to study

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University pathways

If you want to go on to further study at university, TAFE Queensland has a pathway option to get you there. In many cases, completing one of our diplomas may give you a full year of credit towards a degree with one of our partner universities.

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  • James Cook University
  • Southern Cross University
  • University of Canberra
  • Griffith University
  • Queensland University of Technology
  • Federation University
  • University of Southern Queensland
Payment options

Payment options

No matter what your circumstances, TAFE Queensland has a payment option to suit you. If you are unsure of what's right for you, get in touch. We're here to help.

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This may be the full fee for the course, or the student contribution amount if you are eligible for a subsidy or concession.

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Important Information
Important Information

Important Information

Selection criteria

To study an apprenticeship or traineeship program you must be indentured as an apprentice or trainee with your employer.

Employers need to be able to provide the necessary human and physical resources to qualify for an apprentice.

Resources required

Personal protective equipment:

  • Eye protection - safety glasses or clip-ons, where prescription glasses are normally worn (must conform to the Australian Standard 1336 or 1337)
  • Steel capped safety boots (AS2210)
  • Protective clothing- neat casual clothing (no sleeveless shirts or singlets).
  • Ear protection - ear muffs or ear plugs (recommended)
  • Disposable dust masks (recommended).

Students failing to meet these minimum standards of dress will not be permitted entry in to practical classes.

Materials list:

  • Scientific calculator
  • 30cm and 15cm steel rulers
  • 5 metre tape measure
  • Metric Verneer callipers
  • Compass and divider set
  • Semi-circular protractor
  • A4 Notebook
  • Pens and HB Pencil
  • Eraser (soft) and sharpener

Need to know

Replacement Qualification
This qualification has been replaced by CPC31920 - Certificate III in Joinery, as of 26 November 2020. A transition period applies to enable current students to complete their study. The transition period finishes on 27 November 2022. If required, enrolments will be transitioned into the replacement qualification.

Assessment Methods

Skill and knowledge assessments are an essential step in progressing through your course. You may be assessed in a number of ways while you are studying at TAFE Queensland, including observation, written assessment, questioning, portfolios, work samples, third-party feedback, and through recognition of prior learning. Read more about assessment methods.


All information was accurate at time of publication, however TAFE policies, tuition fees and course content is subject to change without notice. Course commencement is dependent on sufficient enrolment numbers. Timetable information is subject to change prior to commencement and/or during the duration of your course.

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How to apply

How to apply

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) and credit transfers

Fast track your way to a formal qualification by earning credit for the things you already know. Getting recognition for the skills you've gained from the workplace or previous learning means less study time for you, and getting the paper to prove you're qualified a whole lot sooner. We can assess your skills, directly apply credits from previous successful study, and give you advanced standing in your course.

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Get started with TAFE Queensland

If you have read and understood the student rules, refund policy, understand your fees and payment options, have a Unique Student Identifier (USI) and checked you meet the entry requirements and selection criteria for this course, you're ready to get started.

University pathways

If you want to go on to further study at university, TAFE Queensland has a pathway option to get you there. In many cases, completing one of our diplomas may give you a full year of credit towards a degree with one of our partner universities.

Learn more about university pathways
  • James Cook University
  • University of Queensland
  • University of Canberra
  • Federation University
  • Griffith University
  • Queensland University of Technology
  • University of Southern Queensland