Certificate III in Joinery

This qualification provides a trade outcome in joinery covering work for residential and commercial applications.

Occupational titles may include:


The qualification has core unit of competency requirements that cover common skills for the construction industry, as well as a specialist field of work.

The construction industry strongly affirms that training and assessment leading to recognition of skills must be undertaken in a real or very closely simulated workplace environment and this qualification requires all units of competency to be delivered in this context.

Completion of the general induction training program specified by the National Code of Practice for Induction Training for Construction Work (ASCC 2007) is required before entering a construction work site. Achievement of unit CPCCOHS1001A covers this requirement.


Packaging rules

To achieve this qualification, the candidate must demonstrate competency in:

30 units of competency:

16 core units

14 elective units.

A maximum of two of the required fourteen elective units may be substituted by selecting relevant units of competency from any Certificate III or IV construction qualification or qualification in another endorsed Training Package.

Core units

add topic CPCCCA2002A

Use carpentry tools and equipment

add topic CPCCCA2011A

Handle carpentry materials

add topic CPCCCA3023A

Carry out levelling operations

add topic CPCCCM1012A

Work effectively and sustainably in the construction industry

add topic CPCCCM1013A

Plan and organise work

add topic CPCCCM1014A

Conduct workplace communication

add topic CPCCCM1015A

Carry out measurements and calculations

add topic CPCCCM2001A

Read and interpret plans and specifications

add topic CPCCCM2007A

Use explosive power tools

add topic CPCCCM2010A

Work safely at heights

add topic CPCCOHS2001A

Apply OHS requirements, policies and procedures in the construction industry

Joinery - machining and component manufacture and assembly field of work

add topic CPCCJN3001A

Use static machines

add topic CPCCJN3002A

Use computer-controlled machinery

add topic CPCCJN3003A

Manufacture components for door and window frames and doors

add topic CPCCJN3004A

Manufacture joinery components

add topic CPCCSH3001A

Set out and assemble cabinets, showcases, wall units, counters and workstations

Elective units

Joinery - stairs field of work

add topic CPCCJS3002A

Manufacture stair components for straight flighted stairs

add topic CPCCJS3003A

Assemble and install stairs

add topic CPCCJS3004A

Manufacture and install continuous handrailing and special stair components

add topic CPCCJS3006A

Construct fabricated stairs

add topic CPCCJS3011A

Design and set out stairs

Stair installation field of work

add topic CPCCCA3010A

Install and replace windows and doors

add topic CPCCCA3012A

Frame and fit wet area fixtures

add topic CPCCCA3013A

Install lining, panelling and moulding

add topic CPCCCA3016A

Construct timber external stairs

General electives

add topic CPCCCA3001A

Carry out general demolition of minor building structures

add topic CPCCCA3011A

Refurbish timber sashes to window frames

add topic CPCCCA3014A

Construct bulkheads

add topic CPCCCA3015A

Assemble partitions

add topic CPCCJN2001A

Assemble components

add topic CPCCJN2002A

Prepare for off-site manufacturing process

add topic CPCCJN2003A

Package manufactured products for transport

add topic CPCCJN3005A

Cut and install glass

add topic CPCCPD3021A

Prepare surfaces for painting

add topic CPCCSF2003A

Cut and bend materials using oxy-LPG equipment

add topic CPCCSF2004A

Place and fix reinforcement materials

add topic CPCCSH2003A

Apply and install sealant and sealant devices

add topic CPCCSH3004A

Apply finishes

add topic CPCCSH3005A

Apply and trim decorative finishes

add topic CPCCST2005A

Carry out load slinging of off-site materials

add topic BSBSMB301A

Investigate micro business opportunities

add topic BSBSMB406A

Manage small business finances


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Entry Requirements

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Licensing Information

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Employability Skills


Employability skill

Industry/enterprise requirements for this qualification include:


Communicates with clients, colleagues and others using effective and appropriate communication techniques, including:

Clear and direct communication

Active listening

Verbal and non-verbal language

Questioning to identify and confirm requirements

Language and concepts appropriate to cultural differences

Follows instructions from supervisor and other relevant persons

Understands, interprets and applies information as required from:

Regulatory, legislative, licensing and organisational requirements

Environmental and OHS requirements, including material safety data sheets (MSDS)

Codes and standards

Plans and drawings


Safety signs and symbols

Organisational policies and procedures

Understands relevant definitions, terminology, symbols, abbreviations and language

Records relevant information using standard workplace documentation

Applies measurements and calculations using appropriate equipment, formulas and records as required

Reports and records hazards and risks


Works as part of a team

Provides assistance and encouragement to other team members

Initiates and encourages improvements in team performance

Identifies and utilises the strengths of other team members

Relates to people from diverse social, cultural and ethnic backgrounds and with varying physical and mental abilities

Coordinates and actions tasks

Participates in on-site meetings

Problem solving

Examines tools and equipment prior to use for damage, missing components or other defects

Identifies typical faults and problems and takes necessary remedial action

Rectifies simple faults with tools and equipment

Performs routine maintenance as required

Checks materials and products for conformity to specifications

Carries out data input adjustments

Initiative and enterprise

Identifies opportunities to improve resource efficiency and makes suggestions as appropriate

Responds to change and workplace challenges

Puts ideas into action

Maximises use of resources by recycling, re-using or using appropriate disposal methods

Planning and organising

Identifies hazards and implements appropriate hazard control measures

Selects and uses appropriate materials, tools and equipment

Determines material quantity requirements

Prioritises and sequences tasks

Applies time management skills to ensure work is completed to time requirements

Self management

Evaluates own actions and makes judgements about performance and necessary improvements

Contributes to workplace responsibilities, such as current work site environmental/sustainability frameworks or management systems

Manages own performance to meet workplace standards

Seeks support to improve work performance

Cleans up work area, including tools and equipment


Identifies own learning needs and seeks skill development as required

Is open to learning new ideas and techniques


Uses calculators

Uses and operates a range of tools and equipment correctly and safely including computer-controlled equipment