Certificate III in Joinery


CPC31920 Certificate III in Joinery

Learn the skills to join the industry. Our practical course offers on-the-job learning, suited for those with good manual dexterity and attention to detail. Build a proud career.


Qualification Description

This course can help you become skilled in the joinery industry. You’ll get the chance to learn on the job or in a workplace environment, gaining practical experience. The course is designed for people who are detail-oriented and good with their hands, and it can help you build a career you can be proud of.

Occupational titles may include

  • Joiner
  • Stair builder


Learning outcomes

Through a combination of theoretical learning and hands-on coursework, you will learn how to:

  • Measure and calculate amounts accurately
  • Use professional tools and equipment
  • Build timber external stairs, windows, and door frames
  • Create joinery parts
  • Operate computer-controlled machinery

Course outcomes

Acquire practical experience and develop specialised skills to gain an advantage in the job market.

  • Timber external stairs, windows, and door frames construction experience
  • Joinery component manufacturing skills
  • Clear pathway to further study


Entry recommendations

To be prepared for this course, we recommend that you have:

It is expected that all participants will be expecting to work in wood, fabricating and installing stairs and/or cupboards or similar joinery products.

  • Over the age of 18 years
  • Have completed TAE Institutes LLN entry assessment consistent with the TAE Institute’s LLN Policy
  • Have an interest in joinery and are committed to the course
  • Ensuring safety in the workplace through understanding and practice
  • Demonstrating the capability to proactively start the day early and independently fulfil the required work hours

TAE Institute recommends checking entry requirements before applying. If you need help preparing for your studies, please contact us. We are always here to support you.

Entry requirements

This course requires evidence of previous experience or study before you can enrol


  • Be employed as an apprentice in the industry

  • Register with an Apprenticeship Network Provider who will support your application.


  • Non-apprenticeship pathways for trade-related qualifications allow you to have your industry skills assessed through recognition of prior learning (RPL) and undertake gap training to gain a trade qualification. To take this course as a non-apprenticeship, you must:

  • Be at least 18 years of age, as evidenced by photo identification

  • Have at least 2 years of work experience in this occupation or trade, as evidenced by employee records such as your resume and/or letters from your employers.

  • Be currently employed in the relevant industry, as evidenced by a letter from your employer.

  • This course may be offered as a fee for service and NSW funding program.


At our school, we highly value your previous study and work experience. Therefore, we offer you the opportunity to apply for recognition of prior learning or a credit transfer. Achieving success in this process means you’ll be able to obtain your qualification much faster, saving you time and effort.

Career pathways

Our graduates go onto roles like joiner and stair builder.


This is a licensed occupation. NSW Fair Trading is the licensing and regulatory authority for trades in NSW. When you successfully complete the Certificate III in Joinery you can apply for licensing with NSW Fair Trading. For more information about joinery licences visit NSW Fair Trading.


To achieve this qualification, competency must be demonstrated in: 29 units of competency

    • 18 core units
    • 11 elective units


An asterisk (*) against a unit code below indicates that there is a prerequisite requirement that must be met. Prerequisite unit CPCCWHS2001 – Apply WHS requirements, policies and procedures in the construction industry must be assessed with an asterisk before any unit of competency is assessed.

Completion requirements

You will need a general construction induction card ( white card ) before you can enter a construction site

  • CPCWHS1001 – Prepare to work safely in the construction industry

Duration and delivery

At our school, we highly value your previous study and work experience. Therefore, we offer you the opportunity to apply for recognition of prior learning or a credit transfer. Achieving success in this process means you’ll be able to obtain your qualification much faster, saving you time and effort.

How long is the course?

Full Time – 20 hours x 80 weeks Over 2 years

How is the course delivered and where?

This program is to be delivered blended in face-to-face and online learning in combination with self-paced assessment learning along with access to appropriate simulated workplace environments for practical aspects. The premises are either the premises of TAE Institute or another suitable premise identified by TAE Institute.


At TAE Institute, we offer a variety of payment options. You may be eligible for funding for the NSW Smart and Skilled Program.

How much is it going to cost me and how to pay?

Fee For Service and Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) are available prices on the application.

Any queries regarding fees and payment plans should be addressed to: [email protected] or call: 1300 678 288

Smart and Skilled Program

What is Smart and Skilled? 

Smart and Skilled is a NSW Government program that helps people get qualifications in in-demand skills and industries. It’s a key part of the NSW vocational education and training system. It helps people in New South Wales gain the necessary skills to find employment and progress in their careers.

Smart and Skilled gives eligible students: 

  • an entitlement to government-subsidised training up to and including Certificate III 

  • government funding for higher-level courses (Certificate IV and above) in targeted priority areas. 

Further information about Smart and Skilled is available at https://smartandskilled.nsw.gov.au/