Joinery is a specific type of carpentry that involves constructing wooden items such as bookcases, cabinets, doors, windows and stairs away from the work site. These wood items are then sent to the job site to be fixed by a carpenter. 

Joiner  is currently on the Medium to Long Term Strategic Skills List (MLTSSL)

By studying this course, students will gain skills in timber joinery and develop a broad understanding of the building and construction industry. You will learn 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 and trim decorative finishes. Over the five years to November 2019, the number of job openings for Joiners is expected to be high.

Common jobs for joinery include:

  • Making doors/ window frames
  • Creating fitted furniture
  • Building stairs

Common jobs for carpenters include:

  • Fitting floors
  • Fitting staircases
  • Fixing window frames
  • Installing cupboards and shelving

The Course


Certificate III in Joinery


Course Duration: 24 months

Intake Dates: Jan and July

Locations: Brisbane

Cost: $11,000 – $12,000 per year

Common Course Requirements: 

  • Must have graduated year 10 in home country.
  • Must have a minimum of IELTS 5.5 overall.
  • This course includes 360 hours of vocational placement.

Graduate Outcome:

Graduates will be qualified trades person in the building and construction industry. Graduates will be skilled in many aspects of joinery including:

  • Design and set out stairs.
  • Refurbish timber sashes to window frames.
  • Set out and assemble cabinets, showcases, wall units, counters and workstations.
  • Install lining, panelling and moulding.
  • Manufacturing joinery components.
  • Read and interpret plans and specifications.
  • Use computer-controlled machinery.
  • Manufacture components for door and window frames and doors.

Job Forecast & Career Information:

  • Full time joiners on average earn $1120 per week.
  • The average hours worked in Australia are 40.2 per week.
  • Employment for this occupation rose moderately in the past five years, rose slightly in the long-term.
  • Carpenters and Joiners have a high proportion of full-time jobs (93.2 per cent).
  • They can work independently or be part of a larger building company or cabinet maker.

Education Pathways:

Joiner is currently on the Medium and Long-Term Strategic Skills List.

  • Certificate III in Joinery
  • 2 years on the job experience

Options for a Temporary Graduate Visa

If undertaking study in Australia for a minimum of 2 years you may qualify for the Temporary Skilled Graduate Visa. This visa allows the holder 1.5 years unlimited work rights in Australia. Many graduates use this time to build up experience in their field or find an employer that is willing to sponsor their visa.

If you have applied for the Temporary Graduate Visa you may also be eligible to apply for the Job Ready Program. The Job Ready Program is run through TRA and allows graduates in certain disciplines to have their skills assessed for skilled migration purposes. It is a way for people to have their skills assessed without having the experience. Once the student receives a positive skills assessment they may be eligible to apply for permanent work visas such as State Sponsored and General Skilled Migration Visas.

Have a read through this article which details how by studying the right course it could greatly increase your prospects of obtaining a permanent visa.

*Note* It is never recommended to undertake study for the sole purpose of trying to gain a visa to Australia.


If you are interested in studying joinery in Australia, contact Pathway to Aus to speak with one of our Education Agents. We can explain to you the course costs, duration and education providers so you better know your options.

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