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CPC31920 Certificate III in Joinery

Building Trades

Next intake Ongoing 2024
LocationsEast Geelong Campus
ApprenticeshipFull-time: 4 yrs

Course description

If you are want to start a joinery apprenticeship, this is the course for you. 

This trade-level qualification is suited to apprentices. You will learn joinery skills, mainly on stairs, windows and kitchens. You will also learn about interpreting plans, measurements and calculations, and inventory control. We will also teach you how to use hand and power tools, the use and maintenance of plant equipment, use of static machines, preparation for off-site manufacturing, manufacture of joinery unit components, glass cutting and installation, application and installation of sealants and assembly processes.

The course provides the materials, equipment and occupational health and safety procedures to ensure you work safely and effectively in off-site environments.

Possible career outcomes

  • Qualified joiner in timber trade industries
  • Specialist joiner for kitchens, windows or stairs

Applications & attendance

Apprenticeship and traineeship applicants

To become an apprentice or trainee, you will first need to find an employer willing to employ you. An Australian Apprenticeship Support Network Provider can assist you with this and will also start your application and enrolment process. Find a local provider here

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2024 Ongoing
East Geelong Campus 
Open: 1 Aug 2023
Close: 15 Dec 2024 
Class DayStart: 5 Feb 2024
Timetable supplied once admitted
Apprenticeship:Full-time: 4 yrs    


Students may need to complete some self-paced learning and assessment activities outside class time. This will be different for each course and will depend on a student’s level of skill and experience.

Class days and times in the above table are indicative. Prior to course commencement, changes may be necessary. Follow the link for more information on Attendance mode definitions. When you submit your application, please make sure you answer all the questions. Only successful applicants with complete applications will receive an offer. We issue offers as soon as possible. Follow the link for more information on Offer timing.

Many courses have limited places and high demand. We may close an intake before the date above. We recommend you apply early. If student numbers are insufficient we may cancel an intake or a course.

  • Applicants must be 16 years and over at the time of course commencement.
  • Applicants are expected to have literacy and numeracy skills at Year 10 or Year 11 or Australian Core Skills Framework Level 2.
  • Any student under the age of 17 must provide an Exemption from School form prior to undertaking the course.

  • You must reside in Victoria to access Victorian Government Subsidised Fees and any incentive such as Free TAFE. Full fees apply to all non-Victorian residents.

Apprenticeship and traineeship requirements

Apprenticeship and traineeship applicants must be currently employed under a training contract and referred by their employer.

Pre-training review

Each student must complete a pre-training review as part of their application. The outcome of your pre-training review assists our teachers and trainers to better understand your capabilities prior to training and enables you to be matched to the right program. Your literacy and numeracy skills will be evaluated and you may be required to undertake a separate assessment. Follow this link for more information about literacy and numeracy skills .

Personal Learning Requirements

There are personal learning requirements for each qualification at The Gordon. These are essential personal capabilities and skills required to successfully complete the course and be ready to work in the industry.

Please review the requirements here and consider any challenges you may have in meeting them. When applying for your course, please let us know what support you may need.

Selection mode

Core Units Code Hours
Apply basic levelling procedures CPCCCM2006 8
Carry out measurements and calculations CPCCOM1015 20
Conduct workplace communication CPCCOM1014 20
Handle carpentry materials CPCCCA2011 16
Identify and apply information in construction plans drawings and specifications CPCCCM3004 30
Install windows and doors CPCCCA3010 70
Manufacture and assemble joinery components CPCCJN3004 40
Manufacture stair components for straight flighted stairs CPCCJS3002 32
Measure and draw site layout for manufactured furniture products MSFFM3011 16
Package manufactured products for transport CPCCJN2003 10
Perform construction calculations to determine carpentry material requirements CPCCOM3001 25
Plan and organise work CPCCOM1013 20
Process materials to produce components using static machines CPCCJN3100 56
Read and interpret plans and specifications CPCCOM2001 36
Use carpentry tools and equipment CPCCCA2002 96
Use computer-controlled machinery CPCCJN3002 60
Work effectively and sustainably in the construction industry CPCCOM1012 20
Work safely at heights CPCCCM2012 8
Elective Units Code Hours
Apply and install sealant and sealant devices CPCCSH2003 16
Apply WHS requirements policies and procedures in the construction industry CPCCWHS2001 20
Assemble and install stairs CPCCJS3003 24
Assemble components CPCCJN2001 32
Construct assemble and install timber external stairs CPCCCA3016 40
Construct furniture using leg and rail method MSFFM3025 64
Design and set out stairs CPCCJS3011 24
Install lining panelling and moulding CPCCCA3024 40
Manufacture components for doors windows and frames CPCCJN3003 80
Produce manual and computer-aided production drawings MSFFM3009 60
Refurbish timber sashes to window frames CPCCCA3011 16


Please note that the listed electives are delivered by The Gordon but you may not need to complete all of these units to successfully complete this qualification. If you have previously completed any of the units of competency relevant to this course, you may be eligible for Credit Transfer (CT). Any previous relevant experience may qualify you for Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL). Find out more about CT or RPL here.

Assessment is based on:

  • Hands-on work
  • Workplace tasks
  • Written assignments
  • Team projects
  • Exam

This course is eligible for Free TAFE!

Eligible Victorian students who elect to use their Free TAFE opportunity will not incur any tuition fees. Material and resources fees still apply. Follow the link for further information and to check the eligibility criteria.

FeesRateUnitIndicative Course HoursIndicative Tuition Payable by StudentMax. Indicative Government Subsidy Total
Concession Tuition AUD $0.66 per hour 999 AUD $659.00 AUD $14,776.00
Standard Tuition AUD $3.30 per hour 999 AUD $3,297.00 AUD $14,776.00
Full Fee Tuition AUD $18.88 per hour 999 AUD $18,861.00

Add the costs below to your relevant tuition fee

Materials AUD $1,015.00
Resources AUD $240.00
Education Levy AUD $149.85


All fees and charges are correct at time of publication but may change without notice. The student tuition fees are indicative only. Additional fees may apply. Where GST is applicable to any courses or materials, the fee displayed is inclusive of the GST.

Which fee will I pay?

Your fees will be charged according to your eligibility for government funding. For more information, visit our Fees & Payments pages.

Fee help and student loans

VET Student Loans are available for eligible students for tuition fees ONLY.
The current years maximum VET Student Loan Course Cap is $

Payment plans may be available for eligible students who need assistance to manage their fee payments.

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Date published: 24/01/2024 4:01:27 PM