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Duration:
3 years part time.
Location: 
Industry
Delivery mode:
Face to Face, Workplace
Study off-campus:
Available for Apprenticeship or Industry.

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Overview

Gain specialist building skills for a career in the construction industry with a Certificate III in Joinery at Victoria University Polytechnic.

Gain specialist building skills for a career in the construction industry with a Certificate III in Joinery at Victoria University Polytechnic.

As an apprentice joiner, this trade certificate will provide you with a theoretical and practical understanding of the construction and installation of wooden structures. You’ll develop essential skills and knowledge in:

  • manufacturing and assembling stairs
  • cutting and installing glass
  • applying finishes
  • levelling
  • reading plans and specifications.

You’ll also learn how to safely use and maintain tools and equipment including:

  • static machines
  • power tools
  • automatic and laser levels
  • generators
  • cement mixers.

This is an apprenticeship course; you must be employed as a joinery apprentice.  This qualification is available for applicants of the 457 Skilled Migration program.

You’ll learn at our $44 million state-of-the-art trades hub at our Sunshine Campus. Our ‘Construction Futures’ hub is a sustainable training facility sustainable with a 6 Star Green rating. It provides modern high-tech labs and dynamic workshops including:

  • concrete laboratory
  • survey laboratory
  • engine laboratory
  • soldering/construction laboratories
  • power systems laboratory
  • computer workstations with simulation and modelling software.

Everything you learn at Victoria University Polytechnic has direct links to the real world. You’ll learn practical skills on special purpose machinery at our Construction Hub, giving you the chance to test out your theoretical knowledge.

You’ll become skilled at using tools and equipment such as static machines, generators and power tools.  Learning a trade with us means you’ll get the hands-on learning to be job-ready when you graduate.

You’ll learn from teachers who have valuable industry contacts and the latest industry-standard skills. You’ll also develop links with industry and professional experience through:

  • site visits
  • industry projects
  • live work
  • industry simulation.

VU’s Learning Hubs are welcoming spaces where you can improve your study and employability skills.

Our students can attend Learning Hubs at one of five VU campuses.

We offer maths, writing, careers and English-language advice, and show you effective ways to study and manage your time.

Our programs include:

  • workshops
  • drop-in sessions
  • peer mentoring
  • maths and writing resources
  • resume and career guidance.

We also have accessibility support services and counselling services available for all students.

Careers in joinery

The building and construction industry is one of the largest industries for employment within Australia. A trade certificate from Victoria University Polytechnic can help you get your foot in the door.

This qualification will enable you to find employment as a joiner on small to large-scale building projects, on both domestic and commercial building sites. Job prospects are good, with employment for joiners expected to grow strongly over the next five years (JobOutlook).

Course structure

To be awarded CPC31912 Certificate III in Joinery, a student must complete a total of thirty (30) units of competency, consisting of:

  • sixteen (16) core units, and;

  • fourteen (14) elective units, of which:

  • a maximum of two (2) of the required fourteen (14) 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.  Electives must be industry relevant as well as be approved by the Polytechnic.

Core units

Elective units

Recognition of Prior Learning and/or Credit Transfers

Previous completion of units at the Polytechnic or any other Registered Training Organisation, may be credited towards this course. Units must satisfy the completion rules of the training package and be assessed as appropriate by the Polytechnic.

This qualification provides a trade outcome in joinery covering work for residential and commercial applications.  Occupational titles may include, joiner.  The qualification has core unit of competency requirements which cover common skills for the construction industry, as well as a specialist field of work.  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.

What's a unit?

A unit or 'subject' is the actual class you'll attend in the process of completing a course.

Most courses have a mixture of compulsory 'core' units that you need to take and optional elective units that you can choose to take based on your area of interest, expertise or experience.

Fees & scholarships

Fee type: VET

The amount you pay for your course depends on whether you’re offered a government subsidised place or a full-fee paying place.

If you enrol in a:

  • Government subsidised place, you’ll pay a VET tuition fee and may be required to pay a Student Services and Amenities Fee and course materials contribution.
  • full-fee paying place, you’ll pay the full-fee tuition rate (which includes Student Services and Amenities Fee and any material fees).

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Scholarships & assistance

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Admission & pathways

Meeting the minimum admission requirements does not guarantee you entry into this course.

Some courses receive more applications than the number of places available. In this situation we will also assess your education, work and other relevant experience.

If you do not meet the minimum requirements you may be eligible for one of our special admission programs. We also encourage you to explore our study pathways to help you reach your goal.

Entry requirements

Prior to enrolment, all applicants will be required to complete a literacy and numeracy assessment to assist with determining eligibility and to identify learning support needs.

There are many ways you can start your education journey at VU. Pathways offer an easy transition between courses at different levels, so that you can start with a certificate and progress right through to postgraduate study.

Find out more about pathways and credits.

You may be able to complete your qualification sooner through formal recognition of your existing skills. This is known as Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL).

To receive RPL, we assess your previous work, education and life experiences against recognised qualifications. Applications for RPL can be made prior to enrolling.

Call us on 1300 TAFE VP (1300 823 387) to discuss RPL options with the course manager.

How to apply

Prior to enrolment, all applicants will be required to complete a literacy and numeracy assessment to assist with determining eligibility and to identify learning support needs.

Before you apply

Before applying, you should consider whether you also want to apply for:

  • Special admission programs: Depending on your life circumstances you may be eligible for special consideration of your application.
  • Advanced standing: If you have significant experience or studies elsewhere you may be eligible for credit for some units of your course and not have to undertake them.

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