Duration:
4 years part time
Delivery mode:
Face to Face and Workplace
Location: 
Industry
Study off-campus:
Available for Apprenticeship.
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Application due dates:
Applications for this course are currently being accepted.

Overview

Gain specialist building skills for a career in the construction industry with a Certificate III in Joinery CPC31920 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, manufacturing and machining skills of a variety of joinery products and materials.

You will develop essential skills and knowledge in:

  • manufacturing and assembling stairs
  • manufacturing and assembling of windows and doorframes
  • manufacturing and assembling of joinery components
  • demolition of minor building structures
  • setouts, levelling technical skills
  • reading and interpreting plans and specifications
  • working safely and sustainably.

You will also learn how to safely use and maintain tools and equipment, including:

  • static machines
  • power tools
  • automatic, line and laser levels
  • compressors and generators
  • air and battery operated tools
  • gas and powder activated tools.

As this an apprenticeship course, you must be employed as a joinery apprentice.

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.

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TAFE resources

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 or stair builder on small to large-scale building projects, on both domestic and commercial building sites.

Job prospects are good; check employment predictions for joiners at the government job-data site JobOutlook.

Course structure

The course structure comprises the following core and elective units. These electives have been selected based on industry needs, graduate pathways and/or student and teacher feedback.

To be awarded CPC31920 Certificate III in Joinery, a student must complete a total of twenty-nine (29) units of competency, consisting of:

*eighteen (18) core units, and;

*eleven (11) elective units, of which:

  • a minimum of five units must be selected from Group A
  • the remaining units can be selected from any group or any current training package or accredited course, as long as they contribute to a valid, industry-supported vocational outcome and maintain the AQF level of this qualification.

VU Polytechnic delivers the electives listed in the ‘course structure and units’ below. These electives have been selected based on industry needs, graduate pathways and/or student and teacher feedback. Alternative suitable electives are only available via Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) and Credit Transfer (CT).

Core units

Elective units

Group A - Specialist Electives

Group B - General Electives 

Recognition of Prior Learning and/or Credit Transfers:

Previous completion of units at the VU Polytechnic or any other Registered Training Organisation and/or previous attainment of skills and knowledge may be credited towards this course. Units must satisfy the completion rules of the qualification and be assessed as appropriate by the Polytechnic.

This qualification provides a trade outcome in joinery covering work for residential and commercial applications. It is suitable for an Australian apprenticeship pathway.

Fees & scholarships

Fee type for this course: VET

Fee type definitions

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

Students who enrol in a:

  • government subsidised place pay subsidised tuition fees (the government contributes the rest), and may be required to pay a Student Services and Amenities Fee along with any material fees
  • full fee-paying place pay the full fee tuition rate (which includes Student Services and Amenities Fee and any material fees).

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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.

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Entry requirements

As part of the application process, applicants must complete a Pre-training Review (PTR) and undertake a literacy and numeracy (LN) assessment to determine suitability for admission.
Local admission requirements for applicants:
* must be employed as an apprentice with a training contract with their employer * must have an active Epsilon number prior to commencing the course

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.

Use our credit calculator to find out how much credit you can receive toward Victoria University higher education courses based on your previous studies.

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

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