Certificate III in Joinery

National Code: CPC31912
TAFE SA Code: TP00591


This hands on practical course has been designed to provide Apprentices with the common skills and knowledge relevant to the construction industry. Apprentices will learn how to apply these skills in the workplace.

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Up to 48 months 

In response to COVID-19, TAFE SA has had to make some changes to how courses are delivered. If any changes are made to the delivery or completion date of your course, TAFE SA will communicate with you directly.

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Course Admission Requirements

Average cost per semester
Total Fees for the 48 month course
$321 - $447
$2,569 - $3,575
$174 - $242
$1,394 - $1,939

This course is subsidised through the Government of South Australia's Subsidised Training initiative. Assessing your eligibility may include participation in a Language, Literacy and Numeracy pre-assessment. Concessions apply to Subsidised Training only.

Subsidised Training Eligibility

Fees vary depending on subjects you enrol into. TAFE SA and their agents reserve the right to make any changes necessary.

  • Upfront Payment

    Each semester, fees can be paid online with VISA or Mastercard or at an Australia Post outlet.

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    Payment Plan

    If you have difficulty paying your fees upfront, you may be eligible for a payment plan.

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  • Employment Outcomes


    Note: Completion of a TAFE SA course does not guarantee an employment outcome. Formal requirements other than educational qualifications (eg licensing, professional registration), may apply to some occupations.

    Qualifications & Skills Covered

    Certificate III in Joinery (CPC31912)
    This course covers tools and equipment, materials, organisation, communication, measurements and calculations, interpreting plans and safety. To complete the qualification you are required to complete all 16 core units plus 14 electives.

    Note: Students who successfully complete only one or more units of competency but not the full qualification are eligible to receive a Statement of Attainment.

    of TAFE SA graduates find jobs or continue studying.
    of TAFE SA graduates are satisfied with the overall quality of training.

    * 2019 NCVER Student Outcomes Survey findings
  • Below is a list of all units that TAFE SA can offer in this qualification. The selection of units you will be enrolled into depends on the campus you attend, and the qualification packaging rules described on www.training.gov.au.

    Not all units listed below must necessarily be completed to achieve your qualification.


    Name Nominal Hours
    Apply basic levelling procedures 8
    Apply OHS requirements, policies and procedures in the construction industry 20
    Carry out measurements and calculations 20
    Conduct workplace communication 20
    Handle carpentry materials 16
    Manufacture components for door and window frames and doors 80
    Manufacture joinery components 40
    Plan and organise work 20
    Read and interpret plans and specifications 36
    Set out and assemble cabinets, showcases, wall units, counters and workstations 80
    Use carpentry tools and equipment 96
    Use computer-controlled machinery 60
    Use explosive power tools 16
    Use static machines 56
    Work effectively and sustainably in the construction industry 20
    Work safely at heights 8


    Name Nominal Hours
    Apply and install sealant and sealant devices 16
    Apply and trim decorative finishes 40
    Apply finishes 15
    Apply finishes 16
    Assemble and install stairs 24
    Assemble components 32
    Assemble partitions 32
    Carry out general demolition of minor building structures 32
    Carry out load slinging of off-site materials 8
    Construct bulkheads 16
    Construct fabricated stairs 24
    Construct timber external stairs 40
    Cut and bend materials using oxy-LPG equipment 20
    Cut and install glass 16
    Design and set out stairs 24
    Erect and dismantle restricted height scaffolding 40
    Frame and fit wet area fixtures 24
    Install and replace windows and doors 70
    Install lining, panelling and moulding 40
    Investigate micro business opportunities 30
    Manage small business finances 60
    Manufacture and install continuous handrailing and special stair components 56
    Manufacture stair components for straight flighted stairs 32
    Operate elevated work platforms 32
    Package manufactured products for transport 10
    Place and fix reinforcement materials 80
    Prepare for off-site manufacturing process 32
    Prepare surfaces for painting 40
    Refurbish timber sashes to window frames 16
    Work safely in the construction industry 6
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