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Apprenticeship Traineeship Year 10 Preferred

Joiners cut, shape and fit timber parts in workshops or on-site to form structures and fixtures that are ready for installation.

This could include built-in robes, kitchen and bathroom components or staircases.

With experience, and sometimes further training, it is possible to become a Vocational education and training (VOC) Lecturer, Quantity Surveyor or Inventory and Supply Officer.


    Joiners may perform the following tasks:

  • determine job requirements from drawings, templates and written instructions
  • set up jigs, select and cut timber to size and shape using templates
  • cut joints using wood-cutting machines or hand tools
  • assemble prepared wood to form structures and fittings
  • work with plastic laminates, perspex or metals
  • maintain and sharpen tools


  • enjoy practical and manual activities
  • enjoy working with wood
  • good hand-eye coordination
  • some mathematical ability
  • good health and eyesight
  • able to work as part of a team
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Very Good Outlook for this career!

Interest Area

Manual/Practical Technical/Engineering


Apprenticeship Traineeship Year 10 Preferred

To become a joiner you usually have to complete an apprenticeship in Joinery or Carpentry and Joinery.

Entry requirements may vary, but employers generally require Year 10.

Additional Information

    Workers in the construction industry must undergo safety induction training and be issued with a Construction Induction Card (CIC). In NSW, training is conducted by Registered Training Organisations authorised by SafeWork NSW. In the ACT, training is provided by Registered Training Organisations approved by WorkSafe ACT.

    Once you are employed, you may be able to develop, and have recognised, additional skills under the Construction, Plumbing and Services Training Package that will expand your career opportunities within this industry.


Joiners work mainly in joinery firms, in the joinery workshops of timber merchants and for building subcontractors. Some are self-employed.

Employment prospects can be affected by the level of activity in the building industry.

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Job Outlook for Joiner Construction and Property Services Industry Skills Council Housing Industry Association Master Builders Association of the ACT Master Builders Association of New South Wales SafeWork NSW WorkSafe ACT

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