Qualification details

CPC31911 - Certificate III in Joinery (Release 1)


Usage recommendation:
Supersedes CPC31908 - Certificate III in Joinery 20/May/2011
Is superseded by CPC31912 - Certificate III in JoineryRevised qualification deemed not equivalent to CPC31911 Change to core units: • CPCCCA3023A deleted and replaced with non-equivalent unit CPCCCM2006B Change to elective unit: • CPCCSH3004A revised and not equivalent to CPCCSH3006A Core and elective units revised resulting in a number of unit identifier changes 06/Feb/2013

ReleaseRelease date
1 1 (this release) 19/May/2011

Training packages that include this qualification

Units of competency

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CPCCCA3013A - Install lining, panelling and mouldingInstall lining, panelling and mouldingSupersededN/A
CPCCJS3004A - Manufacture and install continuous handrailing and special stair componentsManufacture and install continuous handrailing and special stair componentsSupersededN/A
CPCCJS3003A - Assemble and install stairsAssemble and install stairsSupersededN/A
CPCCCM1013A - Plan and organise workPlan and organise workSupersededN/A
CPCCSH3004A - Apply finishesApply finishesSupersededN/A
CPCCJN2003A - Package manufactured products for transportPackage manufactured products for transportSupersededN/A
CPCCPD3021A - Prepare surfaces for paintingPrepare surfaces for paintingSupersededN/A
CPCCSH3005A - Apply and trim decorative finishesApply and trim decorative finishesSupersededN/A
CPCCCA3010A - Install and replace windows and doorsInstall and replace windows and doorsSupersededN/A
CPCCJN3004A - Manufacture joinery componentsManufacture joinery componentsSupersededN/A
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SchemeCodeClassification value
ANZSCO Identifier 331213 Joiner 
ASCO (occupation type) Identifier 4411-15 Joiner 
ASCED Qualification/Course Field of Education Identifier 0403 Building 
Qualification/Course Level of Education Identifier 514 Certificate III 
Taxonomy - Industry Sector N/A Building Trades 
Taxonomy - Occupation N/A Joiner 

Classification history

SchemeCodeClassification valueStart dateEnd date
ANZSCO Identifier 331213 Joiner 09/Feb/2012 
ASCO (occupation type) Identifier 4411-15 Joiner 09/Feb/2012 
ASCED Qualification/Course Field of Education Identifier 0403 Building 09/Feb/2012 
Qualification/Course Level of Education Identifier 514 Certificate III 19/May/2011 
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Modification History

Not Applicable


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 that cover common skills for the construction industry, as well as a specialist field of work.

The construction industry strongly affirms that training and assessment leading to recognition of skills must be undertaken in a real or very closely simulated workplace environment and this qualification requires all units of competency to be delivered in this context.

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.

Pathways Information

Not Applicable

Licensing/Regulatory Information

Not Applicable

Entry Requirements

Not Applicable

Employability Skills Summary


Employability skill 

Industry /enterprise requirements for this qualification include :


  • Communicates with clients, colleagues and others using effective and appropriate communication techniques, including:
  • Clear and direct communication
  • Active listening
  • Verbal and non-verbal language
  • Questioning to identify and confirm requirements
  • Language and concepts appropriate to cultural differences
  • Follows instructions from supervisor and other relevant persons
  • Understands, interprets and applies information as required from:
  • Regulatory, legislative, licensing and organisational requirements
  • Environmental and OHS requirements, including material safety data sheets (MSDS)
  • Codes and standards
  • Plans and drawings
  • Specifications
  • Safety signs and symbols
  • Organisational policies and procedures
  • Understands relevant definitions, terminology, symbols, abbreviations and language
  • Records relevant information using standard workplace documentation
  • Applies measurements and calculations using appropriate equipment, formulas and records as required
  • Reports and records hazards and risks


  • Works as part of a team
  • Provides assistance and encouragement to other team members
  • Initiates and encourages improvements in team performance
  • Identifies and utilises the strengths of other team members
  • Relates to people from diverse social, cultural and ethnic backgrounds and with varying physical and mental abilities
  • Coordinates and actions tasks
  • Participates in on-site meetings

Problem solving

  • Examines tools and equipment prior to use for damage, missing components or other defects
  • Identifies typical faults and problems and takes necessary remedial action
  • Rectifies simple faults with tools and equipment
  • Performs routine maintenance as required
  • Checks materials and products for conformity to specifications
  • Carries out data input adjustments

Initiative and enterprise

  • Identifies opportunities to improve resource efficiency and makes suggestions as appropriate
  • Responds to change and workplace challenges
  • Puts ideas into action
  • Maximises use of resources by recycling, re-using or using appropriate disposal methods

Planning and organising

  • Identifies hazards and implements appropriate hazard control measures
  • Selects and uses appropriate materials, tools and equipment
  • Determines material quantity requirements
  • Prioritises and sequences tasks
  • Applies time management skills to ensure work is completed to time requirements

Self management

  • Evaluates own actions and makes judgements about performance and necessary improvements
  • Contributes to workplace responsibilities, such as current work site environmental/sustainability frameworks or management systems
  • Manages own performance to meet workplace standards
  • Seeks support to improve work performance
  • Cleans up work area, including tools and equipment


  • Identifies own learning needs and seeks skill development as required
  • Is open to learning new ideas and techniques


  • Uses calculators
  • Uses and operates a range of tools and equipment correctly and safely including computer-controlled equipment

Packaging Rules

Packaging rules 

To achieve this qualification, the candidate must demonstrate competency in:

  • 30 units of competency:
  • 16 core units
  • 14 elective units.

A maximum of two of the required fourteen 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.

Core units 


Use carpentry tools and equipment


Handle carpentry materials


Carry out levelling operations


Work effectively and sustainably in the construction industry


Plan and organise work


Conduct workplace communication


Carry out measurements and calculations


Read and interpret plans and specifications


Use explosive power tools


Work safely at heights


Apply OHS requirements, policies and procedures in the construction industry

Joinery  - machining and component manufacture and assembly field of work 


Use static machines


Use computer-controlled machinery


Manufacture components for door and window frames and doors


Manufacture joinery components


Set out and assemble cabinets, showcases, wall units, counters and workstations

Elective units 

Joinery  - stairs field of work 


Manufacture stair components for straight flighted stairs


Assemble and install stairs


Manufacture and install continuous handrailing and special stair components


Construct fabricated stairs


Design and set out stairs

Stair installation field of work 


Install and replace windows and doors


Frame and fit wet area fixtures


Install lining, panelling and moulding


Construct timber external stairs

General electives 


Carry out general demolition of minor building structures


Refurbish timber sashes to window frames


Construct bulkheads


Assemble partitions


Assemble components


Prepare for off-site manufacturing process


Package manufactured products for transport


Cut and install glass


Prepare surfaces for painting


Cut and bend materials using oxy-LPG equipment


Place and fix reinforcement materials


Apply and install sealant and sealant devices


Apply finishes


Apply and trim decorative finishes


Carry out load slinging of off-site materials


Investigate micro business opportunities


Manage small business finances