Qualification details

CPC31912 - Certificate III in Joinery (Release 4)


Usage recommendation:
Supersedes CPC31911 - 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
Is superseded by and equivalent to CPC31920 - Certificate III in JoinerySupersedes and is equivalent to CPC31912 Certificate III in Joinery. 26/Nov/2020

ReleaseRelease date
4 (this release) 11/Nov/2021
(View details for release 3) 17/Jan/2017
(View details for release 2) 17/Jan/2014
(View details for release 1) 07/Feb/2013

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 workSupersededCore
CPCCCA2002B - Use carpentry tools and equipmentUse carpentry tools and equipmentSupersededCore
CPCCJN2003A - Package manufactured products for transportPackage manufactured products for transportSupersededN/A
BSBSMB406 - Manage small business financesManage small business financesSupersededElective
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
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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 07/Aug/2013 
ASCO (occupation type) Identifier 4411-15 Joiner 07/Aug/2013 
ASCED Qualification/Course Field of Education Identifier 0403 Building 07/Aug/2013 
Qualification/Course Level of Education Identifier 514 Certificate III 07/Feb/2013 
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Modification History

Revised qualification deemed equivalent to CPC31912






Revised qualification deemed equivalent to CPC31912

Elective unit updated:

  • CPCCJN2002A to current equivalent version (CPCCJN2002B Prepare for off-site manufacturing process)
  • pathways information added


Update superseded imported units from elective list with equivalent current unit for:

  • BSBSMB301A to BSBSMB301
  • BSBSMB406A to BSBSMB406

This version released with CPC08 Version 9.3.


This version released with CPC08 Construction and Property Services 9.9.

The following unit was deleted as directed by the IRC June 2021.

  • CPCCJN2002B Prepare for off-site manufacturing process.


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

This qualification is suitable for an Australian Apprenticeship pathway.

Licensing/Regulatory Information

Check with relevant state and territory licensing and regulatory authorities. State and territory jurisdictions may have different regulatory requirements.

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 WHS requirements, including safety data sheets (SDS)
  • 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

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.

Some units in this qualification may have prerequisite requirements, which must be met when packaging the qualification. Users are referred to the list of CPC08 units with prerequisite unit requirements available in this Training Package for this purpose.

Core units  


Use carpentry tools and equipment


Handle carpentry materials


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


Apply basic levelling procedures


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  


Investigate micro business opportunities


Manage small business finances


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 and trim decorative finishes


Apply finishes


Carry out load slinging of off-site materials

Custom Content Section

Not applicable.