Carpenter and Joiner

Timber is an essential part of just about every building structure, and it’s the carpenter and joiner’s job to prepare it and put it in place.

A carpenter is a tradesperson who works with timber and other building materials. Often working from building plans, carpenters install, repair or renovate structures and fixtures.  In domestic houses they cut and erect framework (timber and metal), pitch rooves, fix door jambs and skirtings, fix windows, hang doors and build stairs.  They construct the formwork (frame) into which concrete is poured for foundation slabs, driveways and other concrete works.

A carpenter is required to have a broad knowledge of construction methods and the materials that are used. Carpenters are an integral part of the construction industry and many develop their careers to become supervisors, registered builders and construction managers.

Joiners work mainly on the prefabrication of structures for internal fittings of a building such as window frames, sashes, doors and staircases.  They work mainly in joinery firms, in joinery workshops of timber merchants and for building subcontractors.

Suggested pathway into carpentry & joinery:
  • Certificate II in Building and Construction (Trades Pathway) or
  • Pre-apprenticeship

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On the job training
Accredited Certificate
Apprenticeship/Trade Certificate
Diploma/Advanced Diploma
Tertiary Degree

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