Joiner Skills Assessment Australia

The Down Under Centre is proud to have Australian Construction Training Services (ACTS) working from their UK (London) building. The Down Under Centre work closely with ACTS to facilitate their technical Skype interviews and work with UK and Irish Joiners to ensure that they are ready for their Joinery Skills Assessment for Australia.

The Down Under Centre work with ACTS through their Visa Skills Programme. ACTS are Trade Recognition Australia (TRA) approved to deliver Skills Assessments for the purpose of migration for Joiners. If you are a Joiner you will be required to complete the mandatory Joinery Skills Assessment for migration to Australia. Once you have completed the Joinery Skills Assessment you will be issued with your Australian Certificate 111 in Joinery. This will be invaluable for employment once you arrive in Australia. The Down Under Centre deliver the Technical Skype interviews for Joiners daily from our building in London. If you live in Ireland or Scotland we have venues closer to home where you can sit your Technical Skype interview.

The Down Under Centre specialises in Skills Assessments for Joiners. We work with many migration agents and clients directly to ensure that your Joinery Skills Assessment is completed correctly prior to submission to ACTS. ACTS are based in the Down Under Centre in London and have Australian offices in QLD, Victoria, NSW and WA. 

To find out more about our Agency Service for Joiners who want to migrate to Australia click the link below.


The Skills Assessment process for Joiners is broken up into three parts. Joinery in Australia is not a licensed trade but many employers will ask that you hold your Australian qualification in Joinery for insurance purposes as working with Joinery machines and tools could be considered dangerous. On competition of the Joinery Skills Assessment through ACTS you will receive the mandatory document you require for migration and your Australian Certificate 111 in Joinery. The Down Under Centre advises clients to also look at the Carpentry Trade Set Evaluation as Joinery in Australia is a little different to Joinery in the UK and Ireland.

1. SELF ASSESSMENT QUESTIONNAIRE: An online self-evaluation form to make sure your skill level is at the standard immigration is looking for. Please note the mandatory requirements and how many electives you will need to complete. Once complete please email to our office at or call our office on 020 3316 1555 and one of our trained staff can assist you. This is a free service. Download your Joiner SAQ here.



DOCUMENTARY ASSESSMENT - £510: For this part of the Skills Assessment and for your Visa gathering your Joinery evidence is considered the most difficult part by many migration agents. You will need to prove you are a qualified joiner or have three years’ experience as a Joiner. If you don’t hold a Joinery qualification and have the necessary years of paid work experience, you can still be assessed. 

WHAT EVIDENCE IS REQUIRED? To qualify for the Joinery Australian Skills Assessment, you will need to provide evidence that you have been working as a paid Joiner for a minimum of three years. You will also need to provide industry currency for no less than 12 months of the last 36 months of paid Joinery work. You will be asked to supply invoices, pay slips, bank statements and/ or employment references. You also need to make sure you supply certified copies of your evidence and at least 20 photos of your Joinery work including photos of the machines and tools that you work with. Click here for the Application Form 

It is very important to remember that most of the evidence that you gather for your Joinery Skills Assessment is also needed for your Visa. The Down Under Centre suggest that you speak to your migration agent regarding the years of work experience you require for your Visa. This will save you going back and forth to employers, referees and banks.

The Down Under Centre offers an Agency Service to Joiners to help them complete this part of the Skills Assessment. For further information, click here 

ADMINISTRATION FEE - £176 GBP: The Administration Fee is collected from all candidates by the authorised RTO performing the Skills Assessment. This fee is then paid to Trades Recognition Australia (TRA) as they now are charging the Skill Assessing body a fee of £176 to process the skills assessments.



The final part of your Joinery Skills Assessment is a Technical Skype interview. You will be required to visit our London venue The Down Under Centre which is based conveniently next to Ealing Broadway underground station Alternatively, you can choose to carry out your Technical Skype interview at a venue in Scotland or Ireland.

You will Skype with an Australian Qualified Joiner who is also an Australian qualified trainer and assessor in Joinery. Your assessor will discuss your Stage 2 Application with you and your everyday working life as a Joiner. It is therefore important that your Stage 2 Application has been completed correctly. If the assessor feels that you do not have the necessary joinery skills to work in Australia as a qualified Joiner you will be required to provide further information or complete a practical assessment/ site visit which will be at your cost. This is uncommon but can happen. The Down Under Centre has never had a Joiner agency client that has needed a site visit. The assessors are extremely professional and understand that you may be nervous, they will discuss your application with you in a friendly manner. The key is to relax and remember the assessors are tradespeople too!

Note: After the Technical Interview, if the assessor feels that they are not confident with your skills, they may request a practical assessment with a fee of £767. 



The Administration Fee is collected from all candidates by the authorised RTO performing the Skills Assessment. This fee is then paid to Trades Recognition Australia (TRA) as they now are charging the Skill Assessing body a fee of £176 to process the skills assessments.


White Card

As a Bricklayer, you will need to obtain your White Card for Australia in order to work on any Australia building/construction site. The White Card is equivalent to your CSCS Card. We provide an online course and issue the Western Australia White Card which is accepted Australia-wide. To get started, visit our White Card Course page and Register an account. 

Once you have passed, your White Card will be posted to the address you supplied in your registration.




Joiners in Australia are kept very busy due to the housing demand currently in Australia. There is a demand for Joiners as Australia has a growing economy and an ageing population meaning the workforce is drying up. Australian Joiners need to complete a four-year apprenticeship to obtain their certificate 111 in Joinery. (ANZSCO; 331213)

Joiners complete tasks for domestic, commercial and industrial buildings. It’s common for Joiners in Australia to work on a building site but they spend most of their working time in a workshop. Joiners cut, shape and fit timber components usually in a workshop. They make kitchens, bathrooms, furniture, doors, windows, staircases and balustrading and other timber products to scope for installation.

Joiners migrating to Australia would be required to complete the following tasks:

  • Set up, use and maintain static workshop machines.
  • Develop, read and interpret joinery shop drawings.
  • Shape and manufacture joinery components and pieces.
  • Maintain and sharpen tools.
  • Order and select timbers and materials and prepare layouts.
  • Work to a safe standard.
  • Erect framework and roof framing, lay sub-flooring and floorboards and verify trueness of structures.
  • Use joinery hand tools and explosive tools.
  • Nail fascia panels, sheathing roofs, and fit exterior wall cladding and door and window frames.
  • Construct concrete formwork.

​​If you have questions on the above tasks for Joiners migrating to Australia please feel free to call our UK office on 0203 376 1555. During your Joinery Skills Assessment, you are required to demonstrate you can complete many of these tasks.




The Down Under Centre work with many recruiters and employers from small companies to large recruitment companies. We currently have joinery positions in Melbourne and NSW. Please call the office on 0203 376 1555 for an update on Joinery jobs in Australia.

Joiners are paid between $30 and $35 per hour. Joiners usually have an option of working Saturdays and over time. Some Joiners are required for site work but many employers are looking for Joinery sprayers and fitters to prepare timber work for installation.



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