Carpenter and Joiner Skills Assessment Australia

The Down Under Centre is proud to have TRA Approved RTOs working from our building. We work very close with these RTOs to facilitate their Technical Skype interviews and work with clients to ensure that they are ready for their carpenter and joinery Skills Assessment for Australia.

If you are a carpenter and joiner your migration agent will ask you to complete the mandatory carpentry Skills Assessment for migration to Australia. On completion of the carpenter and joiner Skills Assessment you will be issued with your Australian Certificate 111 as a carpenter and joiner. This will be invaluable for employment once you arrive in Australia. The Down Under Centre deliver the Technical Skype interviews daily from our building in London. If you are based in Scotland we have venues closer to home where you can complete your Technical Skype interview.

If you would like to see if you are eligible for a Skilled Visa, use our free visa points calculator and/or send your CV to and our Migration Consultants will be happy to advise on your options.

The Down Under Centre specialises in Skills Assessments for carpenter and joiners. We work with numerous migration agents and clients directly to ensure that all carpenter and joinery Skills Assessments completed are perfect prior to submission. Find out more about our Agency Service for carpenters and joiners who want to migrate to Australia.


The process is broken up into three stages. Carpenter and joiner is not a licensed trade but many employers insist you hold your Australian Carpenter and Joiner Qualification for registration and insurance purposes. It’s also important to know that each state and territory in Australia has different regulations and if you require a builders license you will need to obtain a Certificate 111 in Carpentry prior to applying for your builders License.

1. SELF ASSESSMENT QUESTIONNAIRE (SAQ): 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. Please email our office at or call our office on 020 3376 1555 to obtain the Self Assessment Questionnaire. This is a free service. 


DOCUMENTARY ASSESSMENT: In short, you are required to prove you are a carpenter and joiner, have the necessary skills to work as a carpenter and joiner in Australia. You will need to provide evidence you have been qualified as a carpenter and joiner for more than three years and that you have worked as a carpenter and joiner for a minimum of 12 months out of the last 36 months. You will be asked to prove this via pay slips, invoices, 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 carpentry and joinery work.

It is very important to remember that most of your evidence gathering for your Carpentry & Joinery Skills Assessment is also required for your Visa. During your conversation with the Down Under Centre, we will also be able to advise how many years of work experience will be required to give you maximum points for your visa.

The Down Under Centre can provide you with an agency service to assist you at this stage as it is considered to be the most difficult stage of your visa application.Please call us on 0203 376 1555 to enquire about our agency service and how it can specifically help you.


The final part of your Skills Assessment for carpenter and joiner is a technical Skype interview. Here you will be required to come to our London venue The Down Under Centre based conveniently next to Ealing Broadway underground station Alternatively, you can choose to carry out your technical Skype interview at a venue in Scotland.

We will organise an Australian qualified carpenter and joiner who is also an Australian qualified trainer and assessor in carpentry and joinery to discuss your stage two application with you and your everyday working life as a carpenter and joiner. This is why it’s very important that you have provided the assessing body and their assessor with a full stage 2 pack. Please note that if the assessor feels that you do not have the necessary skills to work in Australia as a qualified carpenter and joiner he will ask you to provide further information or complete a practical assessment/ site visit which will be at your cost. The Down Under Centre have never had a client that has required a site visit as yet as we work closely with them to ensure that this does not need to happen. The assessors understand that you may be nervous, they will discuss your application with you in a calm manner in a relaxed environment and do all they can to assist you and put you at ease.

White Card

As a Carpenter and Joiner, 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.


Hendrick Van Der Merwe:

The experience I’ve had was extremely friendly and accomodating. Every person in the Down Under Centre was helpful in more ways than I had expected. I felt comfortable and at home from the moment I sat down. I have a great appreciation for the way they handle everything in a professional manner; I would definately recommend! – Nov 2016

Stephen Chinnock

The Down Under Centre turned our experience around to make it more positive. They gave us good information and were able to answer all of our questions. -Nov 2016

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Carpentry and Joinery in Australia is a very well respected trade. There is a need for carpenter and joiners as Australia has a growing economy and an ageing population. In Australia carpenter and joiners need to complete a four-year apprenticeship to obtain their certificate 111 in carpenter and joiner. (ANZSCO; 331211)

Carpenters and Joiner’s complete tasks in domestic, commercial or industrial work places. It’s important to note that Joiners are expected to have experience in a work shop making timber products for fixing. Carpenters and Joiners also maintain buildings ranging in size of all sorts. Carpenter and Joiners install joinery components and cabinetry duties, construct, install and repair wooden and metal structures and erect buildings. They are required on mine sites and power stations and in cities to build high rises, flats and much more.

To work as a carpenter and joiner in Australia you will be required to work in roofing aspects including truss roofs, flat roofs and pitched roofs. You will need to be able to complete all first and second fix work including hanging doors, fixing frames around windows and doors and building kitchen and bathroom units.

Carpenter and Joiners in Australia are required to complete the following tasks.

studying drawings and specifications to determine materials required, dimensions and installation procedures Working with carpentry and joinery hand tools and electric tools. ordering and selecting timbers and materials, and preparing layouts Work with builders to plan housing structures. 1st fix and 2nd fix work. cutting materials, and assembling and nailing cut and shaped parts erecting framework and roof framing, laying sub-flooring and floorboards and verifying trueness of structures stairs. nailing fascia panels, sheathing roofs, and fitting exterior wall cladding and door and window frames ceiling framing. assembling prepared wood to form structures and fittings ready to install cutting wood joints may construct concrete formwork may repair existing fittings may work with plastic laminates, perspex and metals

Many if not all of the tasks specified are what you have or are already completing on a day to day basis in the UK. During your Australian Carpenter and Joinery Skills Assessment you will need to prove that you have the experience and know how to carry out the tasks outlined above and therefore work as a carpenter and joiner in Australia. If you require more information on Australian carpenter and joinery requirements, please call the Down Under Centre on 0203 376 1555 and we will be more than happy to talk you through them in more detail.



There is currently work in Australia for carpenters and joiners. The Down Under Centre works with recruitment companies all over Australia and at present we have positions available in NSW, Queensland and Melbourne for Australian qualified carpenters and joiners. Queensland and NSW enjoying a busy period at present. Many of our jobs are paying $35 per hour plus car expenses and some overtime. Don’t forget if you are employed as an Australian carpenter and joiner you are entitled to a pension, which your employer adds to your wage.