Joiner Skills Assessment Australia

The Down Under Centre works closely with Trades Recognition Australia (TRA) Approved Registered Training Organisations (RTOs) to deliver the skills assessment for the purpose of moving to Australia. The Down Under Centre work closely with RTOs 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.

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 III 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 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 Joiners. We work with clients directly to ensure that their Joinery Skills Assessment is completed correctly prior to submission to the assessing body.

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. The Down Under Centre advises clients to also look at the Joiner Self-Assessment Questionnaire as Joinery in Australia is a little different to Joinery in the UK and Ireland.

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 or call our office on 020 3376 1555 to get the Self Assessment Questionnaire. This is a free service.

2. Documentary Assessment

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.

  • If you hold trade related qualifications, you’ll be asked to prove you have a minimum of 3 years’ work experience.

  • If you don’t have trade related qualifications, you’ll be asked to prove you have a minimum of 5 years’ work experience.

You will also need to prove that you have worked 12 months out of the last 36 months as a Joiner.

You will be asked to supply invoices, pay slips, bank statements, statements of service and more. You also need to make sure you supply at  photos of your Joinery work including photos of the machines and tools that you work with.

Down Under Centre Agency Service

It is very important to remember that most of your evidence gathering for your Joinery Skills Assessment is also required for your visa. The Down Under Centre can provide you with an agency service to assist you with the gathering of your documentation for your Australian qualification, as it is considered to be the most difficult stage of your visa application. The Down Under Centre will also be able to advise how many years of work experience will be required to give you maximum points for your visa. Please call us on 0203 376 1555 to enquire about our agency service and how it can specifically help you.

3. Technical Skype Interview

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 If you live in Ireland or Scotland we have venues closer to home where you can sit your Technical Skype interview.

You will Skype with an Australian Qualified Joiner who is also an Australian qualified trainer and assessor in Joinery. Your assessor will discuss your application with you and your everyday working life as a Joiner. It is therefore important that your 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!


Free Visa Points Calculator

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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.



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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.