How to become a Craftsperson

A craftsperson designs, makes and repairs objects that have both functional and artistic qualities, working with wood, metal, glass, leather, ceramics, textiles and other materials.

Personal requirements of a Craftsperson

  • Artistic design skills
  • Good hand-eye coordination
  • Promotional skills

Education & Training for a Craftsperson

You can work as a craftsperson without formal qualifications. Some craftspersons are self-taught and many work under the guidance of an established craftsperson when learning their craft. Entry to this occupation may be improved if you have qualifications. You may like to consider a VET qualification in a craft-related area, such as visual arts or design. As subjects and prerequisites can vary between institutions, you should contact your chosen institution for further information. You can also become a craftsperson by completing a craft-related degree at university, such as fine arts, visual arts, creative arts or design. To get into these courses you usually need to gain your Senior Secondary Certificate of Education. In most cases applicants are required to attend an interview and submit a folio of work. A high level of talent is required. Universities have different prerequisites and some have flexible entry requirements or offer external study. Contact the institutions you are interested in for more information. For further details, visit

Future growth:

strong growth

Employment by state:

ACT 3.7%

NSW 33.7%

NT 1.8%

QLD 7.3%

SA 9.1%

TAS 3.4%

VIC 27%

WA 14.1%

Hours worked:




Gender split:

Male 47.7%

Female 52.4%

Education level:

Not completed Year 10: 0%

Not completed Year 12: 18.3%

Highest qualification is secondary school: 0%

Highest qualification is a Certificate 3 or 4: 15%

Highest qualification is a Diploma or Advanced Diploma: 18.3%

Highest qualification is a Bachelor degree: 26.7%

Highest qualification is a Postgraduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate: 21.7%

Age bracket:

Below 35 years: 14.8%

Above 35 years: 87.9%

*The data above is sourced from the Department of Employment’s Job Outlook website.

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