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Course Overview

Course Type:
Accredited course
Mode of Delivery:
On Campus

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Course Duration:
3 years
Commencing in:
  • 2024

2024 Intake

Intake Date Campus Attendance Days
Ongoing Bairnsdale Trade Centre Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday 8:00am-4:00pm
Ongoing Port of Sale Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday 8:00am-4:00pm
Ongoing Yallourn Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday 8:00am-4:00pm

About this course

Now is the time to get started pursuing an exciting future in the carpentry industry and TAFE is the place to help you succeed.
This four-year, hands-on course is designed so you work and study at the same time, gaining real-world experience and mentoring to give yourself the best chance of future employment.
As an apprentice, you’ll enter this course via your employment and undertake four years of training, working with an employer to gain this qualification where you’ll learn to work with a huge range of tools, equipment and materials, creating the formwork for the world around us.

Do you already know you want to work in the carpentry industry, have employment lined up, but still need the formal qualification? Then get the skills you need with Certificate III in Carpentry (Apprenticeship) to start working in the industry you love.
This course will prepare you for a lifelong career in one of the most sought-after trades in Australia, giving you the exciting opportunity of becoming a registered tradesperson. You’ll learn to work confidently on your own as you master your ability to construct, install, repair and finish residential, commercial and industrial spaces.
What’s even better is that once you finish this course, you’ll be qualified to work in the industry right away. If you do want to take your study further though, you’ll be eligible to study a Certificate IV in Building and Construction. This course will add to your existing skillset, giving you more expertise and increasing your employment opportunities.

Career Opportunities

Certificate III in Carpentry will provide you with the qualification as a Carpenter or a Carpenter/Joiner with the opportunity to advance to becoming a Builder by completing extra study for example, the builders registration and licensing course.

Opportunities for Further Study

Builders Licence can be obtained by completing CPC40210 Certificate IV In Building and Construction or CPC50210 Diploma of Building and Construction.

Skills or Knowledge gained

CPC30220 Certificate III in Carpentry offers the following skills and knowledge:
Communication with clients, colleagues and others using clear and direct forms of communication whilst actively listening and identifying and confirming requirements for the task or job to be carried out. Obtaining and understanding all relevant trade and technical terms, symbols, abbreviations and language, working as part of a team, providing assistance and encouragement to other team members, utilising the specialist skills that are part of the team and using these strengths to the best of their abilities. Ensures that equipment is checked regularly and up to date meeting site and job requirements and where applicable any hazards are reported and documented. Carpentry skills for becoming a qualified carpenter including hand tools, power tools, timber and steel frames and trusses, and all external cladding as well as internal linings and fixings.

Entry Requirements

Are there specified requirements for entry into the course/qualification?: Yes

Mandatory entry requirements:

Must be 15 years of age or older for a School Based Apprenticeship.
If students are no longer at secondary school and are under 17 years of age they must have a "school leaving certificate" from the Department of Education before they can enrol in this qualification.
To be enrolled into Certificate III in Carpentry each student must have a current employer at the time of enrolment due to this course being for apprentices only.
Each apprentice will also be signed by an Apprenticeship Centre of choosing by the employer and have a training contract that states the relationship between the employer, apprentice and RTO. Once the training contract has been released a Apprentice Sign up and Induction is completed within 5 working days and the apprentice commences in class once enrolment has been confirmed.

Recommended entry Requirements:

Completion of the general construction induction training program, specified in the Safe
Work Australia model Code of Practice: Construction Work, is required by anyone carrying
out construction work. Achievement of CPCCWHS1001 Prepare to work safely in the
construction industry meets this requirement

Limitations to course Entry:

For each Learner enrolling in a vocational qualification, regardless of eligible or ineligible status under the Victorian Training Guarantee, TAFE Gippsland will conduct a Pre-Training Review of current competencies (including literacy and numeracy skills) prior to commencement in training.

Minimum Industry Requirement

Not applicable.

Licensing/Regulatory Requirements

Will this course/qualification or a constituent unit provide a pathway to an industry licence or regulated outcome: true

Certificate III in Carpentry will provide you with the qualification as a Carpenter or a Carpenter/Joiner with the opportunity to advance to becoming a Builder by completing extra study for example, the builders registration and licensing course

Qualifications and Recognition - 2024

Upon successful completion of this course students will be eligible to receive the Certificate III in Carpentry.

Work Placement - 2024

Does this course require placement?: No

Further Information - 2024


Fees and charges Government subsidised concession Government subsidised Full-fee paying student
Maximum full course tuition fee* (GST exempt) $1,081.99 $5,409.95 $22,650.45
Materials fee* (GST exempt) $1,409.00 $1,409.00 $1,409.00
Total $2,490.99 $6,818.95 $24,059.45
VET Student Loans

Not Applicable for this course

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Sample course units

CPCCCA2002 Use Carpentry Tools And Equipment
CPCCCA2011 Handle Carpentry Materials
CPCCCA3001 Carry Out General Demolition Of Minor Building Structures
CPCCCA3002 Carry Out Setting Out
CPCCCA3003 Install Flooring Systems
CPCCCA3004 Construct and erect wall frames
CPCCCA3005 Construct ceiling frames
CPCCCA3006 Erect roof trusses
CPCCCA3007 Construct pitched roofs
CPCCCA3008 Construct eaves
CPCCCA3010 Install windows and doors
CPCCCA3012 Frame And Fit Wet Area Fixtures
CPCCCA3014 Construct and install bulkheads
CPCCCA3016 Construct, assemble and install timber external stairs
CPCCCA3017 Install exterior cladding
CPCCCA3018 Construct, erect and dismantle formwork for stairs and ramps
CPCCCA3024 Install lining, panelling and moulding
CPCCCA3025 Read and interpret plans, specifications and drawings for carpentry work
CPCCCA3027 Set up, operate and maintain indirect action powder-actuated power tools
CPCCCA3028 Erect and dismantle formwork for footings and slabs on ground
CPCCCM2002 Carry out hand excavation
CPCCCM2006 Apply basic levelling procedures
CPCCCM2008 Erect and dismantle restricted height scaffolding
CPCCCM2012 Work Safely At Heights
CPCCCM3001 Operate elevated work platforms up to 11 metres
CPCCCO2013 Carry Out Concreting To Simple Forms
CPCCOM1012 Work effectively and sustainably in the construction industry
CPCCOM1014 Conduct workplace communication
CPCCOM1015 Carry Out Measurements And Calculations
CPCCOM3001 Perform construction calculations to determine carpentry material requirements
CPCCOM3006 Carry Out Levelling Operations
CPCCSF2004 Place And Fix Reinforcement Materials
CPCCWHS2001 Apply WHS requirements, policies and procedures in the construction industry
CPCWHS1001 Prepare to work safely in the construction industry
CPCWHS3001 Identify construction work hazards and select risk control strategies

The assessment for each course varies. It may include knowledge questions, practical skills tasks, projects, research work, on the job assessment, etc. Your assessor or educator will provide specific information on the requirements for your course.

You can expect that:

  • assessment methods are clear
  • assessment tasks are relevant and meet the requirements of your course
  • assessor or educator demonstrate fairness and lack of bias when assessing your work
  • educators will provide open and honest feedback about assessment tasks.