Certificate III in Carpentry (Apprenticeship)

Course Code CPC30220
Locations Sherwood Park (Warrnambool), Workplace training

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Study Mode Full-time, Apprenticeship
Length Four years
Commencement Start any time
Timetable On-the-job training plus seven one-week training sessions a year on campus.
Course Overview

Begin your career in the building and construction industry with a carpentry apprenticeship.

During this apprenticeship, you will develop a range of hands-on skills to work within the construction industry as a residential or commercial carpenter.

With a combination of on the job training and block releases, you will gain theoretical knowledge and practical experience in all aspects of carpentry. You will learn how to work in a team while ensuring quality craftsmanship and safety are adhered to.

What will I Learn?

The course includes hands-on experience with theory and practical components, which will assist you while you are employed in the construction industry. 

Skills you will gain during this apprenticeship include:

  • OHS requirements and procedures for the construction industry
  • workplace communication
  • measuring and calculating
  • using carpentry tools and equipment
  • how to read and interpret plans
  • erect and dismantle scaffolding
  • carrying out setting out and levelling operations
  • how to construct wall frames, ceiling frames, pitched roofs and eaves
  • how to install flooring systems, windows and doors, exterior cladding, lining, panelling and moulding

Course Outcomes and Career Opportunities

Upon successful completion, you will be a qualified carpenter enabling you to gain employment in the construction industry in both domestic and commercial sectors.


You may choose to continue study to become a qualified builder with the Certificate IV Building and Construction.

Information Session

Why don’t you come along to our next course info session to find out everything you need to start your learning journey? You can chat with our teachers, tour our facilities, learn more about the course, find out about the application process and get your questions answered by our course experts. 

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Course Requirements
Entrance requirements & pre-requisites

You need to be employed in the construction industry (either domestic or commercial) as an apprentice before commencing this course.

If you are currently not employed in this field please contact the Skills and Jobs Centre for further advice on 1300 648 911.

Course requirements

To be eligible to be awarded this qualification you must successfully complete 34 units: 27 core and 7 elective units.

Units offered

Core Units

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Unit Code Unit Name Unit Hours Unit Consumables
CPCCCM2006 Apply basic levelling procedures 8 $0.00
CPCCCA2002 Use carpentry tools and equipment 96 $0.00
CPCCCA3002 Carry out setting out 24 $0.00
CPCCCA3003 Install flooring systems 40 $0.00
CPCCCA3004 Construct and erect wall frames 60 $0.00
CPCCCA3005 Construct ceiling frames 32 $0.00
CPCCCA3025 Read and interpret plans, specifications and drawings for carpentry work 36 $0.00
CPCCCM2008 Erect and dismantle restricted height scaffolding 40 $0.00
CPCCOM1012 Work effectively and sustainably in the construction industry 20 $0.00
CPCCOM1014 Conduct workplace communication 20 $0.00
CPCCOM1015 Carry out measurements and calculations 20 $0.00
CPCCOM3006 Carry out levelling operations 24 $0.00
CPCCWHS2001 Apply WHS requirements, policies and procedures in the construction industry 20 $0.00
CPCCCA2011 Handle carpentry materials 16 $0.00
CPCCCA3001 Carry out general demolition of minor building structures 32 $0.00
CPCCCA3006 Erect roof trusses 40 $0.00
CPCCCA3007 Construct pitched roofs 60 $0.00
CPCCCA3008 Construct eaves 20 $0.00
CPCCCA3010 Install windows and doors 70 $0.00
CPCCCA3016 Construct, assemble and install timber external stairs 40 $0.00
CPCCCA3017 Install exterior cladding 20 $0.00
CPCCCA3024 Install lining, panelling and moulding 40 $0.00
CPCCCA3028 Erect and dismantle formwork for footings and slabs on ground 24 $0.00
CPCCCM2012 Work safely at heights 8 $0.00
CPCCCO2013 Carry out concreting to simple forms 20 $0.00
CPCCOM3001 Perform construction calculations to determine carpentry material requirements 25 $0.00
CPCWHS3001 Identify construction work hazards and select risk control strategies 30 $0.00
CPCWHS1001 Prepare to work safely in the construction industry 6 $0.00
CPCCCA3012 Frame and fit wet area fixtures 24 $0.00
CPCCCA3019 Erect and dismantle formwork to suspended slabs, columns, beams and walls 40 $0.00
CPCCCA3027 Set up, operate and maintain indirect action powder-actuated power tools 20 $0.00
CPCCCM2002 Carry out hand excavation 16 $0.00
CPCCCM3001 Operate elevated work platforms up to 11 metres 32 $0.00
CPCCOM1013 Plan and organise work 20 $0.00
CPCCSF2004 Place and fix reinforcement materials 80 $0.00

This course involves accredited units.  You will be required to complete assessment tasks to demonstrate your underpinning knowledge, skills and attributes to meet the course outcomes.  A combination of written, oral and practical assessment strategies will be used in either a classroom, online or workplace environment. 

Where units require demonstration of skills in a workplace environment, you will have the opportunity to do this either in your own workplace (where appropriate), through a practical placement, or by using one of the Institute's simulated workshops/classrooms.  Detailed information about the types, conduct and dates of assessments will be provided in advance.  You will also be provided with information about the opportunity for reassessment and appeal.

After applying

Once you have applied for your chosen course, you will receive a thank you email from South West TAFE with a few steps to help process your enrolment.

Complete a Pre-Training Review
You will receive an email to complete a Pre-Training Review online evaluation. This evaluation helps us tailor your training to suit your needs.

Create or provide a Unique Student Identifier (USI)
A USI is a nationally recognised reference number that provides an online record of your training qualifications gained in Australia.
Create your USI
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Skills recognition
If you have experience or prior qualifications, you may be eligible to apply for recognition of prior learning and gain credits. You will be asked to provide any relevant Statement of Attainment to support identified credits.

Course Fees

Here's an outline of fees and costs associated with your course.

Your fees each year can be made up of 3 different elements.  Everyone has different circumstances that can affect what you pay and how much you pay. :

  1. Tuition fees - charged as an hourly rate that varies from course to course. A large portion of the tuition is subsidised by the Victorian Government for eligible students.
  2. Resource and/or materials costs - covers the cost of materials and other incidentals. This fee will vary according to the course being undertaken.
  3. Booklist items - such as textbooks, equipment and stationery recommended for your course

Tuition fees

There are 4 different rates of tuition fees. Only one will apply to you (depending on your eligibility and circumstances). 

  1. Government Subsidised Fee - you could be eligible for a government-subsidised rate under the Skills First funding depending on your age, educational history, and citizenship or residency status. If you are eligible, the government will contribute to the cost of your training.
    Find out more about subsidised training

  2. Government Subsidised Concession Fee - If you are eligible for a Skills First government-subsidised place and hold a current healthcare or pension card, that you can provide at enrolment, you may be eligible for the concession rate. Note, the concession rate is not applicable to Diploma level courses.
    Find out more about concession rates

  3. If the course is a Free TAFE course or part of the Free TAFE Pathways Program - Eligible students will not pay course tuition fees for the duration of their enrolment in this course, however, there may be some consumable/material fees for the course (find out more below). Any resource or material costs, or booklist items for this course are listed in the table below.
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    Find out more about Free TAFE Pathways Programs

  4. Full fee - If you are not eligible for a Skills First government-subsidised place, exemption, concession or are enrolling in a course that isn't government-subsidised, you may be required to pay the full fee rate.


The fees listed below are indicative only. The course fees published are subject to change given individual circumstances at enrolment. Course fee funding is made available to eligible individuals by the Victorian and Commonwealth Governments. If funding is utilised, this may affect opportunities to access additional funding in the future. An accurate quote for this course will be provided during the enrolment process.

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Course fees by student type Indicative Course Fee
Government subsidised rate (if eligible) $4,500.00
Concession rate $900.00
Full fee rate (if not eligible for govt subsidy) $15,870.00
Resource and/or materials costs

Some courses require specific resources or materials necessary for your study eg: tools of the trade, excursions, etc. Final costs will be determined upon enrolment.

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Additional course fees Indicative Course Fee
Course consumable/materials (approximate) $220.50

Your course may require you to purchase additional materials or books (eg uniform, stationery, textbooks). Some of these items are optional and some are mandatory. You can purchase these items from Campion Education, second-hand or via another supplier. Click here to find out more. 

You can download the booklist for this course here: HERE

How do I pay my fees?

Once we have processed your enrolment form, you will receive an email with your invoice.

You have three options when organising your payment:

  1. Upfront payment - can be made over the phone with EFTPOS
  1. Payment plan - can be directly debited from your bank account, debited from your Centrelink payments or via a VET Student Loan (for diploma or advanced diploma courses only)
  1. Paid by employer, school or job network agency - if your fees are being paid by your employer, school or job network agency, you will need to complete an Authority to Invoice form.

Payments will need to be arranged within five(5) business days of receiving the email containing your invoice.

We also offer a range of scholarships each year which you may be eligible to apply for to assist with course fees.

Next Steps
How to apply for an apprenticeship or traineeship

There are five simple steps to apply for an apprenticeship or traineeship with us.

  1. Find a job - find a job as an apprentice or trainee through an Apprenticeship Centre or Group Training Company.
  2. Register - register with an Australian Apprenticeship Support Network (AASN) and nominate SWTAFE as your training provider (your employer will usually do this for you).
  3. Complete a pre-training review - SWTAFE staff will contact you to organise your Pre-Training Review once your ASSN contract registration is complete.
  4. Enrol - complete the enrolment form provided to you and provide your identification.
  5. Sign - once you’ve completed your enrolment form and verified your identification you will receive your student declaration form to review and sign. You can sign this digitally via your smartphone, computer or tablet.

If need any assistance with applying, contact our Customer Service team on 1300 648 911 or visit your nearest campus.

Careers and Course Advice

Not sure which course is right for you? South West TAFE will help you find your way.

Our Careers Coaches at the Skills and Jobs Centre is here to support you. Whether you’re exploring career options, transitioning from school to the workforce or looking to study after school we’re here to help you.

Student Support

As a SWTAFE student, you can access a variety of support services that will enhance your study experience and help you complete your studies successfully. For more information about any of these services, visit our student page.