Certificate III in Carpentry

Course Code CPC30211
Locations Sherwood Park (Warrnambool), Workplace training

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Study Mode Full-time, Apprenticeship
Length 4 years
Commencement Apply any time
Timetable 7, week-long blocks a year plus workplace training over 3 years
Course Overview
Study from home during COVID-19 restrictions

Whilst we pride ourselves on our hands-on training, we have had to adjust most of our courses for study from home and remote learning during the COVID-19 restrictions. This means courses will be delivered using a range of methods including online learning, virtual classrooms, workbooks and direct contact with your teacher.

Given the government restrictions that are now in place to reduce the spread of coronavirus in Australia, we expect this new model of study will continue until the government makes changes to these restrictions.


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.

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 Pathfinders Skills and Jobs Centre for further advice on 1300 648 911.

Apprenticeship/Traineeship Entry Requirements

You need to be employed in this field 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 30 units: 22 core and 8 elective units.

Units offered

Core Units

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Unit Code Unit Name Unit Hours Unit Consumables
CPCCCA2002B Use carpentry tools and equipment 96 $0.00
CPCCCA2003A Erect And Dismantle Formwork For Footings And Slabs On Ground 24 $0.00
CPCCCA2011A Handle Carpentry Materials 16 $0.00
CPCCCA3001A Carry Out General Demolition Of Minor Building Structures 32 $0.00
CPCCCA3002A Carry Out Setting Out 24 $0.00
CPCCCA3003A Install Flooring Systems 40 $0.00
CPCCCA3004A Construct Wall Frames 60 $0.00
CPCCCA3005B Construct ceiling frames 32 $0.00
CPCCCA3006B Erect roof trusses 40 $0.00
CPCCCA3007C Construct pitched roofs 60 $0.00
CPCCCA3008B Construct eaves 20 $0.00
CPCCCA3010A Install And Replace Windows And Doors 70 $0.00
CPCCCA3012A Frame And Fit Wet Area Fixtures 24 $0.00
CPCCCA3013A Install Lining, Panelling And Moulding 40 $0.00
CPCCCA3016A Construct Timber External Stairs 40 $0.00
CPCCCA3017B Install exterior cladding 20 $0.00
CPCCCA3019A Erect And Dismantle Formwork To Suspended Slabs, Columns, Beams And Walls 40 $0.00
CPCCCA3023A Carry Out Levelling Operations 24 $0.00
CPCCCM1012A Work Effectively And Sustainably In The Construction Industry 20 $0.00
CPCCCM1013A Plan And Organise Work 20 $0.00
CPCCCM1014A Conduct Workplace Communication 20 $0.00
CPCCCM1015A Carry Out Measurements And Calculations 20 $0.00
CPCCCM2001A Read And Interpret Plans And Specifications 36 $0.00
CPCCCM2002A Carry Out Excavation 16 $0.00
CPCCCM2007B Use explosive power tools 16 $0.00
CPCCCM2008B Erect and dismantle restricted height scaffolding 40 $0.00
CPCCCM2010B Work safely at heights 8 $0.00
CPCCCM3001C Operate elevated work platforms 32 $0.00
CPCCCO2013A Carry Out Concreting To Simple Forms 20 $0.00
CPCCOHS2001A Apply OHS Requirements, Policies And Procedures In The Construction Industry 20 $0.00
CPCCSF2004A Place And Fix Reinforcement Materials 80 $0.00

Elective Units

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Unit Code Unit Name Unit Hours Unit Consumables
CPCCCM3005 Calculate costs of construction work 20 $0.00
CPCCOHS1001A Work Safely In The Construction Industry 6 $70.00

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 suits 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.

Employer Incentives

The Australian Apprenticeships Incentives Program provides a number of incentives to assist employers who take on an Australian Apprentice, particularly where the Australian Apprenticeship is in a trade experiencing a skills shortage. More information can be obtained from your local Australian Apprenticeship Centre.

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. Free TAFE - Students who are eligible for Victorian government-subsidised training 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.

  2. 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.
    Check your eligibility

  3. 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.
    Find out more about concession rates

  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 and may be subject to change without notice and given individual circumstances. Your actual fees will be calculated based on your individual circumstances at the time of enrolment. Funding made available to eligible individuals by State and Commonwealth Governments. If funding is utilised, this may affect future opportunities to access additional funding in the future. 

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Course fees by student type Indicative Course Fee
Government subsidised rate (if eligible) $3,950.00
Concession rate $790.00
Full fee rate (if not eligible for govt subsidy) $13,915.00
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 and discussed with you prior to enrolment.

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Additional course fees Indicative Course Fee
Course consumable/materials (approximate) $270.00

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, however, you are able to choose where to purchase these items from (including second hand).

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
Careers and Course Advice

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

Our Pathfinders 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. Call, email or drop in.

Call 5564 8515 or email skillsandjobscentre@swtafe.edu.au

How to apply

There are five simple steps to apply for a course with us.

  1. Apply - complete a short online application form. Once this form is submitted we'll send you a thank you email.
  2. Get ready - your thank-you email will contain links to a pre-training review, to a unique student identifier and to government-subsidised training eligibility.
  3. Chat with your teacher - your teacher or course specialist will contact you about your Pre-Training Review outcomes and additional course information.
  4. Enrol - after chatting with your teacher, you will receive an email with your enrolment form and a link to verify your identity.
  5. Sign - once you've completed your enrolment, you will receive a declaration form to review and sign.

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

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.