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Certificate III in Carpentry


Certificate III in Carpentry CPC30220

Course Overview

Build a career in an in-demand industry with a Certificate III in Carpentry.

Students will gain experience with safe demolition, reading and understanding plans for a worksite, and everything in between. Students will learn how to conduct carpentry work in residential and commercial settings, and practise skills in setting out, manufacturing, constructing, assembling, installing, and repairing products made using timber and non-timber materials.

This course is delivered as an apprenticeship, and students will have access to our state-of-the-art facilities to practise their skills.

Please note: the information on this page is relevant for 2023 enrolments.

Studying during COVID-19 Restrictions

During COVID‐19 lockdown periods, this course will have the majority of the training delivered using online methods of teaching and communication while students engage from home with their trainers. Any required practical components of the course will be moved to a more appropriate time later in the year.

Career Pathways

This course prepares graduates to work in the construction industry as carpenters in commercial or residential settings.

Tasks within this occupation include setting out houses, constructing wall frames or pitched roofs, erecting roof trusses, fitting out houses including hanging doors, fitting locks, and cutting/installing architraves and skirting boards.

Working in this industry will involve working outdoors or on-site. Hours of work may vary depending on where individuals work.

Further Study

After graduating, students might like to undertake further study in the CPC40120 Certificate IV in Building and Construction.

Course Dates & Times

Shepparton - Archer Street

Apprenticeship - Open from 12th Sept - Block Attendance - 8am-5pm / 2022

Apprenticeship - Open from 6th Feb - Block Attendance - 8am-4.30pm / 2023

Wangaratta - Docker Street

Apprenticeship - Open from 12th Sept - Block Attendance - 8am-5pm / 2022

Apprenticeship - Open from 6th Feb - Block Attendance - 8am-4.30pm / 2023

1. Subsidised Apprentice
2. Subsidised Apprentice (Concession)
3. Full Fee
Course Materials
Student Services Fee (per year)

This training is delivered with Victorian and Commonwealth Government funding to eligible individuals.

Please note that the fees on this webpage, for this particular course:

  • are correct at the time of publishing for those enrolling in 2023 and may change without notice.
  • will be discussed with applications as part of the application process to ensure it is understood what is being paid for and which fee rates they may be eligible for.

Course Fees consist of three different components:

  1. Student Tuition Fee - cover the costs of training and assessment. These fees vary across courses and are calculated based on a rate per nominal hour enrolled in. The student tuition fees as published are subject to change given individual circumstances at enrolment. Circumstances may include:
    a) an individual’s eligibility for Victorian (Skills First) and Commonwealth government-funded training
    b) an individual’s eligibility for concession rates on Victorian (Skills First) and Commonwealth government-funded training
    c) ineligible individuals who are required to pay the full fees for tuition and other costs
  2. Material Fee - where applicable, cover the costs of classroom consumables, handouts and booklets, e-Learning resources and associated license access fees and excursions
  3. Student Services Fee (SSF) – contributes to the provision of student engagement, learning and support services. SSF is a non-refundable annual fee that does not apply to short course participants.

Additionally, some courses require students to purchase or supply textbooks, kits, tools, uniforms and personal protection equipment. Some specific materials may be purchased through the GOTAFE Bookshop. A full list with associated costs will be provided to you at your course information session, induction session, or during the pre-training review Interview.

GOTAFE offers a range of payment options to help you pay your fees.
Learn more about fees, charges, refunds and payment options

Training package entry requirements

There are no training package entry requirements for this course.

GOTAFE preferred entry requirements

Before being accepted into the course applicants must:

  • Complete a Basic Key Skills Builder (BKSB) online test to ensure the required literacy & numeracy levels for the course are met.
  • Undertake a Pre-training Review by interview to ensure the course suits their needs and aspirations, and that they are likely to complete the course successfully.
  • Complete the general construction induction training program, specified in the Safe Work Australia model Code of Practice: Construction Work. Achievement of CPCCWHS1001 Prepare to work safely in the construction industry meets this requirement.
  • Apprentices: Prospective apprentices are required to apply through an Apprenticeship Network Provider with their employer to organise their apprenticeship contract prior to applying for this course.
Core Units
Use carpentry tools and equipment
Handle carpentry materials
Carry out general demolition of minor building structures
Carry out setting out
Install flooring systems
Construct and erect wall frames
Construct ceiling frames
Erect roof trusses
Construct pitched roofs
Construct eaves
Install windows and doors
Construct, assemble and install timber external stairs
Install exterior cladding
Install lining, panelling and moulding
Read and interpret plans, specifications and drawings for carpentry work
Erect and dismantle formwork for footings and slabs on ground
Apply basic levelling procedures
Erect and dismantle restricted height scaffolding
Work safely at heights
Carry out concreting to simple forms
Work effectively and sustainably in the construction industry
Conduct workplace communication
Carry out measurements and calculations
Perform construction calculations to determine carpentry material requirements
Carry out levelling operations
Apply WHS requirements, policies and procedures in the construction industry
Identify construction work hazards and select risk control strategies
Elective Units
Construct advanced roofs
Frame and fit wet area fixtures
Construct, erect and dismantle formwork for stairs and ramps
Assemble partitions
Set up, operate and maintain indirect action powder-actuated power tools
Carry out hand excavation
Operate elevated work platforms up to 11 metres
Place and fix reinforcement materials

Assessment methods may include:

  • Knowledge questions
  • Practical tasks

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It is important that students commit to all course requirements, including study and assessments the student may need to complete outside their normal training sessions.

  • This course is delivered as an apprenticeship over 4 years.
  • Students attend classes at the GOTAFE campus for 8 weeks each year, 5 days per week for 8 hours per class (8am-4:30pm).
  • Students will work through their learning materials during class and complete assessments either in class or within the workplace depending on the activity.
  • In addition, students are expected to complete some research and self-directed learning.

Student resources

Students are expected to provide:

  • Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)- safety boots, safety glasses, ear protection, hard hat, and gloves.

As an enrolled student at GOTAFE you may access a wide range of academic support services to assist you to meet the academic challenges of your course from our Learning Support Unit.

Learning support

A free and confidential service to help you build the foundation skills you need to be successful at TAFE. Improve your english language, maths and/or writing skills; enhance your computer, exam and study skills.

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Our library team are passionate about supporting students to achieve their study goals. They have subject guides, referencing help, and online resources to assist you with you assessments.

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Jobs and study options

Our Skills and Jobs Centres can assist and talk through options for courses, careers, assistance with job applications and more.

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Whether you need support with time management, your mental health, grief and loss, a diagnosed disability, financial hardship, or any other challenge life through your way, we are here to help.

Support for personal issues

We have a dedicated team to ensure students have the help they need with personal issues impacting studies such as homelessness, family problems & setting up payment plans.

Find out how the Student Experience Team can help you

Disability support

Get access to the supports and adjustments you need for your disability or medical condition to be successful in your studies.

Seek support from our Equitable Learning Advisors

Counselling services

We offer free counselling services to help you work through life's challenges including grief and loss, mental health or relationships.

Learn about our Student Wellbeing Advisors

Refer to the Student Handbook for information regarding Learner’s Rights Student Handbook.

Further information is provided at course induction.

Please note: Eligible individuals who wish to access a government subsidised place, must participate in a Pre-training Review. This will consider your:

  • Aspirations/career goals
  • Educational attainment and capability
  • Literacy and numeracy skills
  • Suitability for Recognition for Prior Learning (RPL) and Credit Transfer

Enrolment in general public entry courses will require a selection interview. Please call 1300 468 233 to enquire further.

Skills Recognition is an assessment only process that may result in credits towards a part or full qualification. There is no formal training involved, although you may choose to complete further training as a result of the assessment process.

You can apply for Skills Recognition before you enrol in the qualification you are seeking. You can apply for Skills Recognition through one or both of the following processes:

  • Credit Transfer for formal training that might be equivalent to a new qualification or partial qualification.
  • Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) for people who have relevant and current skills and knowledge that they have gained through non-formal or informal learning i.e. work or life experience.

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