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Certificate III in Carpentry


Certificate III in Carpentry CPC30211

Course Overview

Take steps to join an industry that is in demand by studying the CPC30211 Certificate III in Carpentry. This course is perfect if you're looking to further your knowledge and skills to seek employment in the construction industry as a Carpenter and Joiner.

Covering work in residential and commercial applications, gain experience with safe demolition, reading and understanding plans for a worksite, and everything in between. Learn in our state-of-the-art workshops, practising skills in framework, flooring, roofing, and concreting.

This course is delivered as an apprenticeship with additional workshops for building practical skills.

Please note: the information on this page is relevant for 2022 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 you to work in the construction industry as a Carpenter and Joiner.

Working in this industry will involve working out doors or on on-site. Hours of work may vary depending on where you work.

The tasks a carpenter would perform are setout of houses, constructing wall frames or pitched roof, erecting of roof trusses, internal fitout of houses including hanging doors, fitting locks and cutting/installing architraves and skirting boards.

Further Study

After graduating, you might like to undertake further study in the CPC40110 Certificate IV in Building and Construction (Building).

Course Dates & Times

Shepparton - Archer Street

Apprenticeship - Open from 7th February / 2022

Wangaratta - Docker Street

Apprenticeship - Open from 7th February / 2022

1. Subsidised Apprentice
2. Subsidised Apprentice (Concession)
3. Full Fee
Course Materials
Student Services Fees (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 2022 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 3 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:
    1. an individual’s eligibility for Victorian (Skills First) and Commonwealth government-funded training
    2. an individual’s eligibility for concession rates on Victorian (Skills First) and Commonwealth government-funded training
    3. 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 or during the pre-training review Interview.

GOTAFE offers a range of payment options to help you pay your fees.
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This course is in transition. The course code, title, units, and content may change in the future. Further information will be provided upon enrolment, or during the course of your training.

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 induction training program specified by the National Code of Practice for Induction Training for Construction Work (ASCC 2007) before entering a construction work site. Achievement of unit CPCCOHS1001A covers this requirement
  • Apprentices are accepted through the Delta system and referred to GOTAFE.
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 wall frames
Construct ceiling frames
Erect roof trusses
Construct pitched roofs
Construct eaves
Carry out levelling operations
Work effectively and sustainably in the construction industry
Plan and organise work
Conduct workplace communication
Carry out measurements and calculations
Read and interpret plans and specifications
Carry out excavation
Use explosive power tools
Erect and dismantle restricted height scaffolding
Work safely at heights
Carry out concreting to simple forms
Apply OHS requirements, policies and procedures in the construction industry
Elective Units
Erect and dismantle formwork for footings and slabs on ground
Construct advanced roofs
Install and replace windows and doors
Frame and fit wet area fixtures
Install lining, panelling and moulding
Construct timber external stairs
Install exterior cladding
Operate elevated work platforms

Assessment methods may include:

  • Knowledge tests
  • Projects
  • Work observation evidence
  • Demonstration
  • Online Assessments

Andrew McGranahan

This course is delivered as an apprenticeship with a large component of on-the-job learning over a 4 year apprenticeship contract. Sequence of units are identified in the timetable and/or training plan.

Students are provided with a structured timetable which comprises of a total of 21 weeks of training comprising of 5 days per week if required, this allows for them and their employer to select a time that suits for attendance for training. Four scheduled onsite visits are planned throughout the year.

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.

Students are required to attend all classes where possible to and will have access to a trainer outside of class times if required. Onsite delivery is available for selected units and this is negotiated when the training plan is signed for the first time.

Theory can be done online but all practical tasks are conducted face to face on campus.

Required Workwear - On most building sites works have Hi-visibility shirts and standard work pants or shorts. - Standard building site workwear is required. i.e. What you currently wear to work. No loose-fitting clothes.

Required PPE - For Health reasons PPE cannot be shared. It is preferred that all students bring their own PPE.

Required to bring to class - students will need to buy and bring their own basic stationary and bring their nail bag to all classes.

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.

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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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