3 Careers with a Certificate in Carpentry


Do you have a passion for the building industry? Are you a hands-on person with a creative flair? Have you ever wanted to see your work in a real house or building? If you’re considering investing in a building and construction certificate, carpentry may be your best career choice.

Why Should You Choose Carpentry?

Carpentry has been developed over hundreds of years and is one of the world’s oldest and most respected trades. Timber-based building and construction laid the foundations of many great cities over the world, and over the years it has specialised to include various modern materials and techniques.

Many carpenters are highly satisfied with their work and enjoy the versatility that comes with the industry. Carpentry has various specialties to choose from, meaning you can easily learn new skills and develop new expertise – without changing your trade.

What Skills Do Carpenters Need?

You might have thought about how to become a carpenter in Victoria. Carpenters use a number of skills throughout their day including basic mathematics, time management, communication and planning, as well as specific skills to work directly with wood.

You must also have a basic ability to read blueprints/design plans. Most building and construction courses teach their students how to do this.

Each day will require you to keep deadlines in mind, as your job will likely be one within a larger pipeline. This means communication and asking questions are of the highest importance, particularly if you anticipate a delay.

If you are someone who is able to meet deadlines and works hard to maintain a high standard of quality in everything you do, you will probably enjoy carpentry.

As a carpentry student, you need to be able to commit to your learning and be able to handle assessments and classwork.

Although with Builders Academy you will have theory lessons through online learning, much of the course is practical and you can look forward to being onsite regularly.

What Careers Can You Enter?

There are a number of building and construction courses that can get you qualified to work as a carpenter in various areas. Below we’ve highlighted the three main areas carpenters work across and specialise in.

Commercial Carpenter

  • Works on projects involving commercial buildings such as hotels, office towers, educational institutes, restaurants and retail developments.
  • Carpenters in this area work with a range of materials other than wood, such as steel, plastic and plaster.
  • Specialised commercial carpenters may work on installing panelling, windows and ceilings.

Industrial Carpenter

  • Works on major industrial projects such as power plants or mining infrastructure. They are usually employed by resources industries such as energy, manufacturing and resource extraction.
  • Industrial carpenters handle a range of tasks such as building scaffolding, bracing, partitions or concrete pouring forms.
  • They may also use their skills to work alongside civil engineers on projects such as bridges and tunnels.

Residential Carpenter

  • Works on housing such as townhouses, detached homes and smaller projects.
  • They usually work on framing interior and exterior walls, building stairs and constructing decks and roofs.
  • Some may even work on concrete foundations or putting up drywall.
  • Residential carpenters can specialise even further to work on finishing touches such as cabinets, floors, and crown molding if they see themselves as having a flair for perfecting things.

How Can You Get Qualified?

With the wide range of building and construction certificates available, it can be hard to choose which one is the right one for you. Many people opt for a certificate III carpentry course as it is delivered over a three year period and qualify you to work as a carpenter in a range of areas.

Many building and construction courses require individuals to have some knowledge of the industry but you can complete a carpentry course, no apprenticeship skills required, through a Certificate III in Carpentry.

Building and construction courses have a high practical component which means you will get the opportunities to put all your new skills and knowledge to use almost straight away.

Where Can a Certificate III in Carpentry Take Me?

Successful completion of a certificate III in carpentry can qualify you to work in a range of roles such as those listed in this article. You can also further your skills and abilities by enrolling in a certificate IV which will allow you to work in supervisory and management roles.

Carpentry is an exciting and hands-on field with plenty of room for growth. Individuals who are keen to launch their career can choose from a range of building and construction certificates which will give them the skills they need to be an excellent carpenter.

If you’re looking for a rewarding career that can develop into your own business, apply for your Certificate III in Carpentry CPC30220 today.