Get Ready for Your Carpentry Apprenticeship in 2023


Are you interested in a career in the building and construction industry as a carpenter?

If so, you’ll want to start your carpentry apprenticeship as soon as you can. From what to expect when you get on-site to landing your dream apprenticeship, here is everything you need to know.

What does a carpenter do?

If you like working with your hands, a carpentry career may be for you. Carpentry is a popular trade, and there are many reasons why. Not only is carpentry a stable and well-paying profession, but it’s also a trade that offers a lot of opportunities for creativity and self-expression. The satisfaction of building something with your own hands is a big drawcard!

A carpenter’s day-to-day job will involve physical work that is less monotonous than other professions. Carpenters can work in different sectors of the building and construction industry including residential, commercial, and industrial projects.

Some of the most common tasks that carpenters do:

  • Read and interpret plans necessary for installation procedures
  • Review construction measurements and calculations that determine installation dimensions
  • Safely and effectively use carpentry tools and equipment
  • Erect and dismantle formwork
  • Cut and assemble carpentry materials
  • Create wooden frameworks, such as wall frames, ceiling frames, and window frames
  • Install windows and doors

What is a carpentry apprenticeship?

An apprenticeship is a hands-on training program that lasts between three to four years. During an apprenticeship, you’ll learn the skills and knowledge needed to perform the job of carpenter. You’ll also increase your confidence, build your network and get an idea of the other trades you’ll encounter on a construction site (great knowledge if you plan to run your own construction business one day).

What are the benefits of completing an apprenticeship?

Once you successfully complete your apprenticeship, you will be given more career possibilities. You will develop specialised and advanced skills through the on -the-job training experience, which will enable you to qualify for more job opportunities and higher salary potential.

There are many benefits to completing an apprenticeship, including. 

  • Gaining practical knowledge and experience in the building and construction industry
  • Developing math skills to make accurate construction calculations
  • Improving your workplace communication skills
  • Getting to know carpentry power tools and how to safely use them
  • Developing skills to carry out procedures in the construction sites
  • Undertaking projects in residential housing construction
  • Learning from experienced tradesmen 
  • Having the opportunity to work full-time while earning a wage 
  • Receiving a nationally recognised qualification 

How do I become an apprentice carpenter?

So, you’ve thought about it and becoming an apprentice is the right next step for you. Congrats! Now where to from here?

If you’re planning on starting your carpentry apprenticeship in 2023, there are a few things you can do to get ahead of the game and make sure you’re ready for the challenge. 

Here are four tips to help you prepare for your carpentry apprenticeship: 

  1. Research the requirements
    Every state has different requirements for carpentry apprenticeships, so it’s important that you research the requirements in your state before you apply. This will ensure that you have all the necessary paperwork and qualifications when it’s time to start your apprenticeship.  
  2. Find a mentor
    A mentor is someone who can guide you through your apprenticeship and answer any questions you may have along the way. Having a mentor is especially important if you’re new to the trade or if you don’t have any experience with carpentry. 
  3. Get some experience
    If you have any opportunity to get some experience in carpentry before starting your apprenticeship, take it! Even if it’s just helping a friend build a bookshelf or taking on small projects around your house, any experience you can get will be beneficial when it comes time to start your apprenticeship.
  4. Brush up on your maths skills
    As a carpenter, you’ll be working with numbers constantly—measuring, calculating angles, etc.—so it’s important that you have strong maths skills before starting your apprenticeship. If maths isn’t your strong suit, there are plenty of resources available to help you brush up on your skills, including online tutorials and practice problems. 

Ready to start your carpentry apprenticeship? It’s time to get into your Certificate III in Carpentry!

Are you interested in starting a carpentry apprenticeship in 2023? If so, now is the perfect time to start preparing. You’ll need to find a registered training organisation (RTO) that offers carpentry apprenticeships like Builders Academy Australia. In our CPC30220 Certificate III in Carpentry, we will help you find a suitable employer to complete your apprenticeship with.

When you study with us, you get the benefit of:

  • A multi-award-winning organisation recognised as the best of the best
  • Joining 8,500+ graduates achieving their goals
  • A nationally recognised qualification
  • Learning from current industry professionals in the field
  • Being supported where and when you need it to get across the line (we understand the classroom isn’t for everyone!)

Thinking about doing a CPC30220 Certificate III in Carpentry with Builders Academy? Find out if you’re eligible for Victorian and Commonwealth funding by giving us a call on 1300 LEGEND or requesting a call back.