Building and Construction Certificate III

Earn while you learn, and gain a nationally recognised qualification as an apprentice.

Why do an apprenticeship?

Are you intrigued by workplace-based training? Consider the benefits of an apprenticeship (AKA Certificate III) with a registered training organisation which makes an excellent learning pathway. This mode of education is unique, blending the opportunity to earn while you learn and gaining practical, hands-on experience with a structured academic curriculum.

This dual nature of an apprenticeship program equips you with crucial professional skills and a theoretical understanding to give you a comprehensive perspective of the industry. The blend of on-the-job training and theoretical knowledge ensures that you become a well-rounded professional who is prepared to overcome industry challenges.

So, if you’re keen to study but you’re not a fan of school, our Certificate III in Carpentry or Civil Construction Plant Operations courses (or related courses) could be the right option for you!

Earn while you learn with on-the-job training

Earn while you learn with on-the-job training

Government funding available

Government funding available

We can place you with an employer for your apprenticeship

We can place you with an employer for your apprenticeship

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Frequently asked questions

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What will I study in an apprenticeship?

As an apprentice, you’re not just an observer; you’re an active participant in the workforce, working alongside seasoned professionals. Plus, you’ll gain a qualification! An apprenticeship offers a perfect blend of practical and theoretical education that can shape your career. Expect to get real experience, understand how a business works, and improve your personal and social skills.

Here are some of the key outcomes covered in our course:

Gaining Practical Experience: The Carpentry Tools of the Trade

This qualification requires you to gain hands-on experience in the field. This is a critical aspect of a carpentry apprenticeship, providing you with the opportunity to acquire and hone practical skills essential for the industry.

You will work shoulder-to-shoulder with experienced professionals, learning the tricks of the trade and national code, discovering the necessary carpentry tools and equipment, understanding different structures and fixtures, potential construction work hazards, using carpentry materials, understanding the nuances of tasks and processes, and gradually taking on responsibilities. This on-the-job learning helps you seamlessly transition from apprentice to competent worker.

Achieving a Qualification in Cert 3 Carpentry

An apprenticeship also leads to a formal qualification. This certificate, recognised nationally, validates your skills and competencies, making you an attractive prospect for future employers.

Understanding Business Operations

During your apprenticeship, you’ll gain insight into the functioning of a business. You’ll learn about project management, customer relations, supply chain operations, budgeting, and more. This understanding can provide a solid foundation if you aim to run your own business in the future.

Enhancing Personal and Social Skills

An apprenticeship also focuses on the development of your personal and social skills. You will learn to communicate effectively, work as part of a team, handle stressful situations, and manage your time efficiently. These ‘soft skills’ are highly valued in any industry and can significantly contribute to your career advancement.

Expanding Your Professional Network

As an integral part of an apprenticeship, you’ll get the opportunity to build valuable connections within the industry. Working closely with experienced professionals and other industry insiders, you’ll establish a professional network that could provide support, advice, and potentially job opportunities in the future.

Acquiring Industry-Recognised Credentials

With the completion of your apprenticeship, you’ll earn an industry-recognised qualification. This recognition increases your credibility in the industry and enhances your employability. Employers value the commitment, dedication, and practical skills demonstrated by apprenticeship graduates who are trained to national code.

Developing a Career Pathway

Your apprenticeship is not merely a job; it’s a pathway towards your desired career. The experience and skills you gain during your apprenticeship can guide you in identifying your professional interests, strengths, and areas for further development. Whether you aspire to become a master carpenter, a project manager, or even start your own construction company, your apprenticeship serves as a stepping stone in your career progression.

Participating in Continuous Learning

Apprenticeships promote a culture of continuous learning. As the field continuously evolves, adapting to new technologies, materials, new carpentry tools and equipment, and best practices, you’ll be encouraged to keep your knowledge and skills up to date. This ability to learn and adapt is a significant advantage in today’s dynamic job market.

An apprenticeship provides a comprehensive learning experience that extends beyond technical skills. It equips you with a diverse range of competencies, from business acumen to interpersonal skills, networking, industry recognition, and career development, all while fostering a mindset of continuous learning. This makes an apprenticeship an invaluable start to your career. Overall, an apprenticeship prepares you holistically, from gaining technical expertise to developing interpersonal skills. It’s a well-rounded learning pathway that paves the way for a career in building and construction.

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What is the job of an apprentice?

Put simply, your job is to learn and apply yourself as much as you can to maximise this experience of workplace training. To find out more about specific learning outcomes, check out the individual course pages.

Here’s an overview of some of your jobs as an apprentice:

Hands-on Skill Acquisition

As an apprentice, your primary job is to learn by doing. In the construction industry, this means actively participating in a variety of tasks on-site, under the supervision of experienced professionals. You’ll get to observe, practice, learn workplace communication, and eventually master the core skills of your trade (the carpentry tools, if you will), whether it’s carpentry, bricklaying, or general construction work.

Enhancing Knowledge Base

Apprenticeships are not just about practical skills; they’re also about learning the theory behind the practice. This includes studying technical aspects of building trades, safety regulations, carpentry tools and equipment, carpentry materials and carpentry material requirements, building codes, construction work hazards, effective workplace communication, and other critical knowledge areas related to your field. Understanding these elements can enhance your practical work and help you develop a holistic view of the industry.

Developing Professionalism

Part of an apprentice’s job is to learn and adapt to the professional culture. This involves understanding workplace ethics, developing good communication and teamwork skills, learning how to work safely, and learning how to manage time and resources efficiently.

Continuous Improvement

As an apprentice, you’re expected to continuously improve your skills and knowledge. This involves seeking feedback, learning from mistakes, learning risk control strategies, understanding evolving carpentry materials, and proactively engaging in learning opportunities. The more you apply yourself, the more you can maximise the value of your apprenticeship.

Preparing for the Future

Finally, an essential part of an apprentice’s job is to prepare for a future career in the industry. Your apprenticeship is an important stepping stone, providing you with the practical skills, theoretical knowledge, and professional attributes you’ll need to succeed in your chosen field.

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Is this a nationally recognised qualification?

The qualifications offered by Builders Academy Australia (BAA) are nationally recognised.

They are acknowledged throughout Australia, which means that they adhere to the stringent standards set by the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF). This ensures that the quality and integrity of the education you receive either meets or exceeds national benchmarks — so you can rest assured that you’re getting the best education possible, with all the correct educational tools and equipment. A nationally recognised qualification provides a solid credential that is respected by employers across the country, giving you the flexibility to pursue job opportunities anywhere in Australia.

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What are my career outcomes after completing my cert III?

Upon successful completion of your apprenticeship and obtaining your qualification, a wealth of career opportunities awaits you in the construction industry. You can start working on-site in your chosen field immediately, whether it be carpentry, bricklaying, or general construction work, or you could decide to further your training. Your qualification will make you a desirable candidate for various roles, due to your practical experience and verified competencies.

Diverse job opportunities

This could be the stepping stone for you to become a specialist tradesperson, working independently or as part of larger construction work. You could also choose to further your training, perhaps pursuing a Certificate IV or even a Diploma. These additional qualifications could prepare you for supervisory or management roles within the industry, such as a site supervisor, construction manager, or project manager.

Further qualifications

To add to your prior learning, you may complete further qualifications to provide the groundwork needed to start your own business in carpentry. You would have the practical skills and the operational understanding of the construction sector necessary to establish and manage a successful enterprise.

Enhancing Your Professional Standing

Studying is more than just achieving a qualification; it’s an endorsement of your skills and knowledge that sets you apart in the job market. This recognition enhances your professional standing, making you an attractive candidate for employers looking for a reliable, skilled, and certified carpentry workforce. It could also increase your chances of securing higher-paying roles in the industry.

Broadening Your Skills

Your apprenticeship journey doesn’t have to stop with this qualification. You can decide to further your training, broadening your skill set and boosting your employability. By undertaking additional courses such as a Certificate IV or even a Diploma, you open the doors to advanced carpentry roles like site supervision, project management, or construction management, where you can exercise your experience and knowledge of risk control strategies and superior knowledge of carpentry material requirements and the relevant tools and equipment.

Empowering Your Entrepreneurial Drive

If your ambition is to become an entrepreneur, with BAA you have a strong foundation. Combined with further qualifications and real-world experience, you gain the practical skills and operational understanding needed to set up your own carpentry business in the construction industry. This pathway not only enables you to apply your craftsmanship in carpentry work, but also to make strategic decisions, manage a team, share your metaphorical carpentry tools for success, and potentially lead a successful enterprise.

Lifelong Career Opportunities

In the dynamic world of building and construction work, the completion of your Certificate III in Carpentry is just the beginning. With ongoing learning, skill enhancement, and professional development, you can shape your career path according to your interests. The carpentry industry offers a lifetime of opportunities, so you’re not just building structures, but a rewarding, lifelong career. There will always be opportunities for new business ventures in carpentry work!

In essence, the career outcomes are diverse and flexible. The qualification allows you to tailor your career path according to your interests and ambitions, equipping you with the necessary skills to flourish.

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Will BAA help me find an employer?

As part of our commitment to your career success, Builders Academy Australia (BAA) plays an active role in understanding entry requirements and placing you with a suitable employer to complete your apprenticeship.

Throughout your studies, you can benefit from:

Our Employer Network

BAA boasts an extensive network of employers across the building and construction industry.

Leveraging these partnerships, we endeavour to match you with an employer that not only provides the right environment for you to work safely and receive practical training in carpentry, but also aligns with your specific career goals.

Individual Support and Guidance

We understand that finding the right employer in the construction industry can be a challenging and daunting task. Our dedicated team will provide personalised guidance throughout the process, assisting you in showcasing your potential to prospective employers and helping you navigate any interviews or assessments, as well as tools and equipment requirements.

The goal is to ensure that you are placed in an environment that is conducive to learning, where you can gain the most from your apprenticeship experience in carpentry.

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Is government funding available for me?

Yes, Builders Academy Australia delivers its training services with the support of Victorian and Commonwealth funding to students who meet eligibility criteria. To determine if you qualify for government funding, you can use our online Funding Eligibility Indicator.

If you’d prefer to speak to a staff member, you’re welcome to get in touch with our course advisors on 1300 534 363. They are ready to provide all the necessary information and guide you through the process.

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How much do apprentices get paid in Australia?

Apprentices in Australia are paid a wage that depends on various factors including the industry, the level of apprenticeship, and the number of years of training completed.

As per data from PayScale, in 2022 a carpentry apprentice, for instance, can expect to earn between $15.04 – $24.30 per hour, or an annual salary ranging from $24K – $52K.

However, it’s important to note that these rates are subject to change and may vary depending on individual circumstances and the specific terms of an apprenticeship agreement.

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How do I start an apprenticeship?

The easiest way is to get in contact with us! We make it easy to become an apprentice in the field you want. Chat with a BAA Course Advisor to discuss your options.

The enrolment process is easy and the entry requirements are limited — here are some initial steps:

Reach Out to BAA

Starting an apprenticeship is a significant step toward your career, and at Builders Academy Australia (BAA) are here to make the process as smooth as possible for you and help you work safely. The simplest way to embark on your apprenticeship journey is by getting in touch with us.

Discuss with Our Course Advisors

We encourage you to have a chat with one of our BAA Course Advisors. They are experts in the field, ready to provide you with all the necessary information about your potential study options. They will guide you through the process of starting an apprenticeship, helping you understand the requirements and commitments involved in a carpentry qualification and career.

We at BAA are dedicated to assisting you to launch your career in the industry you’re passionate about. Starting an apprenticeship could be your key to unlocking a world of practical learning and on-the-job training, paving the way for a successful career in the field.

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What is the difference between a certificate III and an apprenticeship?

Level 3 certificate, Certificate III, or apprenticeship are all the same thing. This type of qualification provides theoretical knowledge and enables you to develop a higher level of skills for problem-solving, through a mix of on-the-job and off-the-job training in building work.

Here is a more in-depth explanation:

Understanding the difference in the construction industry

An apprenticeship and a Certificate 3 are closely intertwined concepts that are sometimes confused, but they refer to slightly different aspects of vocational education and training.

An apprenticeship is a structured training program that allows you to learn a trade or a profession directly in the workplace. It’s a form of ‘earn while you learn’ approach, giving you the chance to gain real-world skills, practical work experience, and successfully complete formal qualifications.

A Certificate III, on the other hand, is a specific level of qualification within the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF). It’s an educational credential that signifies the holder has developed a higher level of problem-solving skills and theoretical knowledge in a specific field.

Connecting the two

So, how are these two concepts related?

An apprenticeship often leads to a Certificate 3 qualification. This means while you’re undertaking an apprenticeship, you’re learning and gaining practical skills on the job, but you’re also studying for your Certificate III in Carpentry and become a qualified carpenter, for instance.

An apprenticeship is the vehicle that takes you to your destination: the Certificate III. So, while they might seem the same, think of an apprenticeship as the journey, and the Certificate III in Carpentry as your well-earned reward at the end.

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