CPC30220 Certificate III in Carpentry

Learn all the practical and theoretical aspects of the carpentry trade as an apprentice!

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Delivery Mode

Workplace-based training


3 - 4 years full-time

Job Outcome


Estimated Salary

$40,000 - $94,000*

Why study this course?

Australia needs qualified carpenters to build the residential cities and suburbs of tomorrow – trust your future with Builders Academy Australia and graduate within an industry with excellent job prospects.

What will you learn?

Our on-the-job carpentry course will see you develop the skills to carry out carpentry tasks and processes. You will be equipped to undertake projects in new residential housing construction, maintenance and repair and renovations.

How can you study?

On-the-job training with your employer

On-the-job training with your employer

Combined with face-to-face training and assessments with BAA

Combined with face-to-face training and assessments with BAA

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About the CPC30220 Certificate III in Carpentry

Career pathways

After successfully completing the CPC30220 Certificate III in Carpentry and the relevant on-site work experience, you can become a carpenter. You may decide to further your training with a CPC40120 Certificate IV in Building and Construction (Building) or CPC50220 Diploma of Building and Construction (Building).

Taking Your First Step

After successfully completing the CPC30220 Certificate III in Carpentry along with the requisite on-site work experience, the first and immediate career pathway available to you is becoming a carpenter. Armed with your newfound skills and knowledge, you can make a significant impact in a range of construction projects.

Further Education for Expanded Opportunities

To further expand your career options, you might consider pursuing additional qualifications. By obtaining a CPC40120 Certificate IV in Building and Construction (Building) or a CPC50220 Diploma of Building and Construction (Building), you can elevate your career to the next level.

The Benefits of Ongoing Education?

Broadening Your Scope

Further education in the building and construction industry opens up new doors. You’ll gain deeper insight into the broader aspects of the industry, such as project management, team leadership, and budget control. With these skills, you can look beyond hands-on carpentry work and aspire to supervisory or managerial roles within the industry.

Future-Proofing Your Career

In a rapidly evolving industry, ongoing education ensures that your knowledge and skills stay up-to-date. As new technologies, materials, and methods continue to revolutionise the construction industry, further education can help you grow your skills and knowledge, and provide you with the edge needed to stay competitive.

Entrepreneurial Opportunities

Finally, if you have entrepreneurial ambitions, further education can provide the foundational skills and knowledge necessary to start your own business in the construction industry. You’ll not only learn about the practical aspects of construction but also about managing operations, marketing, and customer relations. This could be the stepping stone towards running your own successful enterprise.

Entry requirements

There are no formal educational entry requirements for this qualification. However, you must be over 16 years of age, and hold a White Card before you step onto a building and construction site.

As this is a work-based apprenticeship, you’ll need to have an employer to undertake your studies with. Builders Academy Australia can help you find, but not guarantee, work placement.


This carpentry course is delivered over 3.5 years when studying full-time.

Assessment methods

The assessment process will include written and practical activities, observation in the workplace and individual research supported by workplace mentoring by your supervisor and trainer.


Before starting your carpentry apprenticeship with Builders Academy Australia you or your employer are required to purchase the following:

Personal equipment:

  • Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
  • Suitable steel cap work boots (must be ankle high and meet or exceed Australian Standard AS/NZS2210.3 for Type 1 safety footwear)
  • Hi-Vis long sleeve shirt (must meet AS/NZS 4602.1:2011 High-Visibility Safety Garments for Day use only and rated UPF 50+. AS/NZS 4399: 1999 Sun Protective Clothing – Evaluation and Classification)
  • Suitable work pants (denim and tracksuit pants are not permitted)
  • Safety glasses (must comply with Australian standard AS/NZS 1337.1:2010 for medium impact protection)
  • Work gloves (must comply with standard EN 388:3131 and meet Risk Category II: Gloves of Intermediate Design For Intermediate Risk, cleaning gloves are not permitted)
  • Hearing protection (must not have a radio included, and must comply with Australia New Zealand standard AS/NZS 1270:2002)

Basic tool kit:

  • Calculator
  • Bevelled edge chisels – 12mm, 19mm and 25mm
  • Combination square
  • Claw hammer (either 20 ounce fixing hammer or a 24 ounce framing hammer)
  • Pencils – carpenters type
  • Utility knives with spare blades
  • Two pocket nail bag
  • 8m tape (metric only)
  • Sliding bevel
  • Chisel holder
  • Nail punches – 2ml, 3ml and 4ml
  • 1m folding ruler (metric only)
  • Handsaw (500ml 8PT)

Minimum Technology Requirements

BAA uses a learning management system (LMS) for online course delivery and assessment submission.
The following are the minimum information technology requirements to enable optimal access to the LMS:

PC – Windows Operating System

  • Windows 7, Windows 8, or Windows 10 (Exclude S Mode)
  • Single-core 1Ghz or higher
  • 2GB of free disk space
  • 8GB RAM

Supported Browsers:

  • Chrome 119 or later (preferred)
  • Microsoft Edge 118 or later
  • Firefox 120 or later
  • Safari 16 or later (Mac only)

The minimum screen resolution: 1200×800. Ensure you have the largest possible screen for the best experience. (Minimum 13-inch Display for PC/Laptop and MAC)

Software Requirements:

  • Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, and PowerPoint) (preferred)
  • LibreOffice (Microsoft Office Suite alternative)
  • Zoom
  • Acrobat Reader

Mobile Apps (Optional)

  • Zoom
    • iOS 11 or later
    • iPadOS 13 or later
    • Android 6.0 or later
  • Canvas
    • iOS 15 or later
    • Android 8.0 or later


  • Mac OS X 10.11 or later
  • 2GB of free disk space
  • 8GB RAM

VR Centre (Only for Cert IV and Diploma B&C – Module C)
Recommended specifications

  • Processor: 4-core processor
  • 3GB of free disk space
  • 2GB RAM

These are Recommended Specifications. The VR Centre app can run on much lower specs

Become a carpenter

Go from carpentry apprenticeship to qualified carpenter!

If you decide to further your study, you could gain the skills to work in supervisory roles within the domestic low-rise building and construction industry.

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On-the-job training

Comprehensive Training Approach

At Builders Academy Australia, we believe that the best way to learn the craft of carpentry is by doing. That’s why our Certificate III in Carpentry (CPC30220) course integrates on-the-job training with your employer, coupled with face-to-face training and assessments delivered by our industry-qualified trainers. This combined approach to learning ensures that you’re not just studying the theory, but also applying it in a real-world context.

Gaining Practical Expertise

On-the-job training gives you an invaluable, hands-on approach to learning. This immersive experience lets you apply what you’ve learnt in a practical setting, honing your skills under the direct supervision of seasoned professionals. The work you’ll be doing isn’t hypothetical — it’s real work, with real tasks that a carpenter would handle daily in their construction processes. This practical experience significantly contributes to your understanding of the job and helps you prepare for your future career. You’ll not only learn what it’s like to be on a job site day-to-day, but also find out all of the carpentry tools you’ll need, the carpentry materials that each job will be completed with, the potential construction work hazards you might come across, and relevant risk control strategies to avoid these hazards.

Supportive Learning Environment

Our industry-qualified trainers for your Certificate III in Carpentry will liaise with both the employer and the apprentice to decide the best schedule for workplace and face-to-face training. This collaboration ensures that your on-the-job training complements your off-the-job learning, balancing the time you spend between practicing skills and studying the theoretical elements of your course. Your progression is monitored closely, and the training is tailored to your learning pace and needs.

Seamless Integration of Theory and Practice

As part of the face-to-face training, our trainers will assess your competencies in each unit, ensuring that you have both the theoretical knowledge and the practical skills required. These assessments are designed to mirror the tasks you’ll be performing on the job, providing a seamless integration of your classroom learning and workplace experience.

A Rewarding Learning Journey

On-the-job training, as part of the Certificate III in Carpentry (CPC30220) course, provides an enriching learning journey. It provides a dynamic learning experience, blending theoretical knowledge with real-world application. As an apprentice, you get to experience the day-to-day life of a carpenter, gaining insights and skills that will serve you throughout your career. The value of this hands-on training is immeasurable, paving the way for a successful career in the building and construction industry.

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Tuition fees and payment options

Navigating the world of tuition fees and payment options can sometimes feel overwhelming. At Builders Academy Australia, we are committed to providing clarity and support to help you through this process.

Our fee structure is determined based on your government eligibility and the state you’re living in. We offer state-specific guidance and support to help you understand the financial aspects of your education.

For Victorian students, there’s good news! This training is delivered with Victorian and Commonwealth Government funding for eligible students. You may be eligible for subsidies through the Victorian Skills First Funding, making the financial load of your education significantly lighter.

To help you better understand the fee structures and payment options for your location, we have specific information for VIC, NSW, ACT, and QLD. Clicking on your respective state will guide you to the relevant information you need.

If you still have questions about tuition fees, or perhaps you’d prefer a personal conversation about your financial options, don’t hesitate to get in touch with us by calling 1300 LEGEND.

Our team is ready and willing to guide you through your queries and concerns, ensuring you’re confident about your financial commitment toward your education.

*Salary sourced from Payscale Feb 2021.

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Certificate III in Carpentry - Frequently Asked Questions

What will I learn in the Cert III in Carpentry?

Building Your Carpentry Foundation

In the Certificate III in Carpentry, you will acquire an essential skill set to kickstart your career in the construction industry. From handling carpentry tools and preventing work hazards, to carrying out levelling operations, the course covers it all.

Interpreting Plans and Constructing Frames

Further into the course, you’ll learn to interpret plans and specifications — a crucial aspect of any construction project. You’ll also get hands-on training in constructing ceiling frames, wall frames, and pitched roofs.

Advanced Carpentry Skills

The course doesn’t stop at just the basics. Advanced skills, such as constructing timber external stairs, installing flooring systems, erecting and dismantling formwork, and restricted height scaffolding are also part of your learning journey. Plus, you’ll learn how to erect roof trusses, a key component of many residential buildings.

Is the Certificate III in Carpentry a nationally recognised qualification?

Nationally Recognised Quality Education

Yes, indeed! As a Registered Training Organisation, Builders Academy Australia’s training programs are recognised nationally. This means that you won’t struggle finding work anywhere across Australia.

The qualifications we issue fall under the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF), ensuring their acceptance across the country.

Our Awards and Recognitions

The quality of our training programs has been recognised repeatedly with prestigious awards, such as the Victorian Small Training Provider of the Year in 2018 and 2020, and the Australian Small Training Provider of the Year in 2020.

What types of career pathways are available?

Exciting Career Opportunities

After successfully completing the CPC30220 Certificate III in Carpentry and accruing the relevant on-site work experience, you’re well-prepared to take on the role of a carpenter.

This foundational qualification could also pave the way for further studies, opening up more career pathways within the construction industry.

Will BAA help me find an employer?

Partnering for Your Future

Yes, Builders Academy Australia works closely with its students to help them secure an employer for their apprenticeship.

We understand the importance of real-world, hands-on experience in building a successful career. Therefore, we strive to place you with a suitable employer where you can put the knowledge and skills you’ve gained into practice.

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.


Timeframe for the Course

The Certificate III in Carpentry is a comprehensive course that spans 3.5 years when pursued full-time.

This duration ensures a thorough understanding of the subject and equips you with the expertise needed in the carpentry industry.

Is government funding available for me?

Financial Support for Your Education

This training is delivered with Victorian and Commonwealth Government funding for eligible students. To confirm your eligibility for government funding, you can use our Funding Eligibility Indicator available online.

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.

Personalised Guidance

To get further insights into the enrolment process, recognise your prior learning, or other course details, you can always speak to our course advisors on 1300 534 363. They’re here to assist you throughout your educational journey.

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