How to Start a Carpentry Business in Australia

How to Start a Carpentry Business in Australia

Carpentry is a great career path because there will always be a demand for new buildings. But rather than “working for the man,” running your own carpentry business can be even better, as you get to be your own boss and earn a higher salary.

In this blog, we’ll discuss starting a carpentry business in Australia. We show you how to do this by taking building and construction courses to learn the skills and prepare your carpentry business plan.

Become a carpentry business owner

Like business owner and former BAA student Tyrone, a lot of people who have their own carpentry business say the best part is being their own boss.

Without having to report to anyone but yourself, you can enjoy flexible hours, take time off when you want or need to. You can also do construction projects exactly the way you want to do them and choose your own workmates!

Another reason to start your own carpentry business is that you have the potential to earn a much higher salary. Without a boss taking the profits and giving you a small piece of the pie, you can have the whole cake!

If you are successful in business, your business earnings have the potential to keep going up.

How do I start a carpentry business?

Now that you see the advantages of planning for your own carpentry business, let’s look at the steps you can take to make it happen.

Step 1: Prepare for your apprenticeship

Step 2: Do a cert III

  • Getting an apprenticeship or doing your Certificate III in Carpentry (CPC30220), is the perfect way to get started on your building career. This course teaches you all the skills you need to master carpentry and qualify as a carpenter.
  • At the same time, the apprenticeship gives you real hands-on work experience. This helps you apply the theory you learn in your cert III to real situations.
  • Another great thing about the apprenticeship is that you are usually guaranteed a job after you finish. You can stay on with the builder you worked for, or branch out and try your hand with a new company.

Step 3: Get work experience

  • During your apprenticeship, you’ll gain some experience on the job.
  • But some trades prefer to get a little more industry experience before taking the next step towards starting their own businesses.
  • While getting this valuable work experience as a tradie, you can figure out exactly what type of work you like the best and want to do in the future. You might enjoy being “on the tools” from day to day.
  • On the other hand, you might prefer to be your own boss, which comes with more freedom but also more responsibility. Your years working in the industry help you determine how much responsibility you think you can handle.
  • While working as an employee, you can also work out what type of building projects interest you the most.

Step 4: Do the cert IV

  • While the apprenticeship and cert III prepare you for being a carpenter, the cert IV prepares you for being a business owner.
  • When you study a Certificate IV in Building and Construction (Building) (CPC40120), you can do modules on how to run your own business, how to set up a carpentry business plan and how to manage your books.

Step 5: Get a licence

  • As a licenced builder, you can work on projects greater than $10,000 in value. As you can see, getting licenced is an important step to starting a carpentry business in Australia because otherwise you’ll only be able to take on small jobs less than $10,000.
  • To get your licence, you need to register with the Victorian Building Authority (VBA). The registration process is complex, and the VBA will assess your skills, knowledge and experience. Because of the complexity of the application, so many people do BAA’s cert IV and free Builders Registration Mentoring Program to help them get licenced.

Wrapping up: How do I start a carpentry business?

While there are many pathways to starting a carpentry business in Australia, a popular choice is to do your cert III and then your cert IV. Your best bet is to get a builders licence so that you can work on larger projects and earn more money.

While everyone wants to succeed at business, not everyone is so lucky. 

That’s why taking a cert IV to develop your carpentry business plan is so important to help you succeed in your goals.Looking to start your own carpentry business? Contact our team at 1300 LEGEND (1300 534 363) or request a callback to discuss the right training option for you.


This article has been revised and republished on 23 May 2022.