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Certificate III in Carpentry - CPC30211

This certificate will provide you with training in all practical and theoretical areas of the carpentry trade.



  • Construct floors, walls, ceilings and roof frames
  • Set out and measure construction areas
  • Read plans to determine material required, dimensions and installation processes
  • Install door handles, locks and hardware


The number of years expected to complete this apprenticeship is between three and four years.


As a carpenter you can work in many different positions in the building and construction industry.

You can work as a subcontractor or be employed by a building / construction company, group training organisation small firm or a government department.

You can even start your own business and employ other workers.

Employment opportunities depend on the level of activity in the building construction industry, however it is a large occupation with good employment prospects.

Carpenters are normally employed on residential housing construction and civil engineering projects, for maintenance in large factories, hospitals, institutions and other organisations.

With further training and experience, a carpenter could become a building supervisor, building and construction manager, building inspector, technical teacher, estimator, building contract administrator or purchasing officer.

Related jobs: fixing carpenter, formwork carpenter, cabinetmaker, shopfitter, joiner.


The current Certificate III for Carpentry requires students to successfully complete 30 units of competency to achieve the credential. Of these 30 units, 22 are compulsory and a further eight may be selected from the list of elective units.

Full list of units:

  • CPCCCA2011A Handle carpentry materials
  • CPCCCA2002B Use carpentry tools and equipment
  • CPCCCA3001A Carry out general demolition of minor building structures
  • CPCCCA3002A Carry out setting out
  • CPCCCA3003A Install flooring systems
  • CPCCCA3004A Construct wall frames
  • CPCCCA3005B Construct ceiling frames
  • CPCCCA3006B Erect roof trusses
  • CPCCCA3007C Construct pitched roofs
  • CPCCCA3008B Construct eaves
  • CPCCCA3023A Carry out levelling operations
  • CPCCCM1012A Work effectively and sustainably in the construction industry
  • CPCCCM1013A Plan and organise work
  • CPCCCM1014A Conduct workplace communication
  • CPCCCM1015A Carry out measurements and calculations
  • CPCCCM2010B Work safely at heights
  • CPCCCM2001A Read and interpret plans and specifications
  • CPCCCM2002A Carry out excavation
  • CPCCCM2007B Use explosive power tools
  • CPCCCM2008B Erect and dismantle restricted height scaffolding
  • CPCCCO2013A Carry out concreting to simple forms
  • CPCCOHS2001A Apply OHS requirements, policies and procedures in the construction industry

Full list of elective units:

  • CPCCCA2003A Erect and dismantle formwork for footings and slabs on ground
  • CPCCCA3010A Install and replace windows and doors
  • CPCCCA3012A Frame and fit wet area fixtures
  • CPCCCA3013A Install lining, panelling and moulding
  • CPCCCA3016A Construct timber external stairs
  • CPCCCA6017B Install exterior cladding
  • CPCCCA3019A Erect and dismantle formwork to suspended slabs, columns, beams and walls
  • CPCCCM3001C Operate elevated work platforms
  • CPCCCA3014A  Construct Bulkheads
  • CPCCCA3015A  Assemble Partitions


Fees for these units vary. Students are also expected to cover the cost of clothing, equipment, safety glasses, tools and other materials.


This trade is linked to the Queensland skills shortage, and additional funding benefits may apply for employers.

Apprentices must be employed and have a signed Registered Training Contract to undertake apprenticeship training. BIGA will help you with the paperwork.

Do you have six or more years experience in this trade? Click here for information on RPL.

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