CPC30211 Certificate III in Carpentry

Course Overview

Are you working as an unqualified carpenter or looking to formalise your existing skills and knowledge? If so completion of this qualification will give you the opportunity to become a recognised tradesperson, enabling you to deliver both residential and commercial applications on building and construction sites.

According to the Australian Government’s Job Outlook service, carpentry skills are in high demand with around 69,000 job openings expected within the next five (5) years. The average salary within Australia is estimated at $40,000 to $90,000. The earning potential for qualified carpenters is strong with higher-level carpentry jobs paying over $150,000.

Upon completion , you will obtain the knowledge and skills required in areas such as reading plans and calculating measurements; constructing floor, wall, ceiling and roof frames, installing roof trusses, eaves, claddings and linings, demolishing, setting out and levelling construction sites and working with formwork and concrete.

This qualification is highly regarded in the Building and Construction industry, enabling you to progress towards owning your own business and becoming and becoming a registered builder.

Successful completion of this qualification and the approved QBCC Managerial Course is the minimum requirement for applying for a Trade Contractor – Carpentry License. For more information, please contact your Licensing Issuing Body or contact Fresh Start Education by telephone on 1300 980 999 or via email at enrolments@freshstart.edu.au.

Entry Requirements

Students must be 18 years or older and will be required to demonstrate the required level of Language, Literacy and Numeracy (LLN) skills.

In addition, the completion of the general induction training program specified by the National Code of Practice for Induction Training for Construction Work (ASCC 2007) is required before entering a construction work site. Achievement of unit CPCCOHS1001A Work safely in the construction industry covers this requirement.

Entrants to this program will undergo a Pre-qualification Interview to determine suitability and assess current knowledge and experience, to ensure that this is the right qualification relative to your career progression.

A Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) Assessment is offered to students that can demonstrate a minimum of two (2) years industry experience. The RPL Assessment process is undertaken by a qualified industry experienced Trainer & Assessor who will measure your prior knowledge and experience against the performance criteria of the qualification. As a result, you may not need to complete the entire qualification if you already possess some of the criteria taught within this qualification. If you apply for RPL and your application is successful you could:

  • Reduce or eliminate the need to undertake training in skills and knowledge you already have
  • Save time by reducing the number of classes that you will need to attend
  • Complete your qualification in a shorter time
  • Advance to a higher-level qualification in a shorter time, if desired.
  • Students may be eligible to apply for Credit Transfer by providing evidence of previous studies where there is equivalence to the units of competency within the qualification. For more information please refer to the Fresh Start Education Student Handbook.
Course Structure
Fresh Start Education deliver relevant industry training and assessment that provides you with the skills, knowledge and experience to achieve this Nationally Approved and Accredited Building & Construction qualification. Our course content has been purposefully developed to be future-focused, complete with current industry topics that are practical and relevant to your trade.

To achieve this qualification, you must demonstrate competency in 30 units of competency; comprised of 22 core units and 8 elective units. Whilst there is no formal pre-requisite required, the building and construction industry strongly affirms that training and assessment leading to recognition of skills must be undertaken in a real or very closely simulated workplace environment and this qualification requires all units of competency to be delivered in this context.

To make sure this is the right qualification for you, please review the units of competency listed below to ensure that your scope of works meets the requirements of the qualification.

Core Units

CPCCOHS2001A
Apply OHS requirements, policies and procedures in the Construction Industry


CPCCCM1012A
Work effectively and sustainably in the Construction Industry


CPCCCM1013A
Plan and organise work


CPCCCM1014A Conduct workplace communication


CPCCCM1015A
Carry out measurements and calculations


CPCCCM2010A
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


CPCCCA2011A
Handle carpentry materials


CPCCCA2002A
Use carpentry tools and equipment


CPCCCO2013A
Carry out concreting to simple forms

CPCCCA3001A
Carry out general demolition to minor building structures


CPCCCA3002A
Carry out setting out


CPCCCA3023A
Carry out levelling operations


CPCCCA3003A
Install flooring systems


CPCCCA3004A
Construct wall frames


CPCCCA3005B
Construct ceiling frames


CPCCCA3006B
Erect roof trusses


CPCCCA3007C
Construct pitched roofs


CPCCCA3008B
Construct Eaves


Elective Units

CPCCCA2003A
Erect and dismantle formwork for footings and slabs on ground


CPCCCA3010A
Install and replace windows and doors


CPCCCA3009B
Construct advanced roofs


CPCCCA3012A
Frame and fit wet area fixtures


CPCCCA3013A
Install lining, panelling and moulding


CPCCCA3014A
Construct bulkheads


CPCCCA3015A
Assemble partitions


CPCCCA3016A
Construct timber external stairs


CPCCCA3017B
Install exterior cladding


CPCCCA3018A
Construct, erect and dismantle formwork for stairs and ramps


CPCCCA3019A
Erect and dismantle formwork to suspend slabs, columns, beams and walls


CPCCCM3001C
Operate elevated work platforms (ticketed course)


CPCCSF2004A
Place and fix reinforcement materials


Delivery Method

Upon finalisation of the RPL Assessment, students’ will be provided with a Training Plan outlining the units of competency to be trained and assessed. Training delivery is varied to suit the individual learner’s needs. Training may vary from online delivery, classroom based and/or one on one at your workplace. Training will be scheduled in collaboration with you prior to commencement.

Technical Requirements

Students may need regular access to a laptop or desktop computer with the following:
  • An adequate and reliable internet connection
  • At least the equivalent of Microsoft Office, with word-processing capabilities and spreadsheets
  • A PDF Reader installed
  • The Australian Building Codes Board, National Construction Code (latest version), accessed at https://ncc.abcb.gov.au/ncc-online/NCC

DURATION: Maximum 36 Months