CPC30220 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 27 core units and 7 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

CPCCCM2012
Work safely at heights


CPCCCA3025
Read and interpret plans, specifications and drawings for carpentry work


CPCCOM1015
Carry out measurements and calculations


CPCCA3002
Carry out setting out


CPCCCA3024
Install lining, panelling and moulding


CPCCCA2011
Handle carpentry materials


CPCCOM3001
Perform construction calculations to determine carpentry material requirements


CPCCCA3017
Install exterior cladding


CPCCCA3001
Carry out general demolition of minor building structures


CPCCCA3003
Install flooring systems


CPCCCA3028
Erect and dismantle formwork for footings and slabs on ground


CPCCCA3007
Construct pitched roofs


CPCCOM1014
Conduct workplace communication


CPCCM2006
Apply basic levelling procedures


CPCCCO2013
Carry out concreting to simple forms


CPCCCA3010
Install windows and doors


CPCCWHS2001
Apply WHS requirements, policies and procedures in the construction industry


CPCCCA3005
Construct ceiling frames


CPCCCA3016
Construct, assemble and install timber external stairs


CPCCOM3006
Carry out levelling operations


CPCCCA3006
Erect roof trusses


CPCCCA3008
Construct Eaves


CPCCCA3004
Construct and erect wall frames


CPCCOM1012
Work effectively and sustainably in the construction industry


CPCWHS3001
Identify construction work hazards and select risk control strategies


CPCCA2002
Use carpentry tools and equipment


CPCCCM2008
Erect and dismantle restricted height scaffolding

x 7 electives based on desired licenced outcome

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