Certificate III in Carpentry


Become a Qualified Carpenter

Meet the technical requirements for a Carpentry Licence with QBCC.

Are you ready to get Trade qualified?
Going from Labourer to chippie?
Keen to do a hands on Carpentry Apprenticeship?

Launch your career in Carpentry

Get the skills, confidence and practical experience to become a trade qualified Carpenter. This hands-on, nationally recognised qualification will set you up for a pretty rad career in construction.

In this course you will learn how to construct, install, finish and repair structures and fixtures for residential, commercial and industrial projects. Working on frames, roofs and eaves you will master the art of transferring specs into precisely measured structures.

The CPC30220 Certificate III in Carpentry can be completed as an apprenticeship and meets the technical requirements to obtain your QBCC Carpentry Licence.

Why Bother?

  • High demand for skilled carpenters in the Australian building and construction industry
  • Nationally recognised Qualification
  • Trade-qualified trainers who know their stuff
  • Hands-on experience in a practical environment
  • We come to you – no more classroom training!*

Job Prospects

Carpenter and Joiner
Site Foreman

Study Mode

Online and Flexible Delivery

Next Intake

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Discover what it’s like to study Carpentry.


I got great one on one mentoring and was introduced to an employer who offered me full-time work as a carpenter apprentice!”

Student Q&A: Finn Russell
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Course Structure

What you’ll learn

This CPC30220 Certificate III in Carpentry course is a trade level qualification that gives you the skills, knowledge and experience to be competent and feel confident onsite.  It is aimed at anyone looking to work on residential, commercial or industrial projects as a skilled carpenter.

Ways to study

Recognition of Prior Learning

Your experience adds up and you can use this to fast-track your qualification.  If you’ve got a tonne of industry experience this can be used to gain part or all of your qual.

Onsite Training

We like to think this is a bit of a game changer! Learn onsite, while you work. This means less time off the tools and more time focused on practical skills.


Get qualified while you earn! Apprenticeships are the best in to the industry for school leavers and a great way for long-timers to finally get qualified. Which one are you?

To achieve this qualification, you must demonstrate competency in all 27 core and 7 elective units. Refer below for the core units of competency and a sample of suggested electives:

*Prerequisite Unit Required

Core Units (27)

  • CPCCCA2002* Use carpentry tools and equipment
  • CPCCCA2011* Handle carpentry materials
  • CPCCCA3001* Carry out general demolition of minor building structures
  • CPCCCA3002* Carry out setting out
  • CPCCCA3003* Install flooring systems
  • CPCCCA3004* Construct and erect wall frames
  • CPCCCA3005* Construct ceiling frames
  • CPCCCA3006* Erect roof trusses
  • CPCCCA3007* Construct pitched roofs
  • CPCCCA3008* Construct eaves
  • CPCCCA3010* Install windows and doors
  • CPCCCA3016* Construct, assemble and install timber external stairs
  • CPCCCA3017* Install exterior cladding
  • CPCCCA3024* Install lining, panelling and moulding
  • CPCCCA3025* Read and interpret plans, specifications and drawings for carpentry work
  • CPCCCA3028* Erect and dismantle formwork for footings and slabs on ground
  • CPCCCM2006 Apply basic levelling procedures
  • CPCCCM2008* Erect and dismantle restricted height scaffolding
  • CPCCCM2012* Work safely at heights
  • CPCCCO2013* Carry out concreting to simple forms
  • CPCCOM1012 Work effectively and sustainably in the construction industry
  • CPCCOM1014 Conduct workplace communication
  • CPCCOM1015 Carry out measurements and calculations
  • CPCCOM3001 Perform construction calculations to determine carpentry material requirements
  • CPCCOM3006 Carry out levelling operations
  • CPCCWHS2001 Apply WHS requirements, policies and procedures in the construction industry
  • CPCWHS3001 Identify construction work hazards and select risk control strategies

Suggested Elective Units (7)

  • CPCCCA3012* Frame and fit wet area fixtures
  • CPCCCA3014* Construct and install bulkheads
  • CPCCCA3018* Construct, erect and dismantle formwork for stairs and ramps
  • CPCCCM2002* Carry out hand excavation
  • CPCCSF2004* Place and fix reinforcement materials
  • CPCCWC3004* Install suspended ceilings
  • CPCCCA3026* Assemble partitions

This qualification meets one of the requirements for you to obtain a licence with your states regulatory body. Please consult with your local authority to ensure you are eligible and meet other criteria prior to commencing studies with us.

 Scope of Work

  • Construct and erect timber and steel wall framing and roof structures
  • Construct and erect non-loadbearing internal partition walls
  • Install windows and doors including framing
  • Erect ceiling and subfloor framing
  • Install timber and sheet flooring
  • Install exterior cladding, fascias and soffits
  • Install metal roofing
  • Construct timber stairs
  • Fix internal linings, panelling and mouldings
  • Install door and window locks and furniture
  • Restore and renovate doors, windows and frames
  • Install fitments
  • Concreting to simple forms including install formwork, reinforcement and concrete
  • Erect and strip formwork including slip form and jump form formwork
  • Incidental work of another class.

Qualifications Required

Any one of the following:

  1. Successful completion of either an apprenticeship in carpentry or CPC30220 Certificate III in Carpentry.
  2. Successful completion of a course the authority considers is at least equivalent to a course mentioned above.
  3. A recognition certificate as a qualified carpenter.
  4. A qualification or statement of attainment of required competency for the class of licence.


Managerial Qualification

Keen to get your trade contractor or nominee supervisor licence? After the completion of this qualification we recommend that you undertake an Approved Managerial Course for Trade Contractors and the Certificate IV in Building and Construction. FTA delivers the approved managerial qualification BSBSMB401 Establish legal and risk management requirements of small business – ask us about this today!

Note: This information is sourced from QBCC website and is accurate as at Jan 2022 for QLD licence holders only. For more information please refer to QBCC

  • Carpenter
  • Business Owner
  • Carpenter and Joiner
  • Builder

The course duration will vary depending on your experience, skills and chosen study mode. As a guide:

  • Apprenticeship: Between 12 – 42 months depending on the type of apprenticeship and the apprentice’s ability
  • Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL): 3-6 months- this term may be extended by Funding Criteria, amount of RPL awarded and subsequent Gap Training required. Eligibility criteria apply.
  • CSQ:
    • Program completion date is 20 September 2022 (for the Skills Assessment and Gap Training Program 2021/22 Contract).
  • Fee for Service:  3-12 months subject to the amount of RPL awarded and subsequent Gap Training required.

Your skills will be assessed through a mix of practical and theory tasks. Which is essentially showing us what you’ve learnt and how you do it.

Theory may be assessed Online or via Workbook. Practical Assessment will be conducted at your place of work or work site with fit for purpose facilities and equipment which are to be made available to your FTA trainer & Assessor for training and assessment purposes.

Let’s talk about the money

Ready to take the leap towards your nationally recognised qualification? View the range of funding options available to assist both students and employers in gaining valuable training.

Fee For Service

Fee For Service

Our flexible Fee For Service model accommodates individuals ready to start their qualification today while making ongoing, manageable payments.



CSQ is designed to give Building and Construction workers recognition for skills learnt on the job but for which they don’t currently hold a formal qualification.

User Choice

User Choice

User Choice aims to provide funding for apprentices, trainees and their employers aligned to the skill needs of industry and changing government priorities.

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We do it right the first time round because we are the benchmark in education and training performance and we’re bloody good at it.

Learner Support

Our trainers have years of hands on experience in carpentry, providing you with unparalleled access to first-hand industry knowledge throughout your course.

Limitless Learning

We believe that everyone should be able to learn in inspiring ways. That’s why we deliver training how you learn best plus, you get your own Learning Engagement Officer to support your progress through the course.

Recognised Qualifications

This carpentry course is nationally recognised, so you can work anywhere in Australia with confidence.