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CPC30211 Certificate III in Carpentry | Apprenticeship Training


Certificate III in Carpentry


Fast Facts

Become a qualified Carpenter.

Are you ready to get Trade qualified?
Going from Labourer to chippie?
Keen to break into the construction industry?

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.

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

Enrol anytime



Want more info?

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
Read the full testimonial

Course Flyer

An in-depth look at the course, to download your own copy, click ‘get course guide’ above.

Course Structure

What you’ll learn

This 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 22 core and 8 elective units. Refer below for the core units of competency and a sample of suggested electives:

Core Units

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

Suggested Electives

  • CPCCCA3012A   Frame and fit wet area fixtures
  • CPCCCA3014A   Construct bulkheads
  • CPCCCA2003A   Erect and dismantle formwork for footings and slabs on ground
  • CPCCSF2004A    Place and fix reinforcement materials
  • BSBSMB406        Manage small business finances
  • CPCCCA3015A   Assemble partitions
  • CPCCCA3011A   Refurbish timber sashes to window frames
  • CPCCCA3022A   Install curtain walling
  • CPCCCA3010A   Install and replace windows and doors
  • CPCCCA3013A   Install lining, paneling and moulding
  • CPCCCA3017A   Install exterior cladding

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 CPC30211 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 April 2019 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 2021 (for the Skills Assessment and Gap Training Program 2020/21 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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Step up and elevate yourself. We’re here to support you.

We’re like to go against the grain

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.