Overview

Enter a sought-after trade with the Certificate III in Carpentry. Gain experience as an apprentice along with the knowledge and skills to work across residential and commercial construction jobs. Upon graduation, you’ll be part of an in-demand occupation, ready to work as a carpenter, joiner, supervisor or site manager.

This is a nationally approved vocational course that is recognised throughout Australia.

  • Nationally recognised training
    Nationally recognised training
Midyear applications are now open.

Ready to apply for a midyear start? Go to the application portal. Still exploring your options at Swinburne? Meet us at Open Day.

Skills you’ll learn

  • Read plans
  • Comply with building regulations

Your career opportunities

  • Carpenter
  • Self-employed contractor
  • Supervisor
  • Leading hand
  • Manager

Location options

Cutting Through: Why Two Students Chose Carpentry

Cutting Through: Why Two Students Chose Carpentry

Find out why current students Saara and Robin chose to carve out a career in the trade.  Robin also discusses his favourite part of the Swinburne course and Saara shares some advice for women considering the traditionally male-dominated industry.

Admissions

Applicants must be at least 15 years of age and employed as a carpentry apprentice.

Admission requirements

Meeting the minimum entry requirements for the course does not guarantee an offer of a place. See admission requirements for general information about the admission process.

Credit transfer

Credit transfer is the recognition of academic credits gained through formal study (i.e. units of competency) completed either at another institute or in another qualification. The total amount of credit will vary from individual to individual, based on the unit/s that have been successfully completed. 

Recognition of prior learning

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) is the process of transferring the skills and knowledge that you have acquired over your lifetime (irrespective of how they were obtained) against the requirements of the unit.  

RPL is an assessment process that requires you to provide evidence that demonstrates how you meet the requirements of the unit/s. The amount and types of evidence you will need to provide will depend on the unit requirements.

Finding your fit

At Swinburne, we recognise that not one size fits all. If this course doesn’t meet all your study criteria, check out these alternatives.

Course structure

Apprentices are employed fulltime and attend campus 7 or 8 block weeks per year (over three years) for a mixture of practical assessment tasks and theory. To achieve this qualification you must demonstrate competency in a total of 34 units of competency: 27 core and 7 electives.

27
Core units
+
7
Elective units
=
Certificate III
Course hours are estimated and may change based on study mode, unit choice, credits, or enrolment adjustments, total indicative nominal hours: 1189

Your units

Units of study Unit code
Core units
Apply WHS requirements, policies and procedures in the construction industry
Core unit, 20.0 credit points
CPCCWHS2001
Use carpentry tools and equipment
Core unit, 96.0 credit points
CPCCCA2002
Work effectively and sustainably in the construction industry
Core unit, 20.0 credit points
CPCCOM1012
Carry out measurements and calculations
Core unit, 20.0 credit points
CPCCOM1015
Conduct workplace communication
Core unit, 20.0 credit points
CPCCOM1014
Read and interpret plans, specifications and drawings for carpentry work
Core unit, 36.0 credit points
CPCCCA3025
Work safely at heights
Core unit, 8.0 credit points
CPCCCM2012
Erect and dismantle restricted height scaffolding
Core unit, 40.0 credit points
CPCCCM2008
Handle carpentry materials
Core unit, 16.0 credit points
CPCCCA2011
Identify construction work hazards and select risk control strategies
Core unit, 30.0 credit points
CPCWHS3001
Carry out setting out
Core unit, 24.0 credit points
CPCCCA3002
Apply basic levelling procedures
Core unit, 8.0 credit points
CPCCCM2006
Install flooring systems
Core unit, 40.0 credit points
CPCCCA3003
Carry out concreting to simple forms
Core unit, 20.0 credit points
CPCCCO2013
Erect and dismantle formwork for footings and slabs on ground
Core unit, 24.0 credit points
CPCCCA3028
Carry out levelling operations
Core unit, 24.0 credit points
CPCCOM3006
Construct, assemble and install timber external stairs
Core unit, 40.0 credit points
CPCCCA3016
Carry out general demolition of minor building structures
Core unit, 32.0 credit points
CPCCCA3001
Construct and erect wall frames
Core unit, 60.0 credit points
CPCCCA3004
Erect roof trusses
Core unit, 40.0 credit points
CPCCCA3006
Construct ceiling frames
Core unit, 32.0 credit points
CPCCCA3005
Construct pitched roofs
Core unit, 60.0 credit points
CPCCCA3007
Construct eaves
Core unit, 20.0 credit points
CPCCCA3008
Install exterior cladding
Core unit, 20.0 credit points
CPCCCA3017
Perform construction calculations to determine carpentry material requirements
Core unit, 25.0 credit points
CPCCOM3001
Install lining, panelling and moulding
Core unit, 40.0 credit points
CPCCCA3024
Install windows and doors
Core unit, 70.0 credit points
CPCCCA3010
Elective units
Carry out hand excavation
Elective unit, 16.0 credit points
CPCCCM2002
Construct, erect and dismantle formwork for stairs and ramps
Elective unit, 40.0 credit points
CPCCCA3018
Set up, operate and maintain indirect action powder-actuated power tools
Elective unit, 20.0 credit points
CPCCCA3027
Frame and fit wet area fixtures
Elective unit, 24.0 credit points
CPCCCA3012
Operate elevated work platforms up to 11 metres
Elective unit, 32.0 credit points
CPCCCM3001
Construct advanced roofs
Elective unit, 80.0 credit points
CPCCCA3009
Plan and organise work
Elective unit, 20.0 credit points
CPCCOM1013

2024 fees

Full fee* ($AUD)

$12,820

Skills first government-subsidised place* ($AUD)

$5,950

Yearly fee* ($AUD)

$0.00

2024 fees

Yearly fee* ($AUD)

$0.00

Fees are estimates only

Fees published on this page are estimates only and are subject to change depending on individual circumstances at the time of enrolment. The above fees apply for units studied in 2024 only and may change for units studied in future years. There may be additional costs related to learning material and equipment.

Fees are estimates only

The indicative course fees shown apply to international students for the relevant year only. They are based on a standard study load per year. However, please note that fees are assessed according to a student's study load in each semester, and variation to study load will result in an adjustment to tuition fees. International tuition fees are generally inclusive of Student Services and Amenities Fee (SSAF). All fees are subject to annual review and may be adjusted.

Skills first government-subsidised place

This training is delivered with Victorian and Commonwealth Government funding. To qualify for a government-subsidised place, you must meet various eligibility criteria. The course you’ve applied for must also be offering government-subsidised places. Swinburne will determine your eligibility by conducting a full assessment of your eligibility during the course application process.

How do I pay my fees?

You can pay your Swinburne fees in person, via credit card, BPAY, or at Australia Post. Check to see if loans and employer sponsored training are also available.

International students need to pay tuition fees up-front by the relevant due date. You can find the due dates on your Statement of Account.

To pay your fees:

  • log in to My Financials
  • check your Australian bank account details are correct 
  • check your Statement of Account to see how much you owe 
  • pay using your preferred payment method.

Concessions rates for vocational students

If you’re enrolling in a Certificate IV-level program or below, are eligible for a government-subsidised training place and hold a valid concession card, you may be eligible for a concession of 80 per cent off the published fee of your unit(s) tuition – which means you’ll only be charged 20 per cent of the published fee.

Scholarships

Scholarship applications for 2024 are open. Scholarships at Swinburne are about providing opportunity, promoting equity and recognising excellence and achievement. We want you to reach your potential and achieve your life and career goals. 

Our handy guide will assist you to gather documents for your application.

When you apply for a Swinburne course, we automatically consider you for an international scholarship of up to 30 per cent off your course fees – no separate application required! Just apply for your Swinburne course of choice and when we review your course application, we will also assess you for an international scholarship.

Apply through an agent

Most international students use an education agent to help them through the application process. Swinburne has agents all over the world that can help you with your application to study. Search for a Swinburne representative in your country. If your country is not listed, please contact us.

Representatives and agents
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Apply for apprenticeship or traineeship

Before enrolling in one of our courses, you’ll need to find an employer willing to offer you an apprenticeship or traineeship.

Your employer will need to register you through an Australian Apprenticeship Centre (AAC) by calling 1800 639 629 or going to the Australian Apprenticeship Centre website.

If you need help with your CV, or finding the right employer, our team is here to help. You can contact them at the Swinburne Skills & Jobs Centre.

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26-June-2024
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01-July-2024
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Croydon
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24-July-2024
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29-July-2024
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Location
Croydon
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28-August-2024
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02-September-2024
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Location
Croydon
Last date to apply
25-September-2024
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30-September-2024
November intake
Location
Croydon
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23-October-2024
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28-October-2024
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Location
Croydon
Start dates
01-July-2024
August intake
Location
Croydon
Start dates
29-July-2024
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Location
Croydon
Start dates
02-September-2024
October intake
Location
Croydon
Start dates
30-September-2024
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Location
Croydon
Start dates
28-October-2024
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  • Building and Construction area with male student building a roof

    "I chose to study at Swinburne because it’s got a good reputation as an education provider. I really like the instructors at Swinburne as they’re professional carpenters and they’ve got years of experience in building and construction. They teach with a hands-on approach and advise us on how to approach construction the right way."

    Robin , Certificate II in Building and Construction Pre-apprenticeship - Carpentry