Certificate III in Carpentry
Top quality tradespeople are in high demand. With Swinburne’s Certificate III in Carpentry under your tool belt, you’ll have the edge to become a chippy of choice.
Work as an apprentice in real-world settings, interspersed with on-campus trade school periods to hone and assess your progress. You’ll gain essential knowledge and skills to be able to work across both residential and commercial construction jobs, including:
- Framing, fixing and lock up
- Reading plans
- New homes and renovations
- Building regulation compliance
- Working safely at heights, and much more
As a trade qualified and quality carpenter, you’ll be part of an in-demand occupation, ready to work. Seek employment as a carpenter, joiner, supervisor or site manager, or perhaps become a self-employed contractor.
You may even wish to build on your qualifications and apply for Swinburne’s Certificate IV in Building and Construction on your pathway to becoming a registered builder.
Up to 3 years (Croydon campus)
Croydon (February, March, April, June, July, August, September, October, November, December) - View application and start dates
- Part-time (day)
This is a nationally approved vocational course that is recognised throughout Australia.
Swinburne hosts WorldSkills Australia Regionals 2019
Held at Swinburne’s Croydon campus on 28 August, the WorldSkills Melbourne East Regionals featured five competing teams showcasing their skills across five trades.
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.
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Course information in detail
- Course detail, course structure and units of study.
The Certificate III in Carpentry provides you with a highly sought after trade in carpentry, enabling you to work on residential and commercial construction sites.
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.
Units of study
Apply WHS requirements, policies and procedures in the construction industry CPCCWHS2001
Use carpentry tools and equipment CPCCCA2002
Work effectively and sustainably in the construction industry CPCCOM1012
Carry out measurements and calculations CPCCOM1015
Conduct workplace communication CPCCOM1014
Read and interpret plans, specifications and drawings for carpentry work CPCCCA3025
Work safely at heights CPCCCM2012
Erect and dismantle restricted height scaffolding CPCCCM2008
Handle carpentry materials CPCCCA2011
Identify construction work hazards and select risk control strategies CPCWHS3001
Carry out setting out CPCCCA3002
Apply basic levelling procedures CPCCCM2006
Install flooring systems CPCCCA3003
Carry out concreting to simple forms CPCCCO2013
Erect and dismantle formwork for footings and slabs on ground CPCCCA3028
Carry out levelling operations CPCCOM3006
Construct, assemble and install timber external stairs CPCCCA3016
Carry out general demolition of minor building structures CPCCCA3001
Construct and erect wall frames CPCCCA3004
Erect roof trusses CPCCCA3006
Construct ceiling frames CPCCCA3005
Construct pitched roofs CPCCCA3007
Construct eaves CPCCCA3008
Install exterior cladding CPCCCA3017
Perform construction calculations to determine carpentry material requirements CPCCOM3001
Install lining, panelling and moulding CPCCCA3024
Install windows and doors CPCCCA3010
Carry out hand excavation CPCCCM2002
Construct, erect and dismantle formwork for stairs and ramps CPCCCA3018
Set up, operate and maintain indirect action powder-actuated power tools CPCCCA3027
Frame and fit wet area fixtures CPCCCA3012
Operate elevated work platforms up to 11 metres CPCCCM3001
Construct advanced roofs CPCCCA3009
Plan and organise work CPCCOM1013
Careers and graduate outcomes
- Career opportunities, course aims and objectives and professional recognition.
Aims and objectives
This course will allow you to become a trade qualified carpenter at the end of your training. As an apprentice you will have a signed training contract with an employer and will learn skills at trade school to frame, fix and lock up new homes and renovations. You will also learn how to read plans, comply with building regulations, work safely at heights and much more to ensure you become a quality tradesperson.
Apprentices can apply for a student membership with the Master Builders Association, the Housing Industry Association and/or Carpentry Australia.
Pathways and scholarships
- Pathways, credit transfer, recognition of prior learning and scholarships.
Course fees and requirements
- Fees, entry requirements and non-year 12 entry.
Certificate III in Carpentry
Estimated course fees for 2023*
|Course fee options||Full course fee||Skills First Government-subsidised place||Concession rate|
|Total Cost (GST Free)||$12,320||$5,720||$1,144|
This training is delivered with Victorian and Commonwealth Government funding.
You could be granted a Skills First government-subsidised place when you apply for this course. Check your eligibility now.
You may be entitled to apply for a fee concession if you meet the eligibility criteria.
The eligibility criteria are set by the Victorian Government and assessed by Swinburne in accordance with government directives, which are subject to change at any time.
Find out if you're eligible for a fee concession here.
If you are not granted a government subsidised place, the full course fee will apply. Check your eligibility now.
Indicative nominal course hours: 1,117.
How to apply
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Tel: 1300 SWINBURNE
Training Organisation Identifier (TOID): 3059