National code: CPC30220

Certificate III in Carpentry

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Overview About this course

Build fundamental skills to work as a carpenter and joiner in the building and construction industry. Learn project management skills and work on a range of indoor and outdoor projects including roofing, walls and floors.

Outcomes What you'll gain

Learning outcomes

Through a mixture of theory and practical course work, learn to:

  • Read and interpret plans and specifications

  • Carry out general demolition of minor building structures

  • Install and replace windows and doors

  • Install lining, panelling and moulding, and flooring systems

  • Construct wall and ceiling frames, pitched roofs, eaves, and timber external stairs

Course outcomes

Gain practical experience and develop specialist skills that give you an advantage in the job market.

  • An understanding of how to work safely in construction

  • Experience following instructions and completing carpentry tasks in a real workplace

  • Collaborate in a team to solve key carpentry challenges

  • The ability to communicate specifications and project updates to your managers, team and clients

  • Experience prioritising tasks and managing your time on the job

  • A carpentry trade qualification

  • A strong pathway to continue your study and enhance your career opportunities

Suitability Is this course right for you?

Entry requirements

This course requires evidence of previous experience or study before you can enrol

  • This course is offered as an apprenticeship. Enquire today to check the eligibility requirements.

  • To take this course as an apprenticeship you need to be employed as an apprentice in the industry as evidenced by a letter of support from your employer and

  • Submit your Training Plan Proposal (TPP) with your application​​

Entry recommendations

To be prepared for this course, we recommend that you have:

  • A strong work ethic

  • A good understanding of mathematics

  • A desire to work in a variety of indoor and outdoor environments

  • An interest in building and construction projects

  • Language, Literacy and Numeracy (LLN) at a Year 10 high school level

  • TAFE NSW may ask you to complete a Language, Literacy and Numeracy (LLN) skills test.

  • This skills test helps us to understand your individual study needs, to design an individualised plan that supports your study success

  • and ensures your LLN skills match the demands of the course.

  • If you need help preparing for study, contact us about your options.

TAFE NSW is committed to meeting the learning needs of every community. Meeting these needs can mean there are additional entry requirements at different campus locations. Check your preferred location for further requirements. If you need help preparing for study, contact us to find out how we can support you.

Pathways Future career and study options

Career pathways

Our graduates go onto roles like: Carpenter, Carpenter and joiner and Formworker


Carpentry is a licensed occupation. When you successfully complete the Certificate III in Carpentry, you’ll be eligible to apply for state licensing and work in the industry. Visit NSW Fair Trading for licensing requirements and guidelines before you apply.

Study pathways

Take your study further with other courses offered at TAFE NSW:

Previous study 0 Courses

Begin here to gain experience and confidence in this study area.

The Certificate III in Carpentry does not have any pre-requisite courses.

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Strengthen your expertise and gain specialist skills to expand your employability.

The Certificate III in Carpentry does not have any related courses.

Your experience counts

At TAFE NSW, we recognise your previous study and work experience. You can apply for recognition of prior learning or a credit transfer with any of our courses. If you're successful you'll get your qualification faster.

Units Units taught in this course

Courses are made up of a combination of both core and specialty units. In the Certificate III in Carpentry qualification, you’ll need to successfully complete 34 Units of competency, including 27 core and 7 speciality units.

Core units are central to the job outcomes of a particular industry or occupation. These are the units industry has agreed are essential to be capable and qualified at a particular study level.

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

  • Identify construction work hazards and select risk control strategies CPCWHS3001

  • Construct ceiling frames CPCCCA3005

  • Install lining, panelling and moulding CPCCCA3024

  • ... 7

TAFE NSW services Facilities and support

TAFE NSW provides support services across all campus locations and online. Whatever your needs or circumstances, we have the people, resources, counselling and facilities to support you in focusing on your studies.

  • TAFE NSW Disability Support Service

  • TAFE NSW Language, Literacy and Numeracy (LLN) support

  • TAFE NSW Aboriginal Support; Learner support (ABE)

  • TAFE NSW Careers, Counselling and Pathways Service

  • TAFE NSW Libraries

  • Scholarship programs – be supported as you explore your talents and fulfil your potential

  • Read&Write literacy and study support software is available free for all TAFE NSW students to use while studying on campus and at home

  • LinkedIn Learning – an online resource which offers innovative courses and tutorials to improve your personal and professional skills

  • Student associations – get social with our student community

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