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Certificate III in Carpentry

National Course Code: CPC30211


The nationally accredited Certificate III in Carpentry equips you with fundamental skills to become a carpenter and joiner in the booming construction industry. Work on a range of outdoor and indoor projects and champion sustainable, safe houses and buildings for Australians.


Through a mix of theory and practical coursework, 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


Develop the attributes to help you get ahead:

  • A positive attitude
  • Great communication skills
  • Problem-solving
  • An aptitude for working with their hands
  • The desire to work as part of a team
  • Punctuality, reliability and trustworthiness


Completing this course provides you with:

  • A nationally recognised qualification at Certificate III level
  • A carpentry trade qualification
  • A strong pathway to continue your study and enhance your career opportunities

Career opportunities:

  • Carpenter
  • Joiner
  • Stair builder
  • Lead carpenter
  • Finish carpenter
  • Trim carpenter


Take your career further with the:

  • Certificate IV in Building Construction (Building)
  • Diploma of Building and Construction (Building)
  • Diploma of Building Design

This course is superseded. You can still enrol in this course, and you will be contacted if you need to transition into the next version when it is available.


This course is currently available at 2 campus locations across NSW. Enquire now for other locations.

Course details

People who are successful in this industry have:

  • A positive attitude
  • Great communication skills
  • Good problem solving skills

They also:

  • Enjoy working with their hands
  • Enjoy working as part of a team
  • Are punctual, reliable and trustworthy

Assessments give you the opportunity to demonstrate what you have learned so far and identify the skills and knowledge that need further development.

In this course you will undertake:

  • Practical assessments to determine hand skill development
  • Theory assessments for underpinning knowledge

This is the recognised apprenticeship qualification level for those people wanting to work in the carpentry trade field. It establishes foundation knowledge and skills and is the accepted carpentry apprenticeship qualification by industry.

If you are keen to go further in your trade and become a licensed builder, consider the Certificate IV in Building and Construction (Building).

The Certificate IV will help you gain leadership and management skills, coordinate and manage subcontractors, apply structural principles to low rise constructions, conduct on-site supervision of building and construction projects and run your own business.

Note: If you have qualifications in carpentry and/or bricklaying you may apply to gain your Building (general building work) license in NSW. However, you still require a Certificate IV in Building Construction (Building) qualification. For more information visit

You will gain hands-on experience in:

  • Cutting and joining of timber and metal for wall and ceiling frames
  • Working with carpentry hand and power tools and equipment
  • Working with carpentry specific machines and equipment

TAFE NSW is known for delivering theory in conjunction with practical, hands-on learning. In this course, you will work on projects such as creating wall, ceiling and roof frames, window and door fitting, sub floors and stairs and external cladding.

To enhance your learning and employability, TAFE NSW offers you a range of online and on campus study environments, such as:

  • Industry specific computer rooms
  • Simulated workplaces
  • Tool-equipped workshops for practical skills
  • Study areas and general student facilities

Carpentry is a high demand, skill shortage area of building, construction and maintenance for residential, commercial and industrial projects.

The number of people working as Carpenters and Joiners is expected to grow over the next 5 years to 140,200. There are likely to be around 69,000 job openings by 2023.

The construction industry contributes $134.2 billion to Australia's economy. It is the largest non-service related industry and has an 8% share of our Gross Domestic Product.

Source: BuildSoft, 10 Statistics Defining the Australian Construction Industry

  • Nationally Recognised Training
  • Apprenticeship Allowed
  • On campus
  • Part Time
  • Fully government-subsidised
  • JobTrainer

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