Course Code
Construction & Industrial
Study Area(s)
External Delivery, Building and Construction, Carpentry, Onsite Training
Course Length
Flexible(3 years)

Start Date(s): Rolling enrolments
On-site delivery option: Start any time as long as you meet the entry requirements. You need to be working in the industry and have access to a live work site.
End Date(s): Rolling enrolments
Days and Time: Flexible

Course Overview

The Certificate III in Carpentry offers career opportunities including builder, building inspector, leading hand, sub-foreman, foreman and project manager. 

This carpentry course aims to provide extensive training for carpentry apprentices employed in the housing and industrial construction area. Apprentices will be provided with practical and theoretical knowledge of the carpentry trade and wherever possible, training will be done using full-size or simulated projects.

We also deliver this course via on-site assessment where our assessors come and visit you on your job site. To be eligible for this delivery mode, you must be currently working in the industry and have a minimum of five years experience. You will also need to have access to a live work environment as all assessments are undertaken in the workplace.

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Module CodeModule TitleNominal Hours
BSBSMB406AManage Small Business Finances60
CPCCCA2003AErect and dismantle formwork for footings and slabs on ground24
CPCCCA2011AHandle Carpentry Materials16
CPCCCA3001ACarry Out General Demolition Of Minor Building Structures32
CPCCCA3002ACarry Out Setting Out24
CPCCCA3003AInstall Flooring Systems40
CPCCCA3004AConstruct Wall Frames60
CPCCCA3007BConstruct Pitched Roofs60
CPCCCA3009AConstruct Advanced Roofs80
CPCCCA3010AInstall And Replace Windows And Doors70
CPCCCA3012AFrame And Fit Wet Area Fixtures24
CPCCCA3013AInstall lining, panelling and moulding40
CPCCCA3016AConstruct Timber External Stairs40
CPCCCA3023ACarry out levelling operations24
CPCCCM1012AWork effectively and sustainably in the construction industry20
CPCCCM1013APlan And Organise Work20
CPCCCM1014AConduct Workplace Communication20
CPCCCM1015ACarry Out Measurements And Calculations20
CPCCCM2001ARead And Interpret Plans And Specifications36
CPCCCM2002ACarry Out Excavation16
CPCCCO2013ACarry Out Concreting To Simple Forms20
CPCCOHS2001AApply Ohs Requirements, Policies And Procedures In The Construction Industry20

How will I be assessed?

A mixture of practical tutorials, project work and written tests will be used in assessing this course. Assessment is a necessary part of this program, to show that you have achieved the skills and knowledge set out in the competency standards.You will be informed in advance about the assessment procedure and criteria. There will also be opportunity for appeal and re-assessment and you will be provided with this information.

Additional comments

For the on-site delivery mode option, please call our External Delivery team on 9279 2488.

What will I study?

The course structure consists of 22 compulsory units and 8 electives.

All core competency standards must be achieved. Each area covers a specific area of work and is directed towards the acquisition of practical work place skills with theory, calculations and drawing integrated when delivering the competencies. To obtain this qualification all core competencies plus a minimum of two electives from the 3000 series must be achieved.

For course information, please call 13 TAFE (13 8233) or fill our enquiry form.

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This training is delivered with Victorian and Commonwealth Government funding. Are you eligible for Government Subsidised fees? Find out now!

You may be eligible for concession. Find out now!

The fees listed below relate to 2020 courses and are indicative pricing only as total costs vary depending on the units you elect to study.

Concessions for Diploma and Advanced Diploma course categories are only available to Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islanders.

Payment plans are available. Click here to find out more.
Course availability is subject to enrolment numbers.

Your total course fee will typically include your tuition fee (table 1), any applicable consumables and/or material fees (table 2) and non-tuition fees such as student support fees (table 3).

Table 1

Enrolment type
Government Subsidised
Indicative total tuition fee#
Indicative total tuition fee#
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Full Fee
Indicative total tuition fee#

Table 2

Average course
material fees*


Average course
consumable fees*

# The student tuition fees as published are subject to change given individual circumstances at enrolment.
* Materials/Consumables fees may vary for each individual based on the units they are studying.
Average tuition fees are based on the typical number of student contact hours undertaken by a student to complete this course. Average fees displayed are purely indicative and may not be your actual fee. Fees vary based on the number/hours of electives chosen by the student.

Click here to view maximum tuition fees. We strongly urge you to contact us for a more exact calculation of your fees. Additional fees may apply such as the Student Support Fee. 

2020 Student Services Fee (Table 3)

 Type of cohort:

Eligible full fee paying student (more than 125 SC hours) Non eligible/FFS  full fee paying student (more than 125 SC hours) Special cohort classes:
  • Concession card holders
  • Apprentices
  • Trainees
  • Work based students (100% off campus delivery)
  • Full online delivery (100% off campus delivery)
Any students studying less than 125 hours in the full year
Domestic student services fees for 2020: $0.40 per student contact hour. $60 min total to $200 max total $0.40 per student contact hour. $60 min total to $200 max total $60 fixed fee None


The following fee categories are exempt from the SSF -
ASH: Asylum Seeker Or Victim Of Human Trafficking Concession
ASZ: Asylum Seeker Or Victim Of Human Trafficking Non-concession
X: Community-based Orders/Judy Lazarus Transition Centre
OZ: International Student
M: Prisoner
YTC: Young People Transitioning From Care – Concession
YTN: Young People Transitioning From Care - No Concession
Short courses

student contact hours

Total hours^ Indicative hours* Government Subsidised $/SCH Indigenous Concession $/SCH Full fee $/SCH
836 836 $3.27 $0.65 $13.28

^This is based on the maximum number of student contact hours for the total duration of the course. Hours may vary depending on electives chosen by the student.

*This is based on the maximum number of student contact hours for the calendar year of 2020. Hours may vary depending on electives chosen by the student. If you have to undertake training as part of Skills Recognition, your tuition fees are charged according to the applicable rate per Student Contact Hour depending on your eligibility for government subsidised, concession or full fees.

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What costs and other fees should I expect?

Contact the Customer Service Centre on 9279 2222 for a fee schedule. There will be extra costs for reference books and materials of approximately $300. Students are required to supply their own basic tools and equipment costing approximately $300. Students need overalls, safety footwear, eye and ear protection, general stationery, reference books and drafting equipment.

For the on-site delivery mode option, please contact the External Delivery department on 9279 2488 for more information regarding costs associated with this course.

Can I apply?

To apply, you must be over the age of 15 years and have signed an apprenticeship training agreement between yourself, your employer and a registered training organisation such as Kangan Institute.

It is also recommended that you have satisfactory numeracy and literacy skills to undertake this course or are mature age and have sufficient work experience to successfully undertake the course

To be eligible to undertake the on-site delivery mode option, you must be currently working in the industry and have a minimum of five years work experience. 

Where and how can I study?

The course is delivered at our Broadmeadows campus, in a blended delivery model.

The on-site delivery mode is delivered in a flexible way that suits your work. We come to your work site and assess you there, while you are working. This delivery is designed to fit in with a modern working environment.  If there are areas of work you have not undertaken, you may be required to attend workshops at the Broadmeadows campus. These workshops are designed to suit your work schedule, with many of the dates set around the industry RDO calendar.

What employment opportunities will I have?

This course can lead to employment as a registered builder, building inspector, leading hand, sub-foreman, foreman and project manager.

What skills will I have when I complete this course?

The course is designed to provide participants with skills, knowledge and attitudes which will complement their on-site training. It assists in the development of a highly skilled and flexible workforce with the ability to make an informed choice of future career paths. It provides skill levels which make apprentice training more cost effective.

What qualifications will I receive?

On successful completion of the course you will be awarded the Certificate III in General Construction (Carpentry). As part of the Australian Qualifications Framework this program is nationally recognised. On successful completion of your apprenticeship, you are eligible to receive a Certificate of Completion, issued by the Victorian Qualifications Authority.

What opportunities for further studies will I have?

On successful completion of this course, participants are eligible for entry and/or credits into the following courses: Certificate IV in Building and Construction and Diploma in Building, Design and Drafting.

How do I apply?

You can register your intention to enrol through a registered Australian Apprenticeship Support Network (AASN) provider in conjunction with your employer. The AASN will contact the Building Studies team with an RTO notification form, then the Building Studies team will contact the apprentice and employer. This course may also have mid-year intakes.

For the on-site delivery mode option you can call the External Delivery on 9279 2488 to speak to our team for more information.

How will I be selected for this course?

Apprentices will need to show proof of their apprenticeship registration numbers at enrolment. You will have to complete a pre-enrolment comprehension, literacy and numeracy test.

To undertake the on-site delivery mode option, you will need to have access to a live work site.