Certificate III in Carpentry

National Code: CPC30211
TAFE SA Code: TP00254


As an apprentice you will learn how to construct, install, finish and repair structures and fixtures for residential, commercial and industrial developments. Participants will work with a range of tools, equipment and materials to construct frames for walls and ceilings, construct pitched and advanced roofs and eaves. This course also teaches how to erect and dismantle formwork for footings and slabs on the ground.

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Up to 48 months 
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Course Admission Requirements

If you have a verified disability/medical condition and require additional support to demonstrate satisfactory reading, writing and numeracy skills please contact Student Services prior to applying to discuss your needs. To be eligible for support you must provide medical documentation to verify your disability/medical condition.
Average cost per semester
Total Fees for the 48 month course
$340 - $475
$2,717 - $3,803

This course is subsidised through the Government of South Australia's Subsidised Training initiative. Assessing your eligibility may include participation in a Language, Literacy and Numeracy pre-assessment. Concessions may apply to Subsidised Training.

Student Services Fee (SSF) applies. Full-time student $20. Part-time student $10.

Fees vary depending on subjects you enrol into. TAFE SA and their agents reserve the right to make any changes necessary.

  • Upfront Payment

    Each semester, fees can be paid online with VISA or Mastercard or at an Australia Post outlet.

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    Payment Plan

    If you have difficulty paying your fees upfront, you may be eligible for a payment plan.

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  • Employment Outcomes

    To become a carpenter you usually have to complete an apprenticeship in Carpentry.

    Note: Completion of a TAFE SA course does not guarantee an employment outcome. Formal requirements other than educational qualifications (eg licensing, professional registration), may apply to some occupations.

    Qualifications & Skills Covered

    Certificate III in Carpentry (CPC30211)
    This course covers tools and equipment, materials, demolition, communication, measurements and calculations, interpreting plans, excavation, scaffolding and safety. To complete the qualification you are required to complete all 22 core units plus 8 electives.

    Note: Students who successfully complete only one or more units of competency but not the full qualification are eligible to receive a Statement of Attainment.

    of TAFE SA graduates find jobs or continue studying.
    of TAFE SA graduates are satisfied with the overall quality of training.

    * 2019 NCVER Student Outcomes Survey findings
  • Below is a list of all units that TAFE SA can offer in this qualification. The selection of units you will be enrolled into depends on the campus you attend, and the qualification packaging rules described on www.training.gov.au.

    Not all units listed below must necessarily be completed to achieve your qualification.


    Name Nominal Hours
    Apply OHS requirements, policies and procedures in the construction industry 20
    Carry out concreting to simple forms 20
    Carry out excavation 16
    Carry out general demolition of minor building structures 32
    Carry out levelling operations 24
    Carry out measurements and calculations 20
    Carry out setting out 24
    Conduct workplace communication 20
    Construct ceiling frames 32
    Construct eaves 20
    Construct pitched roofs 60
    Construct wall frames 60
    Erect and dismantle restricted height scaffolding 40
    Erect roof trusses 40
    Handle carpentry materials 16
    Install flooring systems 40
    Plan and organise work 20
    Use carpentry tools and equipment 96
    Use explosive power tools 16
    Work effectively and sustainably in the construction industry 20
    Work safely at heights 8


    Name Nominal Hours
    Assemble components 32
    Assemble partitions 32
    Carry out basic demolition 32
    Carry out OHS requirements 40
    Construct advanced roofs 80
    Construct bulkheads 16
    Construct timber external stairs 40
    Construct, erect and dismantle formwork for stairs and ramps 40
    Cut and bend materials using oxy-LPG equipment 20
    Drain and dewater civil construction site 20
    Enter and work in confined spaces 30
    Erect and dismantle formwork for footings and slabs on ground 24
    Erect and dismantle formwork to suspended slabs, columns, beams and walls 40
    Erect and dismantle jump form formwork 60
    Erect and dismantle slip form formwork 60
    Finish plasterboard joins manually 60
    Fix standard plasterboard ceiling sheets 60
    Fix standard plasterboard wall sheets 60
    Frame and fit wet area fixtures 24
    Handle and prepare bricklaying and blocklaying materials 16
    Handle and store plumbing materials 6
    Install and replace windows and doors 70
    Install curtain walling 40
    Install dry wall passive fire-rated systems 40
    Install exterior cladding 20
    Install lining, panelling and moulding 40
    Install trench support 16
    Investigate micro business opportunities 30
    Lay pavers 24
    Manage small business finances 60
    Operate elevated work platforms 32
    Operate elevating work platform 40
    Place and fix reinforcement materials 80
    Read and interpret plans and specifications 36
    Refurbish timber sashes to window frames 16
    Repair wall and floor tiles 40
    Select and install roof sheeting and wall cladding 16
    Select and install roof sheeting and wall cladding 16
    Set up, operate and maintain basic static machines 56
    Undertake a basic construction project 40
    Undertake a basic construction project 40
    Undertake a basic construction project 40
    Undertake basic estimation and costing 16
    Use bricklaying and blocklaying tools and equipment 30
    Use construction tools and equipment 96
    Use static machines 56
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