Certificate III in Carpentry

National Code: CPC30220
TAFE SA Code: TP01284


Become a qualified carpenter able to work in residential and commercial settings. You will learn how to construct, install, finish and repair structures and fixtures working with a range of tools, equipment and materials. You’ll also learn about constructing frames for walls and ceilings, installing windows and doors, constructing pitched and advanced roofs and eaves, and how to erect and dismantle formwork for footings and slabs on the ground. Carpenters generally work on large structural projects out on-site, including house frames, decking, and pergolas.

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48 months 
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Course Admission Requirements

  • You must have a Contract of Training with an employer to undertake this course
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You may be eligible for government subsidised training.
Subsidised training may require applicants to complete a Core Skills Profile Assessment (CSPA).

Fees vary depending on subjects you enrol into. TAFE SA and their agents reserve the right to make any changes necessary. Fee updates will be available prior to offers being made.

  • 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 (CPC30220)
    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 27 core units plus 7 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 are satisfied with the overall quality of training.
    of TAFE SA graduates would recommend their training.

    * 2023 NCVER Student Outcomes Survey findings
  • Below is a list of all units that TAFE SA can offer in this qualification. The selection of elective 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 elective units listed below must necessarily be completed to achieve your qualification.


    Name Nominal Hours
    Apply Basic Levelling Procedures 8
    Apply WHS requirements, policies and procedures in the construction industry 20
    Carry out concreting to simple forms 20
    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 and erect wall frames 60
    Construct ceiling frames 32
    Construct eaves 20
    Construct pitched roofs 60
    Construct, assemble and install timber external stairs 40
    Erect and dismantle formwork for footings and slabs on ground 24
    Erect and dismantle restricted height scaffolding 40
    Erect roof trusses 40
    Handle carpentry materials 16
    Identify construction work hazards and select risk control strategies 30
    Install exterior cladding 20
    Install flooring systems 40
    Install lining, panelling and moulding 40
    Install windows and doors 70
    Perform construction calculations to determine carpentry material requirements 25
    Read and interpret plans, specifications and drawings for carpentry work 36
    Use carpentry tools and equipment 96
    Work effectively and sustainably in the construction industry 20
    Work safely at heights 8


    Name Nominal Hours
    Carry out hand excavation 16
    Construct and install bulkheads 16
    Frame and fit wet area fixtures 24
    Install dry wall passive fire-rated systems 40
    Manage finances for new business ventures 60
    Operate elevated work platforms up to 11 metres 32
    Set up, operate and maintain indirect action power-actuated power tools 20
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