Certificate III in Carpentry

CRICOS Code: 114486C
National Code: CPC30220


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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104 weeks
80 weeks
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Course Admission Requirements
(for International Applications)

Work Placement Duration:   400 hours

International students will undertake 10 weeks of Vocational Placement in the final stage of this course. Students are encouraged to find their own placement but will be provided with assistance from the teaching team, if required.


These course fees are for international students only.

Tuition Fees
Incidental Fees*
Semester 1
AUD $8500
AUD $375*
Semester 2
AUD $8500
AUD $75*
Semester 3
AUD $8500
AUD $75*
Semester 4
AUD $8500
AUD $75*
Fee Totals
AUD $34000
AUD $600*
Total Course Cost
AUD $34600

* International students will be required to purchase Personal Protection Equipment including safety glasses steel cap work boots, Hi Viz (high visibility) clothing and resource books. More details will be provided upon commencement.

Note: TAFE SA course tuition and other fees/costs are subject to regular increases and are reviewed annually. TAFE SA accepts applications for courses commencing beyond the current year, course, tuition and other fees/costs for these years will apply once published. TAFE SA and their agents reserve the right to alter, amend or delete any fee, course, admission requirement, mode of delivery, duration or other arrangement without prior notice. If the study duration is extended beyond the period of the student’s visa the student will be liable for visa and related costs, eg medical examinations, OSHC and living expenses.

Overseas Students Health Cover

All overseas students are required to have Overseas Students Health Cover (OSHC) insurance for the entire duration of the course. The health cover rate will vary depending on the personal circumstances and duration of stay in Australia. Read more about Overseas Students Health Cover.

  • 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.

    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

    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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