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Certificate III in Carpentry CPC30211

  • Awarded by

    The Gordon (RTO 3044)

  • Qualification

    Certificate III

  • Study Mode

    On campus

  • Payment Options

    Payment planUpfront payment

  • Duration

    3 years part-time

  • Start Date

    Set intake dates. Enquire now for more information

  • Course Fee

    Price may vary Price may vary

This course meets Nationally Recognised Training standards. It is listed on the Australian government's National Register for Vocational Education and Training (VET). Studying this course leads to a qualification that's recognised throughout Australia, and lets employers know that you have the right skills for the job.

Last modified: 08 Dec 2016

About this course

The Certificate III in Carpentry (CPC30211) course, offered on-campus at The Gordon, is a trade-level qualification designed for carpentry apprentices. This course prepares candidates for work as a qualified carpenter in domestic and commercial construction.

Designed by industry bodies, the Certificate III in Carpentry (CPC30211) readies candidates for work in today's building industry. Key learning areas include:

  • Interpretation of plans
  • Measurements and calculations
  • Use of power tools and equipment
  • Surface preparation
  • Construction and installation

Training is made up of approximately 40% theory and 60% practical work.

Assessment will take the form of:

  • Hands-on projects
  • Workplace tasks
  • Written assignments
  • Industry placement
  • Team projects
  • Prerequisites


    To be eligible for this course, applicants must meet the following entry requirements:

    • If you're an apprenticeship or traineeship applicant, you must be currently employed under a training contract and have been referred by your employer – the referral from your employer needs to come through an Australian Apprenticeship Support Network Provider.
    • If you're not currently an apprentice, but would like to undertake this course, please enquire now to discuss your training options further.

    Recognition of prior learning (RPL) may be available for skills and knowledge obtained through previous study or other relevant experience.

  • Subjects

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    In this carpentry course, the units of competency you may study include:


    • CPCCOHS2001A – Apply OHS requirements policies and procedures in the construction industry
    • CPCCCO2013A – Carry out concreting to simple forms
    • CPCCCM2002A – Carry out excavation
    • CPCCCA3001A – Carry out general demolition of minor building structures
    • CPCCCA3023A – Carry out leveling operations
    • CPCCCM1015A – Carry out measurements and calculations
    • CPCCCA3002A – Carry out setting out
    • CPCCCM1014A – Conduct workplace communication
    • CPCCCA3005B – Construct ceiling frames
    • CPCCCA3008B – Construct eaves
    • CPCCCA3007C – Construct pitched roofs
    • CPCCCA3004A – Construct wall frames
    • CPCCCM2008B – Erect and dismantle restricted height scaffolding
    • CPCCCA3006B – Erect roof trusses
    • CPCCCA2011A – Handle carpentry materials
    • CPCCCA3003A – Install flooring systems
    • CPCCCM1013A – Plan and organise work
    • CPCCCM2001A – Read and interpret plans and specifications
    • CPCCCA2002B – Use carpentry tools and equipment
    • CPCCCM2007B – Use explosive power tools
    • CPCCCM1012A – Work effectively and sustainably in the construction industry
    • CPCCCM2010B – Work safely at heights


    • CPCCCA3018A – Construct erect and dismantle formwork for stairs and ramps
    • CPCCCA3016A – Construct timber external stairs
    • CPCCCA2003A – Erect and dismantle formwork for footings and slabs on ground
    • CPCCCA3012A – Frame and fit wet area fixtures
    • CPCCCA3010A – Install and replace windows and doors
    • CPCCCA3017B – Install exterior cladding
    • CPCCCA3013A – Install lining paneling and moulding
    • BSBSMB301A – Investigate micro business opportunities
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  • Why The Gordon?

    RTO 3044
    The Gordon is an award-winning TAFE that has been providing high-quality education and training for over 125 years. As one of the largest regional TAFEs in Victoria, it services more than 19,000 students each year. Thanks to two purpose-built campuses – in Geelong City and East Geelong – students are provided with a hands-on learning experience in settings modelled on real-world industry environments. The Gordon also boasts one of the most comprehensive and diverse course ranges in all of Western Victoria, with over 230 accredited qualifications to choose from. Students receive the added benefit of access to The Gordon’s pathway program, which provides articulation and credit transfer opportunities at Deakin University.

    Campus locations
    East Geelong – 2 Fenwick St, Geelong VIC 3220
    Geelong City – Boundary Rd, East Geelong VIC 3219
    Werribee Learning Centre – 9 Bridge St, Werribee VIC 3030 

    The Gordon offers its students access to an array of support services, including academic resources and on-site facilities to help make your time on campus happy, healthy and supportive.

    The Gordon Library and study support team is on hand to provide personalised assistance with everything from essay writing to note-taking, and also includes an English as an Additional Language (EAL) program for non-native English speakers. Tailored services are also available via the Aboriginal Education Unit and Disability Support Services offices. Career guidance can be sought from the Careers team at any time, and for anyone struggling with personal hardship, a free and confidential counselling service is available at both the Geelong City campus and East campus.

Career outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course you will receive a nationally recognised, accredited Certificate III in Carpentry (CPC30211) from The Gordon Institute of TAFE.

Students of this course will acquire the skills and experience needed to work on a building site in the areas of carpentry, formwork, framework and fixing out. Potential career outcomes include:

  • Qualified carpenter
  • Self-employed contractor/sub-contractor
  • Estimator
  • Sales representative in construction industry

By partnering closely with Deakin University, The Gordon also offers students access to unique pathway opportunities, credit transfers and dual-delivered qualifications – your learning journey doesn't end here! Further learning pathways may include:

  • Certificate IV in Building and Construction (Building) (CPC40110)
  • Diploma of Building and Construction (Building) (CPC50210)

Wondering where a career in building and construction could take you? Potential job outcomes may include:

  • Carpenter
  • Estimator
  • Construction Sales Representative
  • Joiner


All course fees at The Gordon are comprised of tuition, student amenities, and materials costs. Depending on your personal circumstances, you may fall into one of the following fee categories:

  • Standard – you meet the eligibility criteria for access to the government subsidised Victorian Training Guarantee (VTG).
  • Concession – you meet the VTG eligibility criteria AND hold a current healthcare or pension card.
  • Full-fee paying/Fee for Service (FFS) – you do not meet the VTG eligibility criteria

You will pay the following additional fees for this course:


Student amenities (per year)




Course fees are payable within 14 days of enrolment. Alternatively, you may be eligible to apply for a payment plan.

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