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Duration:
3 years full time or longer for part time.
Location: 
Industry
Other
Delivery mode:
Face to Face, Workplace
Study off-campus:
Available for International Off-Shore or Apprenticeship.

Applications for this course are currently being accepted.

Overview

Build the framework for a career in construction with a Certificate III in Carpentry at Victoria University Polytechnic.

This trade certificate is a practical course which will equip you to work as a carpenter in housing, commercial and industrial construction. You’ll learn how to construct and install wall frames, eaves, pitched roofs, ceiling frames and flooring systems.

You'll gain essential skills and knowledge in:

  • measurements and calculations
  • excavation and demolition
  • working safely at heights
  • setting out
  • levelling
  • concreting formwork
  • reading plans and specifications.

You'll learn how to safely use and maintain of a wide range of tools and equipment used for carpentry and construction, including:

  • power tools
  • automatic and laser levels
  • nail guns
  • generators
  • scaffolding.

This is an apprenticeship course but is also available to non-apprentices.

You’ll learn at our $44 million state-of-the-art trades hub at our Sunshine Campus. Our ‘Construction Futures’ hub is a sustainable training facility with a six-Star Green rating. It provides modern high-tech labs and dynamic workshops including:

  • concrete laboratory
  • survey laboratory
  • engine laboratory
  • soldering/construction laboratories
  • power systems laboratory
  • computer workstations with simulation and modelling software.

Everything you learn at Victoria University Polytechnic has direct links to the real world. You’ll learn practical skills on special purpose machinery at our Construction Hub, giving you the chance to test out your theoretical knowledge.

You’ll become skilled at using tools and equipment such as nail guns, generators and power tools. Learning a trade with us means you’ll get the hands-on learning to be job-ready when you graduate.

You’ll learn from teachers who have valuable industry contacts and the latest industry-standard skills.  You’ll also develop links with industry and professional experience through:

  • site visits
  • industry projects
  • live work
  • industry simulation.

Victoria University Polytechnic is a supportive place to study. We have a range of academic support programs that can help you if you're struggling with your studies.

We can help you with your assignments and assessment tasks, maths, writing skills and English language support, as well as showing you effective ways to study and manage your time and preparation. Our study support programs include:

  • workshops and study groups
  • student mentors and peer learning
  • maths and writing resources.

We also have disability support services and counselling services available to all students.

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Learn the practical skills needed to work as a carpenter in housing, commercial and industrial construction.

Careers in construction

Building and construction are some of the largest employment industries in Australia. The Certificate III in Carpentry from Victoria University Polytechnic can help get your foot in the door.

This trade qualification will enable you to find employment as a carpenter, or in various other building positions on domestic and commercial building sites.

Course structure

To be awarded CPC30211 Certificate III in Carpentry, a student must successfully complete thirty (30) units of competency, comprising of:

  • twenty-two (22) core units, and;

  • eight (8) elective units, of which:

  • a maximum of two (2) of the eight (8) required elective units may be substituted by selecting relevant units of competency from any Certificate III or IV construction qualification or qualification in another endorsed training package.

Electives must be industry relevant as well as be approved by the Polytechnic.

Core units

Elective units

Imported

This qualification provides a trade outcome in carpentry, covering work in residential and commercial applications.

What's a unit?

A unit or 'subject' is the actual class you'll attend in the process of completing a course.

Most courses have a mixture of compulsory 'core' units that you need to take and optional elective units that you can choose to take based on your area of interest, expertise or experience.

Fees & scholarships

Fee type: VET

The amount you pay for your course depends on whether you’re offered a government subsidised place or a full-fee paying place.

If you enrol in a:

  • Government subsidised place, you’ll pay a VET tuition fee and may be required to pay a Student Services and Amenities Fee and course materials contribution.
  • full-fee paying place, you’ll pay the full-fee tuition rate (which includes Student Services and Amenities Fee and any material fees).

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Scholarships & assistance

Apply for a scholarship to help with your study costs.

We can help with fee assistance and advice.

Admission & pathways

Meeting the minimum admission requirements does not guarantee you entry into this course.

Some courses receive more applications than the number of places available. In this situation we will also assess your education, work and other relevant experience.

If you do not meet the minimum requirements you may be eligible for one of our special admission programs. We also encourage you to explore our study pathways to help you reach your goal.

Entry requirements

Prior to enrolment, all applicants will be required to complete a literacy and numeracy assessment to assist with determining eligibility and to identify learning support needs.

There are many ways you can start your education journey at VU. Pathways offer an easy transition between courses at different levels, so that you can start with a certificate and progress right through to postgraduate study.

Find out more about pathways and credits.

You may be able to complete your qualification sooner through formal recognition of your existing skills. This is known as Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL).

To receive RPL, we assess your previous work, education and life experiences against recognised qualifications. Applications for RPL can be made prior to enrolling.

Call us on 1300 TAFE VP (1300 823 387) to discuss RPL options with the course manager.

How to apply

Prior to enrolment, all applicants will be required to complete a literacy and numeracy assessment to assist with determining eligibility and to identify learning support needs.

Before you apply

Before applying, you should consider whether you also want to apply for:

  • Special admission programs: Depending on your life circumstances you may be eligible for special consideration of your application.
  • Advanced standing: If you have significant experience or studies elsewhere you may be eligible for credit for some units of your course and not have to undertake them.

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After you apply

  • It’s important to check for emails from us (remember to check your Spam folder).
  • Complete any requests for information by the given dates, otherwise your application may not be considered

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