CPC30220 Certificate III in Carpentry

VU course code: CPC30220 | Level of study: TAFE
Up to Four Years (Standard Completion Three Years) part time
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Build the framework for a career in construction with a Certificate III in Carpentry CPC30220.

This is a trade qualification for currently employed apprentices who have a registered training contract through Australian Apprenticeships in residential and commercial workplaces. It includes setting out, manufacturing, constructing, assembling, installing and repairing products made using timber and non-timber materials.

Upon completion, you may seek employment as a:

  • Carpenter - Commercial
  • Carpenter - Formwork
  • Carpenter – Residential.

Completion of the general construction induction training program, specified in the Safe Work Australia model Code of Practice: Construction Work, is required by anyone carrying out construction work. Achievement of 'CPCCWHS1001 Prepare to work safely in the construction industry' meets this requirement. 

This course is ideal for carpentry apprentices in both housing and commercial construction.

NRT logoThis course is nationally recognised training.

Entry requirements

When assessing your application, we consider your education, work experience, current skills and personal attributes (where relevant).

Applicants for this course will need to meet the entry criteria outlined below. If you don’t meet the entry criteria, you may be able to gain entry by first completing a different course. We call this a ‘pathway’.

You may also be eligible for ‘Recognition of Prior Learning’, which lets you finish your course more quickly when you have gained some of the skills required from past study or work experience.

Entry criteria

Credit & Entry pathways into this course

Victoria University is committed to providing a transparent admissions process. Find out more about how to apply for our courses, and our commitment to admissions transparency. Meeting the minimum admission criteria does not guarantee entry into this course. Past academic performance may be considered.

Course Structure

The course structure comprises the following core and elective units. These electives have been selected based on industry needs, graduate pathways and/or student and teacher feedback.

To be awarded the CPC30220 Certificate III in Carpentry, a student must successfully complete a total of Thirty Four (34) units of competency, comprising of:

- Twenty Seven (27) core units, and;

- Seven (7) elective units, of which:

  • a minimum of five units must be selected from Group A

  • the remaining can be selected from Group A or Group B

  • a maximum of two units can be selected from any group or current training package, as long as it contributes to a valid, industry-supported vocational outcome and maintains the AQF level of this qualification.


Fees & Scholarships

TAFE fees vary, depending on how much the government contributes towards course costs (if anything).

Read below to find out about the fee ‘type’, the estimated yearly tuition costs for this course, and the financial support on offer.




Construction is a large employing industry and trade workers are vital to Construction.

The Certificate III in Carpentry CPC30220 provides you with the skills and knowledge to prepare you for careers, including:

  • Commercial Carpenter
  • Formwork Carpenter
  • Residential Carpenter.

Visit the Jobs and Skills Australia website to find the average employment growth and annual salary for carpenters.

Three VU carpentry apprentices from the Geelong area swept the 2021 Master Builders Victoria Apprentice of the Year southwest region awards.

VU carpentry apprentice Khamh Bik Thawng received the 2020 Master Builders Association of Victoria’s Building Industry Foundation Award.

VU carpentry apprentice Ben Taylor received the Master Builders Association of Victoria’s 2020 State Apprentice of the Year.