Up to Four Years (Standard Completion Three Years) part time
Delivery mode:
Face to Face with eLearning, Face to Face, elearning and Workplace
Start date:
12 February 2024
Study off-campus:
Available for Apprenticeship.
Contact VU Polytechnic for more information
Application due dates:
Applications for this course are currently being accepted.


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.

You'll learn in our multi-million dollar trades facilities 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 at our Construction Hub, giving you the chance to test out your theoretical knowledge. 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 endorsed workshops
  • 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.

Need some advice?

Request a call back from one of our experienced Victoria University Polytechnic course advisers to get your questions answered.

Request a call back

TAFE resources

VU Polytechnic carpentry apprentice Khamh Bik Thawng was awarded the 2020 Master Builders Association of Victoria's Building Industry Foundation Award.
Read the full article.

Careers in construction

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

According to Labour Market Insights, part-time jobs are rare and there is opportunity for young people with training and experience to pursue management jobs when they are older.

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.

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.

VU Polytechnic delivers the electives listed in the ‘course structure and units’ below. These electives have been selected based on industry needs, graduate pathways and/or student and teacher feedback. Alternative suitable electives are only available via Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) and Credit Transfer (CT).

Core units

Elective units

For students - Sunshine Location

Group A - Specialist Electives

For students - Geelong Location

Group A - Specialist Electives

Group B - Specialist Electives


Group A - Specialist Electives

Imported Units

Recognition of Prior Learning and/or Credit Transfers

Alternative suitable electives are only available via Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) and Credit Transfer (CT), and must be approved by VU Polytechnic.

An asterisk (*) against a unit code below indicates that there is a prerequisite requirement that must be met. Prerequisite unit(s) must be assessed before assessment of any unit of competency with an asterisk. Check the unit of competency for information on specific prerequisite requirements. All prerequisite requirements are packaged in the qualification. CPCCCA2002* Use carpentry tools and equipment CPCCCA2011* Handle carpentry materials CPCCCA3001* Carry out general demolition of minor building structures CPCCCA3002* Carry out setting out CPCCCA3003* Install flooring systems CPCCCA3004* Construct and erect wall frames CPCCCA3005* Construct ceiling frames CPCCCA3006* Erect roof trusses CPCCCA3007* Construct pitched roofs CPCCCA3008* Construct eaves CPCCCA3010* Install windows and doors CPCCCA3016* Construct, assemble and install timber external stairs CPCCCA3017* Install exterior cladding CPCCCA3024* Install lining, panelling and moulding CPCCCA3025* Read and interpret plans, specifications and drawings for carpentry work CPCCCA3028* Erect and dismantle formwork for footings and slabs on ground CPCCCM2008* Erect and dismantle restricted height scaffolding CPCCCM2012* Work safely at heights CPCCCO2013* Carry out concreting to simple forms CPCCCA3009* Construct advanced roofs CPCCCA3012* Frame and fit wet area fixtures CPCCCA3014* Construct and install bulkheads CPCCCA3018* Construct, erect and dismantle formwork for stairs and ramps CPCCCA3019* Erect and dismantle formwork to suspended slabs, columns, beams and walls CPCCSF2005* Arc weld reinforcement steel

CPC30120 Certificate III in Carpentry qualification provides a trade outcome in carpentry in both housing and commercial construction.
Occupational titles may include:

- Carpenter - Commercial

- Carpenter - Formwork
- Carpenter - Residential workplaces

Fees & scholarships

Fee type for this course: VET

Fee type definitions

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

Students who enrol in a:

  • government subsidised place pay subsidised tuition fees (the government contributes the rest), and may be required to pay a Student Services and Amenities Fee along with any material fees
  • full fee-paying place pay the full fee tuition rate (which includes Student Services and Amenities Fee and any material fees).

Calculate your VET course fees.

Find out more about:

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.

Find out more about how to apply for our courses, and our commitment to admissions transparency.

Entry requirements

As part of the application process, applicants must complete a Pre-training Review (PTR) and undertake a literacy and numeracy (LN) assessment to determine suitability for admission.
This course has local admission requirements:
- Applicants must be employed as an apprentice. Applicants must have a training contract with their employer, this contract must be registered with the VRQA and the apprentice must have been issued with an Epsilon number.

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.

Use our credit calculator to find out how much credit you could get towards your course, based on your previous study.

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.

Available start dates:

  • 12 February 2024

Before you apply

Before starting your application, please read through the step-by-step VU Polytechnic application process to make sure you have all the necessary documents and information ready to successfully complete your application.

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

Apply direct to VU

Apply direct to VU using our admission centre, submit applications for one or more courses, track and save your progress and upload additional information.

Apply direct to VU

Already a VU student?

If you are already a VU student, apply direct to VU using our Admissions centre to transfer into this course. Remember it’s best to be accepted into your new course before withdrawing from your current one.

After you apply

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

Enquire now – TAFE

Please fill out the form below, and we'll get back to you shortly.

Information marked with an asterisk "*" is required.

Contact VU Polytechnic

Please note that if changes to this course occur, VU will notify students as soon as possible.

At Victoria University, we aim to display accurate and complete course information online. However, we are unable to guarantee that every course change is currently displayed. You may contact the University directly on +61 3 9919 6100 to confirm the most up-to-date course fees, pathways and credit transfer, recognition of prior learning, admission and enrolment procedures, examinations and services available to our students.