CPC30220- Certificate III in Carpentry

Course Information

  • DELIVERY: Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)
  • COST: $3,000 + $200 non-refundable application fee

Course Description

This is a trade qualification for carpenters in residential and commercial workplaces. It includes setting out, manufacturing, constructing, assembling, installing and repairing products made using timber and non-timber materials.

Occupational titles may include:

  • Carpenter – Commercial
  • Carpenter – Formwork
  • Carpenter – Residential

State and territory jurisdictions may have different licensing, legislative, regulatory or certification requirements. Relevant state and territory regulatory authorities should be consulted to confirm those requirements.

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.

Steps in the RPL Process After Application

Step 1 – Provide information of your skills and experience

Complete the RPL Kit forms and provide as much information of your previous experience in painting and decorating as you can. This is your first opportunity (and not the last) to provide proof of your variety of experience in the industry. Here you can supply examples of your work history which could include:

  • any licences including the General Safety Induction (Construction Industry) Card (White Card)
  • brief CV or work history
  • certificates/results of assessment including the Construction Industry White Card
  • photographs of work undertaken
  • indentures/trade papers
  • certificates/results of assessment – interstate/overseas
  • results/statement of attendance/certificates – vendor training courses, in-house courses, workshops, seminars, symposiums
  • tickets held eg elevated work platform, forklift, crane, etc
  • diaries/task sheets/job sheets/log books
  • site training records
  • site competencies held record
  • membership of relevant professional associations
  • hobbies/interests/special skills outside work
  • references/letters from previous employers/supervisors
  • industry awards
  • any other documentation that may demonstrate industry experience

You may or may not have documentary evidence available. This should not deter you from seeking RPL as the Assessor will work with you during the RPL process to help produce sufficient evidence of your skills through talking with those who have supervised or worked with you in the industry.

You will also need to supply contact details of one or two work referees for each of the jobs you are prosing as your evidence who can confirm your skills in the job.

Step 2 – Conversation with Assessor

An assessor will review the information you have provided (usually with you) and begin to match up your skills to the units/subjects in the qualification. At this point, you will have the opportunity to discuss and identify your previous experience with the assessor who will understand your industry experience and conduct a competency conversation with you. You will be required to answer related questions to identify your current skills.

Step 3 – Practical demonstration of your skills

Where there are gaps found with the evidence presented and the competency conversation, your assessor will require you to undertake a practical demonstration of your skills.

The assessor will conduct a practical skills test at your workplace (if appropriate) or at another suitable venue. This, again, is an opportunity to demonstrate your level of competence. This assessment will be focused on skills that are required in the qualification. Your assessor will identify the skills that he/she will want you to demonstrate.

Further steps

After the assessment, your assessor will give you information about the skills that have been recognised and whether you have gained the full qualification. You will be issued a formal statement of attainment for the units of competency that your assessor has determined you are competent in. If you do have skill gaps, these may be addressed through flexible training through another RTO.

Packaging Rules

To achieve this qualification, competency must be demonstrated in:

34 units of competency:

  • 27 core units
  • 7 electives

Core Units

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

CPCCCM2006 Apply basic levelling procedures

CPCCCM2008 Erect and dismantle restricted height scaffolding

CPCCCM2012 Work safely at heights

CPCCCO2013 Carry out concreting to simple forms

CPCCOM1012 Work effectively and sustainably in the construction industry

CPCCOM1014 Conduct workplace communication

CPCCOM1015 Carry out measurements and calculations

CPCCOM3001 Perform construction calculations to determine carpentry material requirements

CPCCOM3006 Carry out levelling operations

CPCCWHS2001 Apply WHS requirements, policies and procedures in the construction industry

CPCWHS3001 Identify construction work hazards and select risk control strategies

Elective Units

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

CPCCSF2004 Place and fix reinforcement materials

CPCCCM2002 Carry out hand excavation

CPCCOM1013 Plan and organise work

CPCCCA3026 Assemble partitions

Fees and Charges

  • $200 non-refundable application fee
  • $3,000 Processing Cost


Other Charges; Certificate Reissuance; $50 per item.