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CPC30220 Certificate III in Carpentry

Building Trades

Next intake Ongoing 2024
LocationsColac Trade Training Centre
East Geelong Campus
ApprenticeshipFull-time: 4 yrs

Course description

Are you looking to start a carpentry apprenticeship? Then this is the course for you. This trade-level qualification is suited to apprentices. It provides you with the skills, knowledge and experience to work as a qualified carpenter across domestic and commercial construction. Designed by industry bodies, the course provides the skills and expertise required by carpenters in today's building industry, including formwork, framework and fixing out. The course covers the interpretation of plans, measurements and calculations, use of power tools and equipment, surface preparation and construction and installation. Your training comprises approximately 40% theory and 60% practical work, with assessments linked to each unit.

Possible career outcomes

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

Applications & attendance

Applications for this course are not currently open.

Please contact customer service on 52250538 during business hours to discuss upcoming intake dates.

2024 Ongoing
Colac Trade Training Centre 
Open: 1 Aug 2023
Close: 15 Dec 2024 
Class DayTimetable supplied once admitted
Apprenticeship:Full-time: 4 yrs    
2024 Ongoing
East Geelong Campus 
Open: 1 Aug 2023
Close: 15 Dec 2024 
Class DayTimetable supplied once admitted
Apprenticeship:Full-time: 4 yrs    


Students may need to complete some self-paced learning and assessment activities outside class time. This will be different for each course and will depend on a student’s level of skill and experience.

Class days and times in the above table are indicative. Prior to course commencement, changes may be necessary. Follow the link for more information on Attendance mode definitions. When you submit your application, please make sure you answer all the questions. Only successful applicants with complete applications will receive an offer. We issue offers as soon as possible. Follow the link for more information on Offer timing.

Many courses have limited places and high demand. We may close an intake before the date above. We recommend you apply early. If student numbers are insufficient we may cancel an intake or a course. An application does not guarantee a place in this course.

  • Applicants are expected to have literacy skills at Year 10 or Year 11 or Australian Core Skills Framework Level 2 and numeracy skills at Year 11 or Year 12 or Australian Core Skills Framework Level 3.

  • You must reside in Victoria to access Victorian Government Subsidised Fees and any incentive such as Free TAFE. Full fees apply to all non-Victorian residents.

Pre-training review

Each student must complete a pre-training review as part of their application. The outcome of your pre-training review assists our teachers and trainers to better understand your capabilities prior to training and enables you to be matched to the right program. Your literacy and numeracy skills will be evaluated and you may be required to undertake a separate assessment. Follow this link for more information about literacy and numeracy skills .

Personal Learning Requirements

There are personal learning requirements for each qualification at The Gordon. These are essential personal capabilities and skills required to successfully complete the course and be ready to work in the industry.

Please review the requirements here and consider any challenges you may have in meeting them. When applying for your course, please let us know what support you may need.

Selection mode

Core Units Code Hours
Apply basic levelling procedures CPCCCM2006 8
Apply WHS requirements policies and procedures in the construction industry CPCCWHS2001 20
Carry out concreting to simple forms CPCCCO2013 20
Carry out general demolition of minor building structures CPCCCA3001 32
Carry out levelling operations CPCCOM3006 24
Carry out measurements and calculations CPCCOM1015 20
Carry out setting out CPCCCA3002 24
Conduct workplace communication CPCCOM1014 20
Construct and erect wall frames CPCCCA3004 60
Construct assemble and install timber external stairs CPCCCA3016 40
Construct ceiling frames CPCCCA3005 32
Construct eaves CPCCCA3008 20
Construct pitched roofs CPCCCA3007 60
Erect and dismantle formwork for footings and slabs on ground CPCCCA3028 24
Erect and dismantle restricted height scaffolding CPCCCM2008 40
Erect roof trusses CPCCCA3006 40
Handle carpentry materials CPCCCA2011 16
Identify construction work hazards and select risk control strategies CPCWHS3001 30
Install exterior cladding CPCCCA3017 20
Install flooring systems CPCCCA3003 40
Install lining panelling and moulding CPCCCA3024 40
Install windows and doors CPCCCA3010 70
Perform construction calculations to determine carpentry material requirements CPCCOM3001 25
Read and interpret plans specifications and drawings for carpentry work CPCCCA3025 36
Use carpentry tools and equipment CPCCCA2002 96
Work effectively and sustainably in the construction industry CPCCOM1012 20
Work safely at heights CPCCCM2012 8
Elective Units Code Hours
Carry out hand excavation CPCCCM2002 16
Construct advanced roofs CPCCCA3009 80
Construct erect and dismantle formwork for stairs and ramps CPCCCA3018 40
Frame and fit wet area fixtures CPCCCA3012 24
Investigate business opportunities BSBESB301 25
Operate elevated work platforms up to 11 metres CPCCCM3001 32
Plan and organise work CPCCOM1013 20
Set up operate and maintain indirect action powder-actuated power tools CPCCCA3027 20


Please note that the listed electives are delivered by The Gordon but you may not need to complete all of these units to successfully complete this qualification. If you have previously completed any of the units of competency relevant to this course, you may be eligible for Credit Transfer (CT). Any previous relevant experience may qualify you for Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL). Find out more about CT or RPL here.

Assessment is based on:

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

This course is eligible for Free TAFE!

Eligible Victorian students who elect to use their Free TAFE opportunity will not incur any tuition fees. Material and resources fees still apply. Follow the link for further information and to check the eligibility criteria.

FeesRateUnitIndicative Course HoursIndicative Tuition Payable by StudentMax. Indicative Government Subsidy Total
Concession Tuition AUD $0.68 per hour 1142 AUD $777.00 AUD $17,240.00
Standard Tuition AUD $3.40 per hour 1142 AUD $3,883.00 AUD $17,240.00
Full Fee Tuition AUD $18.88 per hour 1142 AUD $21,561.00

Add the costs below to your relevant tuition fee

Materials AUD $1,660.00 Once
Education Levy AUD $171.30


All fees and charges are correct at time of publication but may change without notice. The student tuition fees are indicative only. Additional fees may apply. Where GST is applicable to any courses or materials, the fee displayed is inclusive of the GST.

Which fee will I pay?

Your fees will be charged according to your eligibility for government funding. For more information, visit our Fees & Payments pages.

Fee help and student loans

VET Student Loans are available for eligible students for tuition fees ONLY.
The current years maximum VET Student Loan Course Cap is $

Payment plans may be available for eligible students who need assistance to manage their fee payments.

Many Gordon courses offer pathways to higher qualifications within The Gordon and in some cases, to university degrees. Your Gordon course may provide credit points which could reduce further study time. Follow the link to find more information about pathways, or contact Customer Service.

Date published: 4/04/2024 6:00:52 PM