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Certificate III in Carpentry

Code: CPC30211

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Overview

Campus

Heidelberg

Campus

Heidelberg

Duration

4 years full time / available part time

Requirements

Apprenticeship only.

Next Intake

Ongoing

Next Intake

Midyear

Make a life for yourself in carpentry

It’s a fantastic time to be a carpenter in Australia, as the building and construction industries continue to boom. Our CPC30211 Certificate III in Carpentry will train you in all the skills you’ll need to succeed in this industry. Employment for carpenters is projected to grow by more than 5% in the next five years and qualified carpenters will continue to be in high demand. Many carpenters work on construction sites and large projects, though there are ample opportunities for those that start their own small carpentry businesses. If you enjoy creating things from scratch and have a good eye for detail this course can take you anywhere.

Learn in northern Melbourne

This course offers hands-on learning opportunities at Melbourne Polytechnic’s purpose built facilities. You will learn by undertaking full-size projects in a range of workshop spaces, materials and computer labs, as well as undertaking theoretical training to compliment your learning. Our dedicated workshops are the most technologically-advanced training facilities for building and construction in Victoria. You’ll be taught by industry-qualified staff and experienced practitioners who will provide in-depth training and knowledge to set you up with the skills to succeed. If you can already demonstrate existing skills and knowledge in carpentry there may be opportunities to fast-track your qualification through skills recognition.

A strong foundation for a great career

This qualification lays the foundation for a huge range of careers and employment paths. You could explore a career as a qualified carpenter, building site foreman, contractor, registered builder, carpentry business owner, building surveyor or go on to pursue studies in architecture or drafting. If you want a career that can take you places and provides highly transferable skills, a CPC30211 Certificate III in Carpentry is the perfect first step.

Apply for a scholarship worth up to $1,815

The families behind Melbourne’s Provans Timber and Hardware, have pledged the generous donation of an annual award and scholarships for apprentices undertaking a Certificate III in Carpentry CPC30211, Certificate III in Joinery CPC31912 or Certificate III in Cabinet Making MSF31113 at Melbourne Polytechnic.

Get the scholarship

Career Pathways

Where will this take me

This qualification lays the foundation for a huge range of careers and employment paths.
  • Building Site Foreperson
  • Subcontractor
  • Building Surveyor
  • Carpentry Business Owner
  • Carpenter
  • Registered Builder

Pathways

Successful completion of this course will allow you to enrol in CPC40110 Certificate IV in Building and Construction (Building) to enhance your skills as a supervisor or continue towards obtaining builders registration.

Course Details

Delivery methods

  • Workshop
  • Outdoor facilities
  • Classroom

Class Schedule

Delivered at Heidelberg campus with some weeks at Epping campus.

Course duration may vary depending on students completing all competencies as required. Classes held Monday to Friday, mornings and afternoons.

Assessment Methods

Assessments are conducted internally throughout the course. The methods used are both practical and theory based.

Units of Study

The hours displayed are nominal, actual classroom hours delivered may differ. Please contact us for the latest student contact hours information.

Code Subject Elective Hours
CPCCCA2002B USE CARPENTRY TOOLS AND EQUIPMENT Core 96
CPCCCA2011A HANDLE CARPENTRY MATERIALS Core 16
CPCCCA3001A CARRY OUT GENERAL DEMOLITION OF MINOR BUILDING STRUCTURES Core 32
CPCCCA3002A CARRY OUT SETTING OUT Core 24
CPCCCA3003A INSTALL FLOORING SYSTEM Core 40
CPCCCA3004A CONSTRUCT WALL FRAMES Core 60
CPCCCA3005B CONSTRUCT CEILING FRAMES Core 32
CPCCCA3006B ERECT ROOF TRUSSES Core 40
CPCCCA3007C CONSTRUCT PITCHED ROOFS Core 60
CPCCCA3008B CONSTRUCT EAVES Core 20
CPCCCA3009B CONSTRUCT ADVANCED ROOFS Elective 80
CPCCCA3010A INSTALL AND REPLACE WINDOWS AND DOORS Elective 70
CPCCCA3012A FRAM AND FIT WET AREA FIXTURES Elective 24
CPCCCA3013A INSTALL LINING, PANELLING AND MOULDING Elective 40
CPCCCA3016A CONSTRUCT TIMBER EXTERNAL STAIRS Elective 40
CPCCCA3017B INSTALL EXTERIOR CLADDING Elective 20
CPCCCA3018A CONSTRUCT, ERECT AND DISMANTLE FORMWORK FOR STAIRS AND RAMPS Elective 40
CPCCCA3023A CARRY OUT LEVELLING OPERATIONS Core 24
CPCCCM1012A WORK EFFECTIVELY AND SUSTAINABLY IN THE CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY Core 20
CPCCCM1013A PLAN AND ORGANISE WORK Core 20
CPCCCM1014A CONDUCT WORKPLACE COMMUNICATION Core 20
CPCCCM1015A CARRY OUT MEASUREMENTS AND CALCULATIONS Core 20
CPCCCM2001A READ AND INTERPRET PLANS AND SPECIFICATIONS Core 36
CPCCCM2002A CARRY OUT EXCAVATION Core 16
CPCCCM2007B USE EXPLOSIVE POWER TOOLS Core 16
CPCCCM2008B ERECT AND DISMANTLE RESTRICTED HEIGHT SCAFFOLDING Core 40
CPCCCM2010B WORK SAFELY AT HEIGHTS Core 8
CPCCCM3001C OPERATE ELEVATED WORK PLATFORMS Elective 32
CPCCCO2013A CARRY OUT CONCRETING TO SIMPLE FORMS Core 20
CPCCOHS2001A APPLY OHS REQUIREMENTS, POLICIES AND PROCEDURES IN THE CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY Core 20

Recognition of Prior Learning

You can seek Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) where your work experience or qualifications of an advanced and related nature have been undertaken. RPL is individually assessed based on evidence submitted by the student to the teaching department. Applications for RPL will be assessed by relevant Melbourne Polytechnic trainers, academics and where appropriate, industry experts.

Apply for a scholarship worth up to $1,815

The families behind Melbourne’s Provans Timber and Hardware, have pledged the generous donation of an annual award and scholarships for apprentices undertaking a Certificate III in Carpentry CPC30211, Certificate III in Joinery CPC31912 or Certificate III in Cabinet Making MSF31113 at Melbourne Polytechnic.

Get the scholarship

Fees & Costs

Tuition Fees
Concession Government subsidised fee Non-subsidised fee
Tuition fee $1070 $5350 $22250
Materials fee $250 $250 $250
Maximum annual amenities $175 $250 $250
Total payable $1495 $5850 $22750
Per year $
Per semester $
Materials fee $

The student tuition fees as published are subject to change given individual circumstances at enrolment.

Displayed course fees are indicative only. There are many variables that impact the total amount of your full course costs including qualification for government subsidies, concessions or recognition of prior learning. Tuition fees do not include the cost of student amenities or material costs.

To find out if you’re eligible for a Government subsidy we recommend you contact us help you find out.

Melbourne Polytechnic offers a range of payment options to help you pay your tuition fees, so you can get on with your studies.

Fees displayed are effective for new applications received on or after 19 November 2020. Tuition fees do not include textbooks, course materials or overseas student health insurance and visa fees.

After initial deposit, international students are able to pay tuition fees in installments, four times per year.

For more detailed information please read the International Student Fees.

Materials

Lists of required materials, books and timetables will be provided at course induction or class enrolment by the teaching department.

Fees explained

The fees for those ineligible for a government-funded enrolment. 

The cost of tuition for those eligible for government funding.

Concession fees are charged at 20 per cent of the standard fees for enrolments in Certificate I to IV courses. To be eligible students must meet Skills First eligibility criteria and present a valid:

  • Commonwealth Health Care card, or
  • Pensioner Concession card, or
  • Any dependent spouse or dependent child of one of the above cardholders, or
  • Veterans Gold card.

The following groups are eligible for concession fees from Certificate I to Advanced Diploma level:

  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students
  • Asylum Seekers and victims of human trafficking 

Additional expenses

Amenities fees are used to improve non-academic services including libraries, counselling services, student support, and recreational activities.

Amenities must be paid each academic year you are enrolled.

What you will need to supply
An equipment and materials list is available from the Building and Construction (Carpentry) department. You and will need to supply your own writing materials.

What we will supply
Materials for the practical requirements of the course.

Scholarships on offer

'We’d been discussing what projects we had coming up that we needed to go and buy materials for.  And so then the scholarship came and it was just a sigh of relief.'

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Requirements

Apprentices are eligible to apply for this course.

Next Steps

Apprenticeships are coordinated via the Trade and Traineeship Support Unit (TSU) where you will provide details of your employer, who will register you with an Australian Apprenticeship Support Network (AASN) provider.

The AASN will register your training contract won EPSILON and you will be allocated an EPSILON number. Melbourne Polytechnic will then be able to enrol you into your training program.

If you have any questions about the application procedures for an Apprenticeship, please contact the TSU.

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