Certificate III in Carpentry



TIV’s highly regarded Certificate III in Carpentry course is recognised as one of the best in the industry.

Designed to provide a practical alternative to an apprenticeship, the innovative program has been a resounding success since its inception, and enormously popular among men and women across all ages aspiring to become qualified Carpenters and successful careers in the Building and Construction industry.

At present, and for the foreseeable future, all theoretical units will be delivered to students through ‘virtual classrooms’. This enables students to participate in training as if they were in a classroom attending a session delivered by their Trainer. Once it is safe to return to class students will complete the remaining units that are practical


The course is run over three consecutive days per week Wednesday, Thursday and Friday for twelve months by exceptional trainers with a wealth of knowledge, industry experience and highly qualified support staff.

This is followed by 800 hours of workplace based employment. Students begin learning their craft at TIV headquarters in Williamstown before transferring to the state-of-the-art outdoor learning facility in West Footscray.
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Certificate III in Carpentry

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Williamstown Carpentry Course

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What you will learn

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Basic workplace skills
Basic carpentry skills
Planning a carpentry job
Windows doors and wet area fixtures
Wall frames and basic demolition
Ceilings, roofs and eaves
Stairs, formwork and re-enforcement
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TIV delivers a professional Carpentry program of the highest quality, tailoring the course to suit the needs and objectives of each individual student.

Caters for everyone

Designed for men or women who are interested in becoming a carpenter and including being your own boss / sub-contractor.

Equipment provided

Work Pants, Safety Boots, High Visibility Polo Top and Jumper, Safety Glasses, Hard Hat, over $500 in Hand Tools, Text Books, Modern School Bag are all provided by TIV.


Training is strategically conducted over three consecutive days a week throughout the course to enable students to seek employment whilst training.

Employment opportunites

TIV engages external recruitment agencies (Amrick) who specialise in placing students in employment during and after completing their qualification.


6 instructors
6 instructors

William Spencer

Certificate III in Carpentry + more

Training Manager Certificate III Carpentry Also trains: Certificate IV and Diploma 30 years’ construction experience. Carpenter, project manager and building consultant.

Sean Clinch

Certificate III in Carpentry

20 years’ construction experience. Carpenter, registered building practitioner, building company director

Steven Stonehouse

Certificate III in Carpentry + more

Over 30 years’ construction experience. Carpenter and registered building practitioner (new homes and renovations)

Graeme Jonson

Certificate III in Carpentry + more

Over 20 years’ experience in construction. Registered building practitioner, site manager on major commercial residential projects

Luke Tiernan

Certificate III in Carpentry

5 years’ construction experience. Carpenter, sub-contractor and foreman for various residential builders.

Martin Trevorah

Certificate III in Bricklaying/Blocklaying + more

30 years’ construction experience as a Bricklayer and builder.

Tuition Dates & Locations

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Can I get a job with this qualification?

Since 2017 TIV has graduated 120 qualified Carpenters.  We called them all and caught up with 80 of them to find out what they were doing now.  Here’s what they reported:

  • 66 were working in either residential construction (49) or in commercial construction (17).
  • 9 were professional athletes who were now qualified carpenters and would take up roles in construction upon their retirement from sport.
  • 3 are working full time but not in construction
  • 1 is unemployed
  • 1 declined the interview request

What is the duration of the Certificate III in Carpentry course?

Approximately 18 months comprising 3 days per week over the duration of 12 months, not including breaks. Equivalent to fulltime study plus 800 hours work. The duration may vary according to individual circumstances.

How long does it take to become a qualified carpenter?

Approximately 18 months.

What are the prerequisites for this course?

Year 10 or equivalent. No previous building experience required but is most suitable for applicants 20 years of age and over.

What time is trade school?

Training is from 7.30am to 3.30pm

How many days a week am I required to attend trade school?

This course is fulltime; Students will be required to attend school 3 days a week.

Is there government funding available for this course?

Government funding is available for eligible applicants. Please discuss eligibility with a TIV representative.

Does TIV find employers for me to complete work placement hours?

TIV has an employer on board to assist with work placement. However, we strongly advise you source your own employer.

Is this qualification nationally recognised?

This qualification is nationally recognised across Australia.

Is this qualification the same as completing an apprenticeship?

This qualification is the exact same trade qualification you would receive if completing an apprenticeship. This course is just a different delivery method.

What is the study pathway this qualification can lead to?

The pathway beyond the Certificate III in Carpentry can lead to the following qualifications:

Certificate IV in Building and Construction – (Building)

Diploma of Building and Construction – (Building)

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