TIV’s highly regarded CPC30220 – 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. It is enormously popular among men and women across all ages who aspire to become qualified carpenters and have successful careers in the Building and Construction industry.

The course is run over three consecutive days per week (Wednesday, Thursday and Friday) for approximately 16 months (with holidays) by exceptional trainers and highly qualified support staff with a wealth of knowledge and industry experience. You will be required to attend class 7:00am – 3:00pm on those days. There is a test at the end of the course to assess quality and speed of construction, interpreting plans, measuring/cutting and communication.

Delivery & Duration

The CPC30220 – Certificate III in Carpentry comprises approximately 16 months (wtih holidays) of practical training in TIV’s facilities.

There is a test at the end of the course to assess quality and speed of construction, interpreting plans, measuring/cutting and communication.

Course Dates & Locations

TIV’s CPC30220 – Certificate III in Carpentry is on site with our Tottenham and Dandenong campus.

Click the button to find out next available dates and locations for the course.

You can join a waitlist for the Carpentry courses to get dates first by submitting an enquiry.

Fees and Government Funding


Optional Monthly Paymets $219.83 for 18 months
The fee if you hold a current Concession Card.

Skills First Funded Program

Optional Monthly Payments $322.5 for 18 months

Typical Course Fee

Optional Monthly Payments $836.28 for 18 months
The fee if you are not eligible for government funding.

Don’t let financial hurdles get in your way of study. TIV has flexible payment plans available to help you get the education you want.

Please note: CPC30220 – Certificate III in Carpentry has a non refundable deposit required to enrol. This fee is taken off your total course fees.

Please refer to the individual course page for a clear breakdown of fees, or see our Schedule of Fees here.

The student fees are indicative only and subject to change given individual circumstances at enrolment.  Additional fees may apply such as student services and amenity fees

What's Included
  • Hi Viz Vest
  • Safety boots
  • Hat
  • Two Tops and Two Shirts
  • Tool Bag (with appropriate tools)
  • Text books
  • Timber and Sheet, Flooring
  • Timber Flooring, Tongue-in-Groove
  • Timber Flooring, Cement Sheeting
  • Joists, Beams and Stumps
  • Roof Frames
  • Roof Truss
  • Metal Truss Roof
  • Eave Material
  • Nails, Glues, Screws, Fasteners
  • Window Frames, Doors and Door Frames
  • Timber and Metal Framing
  • Lining Material, Panelling and Moulds
  • Timber Stairs, Materials and Handrails
  • External Cladding
  • Formwork to Stairs
  • Hire of Props
  • Scaffolding
Units of Delivery
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
CPCCCA3009 Construct advanced roofs
CPCCCA3012 Frame and fit wet area fixtures
CPCCCA3018 Construct, erect and dismantle formwork for stairs and ramps
CPCCCM2002 Carry out hand excavation
CPCCOM1013 Plan and organise work
CPCCSF2004 Place and fix reinforcement materials
CPCCWC3004 Install suspended ceilings
Course Checklist
  • You are eighteen (18) years or older.
  • You have a laptop with Microsoft office programs and internet access for the duration of the course.
  • You can read, write and speak English competently.
  • Completion of Year 10 or higher.

What you’ll learn

Increase your job opportunities in the Building and Construction Industry with skills and knowledge in the following areas:

“We can relate our team building skills from football to those in the course, which has been a great accelerator for the entire group throughout the program.”

Jack Riewoldt
Richmond, AFL Player

Completed CPC30211 – Certificate III in Carpentry

Frequently Asked Questions

Is there Government funding available for this course?

Yes, TIV’s training services are delivered with Victorian and Commonwealth funding to eligible individuals.

Is this course Nationally Recognised?

Yes, on completion you will be issued with the Nationally Recognised qualification:

  • CPC30220 – Certificate III in Carpentry
What is the duration of the CPC30220 - Certificate III in Carpentry course?

This course is designed in 2 parts made up of in house training at our various onsite simulated workplace training sites and employment with a carpentry company.

    • Part 1 – 3 days a week for 12 months at our simulated workplace centres
    • Part 2 – Work for 800 hours or more for a carpentry/building company as a carpenter on actual jobsites.
What time is trade school?

Training is from 7.00am to 3.00pm on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday.

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

Students will be required to attend school 3 days a week. It will be Wednesday, Thursday and Fridays.

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

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

How is this course different to completing an apprenticeship?

This course provides the same qualification CPC30220 – Certificate III in Carpentry as an apprenticeship, just delivered differently. An apprenticeship involves you being employed and working as a carpenter as well as being registered with the apprenticeship board.

Why is this course completed faster than an apprenticeship?

The course is intensive whereby training is delivered in a combination of theory, practical and class based. The training involves all aspects of carpentry in order to obtain the qualification. Doing an apprenticeship, you may get exposure and training to most of the required carpentry subjects but not all of it on the job and hence why it can take longer.

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.

I have done a carpentry apprenticeship before, but I didn’t finish my apprenticeship and I’m no longer registered as an apprentice. What can I do?

You can certainly still do the TIV course and you may get credit transfers depending on the apprenticeship modules you have completed. Ensure that you have your statement of attainment or USI transcript available.

What is the study pathway this qualification can lead to?

The pathway beyond the CPC30220 – Certificate III in Carpentry can lead to the following qualifications:

CPC40120 – Certificate IV in Building and Construction

CPC50220 – Diploma of Building and Construction (Building)

I would like to see you in person and take a tour of the facilities and meet some of the trainers. Is this possible?

Yes certainly, TIV runs information nights on certain dates.

In addition, you can also book an appointment with us if you can’t make it to the information nights to find out more information.