TIV’s highly regarded CPC30211 – 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 twelve months 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.

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.

What you’ll learn

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

What's Included
  • Work pants
  • Safety boots
  • High visibility polo top and jumper
  • Safety glasses, safety ear muffs
  • Hard hat and school hat
  • Hand tools
  • Text books
Delivery & Duration

The Certificate III in Carpentry comprises 12 months of practical training in TIV’s facilities followed by 800 hours (usually over 6 months) of workplace based employment.

Course Dates & Locations

TIV’s Certificate III in Carpentry is based in the West of Melbourne, with campuses in Williamstown and West Footscray. We also now have a campus in Dandenong.

Upcoming course dates:

  • Williamstown 2022 dates are coming soon.

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

Fees and Government Funding


The fee if you hold a current Concession Card.

Skills First Funded Program


Typical Course Fee

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 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


Material Fee for Certificate III in Carpentry: $3,995

The fee covers the use of limited re-usable materials used in Carpentry projects inside the course.

  • 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
CPCCOHS2001A Apply OHS requirements, policies and procedures in the construction industry
CPCCCM1014A Conduct workplace communication
CPCCCM1012A Work effectively and sustainably in the construction industry
CPCCCM1013A Plan and organise work
CPCCCM2001A Read and interpret plans and specifications
CPCCCM1015A Carry out measurements and calculations
CPCCCA2002B Use carpentry tools and equipment
CPCCCA2011A Handle carpentry materials
CPCCCM2007B Use explosive power tools
CPCCCA3002A Carry out setting out
CPCCCM3006 Carry out levelling operations
CPCCCA3003A Install flooring systems
CPCCCA3004A Construct wall frames
CPCCCA3001A Carry out general demolition of minor building structures
CPCCCA3006B Erect roof trusses
CPCCCA3007C Construct pitched roofs
CPCCCA3008B Construct eaves
CPCCCA3005B Construct ceiling frames
CPCCCM2002A Carry out excavation
CPCCCO2013A Carry out concreting to simple forms
CPCCCM2010B Work safely at heights
CPCCCM2008B Erect and dismantle restricted height scaffolding
CPCCCA2003A Erect and dismantle formwork for footings and slabs on ground
CPCCSF2004A Place and fix reinforcement materials
CPCCCA3010A Install and replace windows and doors
CPCCCA3017B Install exterior cladding
CPCCCA3012A Frame and fit wet area fixtures
CPCCCA3009B Construct advanced roofs
CPCCCA3016A Construct timber external stairs
CPCCCA3018A Construct, erect and dismantle formwork for stairs and ramps
  • 18 years of age and over.
  • Applicants under the age of 18 will need to come in for an interview with their parents/guardian to ensure that they are suitable for the course.
  • Permanent Resident or Australian Citizen
  • Can read, write and speak English competently

“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.

If your highest qualification is years 10-12, or a Certificate I or II level or equivalent, you may be eligible to access government funding for your course.

Is this course Nationally Recognised?

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

  • (CPC30211) Certificate III in Carpentry
What is the duration of the (CPC30211) 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 (CPC30211) 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?

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.

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?

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 (CPC30211) Certificate III in Carpentry can lead to the following qualifications:

(CPC40110) Certificate IV in Building and Construction (Building)

(CPC50210) 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.