How to Become a Carpenter in Victoria

Is Registration as a Carpenter Necessary?

Due to the new regulatory framework being introduced by the The Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP) in consultation with the Victorian Building Authority (VBA), registration as a carpenter will soon be mandatory. The new regulations will reduce the incidence of non-compliant work and provide greater accountability when such work does occur. It will also give the general public confidence in all trades they or their builder hire.

“Registration as a carpenter will soon be mandatory”

TIV’s Path to Becoming a Carpenter

To become a qualified Carpenter you need to complete a CPC30220 – Certificate III in Carpentry.

There are two different delivery methods to complete this qualification in Victoria:

Here at the Trade Institute of Victoria (TIV) we offer both models to its students.

Full-Time Course

CPC30220 – Certificate III in Carpentry

This course has been specifically designed as a practical alternative to an apprenticeship. Sometimes, people are not able to secure an apprenticeship and so this provides another pathway to gaining a carpentry qualification.

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. The trainers and staff all have a great deal of knowledge, including practical knowledge, of the building industry and its trades.

This is followed by 800 hours of workplace based employment. Students begin learning their carpentry skills at TIV headquarters in Williamstown. They are then transferred to a state-of-the-art outdoor learning facility in West Footscray. This gives them real hands-on experience beyond text books and prepares them for work as a carpenter.

TIV’s Certificate III in Carpentry course is recognised as one of the best in the industry. The innovative program has been a success since its inception. It is enormously popular among men and women across all ages that aspire to become qualified carpenters, but don’t have an apprenticeship lined up.  

To find out more about the CPC30220 – Certificate III in Carpentry, visit our course page.


CPC30220 – Certificate III in Carpentry 

This course provides a more traditional path to becoming a qualified carpenter. In this scenario, TIV acts as the trade school for the student and their employer. We offer flexible training and support. This allows a student to work as an apprentice earning money, as well as learning at their place of employment.

Apprentices are expected to attend classes on two consecutive days each month for 10 months of each year. These classes are conducted by our amazing qualified trainers, who have a wealth of knowledge and a high degree of industry experience. They also support students while they are ‘on the job’ training, by keeping in regular contact with students and their employers.

TIV prides itself on assisting students through each part of the process in becoming a carpenter, and often times even beyond it. All of our trainers keep up to date by being engaged within the industry. So they are not removed from what is happening in the real world on job sites.

To find out more about the CPC30220 – Certificate III in Carpentry, visit our course page.

Don’t delay in getting started with your carpentry qualifications. Beat the rush that will occur when qualifications become officially mandatory. Be ahead of the pack. If you have any questions, please contact us.


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