CPC30220 Certificate III in


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  • Study modeBlended
    (face-to-face and online)

  • LocationParramatta
    and Sydney

  • Course duration104 weeks

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  • Upcoming intake DatesView Intakes

Course Description

This is a trade qualification for carpenters in residential and commercial workplaces. It includes setting out, manufacturing, constructing, assembling, installing and repairing products made using timber and non-timber materials.

Occupational titles may include:

Carpenter – Commercial, Formwork and/or Residential

State and territory jurisdictions may have different licensing, legislative, regulatory or certification requirements. Relevant state and territory regulatory authorities should be consulted to confirm those requirements.

Please note: Completion of the general construction induction training program, specified in the Safe Work Australia model Code of Practice: Construction Work, is required by anyone carrying out construction work. Achievement of CPCWHS1001 Prepare to work safely in the construction industry meets this requirement. This unit is included in the course.

Course Duration Breakdown

104 Weeks

72 Weeks Tuition / 32 Weeks Holidays

Full-Time Study

20 Hours/Week

Course Fees

Tuition Fee: $22,000 *

Enrolment Fee: $500 **

Materials Fee: $3000

* Discounts may apply** Non-refundable Information on other fees and charges available here

Intake Dates

  • 25 January 2021
  • 1 March 2021
  • 19 April 2021

Mode of Study

The 10 units of competency are delivered throughout the 54 weeks of tuition. The qualification is delivered over 6 terms (each term is 9 weeks) followed by 3 weeks holidays.

Classroom based learning and up to one-third of the course may be delivered online.


Assessments are conducted during training sessions and on completion of training for each unit to determine if the learner is competent. The assessments are conducted using knowledge and skills assessments. Assessment methods may include: Assignment, Questioning (Oral/Written), Case Study, Third Party Report, In Class Activities, Observations, Role Play and RPL.

Units of Competency

CPCCCA2002* Use carpentry tools and equipment Core
CPCCCA2011* Handle carpentry materials Core
CPCCCA3001* Carry out general demolition of minor building structures Core
CPCCCA3002* Carry out setting out Core
CPCCCA3003* Install flooring systems Core
CPCCCA3004* Construct and erect wall frames Core
CPCCCA3005* Construct ceiling frames Core
CPCCCA3006* Erect roof trusses Core
CPCCCA3007* Construct pitched roofs Core
CPCCCA3008* Construct eaves Core
CPCCCA3010* Install windows and doors Core
CPCCCA3016* Construct, assemble and install timber external stairs Core
CPCCCA3017* Install exterior cladding Core
CPCCCA3024* Install lining, panelling and moulding Core
CPCCCA3025* Read and interpret plans, specifications and drawings for carpentry work Core
CPCCCA3028* Erect and dismantle formwork for footings and slabs on ground Core
CPCCCM2006 Apply basic levelling procedures Core
CPCCCM2008* Erect and dismantle restricted height scaffolding Core
CPCCCM2012* Work safely at heights Core
CPCCCO2013* Carry out concreting to simple forms Core
CPCCOM1012 Work effectively and sustainably in the construction industry Core
CPCCOM1014 Conduct workplace communication Core
CPCCOM1015 Carry out measurements and calculations Core
CPCCOM3001 Perform construction calculations to determine carpentry material requirements Core
CPCCOM3006 Carry out levelling operations Core
CPCCWHS2001 Apply WHS requirements, policies and procedures in the construction industry Core
CPCWHS3001 Identify construction work hazards and select risk control strategies Core
CPCCCA3012* Frame and fit wet area fixtures Elective
CPCCCA3014* Construct and install bulkheads Elective
CPCCCA3018* Construct, erect and dismantle formwork for stairs and ramps Elective
CPCWHS1001 Prepare to work safely in the construction industry Elective
CPCCCM2002* Carry out hand excavation Elective
CPCCCM3005 Calculate costs of construction work Elective
CPCCOM1013 Plan and organise work Elective

All the above listed units of competency must be completed to receive the CPC30220 Certificate III in Carpentry qualification.

RPL and Exemptions

Apex will recognise the AQF qualifications and statements of attainment issued by other RTO’s, upon verification with the issuing organisation. RPL and Credit Transfer are available for students to access prior to enrolment. More information is available in our student handbook.

Vocational Outcomes

Successful completion of this qualification level is intended to prepare new employees or recognises and develops existing workers performing carpentry work that cover common skills in the construction industry, mainly in commercial and residential workplaces. Possible employment outcomes targeted by this qualification include:

  • Carpenter – Commercial, Formwork and Residential

Job roles and titles may vary across different industry sectors.

Entry Requirements and Pre-Requisites

The course will be available for those students who are 18 years or older and have completed Year 12 or equivalent. International Students are required to have an English ability at the IELTS 5.5 or equivalent. There are no pre-requisites for this qualification.

Although this qualification has no pre-requisites, students are required to complete the CPCWHS1001 Prepare to work safely in the construction industry unit prior to starting the course or within the first term of studies with APEX.

Target Group

Domestic and international students who wish to undertake this course in order to access employment as a carpenter in a commercial, formwork or residential environment. Employees who have previously gained these skills and knowledge through relevant work experience can also enrol in this course.

Please note: Apex does not guarantee successful completion of the course nor guarantees a particular employment or migration outcome on completion of the qualification.

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