CPC30211 Certificate III in Carpentry


The CPC30211 Certificate III in Carpentry is a nationally recognised qualification that will provide the career pathway that will enable you to become a carpenter and work on a building and construction site in both the residential and commercial applications. It is also the minimum requirement for obtaining a carpentry contractors license and it is the qualification most recognised in the Building and Construction Industry, as the minimum in progressing to Builder status and obtaining a Builders Licence.

The qualification addresses the knowledge and skills required in areas such as reading plans and calculating measurements, constructing floor, wall, ceiling and roof frames, installing roof trusses, eaves, claddings and linings, demolishing, setting out and levelling construction sites and even working with formwork and concrete. The attainment of the qualification is recognition of your competence across the variety of fields involved in such work.

The CPC30211 Certificate III in Carpentry comprises a total of 30 units of competency, 22 of which are classified as core units and 8 are electives. You must be deemed competent in all 30 units to attain the qualification.


This qualification has been superseded and is currently in a transition to a new qualification. In line with our registering body requirements the existing qualification is still able to be enrolled in, completed and have qualifications issued. Core will be offering the new qualification within the next 6 – 12 months.

Training Location and Course Delivery

We structure the course to fit in with our students’ busy work schedule. The course is offered as a Skills Gap Assessment program with training only for those units for which the individual needs additional skills and knowledge.   You will be provided with a trainer who still works in the industry to assist you work your way through the course.

The program should take students approximately 3 – 6 months of study but can be longer or shorter depending on individual student needs and amount of gap assessment required.

Core Industry Training offers the CPC30211 Certificate III in Carpentry qualification via Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL). You can have your current experience, skills and knowledge assessed against the requirements of the qualification.

You must be able to demonstrate a minimum of two to three years relevant experience to validate your ability to competently and successfully undertake the range of carpentry tasks.

You should also possess an adequate level of language, literacy and numeracy skills sufficient enough to read and interpret building plans, specifications, codes and standards as well as undertake a variety of calculations.

You must also have completed the general WHS construction safety induction course.

The RPL assessments are designed for those people currently working within the building and construction industry as carpenters and want to be assessed for the qualification based on their current experience and skill levels.

Following an initial interview with one of our assessors who will discuss with you your building industry experiences, including the types of projects that you have worked on, what your roles were and who you were employed by, you will complete a self assessment guide which will provide an indication of how your current experience matches the qualification.

In brief, the assessment will consist of workplace visits and observations and participating in competency conversations with your assessor were you will discuss the different aspects of each unit of competency in a bid to identify your current level of underpinning knowledge. It will also involve the gathering of evidence to show you have experience in the practical aspects of each unit of competency. This evidence will be outlined in the RPL Assessment Manual.

The RPL process does not have a minimum time frame, although the average time taken to gather the required evidence and conduct the assessment will generally be around three to six months.

Remember, the quicker you collect and submit all required evidence to your assessor the quicker the assessment can be completed and your qualification issued.

Who Should Do this Course?

Individuals who are currently working as unqualified carpenters and are looking to formalise their existing skills and knowledge.

Funding Options

Students wishing to do this course can be provided with subsidised funding through Construction Skills Queensland.

Construction Skills Queensland (CSQ) is an independent industry funded body supporting employers, workers, apprentices and career seekers in the building and construction industry.

There are strict eligibility rules around this funding, please call and talk to one of skills consultants who can help you identify if you meet these requirements.

Course Fees

Construction Skills Queensland:  The cost for this subsidised training is $250.00.

Fee for Service:  The fee for service charge of this course is $3,000 – please contact us for information about payment plan options.


Individuals are required to undertake eight (8) elective units of competency to complete this course. Below are a selection of electives that we are able to deliver.

Total No. Of Units 30
No of Core Units 22
No of Elective Units 8


Unit Code Unit Title Core/Elective
CPCCOHS2001A Apply OHS requirements, policies and procedures in the construction industry Core
CPCCCM1012A Work effectively and sustainably in the construction industry Core
CPCCCM1013A Plan and organise work Core
CPCCCM1014A Conduct workplace communication Core
CPCCCM1015A Carry out measurements and calculations Core
CPCCCM2010B Work safely at heights Core
CPCCCM2001A Read and interpret plans and specifications Core
CPCCCM2002A Carry out excavation Core
CPCCCM2007A Use explosive power tools Core
CPCCCM2008B Erect and dismantle restricted height scaffolding Core
CPCCCO2013A Carry out concreting to simple forms Core
CPCCCA2011A Handle carpentry materials Core
CPCCCA2002B Use carpentry tools and equipment Core
CPCCCA3001A Carry out general demolition of minor building structures Core
CPCCCA3002A Carry out setting out Core
CPCCCA3023A Carry out levelling operations Core
CPCCCA3003A Install flooring systems Core
CPCCCA3004A Construct wall frames Core
CPCCCA3005A Construct ceiling frames Core
CPCCCA3006B Erect roof trusses Core
CPCCCA3007C Construct pitched roofs Core
CPCCCA3008A Construct eaves Core
CPCCCA3010A Install and replace windows and doors Elective
CPCCCA3012A Frame and fit wet area fixtures Elective
CPCCCA3013A Install lining, panelling and moulding Elective
CPCCCA3016A Construct timber external stairs Elective
CPCCCA2003A Erect and dismantle formwork for footings and slabs on ground Elective
CPCCCA3011A Refurbish timber sashes to window frames Elective
CPCCCA3014A Construct bulkheads Elective
CPCCCA3017B Install exterior cladding Elective
BSBSMB406 Manage Small Business Finances Elective
CPCCCA3018A Construct, erect and dismantle formwork for stairs and ramps Elective
CPCCCA3019A Erect and dismantle formwork to suspended slabs, columns, beams and walls Elective
CPCCSF2003A Place and fix reinforcement materials Elective

On completion, you will be eligible for a CPC30211 Certificate III in Carpentry. Educational Pathways from this course include: CPC40110 Certificate IV in Building/Construction (Building).

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