Certificate III in Carpentry

Course Code: CPC30211
Study Area:
Building and Construction

Due to current COVID-19 restrictions, we have adapted our course delivery to now encompass a combination of remote and flexible delivery methods. This includes easy to navigate online tutorials, video conferencing (classroom simulation) as well as face-to-face practical assessments and work placements – where safe and practical to implement. Therefore, you will require access to the internet and a computer to undertake this course. Our flexible model allows you to continue to study in a safe, guided and fully supported manner with continued access to all learning, personal and wellbeing supports. You will be advised by your facilitator on a case by case basis in relation to practical and work placement assessments, as some flexibility will be required during this challenging time.

Start date: We offer rolling enrolments. Enrol at any time.

This course is designed for those currently working in the construction trades as a carpenter. Delivered on-site in a flexible way that suits your work, we will come to your work site and assess you while working. The delivery is designed to fit in with a modern working environment including online content and workplace simulations.

  • Off Campus
  • Bendigo Charleston Road Campus
Course Structure
  • Competency Based Completion


This qualification is nationally recognised

Possible careers
  • Employment in the building industry

  • Full time employment as a carpentry apprentice

Course overview

As the training component of an apprenticeship, you will learn the knowledge, skills and applications required as you begin your career as a carpenter. Learn about framework, form work, finishing and carpentry, as well as the processes required for building a house or commercial building from the initial stages through to completion. Competency based progression (CBP) apprenticeships in Victoria were previously time based, meaning apprentices were required to serve out the entire time of a training contract (generally four years for apprenticeships). Now apprentices operate under competency based training which places emphasis on the workplace application of attained knowledge and skills. Competency based progression means that as an apprentice completes a progression point, they may be entitled to a wage increase. Progression points are triggered at 25%, 50%, 75% and 100% of competition of the apprenticeship.

How to apply
Online application direct to Bendigo TAFE

Selection process
  • No student selection process required

Recognition of prior learning (RPL)
Recognition of prior learning (RPL) may be given for skills and knowledge gained through previous study or other relevant experience.  Further information refer to RPL

Assessment Methods
  • Observation
  • Knowledge Test

Learning options
  • Apprenticeship/Trainee
  • Blended
  • Off campus
  • Online
  • Competency Based Completion

Key study areas
Hand tool and portable power tool skills, house framing, setting out, levelling, interior fix out, plan reading, formwork construction/concreting.

Further study opportunities
  • Certificate IV courses in the construction industry


Your fees are made up of four parts.
  1. Course enrolment type
  2. Materials
  3. Consumables
  4. Student Support Fee.   
Once you have determined the fees applicable to your situation you will be able to calculate a indicative total fee for your qualification.

Are you eligible for Government subsidised fees? Check for your eligibility here
Are you eligible for concession? Check for your eligibility here
Students eligible for Free TAFE receive the tuition rate free. Students eligible for JobTrainer pay 20% of the tuition. Materials, consumables and student services fees are payable by all students and do not receive a JobTrainer discount, however concession rates for student services fees are available for concession card holders, apprentices, trainees and 100% off campus delivery courses.
Concessions for Diploma and Advanced Diploma course categories are only available to Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islanders.

A.   Course enrolment type:Apprenticeship
Government subsidised - average total course fee*$3,446.58
Concession - average total course fee*$685.10
Full fee - average total course fee*$13,997.12
B.   Materials average fee**$527.00
C.   Consumables average fee**$0.00
Indicative pricing for:
A.   Course enrolment type:Standard
Government subsidised - average total course fee*$2,733.72
Concession - average total course fee*$543.40
Full fee - average total course fee*$11,102.08
B.   Materials average fee**$542.75
C.   Consumables average fee**$0.00
Indicative pricing for:

*The student tuition fees as published are subject to change given individual circumstances at enrolment and details of any other fees including but not limited to student services, amenities, goods or materials and consumables.
**Materials/Consumables fees may vary for each individual based on the units they are studying.
Average tuition fees are based on the typical number of student contact hours undertaken by a student to complete this course. Average fees displayed are purely indicative and may not be your actual fee. Fees vary based on the number/hours of electives chosen by the student. Read more on fees and charges

D.  Student Support fees
The Student Support fee is a non-tuition fee for Government subsidised (eligible) students and full fee paying (ineligible) students. Read more. Student support fees are non refundable . Student support fees are payable annually for the duration of your course, over and above tuition fees.

This page was last updated on 3/08/2020 4:27 PM

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