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CPC30211 - Certificate III in Carpentry


This qualification provides a trade outcome in carpentry, covering work in residential and commercial applications. The qualification has a core unit of competency requirements that cover common skills for the construction industry, as well as a specialist field of work.

The construction industry strongly affirms that training and assessment leading to recognition of skills must be undertaken in a real or very closely simulated workplace environment and this qualification requires all units of competency to be delivered in this context.

Completion of the general induction training program specified by the National Code of Practice for Induction Training for Construction Work (ASCC 2007) is required before entering a construction work site. Achievement of unit CPCCOHS1001A covers this requirement.

Job Roles

Job roles that may be available to you after successful completion of the course include:
• Carpenter
• Carpenter and joiner

Entry Requirements

a. Students must be 15 years of age or over.
b. Students are required to successfully complete the Language Literacy and Numeracy test and achieve Exit Level 2 in the Australian Core Skills Framework across reading, writing, learning, oral communication and numeracy skill. Prospective students who have completed year 12 or provide an AQF Certificate III or above in any discipline will be deemed as meeting the entry requirements.
c. Satisfactorily complete a pre-training review interview to determine student’s suitability for the chosen course.
d. Students are required to be physically fit to carry out some tasks as required by the course.
e. Students are required to be employed in the industry in order to adequately satisfy the performance requirements of the assessments.

Course mode of delivery and duration

The course will be delivered face-to-face over a period of 6 months at the OPA campus and workshop area where OPA has an agreement with for practical training.

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)

Many of our students already have a high level of skills, knowledge and expertise that can be recognised through a Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) process. Students seeking recognition can apply for RPL on enrolment into a qualification or throughout the duration of their study.

Credit Transfer

If you have completed the previous study that is the same as your intended qualification with another organisation you may be able to apply for a credit transfer or exemption. A copy of the original transcript must be provided when applying for a credit transfer.


• 16 core units
• 8 elective units

CPCCCA2002B Use carpentry tools and equipment
CPCCCA2011A Handle carpentry materials
CPCCCA3001A Carry out general demolition of minor building structures
CPCCCA3002A Carry out setting out
CPCCCA3023A Carry out levelling operations
CPCCCM1012A Work effectively and sustainably in the construction industry
CPCCCM1013A Plan and organise work
CPCCCM1014A Conduct workplace communication
CPCCCM1015A Carry out measurements and calculations
CPCCCM2001A Read and interpret plans and specifications
CPCCCM2002A Carry out excavation
CPCCCM2007B Use explosive power tools
CPCCCM2008B Erect and dismantle restricted height scaffolding
CPCCCM2010B Work safely at heights
CPCCCO2013A Carry out concreting to simple forms
CPCCOHS2001A Apply OHS requirements, policies and procedures in the construction industry

BSBSMB406 Manage small business finances
CPCCCA3009B Construct advanced roofs
CPCCCA3017B Install exterior cladding
CPCCCA3022A Install curtain walling
CPCCCM3001 Operate elevated work platforms
CPCCSF2003A Cut and bend materials using oxy-LPG equipment
CPCCSF2004A Place and fix reinforcement materials
RIIWHS202D Enter and work in confined spaces


To be assessed as competent, learners need to provide satisfactory evidence to all the assessment requirements relating to their knowledge and skills relevant to the unit of competence. Assessment methods may include:
• Written activities
• Case studies
• Projects
• Role plays / observations


Credit Transfer

Applying to Open Polytechnic Australia (OPA) is easy. You can submit your enrolment application at opa.edu.au/enrol or call the Gold Coast campus on 1300 656 693 or the Sydney campus on 1300 083 832. You will be contacted by AA to arrange a follow-up appointment for a pre-training review.

Once we receive your enrolment form, we will send you a Letter of Offer including all the enrolment conditions. When you accept it and return a signed copy along with payment, we will secure your place.