Certificate III in Carpentry

This qualification provides a trade outcome in carpentry, covering work in residential and commercial applications.

Occupational titles may include:


Carpenter and joiner.

The qualification has 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.


To achieve this qualification, the candidate must demonstrate competency in:

30 units of competency:

22 core units

8 elective units.

A maximum of two of the eight required elective units may be substituted by selecting relevant units of competency from any Certificate III or IV construction qualification or qualification in another endorsed Training Package.

Some units in this qualification may have prerequisite requirements, which must be met when packaging the qualification. Users are referred to the list of add topic CPC08 units with prerequisite unit requirements available in this Training Package for this purpose.

Core units

add topic CPCCCA2002B

Use carpentry tools and equipment

add topic CPCCCA2011A

Handle carpentry materials

add topic CPCCCA3001A

Carry out general demolition of minor building structures

add topic CPCCCA3002A

Carry out setting out

add topic CPCCCA3023A

Carry out levelling operations

add topic CPCCCM1012A

Work effectively and sustainably in the construction industry

add topic CPCCCM1013A

Plan and organise work

add topic CPCCCM1014A

Conduct workplace communication

add topic CPCCCM1015A

Carry out measurements and calculations

add topic CPCCCM2001A

Read and interpret plans and specifications

add topic CPCCCM2002A

Carry out excavation

add topic CPCCCM2007B

Use explosive power tools

add topic CPCCCM2008B

Erect and dismantle restricted height scaffolding

add topic CPCCCM2010B

Work safely at heights

add topic CPCCCO2013A

Carry out concreting to simple forms

add topic CPCCOHS2001A

Apply OHS requirements, policies and procedures in the construction industry

Construction and erection of frames, trusses, eaves and roofs field of work

add topic CPCCCA3003A

Install flooring systems

add topic CPCCCA3004A

Construct wall frames

add topic CPCCCA3005B

Construct ceiling frames

add topic CPCCCA3006B

Erect roof trusses

add topic CPCCCA3007C

Construct pitched roofs

add topic CPCCCA3008B

Construct eaves

Elective units

Installation field of work

add topic CPCCCA3010A

Install and replace windows and doors

add topic CPCCCA3012A

Frame and fit wet area fixtures

add topic CPCCCA3013A

Install lining, panelling and moulding

add topic CPCCCA3016A

Construct timber external stairs

Formwork construction field of work

add topic CPCCCA3018A

Construct, erect and dismantle formwork for stairs and ramps

add topic CPCCCA3019A

Erect and dismantle formwork to suspended slabs, columns, beams and walls

add topic CPCCCA3020A

Erect and dismantle jump form formwork

add topic CPCCCA3021A

Erect and dismantle slip form formwork

General electives

add topic BSBSMB301

Investigate micro business opportunities

add topic BSBSMB406

Manage small business finances

add topic CPCCCA2003A

Erect and dismantle formwork for footings and slabs on ground

add topic CPCCCA3009B

Construct advanced roofs

add topic CPCCCA3011A

Refurbish timber sashes to window frames

add topic CPCCCA3014A

Construct bulkheads

add topic CPCCCA3015A

Assemble partitions

add topic CPCCCA3017B

Install exterior cladding

add topic CPCCCA3022A

Install curtain walling

add topic CPCCCM3001C

Operate elevated work platforms

add topic CPCCSF2003A

Cut and bend materials using oxy-LPG equipment

add topic CPCCSF2004A

Place and fix reinforcement materials

add topic CPCCWC3003A

Install dry wall passive fire-rated systems

add topic RIICCM210D

Install trench support

add topic RIIWHS202D

Enter and work in confined spaces

add topic RIIWMG203D

Drain and dewater civil construction site

Subject lists

ATEC Certificate III in Carpentry


    Not applicable.

Entry Requirements

Not applicable.

Licensing Information

Not applicable.

Employability Skills

Employability skill

Industry/enterprise requirements for this qualification include:


Communicates with clients, colleagues and others using effective and appropriate communication techniques, including:

Clear and direct communication

Active listening

Verbal and non-verbal language

Questioning to identify and confirm requirements

Language and concepts appropriate to cultural differences

Follows instructions from supervisors and other relevant persons

Understands, interprets and applies information as required from:

Regulatory, legislative, licensing and organisational requirements

Environmental and OHS requirements, including material safety data sheets (MSDS)

Codes and standards

Plans and drawings


Safety signs and symbols

Organisational policies and procedures

Understands relevant definitions, terminology, symbols, abbreviations and language

Records relevant information using standard workplace documentation

Applies measurements and calculations using appropriate equipment, formulas and records as required

Reports and records hazards and risks


Works as part of a team

Provides assistance and encouragement to other team members

Initiates and encourages improvements in team performance

Identifies and utilises the strengths of other team members

Relates to people from diverse social, cultural and ethnic backgrounds and with varying physical and mental abilities

Coordinates and actions tasks

Participates in on-site meetings

Problem solving

Examines tools and equipment prior to use for damage, missing components or other defects

Identifies typical faults and problems and takes necessary remedial action

Rectifies simple faults with tools and equipment

Performs routine maintenance as required

Checks materials and products for conformity to specifications

Carries out data input adjustments

Initiative and enterprise

Identifies opportunities to improve resource efficiency and makes suggestions as appropriate

Responds to change and workplace challenges

Puts ideas into action

Maximises use of resources by recycling, re-using or using appropriate disposal methods

Planning and organising

Identifies hazards and implements appropriate hazard control measures

Selects and uses appropriate materials, tools and equipment

Determines material quantity requirements

Prioritises and sequences tasks

Applies time management skills to ensure work is completed to time requirements

Self management

Evaluates own actions and makes judgements about performance and necessary improvements

Contributes to workplace responsibilities, such as current work site environmental/sustainability frameworks or management systems

Manages own performance to meet workplace standards

Seeks support to improve work performance

Cleans up work area, including tools and equipment


Identifies own learning needs and seeks skill development as required

Is open to learning new ideas and techniques


Uses calculators

Uses and operates a range of tools and equipment correctly and safely including computer-controlled equipment