Carpentry  Apprenticeship

CPC30220 – Certificate III in Carpentry

Kickstart your career as a carpenter with a paid apprenticeship

Carpentry can be an enjoyable and profitable profession for anyone who finds it rewarding to create something from scratch using their hands after visualising how it will all come together in their mind’s eye. As a career, it offers a steady income, stable job security as well as variety. No two days on-site will ever be the same.

Throughout your paid apprenticeship, you will learn a range of practical skills such as how to work on new dwellings, renovations or extensions to existing dwellings. Typical tasks you will learn include how to safely carry out constructing wall frames, ceiling frames, pitched roofs, eaves, external stairs and flooring systems as well as installing windows and doors.

There are also the theoretical aspects to cover off in the course and this includes topics such as reading and drawing plans, understanding council requirements and learning about the building codes of Australia.

Completion Time

  • 4 years

    Registration Criteria

    • Sound literacy and numeracy skills
    • You must be an Australian citizen/resident or hold an appropriate visa that allows you to work in Australia for the duration of the apprenticeship
    • Construction White Card – this can be obtained online prior to the commencement of your apprenticeship


    • Manual drivers license and own transport
    • Participation in the Trade Taster program and relevant work experience is also highly desirable

    Career Outcomes


    • Carpenter
    • Joiner
    • Woodworker
    • Builder
    • Site supervisor
    • Project manager
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    Earn while you learn with East Coast Apprenticeships

    East Coast Apprenticeships combines both theory and practical on-site skills learning. Our approach is to directly employ potential apprentices such as yourself by placing you with ‘Host Employers’ which are usually local, small to medium sized businesses. You will work and train under the supervision of an experienced tradesperson upon placement with a Host Employer.  

    When you commence employment with us, you will be officially signed up as an apprentice with a Training Contract which is nationally recognised.

    Whilst you are working on-site, you will earn an hourly wage. Your wages will depend on several factors, such as your age and your level of education. Your wages may increase with each completed year of your apprenticeship.

    In addition to your paid practical work, you will need to attend classroom lessons for 1 or 2 week periods 2-3 times throughout the year. These lessons will take place at one of our recommended/approved Supervising Registered Training Organisations (SRTOs). SRTOs can include TAFE colleges and institutes, adult and community education providers as well as other relevant industry organisations.

    What skills does it take to successfully complete a carpentry apprenticeship?

    • Enjoy working with your hands
    • Enjoy physical work
    • Have good attention to detail – measure twice, cut once!
    • Enjoy working outside
    • Have good problem solving and visualisation skills
    • Have good maths skills
    • Be open to working at heights
    • Don’t mind early morning starts


    What are the costs of enrolling?

    There are no costs involved in being employed as an East Coast apprentice – instead you get paid for your on-site work!

    Student fees may apply for the enrolment in the necessary theory modules and to attend classes at your designated SRTO. However, upon successful completion of these modules, you will be fully reimbursed for all fees. Financial help/loans are available for you to be able to purchase any necessary tools and equipment required to complete on-site work.

    Click to learn more about the Australian Apprentice Training Support Payment.


    Units of Competency for a Certificate III in Carpentry

    This qualification requires the completion of 34 units of competency: 27 core units and 7 electives.

    Click here to view the elective and core Units of Competency 

    How do I apply for a Certificate III in Carpentry?

    To apply for an exciting career as a carpenter nd to start earning while you learn, visit the Apply Now page.

    Applying online is mobile friendly but you will need to submit a resume. If you don’t have access to your resume on your mobile at the time of application, please upload it later to your profile.

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    Why should you choose East Coast Apprenticeships?

    East Coast Apprenticeships is a community-based, not for profit organisation which has been in operation since 1988. We take pride in our workmanship and strive for a reputation of integrity and providing the highest level of guidance and support to all our apprentices and trainees.

    Our Point of Difference:

    As one of Queensland’s largest Group Training Organisations we are more likely to be able to rotate you to different employers to either keep you working in your trade or provide you greater exposure to the full scope of the trade as well as develop a wider set of skills by learning from different tradesmen. Throughout your apprenticeship you will also establish a number of contacts within the industry to enhance your prospects within the sector upon completion of your apprenticeship. 

    Pastoral Care:

    Finally, as a Group Training Organisation, East Coast Apprenticeships offers a unique service of “Pastoral Care” to apprentices and trainees. The value of Pastoral Care offered to students is that they are nurtured and supported by experienced Field Officers who foster encouragement, a positive influence, improved decision-making skills and increased self-esteem by ensuring each apprentice is making strong progress within their apprenticeship and supporting them through any challenges.

    Click here to read more about our Pastoral Care policy.

    East Coast offices providing management / support are located at: 

    • Brisbane North (Strathpine)
    • Brisbane South (Upper Mount Gravatt)
    • Sunshine Coast (Maroochydore)
    • Bundaberg
    • Hervey Bay
    What are the differences between an apprenticeship and a traineeship?

    Talk to the team at East Coast Apprenticeships.

    Do you have some questions about whether a Certificate III in Carpentry is right for you, or how our paid apprenticeships work? Simply fill out the form below and we’ll get back to you.

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