Certificate III in Carpentry

Certificate III in Carpentry - CPC30211

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Take on expert training for carpentry apprentices, and covers residential and commercial applications.

Student type:
Mode of study:
On campus
Entry score:

Not applicable

Duration:
Full-time 4 years
Fees:

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Next intake:
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Location:
Bundoora
Melbourne City
Mode of study:
On campus
Entry score:

Not applicable

Duration:
Not applicable
Fees:

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Next intake:
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Location:
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This Qualification has been superseded by the Department of Education, Skills and Employment and will change in 2022.

You can still apply for this program and you will be supported to transfer into the new qualification once it becomes available. This may result in changes to the program structure, content and fees.

Overview

This certificate provides you with the skills and knowledge needed to gain employment as a carpenter in the building and construction industry, one of the largest industries in Australia.

It will also prepare you to further your studies in building and construction, if you choose to.

On-the-job training with your employer is combined with face-to-face training and assessments with a RMIT trainer, as part of this work-based learning model. The curriculum will provide extensive opportunities for you to build your understanding of work expectations and the development of skills and knowledge specific to your trade.

Students will study many skills, including:

  • using carpentry tools and equiptmemt
  • general demolition of minor structures
  • levelling operations
  • working effectively and sustainably in the construction industry
  • planning and organising work
  • read and interpret plans and specifications
  • carry out excavation
  • construct wall and ceiling frames, pitched roofs, eaves and timber external stairs
  • install exterior cladding.

Once you have successfully completed the competencies of this certificate, you will be eligible for registration with the Victorian Building Authority.

This training is delivered with Victorian and Commonwealth Government funding.

Details

This certificate will be delivered and assessed in the workplace. This will involve face-to-face training and assessment, as part of the on the job work-based learning. The duration of this certificate is 4 years as outlined in the training plan.

The RMIT trainer will negotiate with each of the individual apprentice and the employers as to when RMIT training staff is to attend the training site to conduct face-to-face training and assessment for each unit of competency. The frequency of visits will depend on many factors: the capability of the apprentice, how the apprentice is progressing through theory tasks using the hard copy resources/workbooks provided (or e-book copy), the nature of work conducted on the work site, and the availability of the apprentice and workplace supervisor.

The RMIT trainer will also play a crucial role in providing progress timelines for the apprentice to ensure that the activities are in line with the apprentices’ training plan. The trainer will consult with the on-site supervisor (or business owner in small to medium sized enterprises) to obtain feedback on the apprentice’s progress during each visit. It is expected that each workplace visits will involve some assessment as well as the face-to-face training.

You will engage with industry through your employment as an apprentice.

Engagement with industry will be achieved by a combination of work-based jobs at the workplace related to carpentry, work integrated learning, and mentoring and coaching by the workplace supervisor. Industry specialists may be included in the delivery of work-based learning and assessments

4 years – competency completion (apprentices can complete in less time if competent).

The program duration is four years maximum or as specified on the apprentices training contract.

It is possible for some apprentices to complete their apprenticeship in less than four years depending on their progress and ability to complete all the requirements of the qualification and individual units of competency.

The prospective time lines for completion will be negotiated with the employer prior to signing a training agreement.

This certificate will be delivered and assessed in the workplace.

If students are required on campus, they may choose for training to be delivered at the City or Bundoora campus.

The knowledge and skills you will acquire throughout this certificate and how they can be applied in your career are described in the learning outcomes.

This program may change for 2022 due to the revision of the National Training Package.

The duration of this certificate is four years maximum or as specified on the apprentices training contract. The curriculum has been structured around sequencing the units of competency into four stages of logical learning of the trade.

Each stage will most likely correspond to one year (or 12 month period) of the apprenticeship. 

  • Stage 1 has 8 units of competency
  • Stage 2 has 9 units
  • Stage 3 has 8 units
  • Stage 4 has 5 units.

The curriculum will provide extensive opportunities for apprentices to build their understanding of work expectations and the development of skills and knowledge specific to their trade.

Evidence of participation will be collected through the RMIT internal reporting system, the Apprenticeship and Traineeship Management System (ATMS) and second points of evidence will be with the collection of work sheets, records of assessment and through a progress log for each apprentice.

It is anticipated that the RMIT assessor/trainer will attend approximately 10 visits per year to track and report on student progress, and to assess students via the ATMS (where a minimum of 4 workplace visits is a requirement).

In addition, the RMIT assessor/trainer will ensure ASQA compliance and regulatory requirements are met by the employer about safety and assessment requirements, and will report any breaches to RMIT.

Course structure

Choose a plan below to find out more about the subjects you will study and the course structure.

Certificate III in Carpentry
Program code: C3320
National curriculum code: CPC30211

Title
Location
Duration
Plan code
CRICOS
Certificate III in Carpentry
City Campus
4 years
C3320
Location
City Campus
Duration
4 years
Plan code
C3320
CRICOS

Career

The Certificate III in Carpentry offers you diverse career options as a carpenter, joiner, shop fitter or form worker.

Admissions

You need to satisfy all of the following academic (entry) requirements to be considered for entry into this course.

To undertake a Victorian apprenticeship, you must register with an Australian Apprenticeship Support Network Provider (Apprenticeship Network) and nominate RMIT as your preferred Registered Training Organisation (RTO). We'll contact you as soon as we're notified by the Apprenticeship Network.

Your first step is to get a job in the industry. From there you can start your apprenticeship.

If you're interested in this program, contact the School of Vocational Engineering, Health and Sciences for more information.

There are no prerequisite subjects required for entry into this qualification.

All apprentice students will be required to have successfully completed the required White Card (unit CPCCOHS1001A or CPCCWHS1001) prior to entering any worksite.

In addition, the students will receive workplace induction, information on safe work practices and on the use of correct Personal Protective Equipment (such as eye wear and sound protection) in the construction sector.

All PPE, site safety plans, tools and equipment are provided by the employer at the workplace.

Any known breaches on the part of the employer will be reported to the appropriate authority to ensure a safe working place for our students.

Pathways

Understanding pathways

Undertaking a certificate, diploma, advanced diploma or associate degree can help you meet the entry requirements for your preferred degree. These qualifications often provide credit, reducing the duration of your bachelor degree.

Even though there are no formal pathways into this course, there are often other ways you can gain entry.

Credit, recognition of prior learning, professional experience and accreditation from a professional body can reduce the duration of your study by acknowledging your earlier, relevant experience.

Credit and exemptions will be assessed consistent with the principles of the RMIT Credit Policy.

You may further your studies with the Diploma in Building and Construction  to examine the principles, techniques and regulations of the building and construction industry for medium-rise and wide-span buildings up to 25 metres high.

Fees

2023 fees

The tuition fees you will pay for this program will depend on whether you are offered a Victorian Government subsidised place or a full-fee place. To find out if you are eligible for a government subsidised place, follow the steps at How to check if you are eligible.

  • 2023 government subsidised place (with concession): AU$450.00* per annum
  • 2023 government subsidised place: AU$2,250* per annum
  • 2023 full-fee place: AU$6,000* per annum

*Fees shown are indicative only and subject to change given individual circumstances at the time of enrolment.

Fee finder

Use our fee finder to get an estimate of your fees for this program.

Additional expenses

*The Student Services and Amenities Fee (SSAF) rates for 2023 have been delayed by the Australian Government. The fee information will be published when they are available.

  • Student services and amenities fee (SSAF): AU$315 maximum fee for 2022*.
  • Other items related to your program, including field trips, textbooks and equipment.

Annual fee adjustment

The student tuition fees as displayed by the fee finder are indicative only and subject to change given individual circumstances at enrolment. Fees are adjusted on an annual basis and these fees should only be used as a guide.

Eligibility Exemption criteria

**The Victorian Government is currently waiving three (3) eligibility criteria around prior qualifications. This means that more people who want to study a vocational education program at RMIT, and who have studied previously, will be able to access a government subsidised place in a program. Find out how to check your eligibility

Payments and refunds

For information on how to pay your fees or how to apply for a refund, please see Paying your fees and applying for refunds.

*The Student Services and Amenities Fee (SSAF) rates for 2023 have been delayed by the Australian Government. The fee information will be published when they are available.

In addition to tuition fees, you will be charged an annual student services and amenities fee (SSAF), which is used to maintain and enhance services and amenities that improve your experience as an RMIT student.

The SSAF is calculated based on your enrolment load and the maximum fee for 2022* is $315. 

For more information about calculating your actual SSAF see Paying SSAF.

You may also be required to purchase other items related to your program, including field trips, textbooks and equipment. These additional fees and expenses vary from program to program.

You may be entitled to apply for a fee concession or exemption if you are in a Victorian Government subsidised place and you meet the eligibility criteria.

If your application for a fee concession is approved, you will be charged 20% of the standard government subsidised tuition fee for your program. You will also be charged a lower rate on your student services and amenities fee (SSAF).

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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

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Sorry, this program is not available for international students intending to study on a student visa.

If you hold a different visa type, you may be eligible. Please contact Study@RMIT for more information.

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Acknowledgement of Country

RMIT University acknowledges the people of the Woi wurrung and Boon wurrung language groups of the eastern Kulin Nation on whose unceded lands we conduct the business of the University. RMIT University respectfully acknowledges their Ancestors and Elders, past and present. RMIT also acknowledges the Traditional Custodians and their Ancestors of the lands and waters across Australia where we conduct our business.