CPC30211 – Certificate III in Carpentry – RPL

28 May CPC30211 – Certificate III in Carpentry – RPL

If you have a wide range of experience as a carpenter but haven’t completed your qualification for whatever reason, than you’re in the right place. Getting your trade skills recognised is simple, fast and headache free! We will help you attain the right units you need a nationally recognised qualification and for your Carpentry contractor’s licence.

What's involved?

1. Free Skills Assessment

You need to have valid industry experience in order to qualify for this RPL program. When you first touch base, we will help you identify your skills and advise on whether this qualification is right for you. As a rule of thumb if you have more than 2 years experience in your field, then you are likely to be eligible.

2. Evidence Portfolio
  • Valid Identification
  • list showing relevant employment history
  • work samples and documents (tender documents, invoices, quotations, plans, sketches etc)
  • letter of employment
  • reference letters from licensed carpenters you have worked with
  • photos and videos of your work
  • overseas qualifications
  • related licenses, short courses, accreditation, certificates, transcripts or assessments you have attained
  • Apprenticeship papers (if available)
3. Skills Check
  1. You will be having a conversation covering questions for each unit with our qualified assessor
  2. The assessor may choose to also perform a practical observation.
  3. Where gap training is required, you will need to complete theory or practical assessments as required. Theory components can be completed from home and practical components can be completed at your work site.
4. Qualified!

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Upon successful completion of this rpl program you will be awarded a nationally recognised qualification in:

Certificate III in Carpentry



Scope of work

Carpentry work involves cutting and placing timber, or timber composites, in construction work on site to erect framing and fix components or assemblies used in construction work such as stairs, windows, doors, wallboards (excluding plaster boards which is dry plastering), floors, etc. It includes the erection of metal framing and the construction of formwork in preparation for concreting.


Qualifications required

CPC30211 Certificate III in Carpentry


Accessed 12/7/16 from: NSW Fair Trading Carpentry contractor’s licence


Scope of work

Construct and erect timber and steel wall framing and roof structure, construct and erect non-load bearing internal partition walls, Install windows and doors including framing, erect ceiling and subfloor framing, install timber and sheet flooring, install exterior cladding, fascias and soffits, install metal roofing, construct timber stairs, fix internal linings, panelling and mouldings, install door and window locks and furniture, restore and renovate doors, windows and frames, install fitments, concreting to simple forms including install formwork, reinforcement and concrete, erect and strip formwork including slip form and jump form formwork.


Qualifications required

CPC30111 Certificate III in Carpentry

Plus Approved Managerial Course

Accessed on 12/7/16 from: QBCC Carpentry contractor’s licence



Scope of work

Carpentry involves the construction, alteration, renovation and repair of homes, carports, garages, pergolas, decks, verandas and similar structures, and includes any site works, work required to gain access to the site, and the removal of any impediments to access to the site.

You must have capacity to carry out, manage or arrange the following activities in a competent manner and to a professional standard: · fixing strip flooring · erecting, altering and dismantling formwork for stair and ramps erecting, altering and dismantling the formwork


Qualifications required

Certificate III in Carpentry will satisfy some of the technical knowledge required for this licence.


Experience Required

Participation in the construction of non-habitable building structures (above ground and free standing) for two different residential projects, including one that involved installing masonry. This work can include:

  • planning and setting out the construction of non-habitable buildings and structures
  • installing footings, slabs and set out for non-habitable buildings and structures
  • erecting framing for non-habitable buildings and structures
  • installing masonry work for non-habitable buildings and structures
  • constructing retaining walls where they are part of the non-habitable structure
  • installing compliant doors and windows

Participation in constructing timber framing for three homes. This work can include:

  • constructing framing for ceilings and roofs, floors and walls including load bearing and non-load bearing walls o installing wall and ceiling linings including wet area lining
  • constructing framing for external decking and verandas o constructing framing for sub-floors
  • installing sheet flooring o constructing framing for and installing doors and windows

Participation in constructing and installing internal staircases for at least two homes

  • Three examples of your participation in constructing and installing cabinets and their associated hardware
  • Three examples of your participation in selecting and applying waterproofing to bathrooms, kitchens, laundries or the like

Participation in constructing one safety barrier for a swimming pool or spa

  • Two examples of your participation in erecting, altering and dismantling formwork for stairs and ramps, and suspended slabs, columns, beams or walls

The following Australian Standards:

  • AS 2870 Residential slabs and footings
  • AS/NZS 4505 Garage doors and other large access doors


Construction of Gates and Fences

Scope of Work

This component of domestic building work is limited to the construction of gates and fences for homes. It involves planning, preparing, setting out and installing different types of fence and gate to a home. It includes constructing and dismantling all types of fencing of any type of material, and associated manual and automatic gates, including safety barriers for swimming pools and spas.


Qualification Requirement

Certificate III in Carpentry will satisfy some of the technical knowledge required for this licence.


Experience Requirement

You must have capacity to carry out, manage or arrange the following activities in a competent manner and to a professional standard:

  • setting out the fence line in consultation with land surveyor or property owner
  • dismantling existing fences and gates according to job specifications
  • determining bracing on gates
  • installing a prefabricated/modular fence and associated gates
  • installing hardware and operable components, including opening systems
  • mixing, placing and finishing concrete appropriate to the work.

Accessed 12/7/16 from: VIC Carpentry contractor’s licence


Not licensed in this jurisdiction.

Accessed 12/7/16 from: ACT Bricklaying Licence


Not licensed in this jurisdiction.

Accessed 12/7/16 from: WA Carpentry Licence


Scope of work

1st fix carpentry including floor, wall and roof framing, verandahs, pergolas, carports and decks using timber. 2nd fix carpentry including the installation of doors and door hardware, locks, architraves and skirting and the installation of eaves, screen doors, screens, bi-fold doors and operable walls and bathroom fittings. Light steel framing, defined as pressed metal framing in which the width and thickness of the members doesn’t exceed 100mm and some structural steel where required in timber framed construction. No limitation of height or class of building.


Qualifications required

CPC30211 Certificate III in Carpentry

and Trade Certificate


Accessed 12/7/16 from: SA CBS Carpentry contractor’s licence


Not licensed in this jurisdiction.

Accessed 12/7/16 from: TAS Bricklaying Licence


Not licensed in this jurisdiction.

Accessed 12/7/16 from: NT Bricklaying Licence

Can I apply?

This RPL and trade skills recognition program is available to tradesmen with local experience or local students that have completed partial studies in Australia. We also have programs to help migrants fast-track their qualifications providing they have relevant experience, qualifications and well aware of the Australian standards and requirements.

Ready to start?

What are you waiting for? Contact Us today. Free call: 1800 765 295

  • Manoj Ramphal
    Posted at 05:50h, 22 June Reply

    how can I get registration and recognition for my trade as carpenter.
    I have oversees carpentry experience and thinking of moving here to Australia.

    • Qualify Me!
      Posted at 00:51h, 23 October Reply

      Hi Manoj,

      Unfortunately, we will require you to have 12 months in Australia.

  • Joel Gibson
    Posted at 10:11h, 26 June Reply

    Hey there, I’ve been working as a carpenter for a few years, juggling between residential, set building, festival stage design and now I’ve just opened up my own furniture making workshop. I’m working 4 days a week with a builder as a carpenter doing architectural builds and want to get qualified.



    • Qualify Me!
      Posted at 05:05h, 29 June Reply


      Sounds like you’ve been keeping yourself busy! You may want to consider our Carpentry and Joinery RPL Program. It will cover both your furniture building and carpentry experience.

  • George Buchanan
    Posted at 14:23h, 02 July Reply

    Joel actually sounds a lot like my partner and I. We are keen to get our builders licences but what we both have is a bachelor degree in dramatic art – props construction. We also own our own company in which we build things for events, tv and theatre. We work in steel, aluminium and all things wood, we do lighting and sound, painting, concreting, a whole lot of stuff. We have done a few home renovations as well. We run a team of up to 13 staff and manage/supervise them on work sites. We have REP and forklift tickets. I’m just trying to figure out whether any of our prior experince counts for anything as it appears there’s nothing here that really says people in our boat would have enough experience to become licenced builders. If this carpentry cert. looks like a possibility as something we could obtain, then with that qualification would we then have a chance at the builders licence? Look forward to hearing your reply. Cheers!

    • Qualify Me!
      Posted at 02:46h, 07 July Reply

      Hi George,
      Assuming you’re based in NSW, then the Carpentry is definitely a stepping stone towards your builders licence. However, I must reiterate that to attain a builders licence in NSW, you must have 2 years of experience working as a bona fide employee of a building company and working on residential project. Check out this link for more information: How do I get my builders licence in NSW

      N.B. To attain you carpentry certificate you will need to be experience with: flooring system installations, constructing wall frames and ceiling frames, erecting roof trusses, constructing pitched roofs and eaves to mention a few.

  • George Buchanan
    Posted at 14:25h, 02 July Reply

    *EWP tickets

  • Avtar lal
    Posted at 00:06h, 07 August Reply

    I have a previouscarpenter more fhan 15 years And i wanta certificate 3 in carpentery

  • Ky
    Posted at 08:25h, 02 November Reply

    I have completted cert 3 in carpentry and have been working as a carpenter on residential sites for the last 5-6 years, should I have any other qualifications?

    • Qualify Me!
      Posted at 23:17h, 27 February Reply

      Hi Ky,

      As long as your certificate is not outdated and is still accepted by the Office of Fair Trading (NSW), you should be able to apply for your licence. It is best to contact them for confirmation.

      If you need to update your cert, please give us a call on 1800 765 295.

  • Peter mitchell
    Posted at 06:44h, 15 November Reply

    Hi, I’ve been working as a carpenter for about 45 years mainly in domestic housing, as I’m going through a lifestyle change I’m entering a field that msy require me to be certified just wondering what direction i should take, cheers

  • Julian Aquilina
    Posted at 09:15h, 09 December Reply

    Hi I have been working in landscaping and carpentry over the last 3 years mainly work on house renovations. I have no formal training. I erect internal framing also taking assisting walls out and refitting with load bearing beams for open plan got outs repair exsisting roof structures installation of Windows door jams and doors construction of decks and patios also setting and erecting of timber and block retaining walls building formwork for concrete, fencing,paving, garden edging. Prep and laying turf the list goes on . Please help I need qualification so I can paid for the work I know how to do to code. Worked with carpenters builders plumbers electricians done it all including gyprocking running cornice and setting and feathering.

  • Kristian Chapman
    Posted at 06:36h, 28 January Reply

    Hey guys Ive completed a cert 3 apprenticeship over 20 years ago as a bricklayer have stood framework and trusses installed windows doors and flooring is their any course’s for mature age students to gain their cert 3 in carpentry.
    Thank Kristian.

    • Qualify Me!
      Posted at 06:01h, 31 January Reply

      I can think of a couple of suitable options for your situation.
      If you have solid experience in all areas of carpentry we can look down the Recognition of Prior Learning and skills recognition path – where we assess your skills and knowledge and recognise them with a qualication.
      Alternatively, without experience, you would need to consider a fast tracked mature age apprenticeship.
      Hope this helps!

  • Julian Smith
    Posted at 06:10h, 22 February Reply

    Hi there. I am a qualified landscaper. I went through an RPL process to gain my qual in QLD approx 15 years ago. I then went on to obtain a BSA structural landscape contractors licence and went into business for myself. Decks, pergolas, fencing, seating, privacy screens were regular items. Fast forward to today and I’m now working as skilled labor building frames and trusses with a carpenter in Melbourne. I’m about to enrol for my cert 4 building & construction but would also like to try and get signed off thru RPL as a carpenter.

  • Bilel Mansour
    Posted at 23:41h, 24 February Reply

    Hi. Qualify Me team.

    I have been working as a lock up and fix carpenter for the the last 5 years, im self employed and have been working with some of melbournes volume builders. As business is getting buisy im finding it difficult to keep up and thinking to employ some apprentices but cant because i need a qualification to do so.

    If you can please advise me it will be much appreciated

    Thank you.

  • Mat hadenham
    Posted at 01:55h, 06 March Reply

    Hi I have been doing carpenter work for over 20 year from pergolas decks hanging doors skirts and arcs retaining walls garden capentary window and shop fitting kitchens bathrooms i am a aircraft structures engineer by trade but never been quilfied in carpentery and would like to get qualified I have lots of photos of my work only ever worked by myself contracting is this possible and at what cost

  • Avi shanks
    Posted at 13:16h, 07 March Reply

    Hi,i have a day job (non carpentary).
    I want to learn more about carpentary without quitting my day job, any advise?

    Can you elaborate about fast tasked mature aged
    Apprenticeship and where its offered

  • Sam Gathercole
    Posted at 23:01h, 31 March Reply

    Hi. I have previous experience in a shopfitting trade that missed the last few modules of and failed to gain my certification. This was roughly 10 yrs ago. I currently run my own business as a handyman that I’ve been doing for over 12 months, doing deck construction, framing, flooring, window/door replacement, kitchens, gyprocking etc do I qualify to sit the RPL for carpentry or is there some course I can do to advance my skills?

  • Pascal
    Posted at 00:05h, 27 April Reply


    Would like more info on your RPL in cert 3 carpentry

  • Mo
    Posted at 10:48h, 04 May Reply

    Hi , my name is Mo. I am interested in learning wood work. I am planning to stop work in near future as i have completed more than 40 years in my profession in health care and now looking for a hobby . I live in Bendigo and would prefer to learn in Bendigo. Any ideas.

  • Pamela blackwood
    Posted at 00:57h, 17 May Reply

    Looking for a carpentry apprenticeship in regional victoria, and what is needed for my grandson who is very keen to start

  • Samuela Movete
    Posted at 14:44h, 05 July Reply

    Hey I’ve been doing formwork for 7 years never been qualified and would like to get qualified as carpenter

  • Wayne Bell
    Posted at 07:17h, 28 August Reply

    I have completed certificate 3 carpentry and construction at tafe and received my certificate but my mum past away towards the end of my apprenticeship and I never got completely signed off. Since then I have been working with a couple local concreters setting up jobs and pouring them. I have also worked on construction sites for ten years now in NSW. Am I eligible to apply for my carpentry license? Or concreters license?

  • Jack Cobb
    Posted at 10:54h, 04 September Reply

    Hey qualify me I have worked for a company that installs dust proof storage rooms in roofs and also installs attic ladders . I have been doing this for 8 years now . I was wondering where this leaves me I have no qualifications but have been working underneath a qualified carpenter for all of theses years .
    Thanks you

    Jack Western Australia

  • shane fox
    Posted at 07:25h, 07 September Reply

    hi i have been in the building industry as a sole trade for the past 15 yrs i need a license?

  • Ben Ross
    Posted at 20:53h, 29 September Reply

    I have been a qualified builder in New Zealand for 9 years and running my own company for 4 years, Our licence system is licences building practitioners. Would my proof of licensing here help me gain a residential building licence in NSW?

  • Pat Mcilroy
    Posted at 04:24h, 09 October Reply

    HI, Im a Qualified Carpenter looking to enter into business with a colleague of mine. Neither of us have a QBCC licence but woukld like to. Could you outline & explain the process for me please?
    Ive been Qualified for 11 years, working mainly on wages &/or as a sole trader Carpenter. In various capacities & in various areas of the Construction sector in QLD.
    I now want to be my own boss & do my own thing with another like minded, switched on & experienced Carpenter.
    In saying that, can either of us RPL the QBCC licence requirements so we can get out there & help build Australia asap
    Your help & guidance would be much appreciated!

  • Bishal
    Posted at 10:53h, 21 October Reply

    Hi ,
    I am in staying in Australia in overseas student visa. I have worked as a helper for carpenters.
    And I really like to see myself as a carpenter in future . But I don’t have specific idea about can I get permanent residence in carpentry field or not.
    If yes , then I want to know about the criteria. Could you please help me with it .
    Hoping for your response and kindness .
    Thanks in advance

  • Matt Jameson
    Posted at 21:31h, 13 May Reply

    i have been working as a carpenter for 7 years and i desperately want to get qualified so i can further my career. Most of my working life has been in commercial builds in Melbourne with short periods of time on residential builds. Just wondering whether this would be the course for me without putting a lot of pressure on myself theory wise?
    Thanks i look forward to hearing from you

    • Qualify Me!
      Posted at 10:52h, 15 May Reply

      Hello Matt,

      You’ve a lot of experiences under your belt, best thing is to have a chat with one of our course advisors to discuss your experiences and eligibility for the RPL course. If we haven’t already, a course advisor should be in touch with you real soon to talk you through it.

  • Kareem Gad El Rab
    Posted at 19:34h, 30 June Reply

    Hello, I have worked as a site supervisor for a small domestic building company for 3 years and I have completed a mechanical engineering degree, also I have recently completed a diploma of building and construction (Building) and I am currently undertaking a Diploma of building and construction (management) and a diploma of project management. Will I qualify for an RPL for a cert3 in carpentry? And how much will it cost. Thank you

    • Qualify Me!
      Posted at 11:58h, 01 July Reply

      Hello Kareem,

      If we haven’t already, we’ll give you a call to discuss your RPL. Cheers!

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