Want a career where you can use your hands and your creativity?

Carpenters get to do just that, working with wood to build, install and repair different structures and fixtures – from kitchen cabinets to bridges. They can work in a range of areas such as joinery, framework, and formwork.

The job outlook for chippies in Australia is looking good, with an estimated 69,000 job openings from 2018-2023 (around 13,800 per year). If you’ve been thinking about entering the building and construction industry, now’s a good time to take the first step and find the right carpentry courses to get you there.

Learn how to become a carpenter and how to get a carpenter licence with this advice from Major Training.

Carpentry Courses

To work as a qualified chippy in Australia, you have to complete a Certificate III in Carpentry (CPC30211). This carpentry course teaches you all the skills and processes to competently work in residential and commercial applications. It also includes the requirements for a carpenter’s licence.

You’ll learn how to:

  • Use carpentry tools and equipment
  • Complete general demolitions
  • Complete levelling operations
  • Apply concreting to simple forms
  • Assemble partitions
  • Install flooring systems
  • Construct ceiling and wall frames
  • Install and replace windows and doors
  • Erect roof trusses
  • Work effectively and sustainably
  • Apply OHS requirements, policies, and procedures.

And that’s just the start.

To be eligible to enrol in this carpentry course, you have to apply for a carpentry apprenticeship. You’re required to be employed full-time or part-time in a workplace that gives you sufficient hands-on experience to meet the unit of competency requirements. Assessment includes a combination of knowledge and skills observation and apprenticeship employer reports.

A Certificate III in Carpentry opens doors to entry-level roles and is a great place from which to progress in the industry. If you’re interested in becoming a qualified builder or construction manager, graduates of this course are eligible to enrol in a Certificate IV in Building and Construction (CPC40110).

How long does it take to become a carpenter?

A carpentry apprenticeship with Certificate III in Carpentry takes four years.

Apprenticeship probation is 90 days.

Call our team on 1300 790 822 or enrol online to learn more about undertaking a carpentry apprenticeship with Major Training.

How to Get a Carpentry Apprenticeship

Not sure how to become a carpentry apprentice?

Where you undertake your apprenticeship is an important decision, as this is where you’ll learn a lot of your skills and work closely with qualified carpenters. So when you’re looking for an employer, it’s key to consider whether it’s the right fit.

You can start by researching local businesses online and searching local newspaper classified sections to see who’s offering apprenticeships in the industry. Once you are employed, Major Training can be selected as your Registered Training Organisation (RTO)

Working in partnership with the Australian Apprenticeship Network, we strive to understand your strengths and goals by delivering an apprentice training plan that suits your needs. Call our team on 1300 790 822 to discuss your eligibility for a carpentry apprenticeship today.

Refer to our information for apprentices and trainees for more details.