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CPC30211 Certificate III in Carpentry



  • Subsidised by Queensland Government
  • Strict eligibility requirements apply
  • Click the 'Apprentices' tab below for further details
Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)
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Recommended for experienced carpenters with four or more years experience.


You must be an indentured apprentice to enrol.

No block release, all completed in the workplace.



  • Formal recognition for your experience
  • For experienced carpenters
  • Click the 'RPL' tab below for further details
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* - total cost for course, see 'Costs' tab for how total cost is calculated.



You MUST be an indentured apprentice to complete the CPC30211 Certificate III in Carpentry under normal conditions. If you are not an apprentice, or soon to be an apprentice, then you must be able to RPL all but two (2) of the required units through knowledge, skills and experience from being a carpenter for a number of years.


You do not have to attend any formal classes, or get released by your employer for 'block release'. Theory and completion of your logbook is completed online, in your own time, where you like. Practical skills is gained and assessed in the workplace.

Course duration

Typically a carpentry apprenticeship will take four (4) years to complete, with the CPC30211 Certificate III in Carpentry taking approximately three and a half (3.5) years to complete in that time. Accelerated progression is possible for apprentices with prior knowledge or experience, or those who can achieve competency in a unit/s quicker than standard times.


You will be fully supported by industry qualified and current QBCC licensed Builders. We will contact you regularly by email and/or phone with at least a monthly visit on-site with you and your employer to discuss your progression. In between times you are more than welcome to contact us any time with any questions you may have.

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)

If you have been employed as a carpenter and have gained knowledge, skills and experience from being on the job, you may be eligible for RPL for the CPC30211 Certificate III in Carpentry.

This option is available to you if you can RPL all but two (2) of the required units. We will provide training to up to two (2) units at either our Capalaba or Caboolture workshops.

If you are considering RPL for this course, please contact us first before you proceed any further so we can discuss your experience with you.

If you proceed with an RPL application, we require a $300, non-refundable deposit up front before you proceed. This covers our cost in assessing your initial self assessable and experience video. Therefore we strongly recommend to contact us first before you proceed any further with an RPL application.



If you are an apprentice, the Queensland government subsidises the majority of the course fees. However you do have to pay a student contribution fee. The contribution fee is $1.60 per nominal hour, per unit. For example if a unit has 20 nominal hours, the contribution fee is $32.00. The total fee for the course comes to $1462.40. See the 'Units' tab for the nominal hours for each unit.

You do not have to pay the total fee up front. You can pay the the contribution fee on a unit by unit basis as you enrol.


The total RPL fee for the CPC30211 Certificate III in Carpentry is $2700.

You will be required to pay a non-refundable up front fee of $300 when you make your RPL application. The $2400 balance is invoiced at the finalisation of your RPL application and payable before your certificate will be issued.


The following list of units is indicative of units that would comprise a standard training plan for the CPC30211 Certificate III in Carpentry. However we can customise the training plan, where possible, to reflect the requirements of employers if you are an apprentice, or for an RPL application to suit your knowledge and experience.


Core units


Elective units


CPCCCA2002B Use carpentry tools and equipment - 36 nominal hours

CPCCCA2011A Handle carpentry materials - 16 nominal hours

CPCCCA3001A Carry out general demolition of minor building structures - 32 nominal hours

CPCCCA3002A Carry out setting out - 24 nominal hours

CPCCCA3023A Carry out levelling operations - 24 nominal hours

CPCCCM1012A Work effectively and sustainably in the construction industry - 20 nominal hours

CPCCCM1013A Plan and organise work - 20 nominal hours

CPCCCM1014A Conduct workplace communication - 20 nominal hours

CPCCCM1015A Carry out measurements and calculations - 20 nominal hours

CPCCCM2001A Read and interpret plans and specifications - 36 nominal hours

CPCCCM2002A Carry out excavation - 16 nominal hours

CPCCCM2007B Use explosive power tools - 16 nominal hours

CPCCCM2008B Erect and dismantle restricted height scaffolding - 40 nominal hours

CPCCCM2010B Work safely at heights - 8 nominal hours

CPCCCO2013A Carry out concreting to simple forms - 20 nominal hours

CPCCOHS2001A Apply OHS requirements, policies and procedures in the construction industry - 20 nominal hours

CPCCCA3003A Install flooring systems - 40 nominal hours

CPCCCA3004A Construct wall frames - 60 nominal hours

CPCCCA3005B Construct ceiling frames - 32 nominal hours

CPCCCA3006B Erect roof trusses - 40 nominal hours

CPCCCA3007C Construct pitched roofs - 60 nominal hours

CPCCCA3008B Construct eaves - 20 nominal hours


BSBSMB401A Establish legal and risk management requirements of small business - 60 nominal hours

CPCCCA3010A Install and replace windows and doors - 70 nominal hours

CPCCCA3012A Frame and fit wet area fixtures - 24 nominal hours

CPCCCA3013A Install lining, panelling and moulding - 40 nominal hours

CPCCCA3016A Construct timber external stairs - 40 nominal hours

CPCCCA2003A Erect and dismantle formwork for footings and slabs on ground - 24 nominal hours

CPCCCA3017B Install exterior cladding - 20 nominal hours

CPCCCA3014A Construct bulkheads - 16 nominal hours


How to start


If you are a current apprentice, contact your Australian Apprenticeship Support Network Field Officer and request that your Supervising Registered Training Organisation (SRTO) be changed to PCD Training.

If you are about to be signed up as an apprentice, contact MRAEL on 1300 223 467 to get signed up and request PCD Training to be your SRTO.

Please contact us if you would like more information on becoming an apprentice or switching SRTO's.


If you have contacted us and we have advised that you are eligible for RPL for the CPC30211 Certificate III in Carpentry, or you are confident you can RPL the entire course and willing to forfeit the $300 non-refundable upfront fee, then simply click the 'Start Now' button above in the blue RPL box.

Please contact us if you would like more information on RPL for the CPC30211 Certificate III in Carpentry.

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