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3 year/s

This program is delivered over a period of three (3) years. The length of time to complete this qualification will depend on the location, study mode and selected units.



Alice Springs, Casuarina
Not available to international students.

Course code



This is a trade qualification for carpenters in residential and commercial workplaces. It includes setting out, manufacturing, constructing, assembling, installing and repairing products made using timber and non-timber materials.

Occupational titles may include:

  • Carpenter - Commercial
  • Carpenter - Formwork
  • Carpenter - Residential

State and territory jurisdictions may have different licensing, legislative, regulatory or certification requirements. Relevant state and territory regulatory authorities should be consulted to confirm those requirements.

Completing of the general construction induction training program, specified in Safe Work Australia model Code of Practice: Construction Work, is required by anyone carrying out construction work. Achievement of CPCCWHS1001 Prepare to work safely in the construction industry meets this requirement.

This qualification is suitable for Australian apprenticeship pathway.

Career opportunities

Occupations relevant to this qualification in industry sectors such as building trades include:
>Construction Supervisor
>Site Manager
>Site Supervisor
>Leading Hand

Credit transfers and advanced standing

Skill recognition

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)

RPL is the acknowledgement of a person's skills and knowledge acquired through previous training, work or life experience, which may be used to grant status or credit in a subject regardless of how and where they were attained, including overseas.This can include skills from:

  • Previous study excluding courses at another VET/TAFE institution, but including courses at school or college, through adult education classes or training programs at work;
  • Work experience (including both work that is paid and unpaid); and/or
  • Life experience (for example leisure pursuits or voluntary work).

RPL is a form of assessment. It is used to determine whether a person has acquired, through formal or informal learning, the skills and experience consistent with the stated competency standards that comprise a qualification. RPL is not time referenced, so there are no parameters on how or when the skills are acquired. However, the skills that have been acquired through life experience etc., must be current and must match the elements and performance criteria contained in the individual unit.

Students seeking RPL need to indicate this on their enrolment form at the time of enrolment.

For further information please refer to the Applicant's Guide to the Recognition of Prior Learning or contact Student Central on 1800 061 963 (free call) or email

Credit Transfer

Charles Darwin University as a Registered Training Organisation recognises the Australian Qualifications Framework qualifications and Statement of Attainments issued by any other Australian Registered Training Organisation.

Students are encouraged to submit any requests for credit from previous studies at the time of enrolment, to ensure they are not enrolling in units they may not need to undertake.

In order to apply for exemption/credit transfer from units completed at another training organisation, you will need to complete an Application for Exemption Form available from any campus, centre, or team, or a copy of the form can be obtained from the web.

Your completed Application for Exemption form together with attached documentary evidence (certified copy of Qualification/Statement of Attainment) to support your request for exemption/credit transfer should be submitted directly to the University either in person or by mail. Requests without documentary evidence will not be processed and will be returned to students. There are no fees attached to Credit Transfers.


VET to Higher Education Pathway Mapping for completed Awards in the same field or discipline.

Further training pathways from this qualification include but are not limited to Certificate IV in Building and Construction. On completion of this qualification credit(s) may be available into Higher Education courses.


2023 course fee for students who are eligible for an NT Government supported place is $3,748.50, and for students who are not eligible is $21,420.00.

VET fee exempt

Exemptions apply to VET tuition fees for NTG supported courses only.

At the time of enrolment, students in these categories will be exempt from paying tuition fees:

  • Recipient of a Centrelink payment
  • Recipient of a Veteran's Affairs payment
  • Enrolled Secondary Students
  • Permanent residents with refugee or humanitarian status

Certified copy of the evidence must be provided at the time of enrolment.

If your course is delivered in a location that is listed on the NTG’s Location Categories for VET Funded Programs, with remote as the location category you may be eligible for the Remote 2 Location tuition fee exemption.

Delivery allowance for VET funded programs

CDU trades student

Why study trades at CDU?

Whether you're an apprentice, a trainee, or already working in the industry, our trades courses are for you.

Start your career or upskill in a variety of areas from construction and electrotechnology to plumbing and metal trades. Wherever your interest lies, you'll learn from experts with industry-standard technologies and tools so you can graduate workplace ready.

  • NT's largest training provider
  • Access to specialised trade training facilities
  • Recognition of prior learning so you can qualify faster

Why study at CDU?

"Study with the Northern Territory's largest training provider and gain industry-ready skills and experience.

  • Learn from expert lecturers and industry professionals
  • Access to first-class facilities
  • Recognition of prior learning accepted
  • Packages into higher education available for most courses"

What will I study?

To achieve a CPC30220 Certificate III in Carpentry a total of thirty four (34) units of competency must be completed comprising twenty seven (27) Core and seven (7) Elective units as detailed in the packaging rules and listed below. The electives offered may vary between campuses.

Course structure

The total nominal hours for the sequence listed below is 1071.

*CPCWHS1001 Prepare to work safetly in the construction industry is a pre-requisite unit for many of the units in this program and must be successfully completed to proceed further in this program.

CodeModule/Unit of CompetencyHours
Core units of competency
CPCCCA2002*Use carpentry tools and equipment96
CPCCCA2011*Handle carpentry materials16
CPCCCA3001*Carry out general demolition of minor building structures32
CPCCCA3002*Carry out setting out24
CPCCCA3003*Install flooring systems40
CPCCCA3004*Construct and erect wall frames60
CPCCCA3005*Construct ceiling frames32
CPCCCA3006*Erect roof trusses40
CPCCCA3007*Construct pitched roofs60
CPCCCA3008*Construct eaves20
CPCCCA3010*Install windows and doors70
CPCCCA3016*Construct, assemble and install timber external stairs40
CPCCCA3017*Install exterior cladding20
CPCCCA3024*Install lining, panelling and moulding40
CPCCCA3025*Read and interpret plans, specifications and drawings for carpentry work36
CPCCCA3028*Erect and dismantle formwork for footings and slabs on ground24
CPCCCM2006Apply basic levelling procedures8
CPCCCM2008*Erect and dismantle restricted height scaffolding40
CPCCCM2012*Work safely at heights8
CPCCCO2013*Carry out concreting to simple forms20
CPCCOM1012Work effectively and sustainably in the construction industry20
CPCCOM1014Conduct workplace communication20
CPCCOM1015Carry out measurements and calculations20
CPCCOM3001Perform construction calculations to determine carpentry material requirements25
CPCCOM3006Carry out levelling operations24
CPCCWHS2001Apply WHS requirements, policies and procedures in the construction industry20
CPCWHS3001Identify construction work hazards and select risk control strategies30
 Total nominal hours for core units885
Elective units of competency (Select 7)
Group A: Specialist Electives
CPCCCA3012*Frame and fit wet area fixtures24
CPCCCA3014*Construct and install bulkheads16
CPCCCA3018*Construct, erect and dismantle formwork for stairs and ramps40
CPCCCA3027*Set up, operate and maintain indirect action powder-actuated power tools20
CPCCCM2002*Carry out hand excavation16
Un-named Electives
RIISAM205ECut, weld and bend materials40
TLILIC0005Licence to operate a boom-type elevating work platform (boom length 11 metres or more)30
 Total nominal hours for elective units186
 Total nominal hours for the qualification1071


Entry requirements

Admission criteria

CDU Domestic Entry Requirements

To ensure you have the right skills and support to succeed in your course, a Language, Literacy and Numeracy (LL&N) evaluation helps identify areas where you may need additional support to help you achieve your goals.

To gain entry into CPC30220 candidates are required to:

  • Have an apprenticeship contract in place between themselves, Apprenticeships Australia and their host employer. Any student enquiries to CDU for enrolment as an apprentice, without these circumstances in place, are advised to contact Apprenticeships Australia

All of my lecturers were top notch former tradies with a solid grasp of what they were teaching. Whatever my issue was, they were always there for me. It was great.


CDU student

Yron VET Trades

Course details


This is a current, nationally accredited qualification from the CPC Construction, Plumbing and Services Training Package Training Package.

Employability skills

Employability Skills are embedded in the training and assessment of national training package qualifications. Information on the Employability Skills relevant to your qualification can be obtained by visiting this website and keying in the national code for the qualification:

Location and study mode

Delivery at all locations is subject to sufficient demand and resources.

Locations: Alice Springs, Casuarina

Study Mode: On campus

Subject to demand other locations and modes may become available throughout the year.

Additional information

Vocational Education & Training
Industry groups
Occupation types
Area of study
Building and Construction

Contact details Phone: 1800 061 963 (free call).

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