Certificate III in Carpentry

Duration - 4 year
Study - TAFE / CIT

Choosing a carpentry apprenticeship now can set you up for a life-long rewarding profession in all parts of Australia. Carpentry is under-represented by females, but that’s about to change with government incentives and local workshops popping up to help with hands-on experience.

ABC news: Two sheds workshop teaches carpentry skills


  • Perform measurements and calculations
  • Read and interpret plans and specifications
  • Handle carpentry hand and power tools
  • Construct frames, trusses and eaves
  • Repair existing fittings
  • Laying flooring
  • Fitting exterior wall cladding, doors and frames
  • Cutting, shaping and fitting timber

Future prospects

  • Certificate IV in Building & construction (Building)

Also known as

  • Chippy
  • Builder

If you like

  • Working out doors (hot and cold climates)
  • Working with hand and power tools
  • Practical hands-on work
  • Working independently and as part of a team

We look after

  • Wages
  • Allowances
  • Annual leave & annual leave Loading
  • TAFE/RTO fees
  • Mentoring & support


There are over 135,800 people employed in this industry, 2021 LabourMarketInsights.gov.au