Certificate III in Carpentry
Study Carpentry Course
If you are looking for a flexible job and want to build skills that allow you to work all over the world, perhaps you may want to study carpentry.
Carpenter is listed on Immigration’s –
Medium and Long-term Strategic Skills List (MLTSSL). This means immigration has identified carpenters as an in-demand occupation in Australia.
Australia is recognised for providing highly skilled and technologically sound carpenters. The Certificate III in Carpentry will provide students with the required skills to work in the building and construction industry in Australia and all over the globe. If you study carpentry you will learn to perform a wide range of tasks in the building and construction industry.
You will be trained in numerous fields in the carpentry industry such as studying drawings and specifications to determine materials required, ordering and selecting timbers and materials, preparing layouts and much more.
Graduates will be a qualified tradesperson in the building and construction industry, skilled in many aspects of carpentry including:
- Plan and organise work
- Construct wall frames
- Use carpentry hand and power tools
- Read and interpret plans
- Shape materials and assemble component
- Roof framing
- Use a variety of levelling instruments
Certificate III in Carpentry
- Duration: 12-24 months
- Intake: January and July (*Apr and Oct in Melbourne only)
- Cost: $9,000 – $15,000 per year
- Locations: Brisbane, Gold Coast (*regional), Sydney, Melbourne, Perth (*regional), Sunshine Coast (*regional)
- Have graduated year 10 in your home country
- Have a minimum of IELTS 5.5 overall.
- Be prepared to complete a 360 hour of vocational placement or work experience
- Full-time carpenters on average earn $1358 per week
- The average hours worked in Australia are 44 per week
- Employment for this occupation rose moderately in the past five years, rose slightly in the long-term
- Carpenters and Joiners have a high proportion of full-time jobs (93.2 per cent)
- They can work independently or be part of a larger building company
Carpentry Courses available all over Aus
In our opinion TAFE SkillsTech is one of the better schools for studying a trade in Aus for international students.
Come with us as Pathway to Aus takes you on a tour of TAFE SkillsTech in Brisbane. However, we are partnered with carpentry providers in cities all over Aus. Feel free to contact Pathway to Aus for additional information on different course providers.
Temporary Graduate Visa
If undertaking study in Australia for a minimum of 2 years you may qualify for the Temporary Skilled Graduate Visa. This visa allows the holder 1.5 years of unlimited work rights in Australia. Many graduates use this time to build up experience in their field or find an employer that is willing to sponsor their visa.
If you have applied for the Temporary Graduate Visa you may also be eligible to apply for the Job Ready Program. The Job Ready Program is run through TRA and allows graduates in certain disciplines to have their skills assessed for skilled migration purposes. Once the student receives a positive skills assessment they may be eligible to apply for permanent work visas such as State Sponsored and Regional Nominated Visas.
Note: It is never recommended to engage in studies for the sole purpose of trying to gain a visa to Australia. Speak to us and we can find a course that matches your long-term career goals.
Interviews With Our Students
Ged from UK is currently in his third semester studying the Cert III in Carpentry and the Cert IV in Building and Construction at TAFE NSW in Sydney. He’s working part time earning $35/hour and he’s working towards Graduate Work Visa. If you’d like to know more about Ged’s experience then you’ll find the interview with him down below.
John from UK lives in Cleveland with his wife and son. He’s studying the Cert III in Carpentry at TAFE Skills Tech in Brisbane. He’s very pleased with teachers and he finds equipment & facilities to be first class. We did a short interview with him, which you can find from down below.
Studying Carpentry – FAQs
Brad will walk you through some of the common questions we get in regards studying carpentry in Australia.
Where can I study carpentry in Australia?
How much will it cost to study carpentry in Australia?
Can I do a carpentry apprenticeship in Australia?
International students can’t do a carpentry apprenticeship in Australia. Instead, they can study a 24-month vocational course to become a qualified carpenter. Click here to read more about apprenticeships and vocational courses for international students
What qualifications do you need to be a qualified carpenter?
To be a qualified carpenter in Australia you need to successfully complete the Certificate III in Carpentry.
How long dates it take to become a qualified carpenter?
What do you do as a carpenter?
A carpenter might do any of the following in a normal day:
- Reading and interpreting blueprints, drawings and sketches
- Building foundations, installing floor beams, laying sub-flooring and installing walls and roofing systems
- Fitting and installing trim, doors, stairs, moulding and hardware
- Preparing cost estimates for clients
- Measuring, cutting and joining materials made of wood or wood substitutes
- Repairing and renovating wooden structures
How much does a qualified carpenter make?
As per Job Outlook, a qualified carpenter earns $1,358 a week, on average
What qualifications do you need to obtain a builder’s license?
The requirements for a builder’s license vary from state to state in Australia. Generally, the academic requirements for a builder’s license are to have successfully completed a Certificate IV or Diploma of Building & Construction.
Is carpentry in demand in Australia?
Employment for carpenters has risen moderately in the past five years and is expected to rise slightly in the long-term. Carpenters have a high proportion of full-time jobs (93.2 %). Carpentry is also on Australia’s Medium and Long Term Skills Shortage List (MLTSSL).
Is carpentry physically demanding?
Carpentry work is physical in nature and like most trades it can be physically demanding
What is the difference between carpentry & joinery?
The two are very similar, but there is a difference between the two. Carpenters are generally responsible for building the structure of a building, whilst a joiner would be responsible for much of the interior and finishing work.
What do I need to work as a carpenter in Australia?
To work as a carpenter in Australia you’ll need the following essentials:
- Tax File Number or Australian Business Number – Both of these are required for tax purposes. A TFN is needed if you’re employed by an organisation or company. An ABN is needed if you’ll be self-employed.
- Personal Safety Equipment – Steel cap boots, high visibility workwear, safety glasses, ear protection, hard hat, gloves
- Tools – Drills, hand & power saws, basic hand tools, finishing & nailing guns
- Construction Industry White Card – This is required to enter any building site and shows that understand the basics of health and safety in the construction industry
- Insurance – Depending on how you’re employed you may need public liability insurance
- Carpentry Qualification – You must have successfully completed a minimum of Certificate III in Carpentry to be a qualified carpenter
Will these qualifications be recognised in my home country?
These qualifications are part of the Australian Qualification Framework. Most countries specifically European or North American countries accept qualifications issued by Australia. So yes, generally speaking, the qualifications will be accepted and allow you to work in your home country. Please note, we would always you check specifically with your home country.
What opportunities are there to progress after carpentry?
If you’d like to continue your studies after the Certificate III in Carpentry you can study a Diploma of Building and Construction (Building). This qualification can be helpful if you’re looking to continue your career as a project supervisor, building manager, estimator or foreperson.
How do I get started?
If you complete this questionnaire we’ll be able to send you some detailed information on the course and explain what documents you’ll need for enrolment
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