October 19, 2020

Launch Your Career with the Certificate III in Carpentry

Thinking about a career as a builder or chippy? A Certificate III in Carpentry is one of the best courses out there. It teaches you the basic skills to work in the industry and will also help you get work experience through your apprenticeship.

Read on to learn more about studying the certificate and to get more carpentry apprenticeship information.

Benefits of a Certificate III in Carpentry

At CWBTS, we offer the nationally recognised CPC30211 Certificate III in Carpentry which is a great starting point for anyone wanting to get into the building game.

Here are some of the benefits:

Learn from the pros

When you study with a registered training provider, you know you’re in good hands. Our teachers have years of industry experience and can train you in the best techniques.

Hands-on training

Your apprenticeship gives you the chance to apply the theory you learn in class to real world situations.

Secure a job

An apprenticeship is the ideal pathway to getting a full time job. Often, builders will recruit apprentices hoping to keep them on the books for many years after.

Take the next step in your career

Whether you continue working for a builder or decide to start your own business, a cert III gives you the foundation to take your career in any direction.

Continue your education

A cert III is also a pathway to completing further studies like the cert IV, diploma or even a bachelor’s degree. 

What you’ll learn

In the Certificate III in Carpentry, you’ll gain the skills and knowledge to work on projects in residential housing construction, maintenance and repair, and renovations. The course takes 3-4 years full time to complete.

While you’ll take part in face-to-face training and assessments, you’ll also do workplace-based learning, i.e. on the job tasks. You’ll also have a workbook to keep track of your lessons.

Together with your trainer and your employer, you’ll develop a training plan and work out when your training and assessments will take place. 

Finally, you’ll complete two hours of self-paced study each week.

Career outcomes

Once you’ve completed your Certificate III in Carpentry and your apprenticeship with flying colours, you’ll be qualified to work as a carpenter.

You’ll also get the chance to enrol in the CPC40110 Certificate IV in Building and Construction (Building). This course enables you to keep working in your newfound job while building your skills so that you can move on to bigger and better things if you want to.

With a cert IV, you can step up to supervisor or manager roles within the domestic low-rise building and construction industry. These jobs come with greater responsibility but also with a higher salary.

The cert IV also teaches you how to start your own business. You can take modules on developing a business plan and how to manage the books, getting you all set for life after graduation, whichever pathway you choose.

Am I eligible?

Firstly, you need to be 16 years or older, and be able to speak and write in English. Before you begin builder training, you’ll complete the Language, Literacy and Numeracy (LLN) test.

To make a start on the Certificate III in Carpentry, you’ll also need to do the WHS Induction Training (White Card). You need this white card to step foot on a construction site.

Next is becoming an apprentice! Contact CWBTS to find out more about starting an apprenticeship and how to get your Unique Student Identifier (USI). We can help you to register with an apprenticeship centre and get you a training agreement with a registered employer.

Are jobs going for apprentices?

While COVID has changed our lives in many ways, the good news is that the government is stepping in to give the building and construction industry a boost. And that includes for apprentices!

To help builders and employers keep their trainees and apprentices on the books, the government is paying half of apprentices’ wages. In this scheme, the government hopes to create 100,000 new jobs by investing a total of $1.2 billion.

Here’s the low down:

  • Any business regardless of their size, industry or location is eligible
  • Businesses get up to $7000 a quarter per apprentice/trainee
  • The scheme lasts until September 30, 2021

If you’re looking for more carpentry apprenticeship information on subsidies be sure to check out our fact sheet on Boosting Apprenticeship Commencements.

How to get Cert III in Carpentry

To get your Cert III in Carpentry, you’ll want to have a strong work ethic and be passionate about the building and construction industry. At CWBTS, we’re here to help you complete your apprenticeship successfully. From providing the latest carpentry apprenticeship information to our strong industry connections, our graduates leave with the confidence to take the next step in their careers.

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