Construction 120hr Specialisation – Carpentry

This course is strongly advised for School-Based Apprentices so they have the opportnity to achieve the first year of the nationally recognised Trade-level qualification for employment in the Construction industry Carpentry sector. Successful students should be able to enter into the second year TAFE course post school.

This course would suit students who are interested in a career in the building and construction industry, building certification or project management in that industry, with a special interest in Carpentry. The knowledge, skills and attitudes acquired by students in this course will also be of value in future study and career.


CPC30220 – Certificate III in Carpentry

This qualification is available for students entered in a School Based Apprenticeship. Read more information below.

Course Duration/Hours

This is a 120 hour Specialisation Study course that runs over 1 year to achieve a Statement of Attainment towards Certificate III in Carpentry. Successful students transition into Stage 2 at TAFE in the first year out of school.

The course is available at Southern Cross Catholic College and at St Yon TTC at LaSalle College Bankstown, both Sydney Catholic Schools Trade Training Centres, to students who are undertaking or who have completed the 240hr Construction course. From 2023 it is only available to students undertaking a School-Based Apprenticeship.

HSC Information

This is a Specialisation Study available to students undertaking the Construction Industry Curriculum Framework 240hr course. Units studied as part of this course will not be included in the optional HSC exam.

Only one Category B course (2 units) may be counted towards the calculation of the ATAR for university entrance. Students not wishing to achieve an ATAR need not sit the HSC examination.

Work Placement

NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA) requires students to complete an additional 35 hours of work placement for the 120hr Specialisation Study. Work placement is a mandatory component of the course and must be completed prior to the student’s last HSC exam.

Days worked as part of a School Based Apprenticeship or Traineeship satisfies this NESA requirement.

COVID-19 Vaccination is required to work in the Construction Industry. Students need to meet NSW Health Orders vaccination requirements to undertake work placement or an SBAT.


This course is competency based and the student’s performance is recognised against a prescribed industry standard. Assessment strategies may include:

  • Observation
  • Student demonstration
  • Questioning
  • Written tasks
  • Tests

Students are given a number of opportunities to demonstrate competence across the range of competency standards covered by this course.

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)

Students are given recognition for the units of competency undertaken in their enrolment in the Construction Pathways qualification.


A course fee is generally charged by schools to cover consumable materials. Your school/TTC will provide further advice.

Units of Competency

The following units of competency will be delivered in the course. Successful completion enables students to achieve a Statement of Attainment towards Certificate III in Carpentry (CPC30220). SBAT students have the opportunity to complete the units undertaken in Stage 1 of the TAFE NSW Carpentry course:

  • CPCCCA3006 Carry out levelling operations (Core) [continuation of basic levelling]
  • CPCCCA3025 Read and interpret plans, specifications and drawings for carpentry work [continuation of Read and interpret plans and specifications]
  • CPCCCA3028 Erect and dismantle formwork for footings and slabs on ground
  • CPCCCA3002 Carry out setting out
  • CPCCCA3003 Install flooring systems
  • CPCCCA3004 Construct wall frames

These units are in adddition to the 240hr Construction course units of competency which are also part of the Certificate III in Carpentry:

  • CPCCWHS2001 Apply WHS requirements, policies and procedures in the construction industry (Core)
  • CPCCCA2011 Handle carpentry materials
  • CPCCCA2002 Use carpentry tools and equipment
  • CPCCCM1013 Plan and organise work
  • CPCCCM1015 Carry out measurements and calculations (Core)
  • CPCCCM1012 Work effectively and sustainably in the construction industry (Core)
  • CPCCCM1014 Conduct workplace communication (Core)
  • CPCCCM2006 Apply basic levelling procedures
  • CPCCCO2013 Carry out concreting to simple forms (Core)
Further Study

Building Apprenticeship, for example in:

  • Carpentry
  • Carpentry & Joinery
  • Shopfitting
Career Information

Job Roles

Trades; assistants work with carpentry tradespeople by handling construction materials, using tools and equipment, erecting and dismantle formwork for footings and slabs on ground.

Duties and Tasks

Carpenters may perform the following tasks:

  • Construct formwork into which concrete is poured
  • Set out an outline of the building on the ground of the site, using string and pegs to allow for excavations
  • Build floors, wall frameworks (timber or metal) and roofs, and lay timber floors
  • Read plans and specifications to determine the dimensions, materials required and installation processes to be followed
  • Install metal and timber windows, sashes and doors
  • Construct and erect prefabricated units, such as cottages and houses
  • Cut materials with hand and power tools, and assemble, nail, cut or shape parts
  • Install door handles, locks, hardware, flooring underlay, insulating material and other fixtures
  • Maintain and sharpen tools

Personal Attributes

  • Enjoy practical work
  • Able to cope with the physical demands of the job
  • Able to work with your hands
  • Good sense of balance and ability to work at heights
  • Good at mathematics
  • Good health and eyesight
  • Able to work as part of a team.

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