Construction 120hr Specialisation – Carpentry

The course qualification is nationally recognised Trade-level qualification for employment in the Carpentry sector of the Construction industry. 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.


CPC30211 – Certificate III in Carpentry

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.

It is available available at Southern Cross Catholic Vocational College, a Sydney Catholic Schools Trade Training Centre, to students who are undertaking or who have completed the 240hr Construction course enrolled in the Construction Pathways qualification. It is strongly recommended for students undertaking a School-Based Apprenticeship so they complete the TAFE Stage 1 units of competency.

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.


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)

You may be entitled to apply for Recognition of Prior Learning. If you have completed any training, either through your part-time work, TAFE or other school VET courses you have completed recently, or through experience gained in other ways you can apply for RPL. You should talk to your School VET Coordinator, Careers Adviser or course teacher for further information.


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

Units of Competency

The units to be studied as part of this course are:

  • CPCCCA3006 Carry out levelling operations (Core)
  • CPCCCCA2003A Erect and dismantle formwork for footings and slabs on ground
  • CPCCCA3002A Carry out setting out
  • CPCCA3003A Install flooring systems
  • CPCCCA3004A Construct wall frames
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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