DurationFull-time 4 years
LocationBundoora, Melbourne City
Next intakeNot applicable
Next intakeNot applicable
This program provides you with the skills and knowledge needed to gain employment as a carpenter in the building and construction industry, one of the largest industries in Australia. It will also prepare you to further your studies in Building and Construction, if you choose to.
On-the-job training with your employer is combined with face-to-face training and assessments with a RMIT trainer, as part of this work-based learning model. The design of the program will provide extensive opportunities for you to build your understanding of work expectations and the development of skills and knowledge specific to your trade.
Students will study many skills, including:
- Using carpentry tools and equiptmemt
- General demolition of minor structures
- Levelling operations
- Working effectively and sustainably in the construction industry
- Planning and organising work
- Read and interpret plans and specifications
- Carry out excavation
- Construct wall and ceiling frames, pitched roofs, eaves and timber external stairs
- Install exterior cladding.
Once you have successfully completed the competencies of this program, you will be eligible for registration with the Victorian Building Authority.
This program will be delivered and assessed in the workplace. This will involve face-to-face training and assessment, as part of the on the job work-based learning. The duration of this program is 4 years as outlined in the training plan.
The RMIT trainer will negotiate with each of the individual apprentice and the employers as to when RMIT training staff is to attend the training site to conduct face-to-face training and assessment for each unit of competency. The frequency of visits will depend on many factors: the capability of the apprentice, how the apprentice is progressing through theory tasks using the hard copy resources/workbooks provided (or e-book copy), the nature of work conducted on the work site, and the availability of the apprentice and workplace supervisor.
The RMIT trainer will also play a crucial role in providing progress timelines for the apprentice to ensure that the activities are in line with the apprentices’ training plan. The trainer will consult with the on-site supervisor (or business owner in small to medium sized enterprises) to obtain feedback on the apprentice’s progress during each visit. It is expected that each workplace visits will involve some assessment as well as the face-to-face training.
You will engage with industry through your employment as an apprentice.
Engagement with industry will be achieved by a combination of:
- Work based jobs at the workplace related to Carpentry
- Work integrated learning
- Mentoring and coaching by the workplace supervisor
- Industry specialists may be included in the delivery of work-based learning and assessments
4 years – competency completion (apprentices can complete in less time if competent).
The program duration is four years maximum or as specified on the apprentices training contract. It is possible for some apprentices to complete their apprenticeship in less than four years depending on their progress and ability to complete all the requirements of the qualification and individual units of competency. The prospective time lines for completion will be negotiated with the employer prior to signing a training agreement.
The program duration is four years maximum or as specified on the apprentices training contract. The program has been structured around sequencing the units of competency into four stages of logical learning of the trade.
Each stage will most likely correspond to one year (or 12 month period) of the apprenticeship.
- Stage 1 has 8 units of competency
- Stage 2 has 9 units
- Stage 3 has 8 units
- Stage 4 has 5 units.
The design of the program will provide extensive opportunities for apprentices to build their understanding of work expectations and the development of skills and knowledge specific to their trade.
Evidence of participation will be collected through the RMIT internal reporting system, the Apprenticeship and Traineeship Management System (ATMS) and second points of evidence will be with the collection of work sheets, records of assessment and through a progress log for each apprentice.
It is anticipated that the RMIT assessor/trainer will attend approximately 10 visits per year to track and report on student progress, and to assess students via the ATMS (where a minimum of 4 workplace visits is a requirement).
In addition, the RMIT assessor/trainer will ensure ASQA compliance and regulatory requirements are met by the employer about safety and assessment requirements, and will report any breaches to RMIT.
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Program code: C3320
National curriculum code: CPC30211
The Certificate III in Carpentry offers you diverse career options as a Carpenter, Carpenter and Joiner, Shop Fitter or Form Worker.
For more information about the career outlook for this sector, visit the Australian Government’s Employment Projections and Job Outlook website.
To undertake a Victorian apprenticeship, you must register with an Australian Apprenticeship Support Network Provider (Apprenticeship Network) and nominate RMIT as your preferred Registered Training Organisation (RTO). We'll contact you as soon as we're notified by the Apprenticeship Network.
Your first step is to get a job in the industry. From there you can start your apprenticeship.
If you're interested in this program, contact the School of Vocational Engineering, Health and Sciences for more information.
All apprentice students will be required to have successfully completed the required White Card (unit CPCCOHS1001A or CPCCWHS1001) prior to entering any worksite. In addition, the students will receive workplace induction, information on safe work practices and on the use of correct Personal Protective Equipment (such as eye wear and sound protection) in the construction sector.
All PPE, site safety plans, tools and equipment are provided by the employer at the workplace.
Any known breaches on the part of the employer will be reported to the appropriate authority to ensure a safe working place for our students.
The tuition fees you will pay for this program will depend on whether you are offered a Victorian Government subsidised place or a full-fee place. To find out if you are eligible for a government subsidised place, follow the steps at How to check if you are eligible.
- 2020 government subsidised place (with concession): AU$300* per annum
- 2020 government subsidised place: AU$1,500* per annum
- 2020 full-fee place: AU$5,250* per annum
*Fees shown are indicative only and subject to change given individual circumstances at the time of enrolment.
Use our fee finder to get an estimate of your fees for this program.
- Student services and amenities fee (SSAF): AU$308 maximum fee for 2020.
- Other items related to your program, including field trips, textbooks and equipment.
Annual fee adjustment
The student tuition fees as displayed by the fee finder are indicative only and subject to change given individual circumstances at enrolment. Fees are adjusted on an annual basis and these fees should only be used as a guide.
Eligibility criteria waver
**The Victorian Government is currently waiving two (2) eligibility criteria around prior qualifications. This means that more people who want to study a vocational education program at RMIT, and already have a qualification, will be able to access a government subsidised place in a program. Find out how to check your eligibility.
If your application for a fee concession is approved, you will be charged 20% of the standard government subsidised tuition fee for your program. You will also be charged a lower rate on your student services and amenities fee (SSAF).
In addition to tuition fees, you will be charged an annual student services and amenities fee (SSAF), which is used to maintain and enhance services and amenities that improve your experience as an RMIT student.
The SSAF is calculated based on your enrolment load and the maximum fee for 2020 is $308.
For more information about calculating your actual SSAF see Paying SSAF.
You may also be required to purchase other items related to your program, including field trips, textbooks and equipment. These additional fees and expenses vary from program to program.
In addition to tuition fees you also need to pay for:
- Student services and amenities fee (SSAF) in each calendar year.
- Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) - Student visa holders must have cover for the total duration of their visa.
- Some programs incur additional expenses.
You also need to account for your living expenses. Estimate the cost of living in Melbourne.