Qualification details

CPC32011 - Certificate III in Carpentry and Joinery (Release 2)


ReleaseStatusRelease date
2 (this release)Current 07/Feb/2013
(View details for release 1) Replaced19/May/2011

Usage recommendation:
Supersedes CPC32008 - Certificate III in Carpentry and Joinery 20/May/2011

Training packages that include this qualification

Units of competency

CodeSort Table listing Units of Competency by the Code columnTitleSort Table listing Units of Competency by the Title columnEssential
BSBSMB301A - Investigate micro business opportunitiesInvestigate micro business opportunities N/A
BSBSMB406A - Manage small business financesManage small business finances N/A
CPCCCA2002B - Use carpentry tools and equipmentUse carpentry tools and equipment Core
CPCCCA2011A - Handle carpentry materialsHandle carpentry materials Core
CPCCCA3001A - Carry out general demolition of minor building structuresCarry out general demolition of minor building structures Core
CPCCCA3002A - Carry out setting outCarry out setting out Core
CPCCCA3003A - Install flooring systemsInstall flooring systems N/A
CPCCCA3004A - Construct wall framesConstruct wall frames N/A
CPCCCA3005B - Construct ceiling framesConstruct ceiling frames N/A
CPCCCA3006B - Erect roof trussesErect roof trusses N/A
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SchemeCodeClassification value
ANZSCO Identifier 331212 Carpenter 
ASCO (occupation type) Identifier 4411-13 Carpenter 
ASCED Qualification/Course Field of Education Identifier 0403 Building 
Qualification/Course Level of Education Identifier 514 Certificate III 

Classification history

SchemeCodeClassification valueStart dateEnd date
ANZSCO Identifier 331212 Carpenter 09/Feb/2012 
ASCO (occupation type) Identifier 4411-13 Carpenter 09/Feb/2012 
ASCED Qualification/Course Field of Education Identifier 0403 Building 09/Feb/2012 
Qualification/Course Level of Education Identifier 514 Certificate III 19/May/2011 
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Modification History

Revised qualification deemed equivalent to CPC32011


This qualification provides a trade outcome in carpentry and joinery, covering work in residential and commercial applications.

Occupational titles may include:

  • Carpenter and joiner.

The qualification has core unit of competency requirements that cover common skills for the construction industry, as well as two specialist fields of work.

The construction industry strongly affirms that training and assessment leading to recognition of skills must be undertaken in a real or very closely simulated workplace environment and this qualification requires all units of competency to be delivered in this context.

Completion of the general induction training program specified by the National Code of Practice for Induction Training for Construction Work (ASCC 2007) is required before entering a construction work site. Achievement of unit CPCCOHS1001A covers this requirement.

Pathways Information

Not applicable.

Licensing/Regulatory Information

Not applicable.

Entry Requirements

Not applicable.

Employability Skills Summary

Employability skill 

Industry/enterprise requirements for this qualification include: 


  • Communicates with clients, colleagues and others using effective and appropriate communication techniques, including:
  • clear and direct communication
  • active listening
  • verbal and non-verbal language
  • questioning to identify and confirm requirements
  • language and concepts appropriate to cultural differences
  • follows instructions from supervisor and other relevant persons
  • Understands, interprets and applies information as required from:
  • Regulatory, legislative, licensing and organisational requirements
  • Environmental and OHS requirements, including material safety data sheets (MSDS)
  • Codes and standards
  • Plans and drawings
  • Specifications
  • Safety signs and symbols
  • Organisational policies and procedures
  • Understands relevant definitions, terminology, symbols, abbreviations and language
  • Records relevant information using standard workplace documentation
  • Applies measurements and calculations using appropriate equipment, formulas and records as required
  • Reports and records hazards and risks


  • Works as part of a team
  • Provides assistance and encouragement to other team members
  • Initiates and encourages improvements in team performance
  • Identifies and utilises the strengths of other team members
  • Relates to people from diverse social, cultural and ethnic backgrounds and with varying physical and mental abilities
  • Coordinates and actions tasks
  • Participates in on-site meetings

Problem solving 

  • Examines tools and equipment prior to use for damage, missing components or other defects
  • Identifies typical faults and problems and takes necessary remedial action
  • Rectifies simple faults with tools and equipment
  • Performs routine maintenance as required
  • Checks materials and products for conformity to specifications
  • Carries out data input adjustments

Initiative and enterprise 

  • Identifies opportunities to improve resource efficiency and makes suggestions as appropriate
  • Responds to change and workplace challenges
  • Puts ideas into action
  • Maximises use of resources by recycling, re-using or using appropriate disposal methods

Planning and organising 

  • Identifies hazards and implements appropriate hazard control measures
  • Selects and uses appropriate materials, tools and equipment
  • Determines material quantity requirements
  • Prioritises and sequences tasks
  • Applies time management skills to ensure work is completed to time requirements

Self management 

  • Evaluates own actions and makes judgements about performance and necessary improvements
  • Contributes to workplace responsibilities, such as current work site environmental/sustainability frameworks or management systems
  • Manages own performance to meet workplace standards
  • Seeks support to improve work performance
  • Cleans up work area, including tools and equipment


  • Identifies own learning needs and seeks skill development as required
  • Is open to learning new ideas and techniques


  • Uses calculators
  • Uses and operates a range of tools and equipment correctly and safely including computer-controlled equipment

Packaging Rules

To achieve this qualification, the candidate must demonstrate competency in:

  • 32 units of competency:
  • 28 core units
  • 4 elective units.

A maximum of two of the four required elective units may be substituted by selecting relevant units of competency from any Certificate III or IV construction qualification or qualification in another endorsed Training Package.

Some units in this qualification may have prerequisite requirements, which must be met when packaging the qualification. Users are referred to the list of CPC08 units with prerequisite unit requirements available in this Training Package for this purpose.

Core units 


Use carpentry tools and equipment


Handle carpentry materials


Carry out general demolition of minor building structures


Carry out setting out


Install and replace windows and doors


Install lining, panelling and moulding


Install exterior cladding


Erect and dismantle formwork to suspended slabs, columns, beams and walls


Carry out levelling operations


Work effectively and sustainably in the construction industry


Plan and organise work


Conduct workplace communication


Carry out measurements and calculations


Read and interpret plans and specifications


Use explosive power tools


Erect and dismantle restricted height scaffolding


Work safely at heights


Carry out concreting to simple forms


Apply OHS requirements, policies and procedures in the construction industry

Construction and erection of frames, trusses, eaves and roofs field of work 


Install flooring systems


Construct wall frames


Construct ceiling frames


Erect roof trusses


Construct pitched roofs


Construct eaves

Joinery - machining and component manufacture and assembly field of work 


Use static machines


Manufacture components for door and window frames and doors


Manufacture joinery components

Elective units 

Carpentry installation field of work 


Frame and fit wet area fixtures


Construct timber external stairs

Joinery - stairs field of work 


Use computer-controlled machinery


Manufacture stair components for straight flighted stairs


Assemble and install stairs


Manufacture and install continuous handrailing and special stair components


Construct fabricated stairs


Design and set out stairs

General electives 


Investigate micro business opportunities


Manage small business finances


Construct advanced roofs


Refurbish timber sashes to window frames


Construct bulkheads


Assemble partitions


Install curtain walling


Carry out excavation


Operate elevated work platforms


Cut and bend materials using oxy-LPG equipment


Place and fix reinforcement materials


Apply and install sealant and sealant devices


Set out and assemble cabinets, showcases, wall units, counters and workstations


Install dry wall passive fire-rated systems


Install trench support


Enter and work in confined spaces


Drain and dewater civil construction site

Custom Content Section

Not applicable.

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