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Carpenter

A practical, manual role with a variety of specialised and general tasks in the construction industry.

What's it like to be a Carpenter?

Carpenters construct, build, install, repair and erect wooden frames, foundations, walls and fixtures on residential, commercial and industrial projects. Usually Carpenters work with wood, plywood and wallboard.

Tasks and duties

  • Studying building plans and drawings to work out the materials required and how best to install features.
  • Preparing, treating, cutting and shaping timber elements to be used for structures or fittings.
  • Erecting building framework, roofs and floors, fitting exteriors, doors and window frames.
Each day as a Carpenter may vary depending on the specific project you're working on.
There are lots of opportunities for carpenters - you may work as a shopfitter, framework carpenter, formwork carpenter, or green carpentry, which uses materials to make buildings more energy efficient and sustainable.

What can I earn as a Carpenter?

The most common salary  for a Carpenter is between $55k and $65k
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How to become a Carpenter

To become officially certified as a Carpenter you'll need a Certificate III in Carpentry CPC30211. This qualification provides a trade outcome in carpentry and covers work in residential and commercial applications for people completing an apprenticeship. You will need to have finished year 10 and be placed in an apprenticeship to start your training.
  1. Complete a Certificate III in Carpentry or a Certificate III in Carpentry and Joinery CPC32011 in a TAFE institution. This usually takes between three and four years to complete.
  2. Anyone who works on a construction site in Australia is required to do construction induction training and get a "White Card" through a Registered Training Organisation (RTO). You will need to provide the trainer with 100 points of ID and pay the fee (set independently by each RTO).
  3. Apply for a Certificate of Completion. This nationally recognised accreditation shows that you have completed your training and are ready to start working in the carpentry industry.

Explore Carpenter qualifications

Prepare to get trade qualified as a Carpenter with a Certificate III. You can complete the course through a TAFE or registered training organisation in your area.

Duration 32 wks - 4 yrs
17 institutions offering this qualification
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What skills are employers looking for?

Employers want:

  • Own tools
  • White Card
  • Framing skills
  • Trade qualification
  • Building experience
  • Thoroughness
  • Construction induction white card
  • Willingness to learn
  • Car licence
  • Self motivation

Shortlisted applicants have:

  • First aid certification
  • Integrity
  • Elevating work platform licence
  • Team work
  • Thoroughness
Source: SEEK job ads and SEEK Profile data

How do Carpenters rate their role?

Latest reviews from 20 Carpenters surveyed on SEEK

Latest reviews

4 out of 5
Reviewer's Qualification
Diploma of building
Experience
5 - 9 years
Organisation size
Small (1-19 employees)
The good things
I can help other people achieve their dreams
The challenges
It can be daunting putting it altogether
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4 out of 5Feb 2018
Reviewer's Qualification
Low rise builder
Experience
10+ years
Organisation size
Medium (20-199 employees)
Specialisation
In charge of 6month maintenance
The good things
With doing 6 month maintenance there is a fair bit of bookwork to do, organising trades and suppliers to get any issues sorted out and sometimes chasing them up to do there thing
The challenges
Keeping on top of all trades ect
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3 out of 5
Reviewer's Qualification
Builder
Experience
10+ years
Organisation size
Small (1-19 employees)
Specialisation
builder, carpenter, supervisor.
The good things
being self employed
The challenges
Doing all the different jobs required to be a builder.
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Rating:3
Date received:Feb 2018
Go be something else
Reviewer's Qualification:Certificate 3 in carpentry
Experience:5 - 9 years
Organisation size:Small (1-19 employees)
Specialisation:Not applicable
The good things:Go to uni or be an electrician so you can earn more money
The challenges:Lots of hard work for no money
Rating:4
Date received:Feb 2018
Work smart not hard but if it has to be hard then dominate i
Reviewer's Qualification:Trade
Experience:10+ years
Specialisation:Leading hand
The good things:Allows you the freedom to diversify in all areas of construction as long as your willing to accept the challenge.
The challenges:The ability to problem solve is a must.
Rating:5
Date received:Feb 2018
Carpentry is a tough job but I would do anything else
Reviewer's Qualification:Construction
Experience:0 - 4 years
Organisation size:Small (1-19 employees)
Specialisation:Not applicable
The good things:If your ever wondering how houses are made, this is the job for you. I always wanted to know how it's done. Now look at me, after 4 years I'm building my own
The challenges:The heat doesn't help but you'll get use to it
Rating:4
Date received:
A lot of challenges every day with construction but satisfyn
Reviewer's Qualification:Advance diploma’s
Experience:10+ years
Organisation size:Medium (20-199 employees)
Specialisation:Carpentry atm
The good things:Carpentry is a for filling trade every day is different but satisfying too seeing something you have built from nothing to finished product! I have managed a lot of people in different companies I find if you are diplomatic to your staff you get a lot of productivity,respect and people are happy! A happy workplace is a good place you would love to be everyday, nothing worse than turning up to a job you really hate and don’t enjoy 😉
The challenges:As above
Rating:4
Date received:Feb 2018
I was an Adult Apprentice
Reviewer's Qualification:HNC Constuction Practice
Experience:10+ years
Organisation size:Medium (20-199 employees)
Specialisation:Not applicable
The good things:Being physically active rather than in front of a screen all day.Being able to maintain my home at cost price.The variety of tasks and seeing actual progress at the end of the day.Ability to transfer skills /move locations easily
The challenges:Workplaces can be dangerous in non-obvious ways;dust and noise damage is accumulative. Hours tend to be long and conditions of work vary greatly year round and indoor/outdoor.
Rating:4
Date received:Feb 2018
Carpentry a rewarding career to a individual
Reviewer's Qualification:Apprenticeship
Experience:10+ years
Organisation size:Small (1-19 employees)
Specialisation:Leading hand
The good things:Carpentry will give a individual a wealth of knowledge across all building aspects , the skill you will learn will be valuable and adaptable to problem solve Day to day issues .
The challenges:Everyday as a carpenter will test your skills and problem solve an arrange of issues , this is challenging but very rewarding to a individual.
Rating:4
Date received:Feb 2018
Carpentry
Reviewer's Qualification:CERTIFICATE IV BUILDING AND CONSTRUCTION
Experience:0 - 4 years
Organisation size:Small (1-19 employees)
Specialisation:Not applicable
The good things:Carpentry is a great skill to have, but you would really have to love it to enjoy doing it. For me i have no regrets
The challenges:Hot days in the sun and heavy lifting most days
Rating:3
Date received:
Carpentry a life long journey
Reviewer's Qualification:Certificate 4 Building
Experience:10+ years
The good things:Carpentry is a rewarding career as you progress your skills and knowledge it is truly inspiring to step back and admire what you can do
The challenges:It is a physical job that can tire out . It is also mentally tiring as well . Be prepared for some hard work at times
Rating:5
Date received:
Builder-Carpenter
Reviewer's Qualification:Registered builder certificate Carpenter and joiners certificate
Experience:10+ years
Organisation size:Small (1-19 employees)
Specialisation:High end homes
The good things:The good things about my roll as a builder is that we are working on most people’s most expensive thing they own, we get to work in very closely with our clients to be able to achieve the best results for them. so you can get so much satisfaction from them when you present your finished article to them, not only that, you can stand back and be very proud of what you have achieved each day.
The challenges:Meeting budgets and organising other trades.
Rating:4
Date received:Feb 2018
Carpentry a rewarding career
Reviewer's Qualification:National certificate level 5 carpentry
Experience:5 - 9 years
Organisation size:Medium (20-199 employees)
Specialisation:Not applicable
The good things:Earn while you learn
The challenges:Your teachers are sometimes not very good at teaching
Rating:4
Date received:Feb 2018
Very satisfying occupation
Reviewer's Qualification:Apprenticeship
Experience:10+ years
Specialisation:Not applicable
The good things:Job satisfaction
The challenges:Enjoy what you can accomplish
Rating:5
Date received:Jun 2018
I've hammered out and really nailed this Construction review
Reviewer's Qualification:Cert iii carpentry
Experience:10+ years
Organisation size:Medium (20-199 employees)
The good things:Want to work with your hands? Want to be "handy"? Construction is the industry for You! So many skills to learn and so many ways to learn them. Working to build something is rewarding, seeing it built is rewarding-er, but being paid to do it? That's rewarding-est!
The challenges:Being a tradie means up early, bed early- it's physical work. Actually, that's not even really a negative.
Rating:5
Date received:Feb 2018
Carpenters are the best
Reviewer's Qualification:Apprenticeship
Experience:10+ years
Organisation size:Small (1-19 employees)
Specialisation:Not applicable
The good things:Huge variety of work everyday can be different
The challenges:Working outside
Rating:5
Date received:Feb 2018
Sawdust runs in my blood
Reviewer's Qualification:Apprentice Carpenter
Experience:0 - 4 years
Organisation size:Small (1-19 employees)
Specialisation:Not applicable
The good things:Carpentry gives me the chance to use my skills to contribute with the building of houses, including the measuring and assembly of various materials
The challenges:You need to make sure what you do is correct in order the job, or your part in the job is completed correctly
Rating:5
Date received:Feb 2018
Carpentry is the best all-rounder trade.
Reviewer's Qualification:Cert III in Carpentry and Joinery
Experience:10+ years
Organisation size:Small (1-19 employees)
Specialisation:Renovations and decking.
The good things:As long as you put your head down and work hard on the early years, learn all the skills possible, you'll be able to expand your abilty you choose which path you take in the building insmdustry.
The challenges:Some employers may only use you as a "go for" or site cleaner for longer than the regulatory few months or up to one year. If you stand up for yourself and follow the lead of the good carpenters you'll do well.
Rating:5
Date received:Jun 2018
DC Constructions (nq) Insight
Reviewer's Qualification:Cert 3
Experience:10+ years
Organisation size:Small (1-19 employees)
Specialisation:Residential
The good things:Every day is different and almost every job is different so you will never get bored! There is so much versatility in the construction industry! You can work for an employer in a small busisness or for a multinational company, you can be self employed and contract to a variety or companies or the general public or you could start your own company and the opportunities are endless!!
The challenges:Organisation of jobs/daily tasks, you need to stay on top of it All the time!
Rating:5
Date received:Feb 2018
Carpentry can be challenging but I would wanna do anything e
Reviewer's Qualification:Certificate 4
Experience:5 - 9 years
Specialisation:Not applicable
The good things:The beauties of being a carpenter is that you get to meet a lot of people whether it be clients or people you work with I have met some of my best mates working in the morning industry and it has brang me so much opportunity and now I’m self employed working for myself the other upside is the job satisfaction you can start a house and it be a vacant block and then 6 months it be a finished house that you built!
The challenges:Finding the right boss that will take the time to show you the right way and also the physical labor can sometimes be hard
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What are the job opportunities for Carpenters?

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Job opportunities

Carpenter jobs on SEEK
Source: SEEK

Projected job growth

National increase over next 5 years
5.3%
2018
2023
Source: LMIP. Carpenters and Joiners
Latest Carpenter jobs on SEEK
Private Advertiser
Sydney > South West & M5 Corridor
2 x carpenters needed in Edmonson Park for ongoing work
Marble - Expert Recruitment
Melbourne > Bayside & South Eastern Suburbs
Melbourne based construction company with a an excellent reputation and capacity in the high end residential space.
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Marble - Expert Recruitment
Melbourne > Bayside & South Eastern Suburbs
Work on multi residential and commercial builds in the inner East and South East for one of Melbournes most reputable builders
The Talent Equation
Northern QLD
Leading Hand for refurb, maintenance and project works, to start asap - working in the Townsville QLD area. Ability to juggle admin is essential.
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