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.
Carpenter
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.

What can I earn as a Carpenter?

The most common salary  for a Carpenter is between $50k and $60k
Source: SEEK job ads and SEEK Profile data

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.
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Source: SEEK job ads and SEEK Profile data

What are employers looking for?

Employers want:
  • Own tools
  • White Card
  • Framing skills
  • Trade qualification
  • Building experience
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 5Jul 2018
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 5Jul 2018
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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3 out of 5Feb 2018
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
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4 out of 5Feb 2018
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.
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5 out of 5Feb 2018
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
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4 out of 5Jul 2018
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 fin...
The challenges
As above
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4 out of 5Feb 2018
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 ...
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.
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4 out of 5Feb 2018
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.
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4 out of 5Feb 2018
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
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3 out of 5Jul 2018
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
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5 out of 5Jul 2018
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...
The challenges
Meeting budgets and organising other trades.
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4 out of 5Feb 2018
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
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4 out of 5Feb 2018
Reviewer's Qualification
Apprenticeship
Experience
10+ years
Specialisation
Not applicable
The good things
Job satisfaction
The challenges
Enjoy what you can accomplish
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5 out of 5Jun 2018
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...
The challenges
Being a tradie means up early, bed early- it's physical work. Actually, that's not even really a negative.
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5 out of 5Feb 2018
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
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5 out of 5Feb 2018
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
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5 out of 5Feb 2018
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'l...
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5 out of 5Jun 2018
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 fo...
The challenges
Organisation of jobs/daily tasks, you need to stay on top of it All the time!
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5 out of 5Feb 2018
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 bran...
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
0.2%
2017
2022
Source: LMIP. Carpenters and Joiners
Latest Carpenter jobs on SEEK
Source: SEEK job ads and SEEK Profile data
Source: SEEK job ads and SEEK Profile data