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.
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What can I earn as a Carpenter?

The most common salary for a Carpenter is between $60k and $70k
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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.
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What are employers looking for?

Employers want:
  • Own tools
  • White Card
  • Framing skills
  • Trade qualification
  • Building experience
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How do Carpenters rate their role?

Latest reviews from 13 Carpenters surveyed on SEEK

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What are the job opportunities for Carpenters?

Find out how the job market is trending

Job opportunities
Carpenter jobs on SEEK
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Projected job growth
National increase over next 5 years
Source: LMIP. Carpenters and Joiners
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Carpenters commonly move into these roles

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$50 - $60k
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