About the course

About the course

This carpentry course will prepare you for a carpentry apprenticeship. Our building and construction (carpentry) pre-apprenticeship course will provide you with the basic knowledge and skills to prepare you for work or further study within the building and construction industry.

Your carpentry course will include an introduction to the industry and workplace safety. You will learn from industry professionals how to:

  • perform industry calculations
  • use hand and power carpentry tools
  • develop your communication skills.

You will cover topics such as:

  • sub-floor construction
  • wall and roof framing
  • installing window frames and doorframes
  • formwork for concreting
  • workplace documents and plans

Course Details


Intake Dates & Course Length

January, March, June & September

Part time: 14 weeks (the time taken to complete this course will vary depending on your input)

Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday 

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Career Outcomes

The certificate provides an understanding of the building and construction industry, and provides the necessary skills and knowledge to seek employment as an apprentice carpenter, or work within similar roles in the building and construction industry.

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Entry Requirements

You must be at least 15 years of age.


To assist prospective students to determine whether a course is suitable and appropriate for the individual needs, Box Hill Institute will assess all students’ language, literacy and numeracy and digital literacy by asking you to undertake a self-assessment review prior to the enrolment.

A course advisor will discuss the outcomes of the review and make recommendations about whether the course is suitable for you, and identify additional support where required.


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Recognition of Prior Learning is available.

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Pathways & Accreditation

Successful completion will enable you to progress to an apprenticeship (Certificate III in General Construction), Certificate IV in Building and Construction (Building) or Diploma of Building and Construction.

This course is government accredited and has national recognition

The qualification is aligned with the Australian Qualification Framework (AQF) level 2

Fees & Finance Options

This training is provided to eligible individuals with funds made available by the Commonwealth and Victorian Governments

Tuition Fee Type Estimated Fee
Free TAFE^ $0.00
Gov. Subsidised - Standard $1,600.00
Gov. Subsidised - Concession $320.00
Service Fees Estimated Annual Fees
Service & Amenities*$155.00
Core Skills Support**$75.00
Annual Material Fees$463.20
Retain Course Items***$93.00
^ This course is on the 2019 Free TAFE list - find out more.
* Does not apply to VETDSS or Short course students.

** Does not apply to VETDSS, International students, Short Courses, Graduate Degrees , or re-enrolling students who re-enrol in the same course.

***Retained Course Items are purchased by the student once prior to commencing. The course items bought by the student become the property of the student. Such items retain a generic application for other purposes outside the student's course of study (e.g. textbooks).

Annual student tuition & material fees as published are subject to change given individual circumstances at enrolment. Fees listed are for 2019 and may increase annually over the duration of delivery. Advertised start dates and delivery locations are subject to viable student numbers. For more information please contact our Course Advisors on 1300 BOX HILL.
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Course Structure

You must complete 20 units

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