About the course

About the course

Are you interested in working as a carpenter? This building apprenticeship course will provide you with the skills and knowledge to work in both the housing and industrial areas of the carpentry trade. You will learn how to safely use a wide range of tools and equipment such as power tools, automatic and laser levels, nail guns, compressors, generators and scaffolding.

You will gain the skills needed to construct and manufacture components for stairs, windows, doors and furnishings. You will be able to construct, erect and repair buildings and other structures made of wood, wood substitutes, steel and other materials. Your work will vary according to the type of job you do and may include residential, commercial, industrial and other construction or maintenance.

You will learn how to read plans and calculate measurements, construct floor, wall, ceiling and roof frames as well as the installation of roof trusses, eaves, claddings and linings.

Your studies will cover building from the point of demolition through to setting out and levelling construction sites and even working with formwork and concrete.

Box Hill Institute also offers Workplace Training & Assessment for carpentry in negotiation with the employer.


Course Details


Intake Dates & Course Length

You can enrol throughout the year

Part time: 3 years (the time taken to complete this course will vary depending on your input)

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Career Outcomes

After successful completion of this course, you may wish to apply for positions such as carpenter or a commercial or domestic builder.

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Entry Requirements


To apply for this course, you must also be registered with an Australian Apprenticeship Support Network Provider and have a training contract with an employer. 

We can provide information and support on how to apply for an apprenticeship with an employer listed by an Australian Apprenticeship Support Network Provider. Contact the Skills & Jobs Centre on (03) 8892 1350 or email sajc.elgar@boxhill.edu.au.


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.


Direct entry - via your employer and an Australian Apprenticeship Centre

Recognition of Prior Learning is available.

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Pathways & Accreditation

After successfully completing this course, you could apply for entry into Certificate IV in Building and Construction 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 3

Fees & Finance Options

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

Tuition Fee Type Estimated Annual Fee
Apprentice Gov. Subsidised $1,155.00
Apprentice Concession $231.00
Full Tuition Fee $5,775.00
Service Fees Estimated Annual Fees
Service & Amenities*$155.00
Core Skills Support**$75.00
Annual Material Fees$264.00
Retain Course Items***No fee applies
* 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 will need to complete 30 units

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