Constructs, erects, installs, renovates and repairs structures and fixtures. Works with wood, plywood, wallboard and other materials.
Training time 12 months - 6 years
Average pay $61,420
Employment prospects Strong
Employment size 33,600

How do I become a Carpenter in Victoria?

To work as a Carpenter in Victoria, you'll need:
  • A Certificate III in Carpentry (or equivalent)
  • Completed apprenticeship
  • Recommended

  • Completion of Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE) or equivalent
  • Strong understanding of Mathematics and English
  • Relevant pre-apprenticeship: Certificate II in Building and Construction (Carpentry)
  • Construction Induction Card (aka White Card) is required for access to any construction site in Australia

What does a Carpenter do?

  • Studying drawings and specifications to determine materials required, dimensions, and installation procedures
  • Ordering and selecting timbers and materials, and preparing layouts
  • Cutting materials, assembling and nailing cut and shaped parts
  • Erecting framework and roof framing, laying sub-flooring and floorboards and verifying trueness of structures
  • Nailing fascia panels, sheathing roofs, and fitting exterior wall cladding and door and window frames
  • Assembling prepared wood to form structures and fittings ready to install
  • Cutting wood joints
  • May construct concrete formwork
  • May repair existing fittings


  • Fixing Carpenter
  • Formwork Carpenter
  • Prop and Scenery Maker

Related courses

Government-subsidised training is marked with this symbol
Certificate II in Building and Construction Pre-apprenticeship
Certificate III in Carpentry
Certificate III in Carpentry and Joinery
Certificate III in Construction Waterproofing
Certificate III in Formwork/Falsework
Certificate III in Shopfitting
Diploma of Live Production and Technical Services
Certificate III in Timber Truss and Frame Design and Manufacture
Certificate IV in Timber Truss and Frame Design
Certificate IV in Timber Truss and Frame Manufacture